McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

Critical Dates

Friday 28 May 2021

Program opens

Monday 5 July 2021

3:00pm (AEST)

Eligibility exemption requests due via SmartyGrants

Monday 23 August 2021
3:00pm (AEST)

Full applictions due via SmartyGrants

Late November 2021

Notification of results

*PLEASE NOTE: Faculty Expression of Interest and Review Deadlines also apply. Please see the table below (How to Apply) for further information.


The McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships Program has been established to attract outstanding recent doctoral graduates to the University from around the world. The Program aims to recruit new researchers who have the potential to build and lead interdisciplinary collaborative research activities inside and across Academic Divisions. The University offers a leading and lively research environment that is internationally engaged, public-spirited and has many outstanding areas of research strength.

The objectives of the Program are to attract talented recent doctoral graduates in areas of research priority for the University. All applicants should promote research that aligns with the Research at Melbourne initiative.

The Program is highly competitive, with up to ten McKenzie Fellowships and one Indigenous McKenzie Fellowship available each year.

Prospective applicants must discuss their interest in the Program with the relevant Academic Division at the University of Melbourne, prior to submitting their application. Application processes vary between different faculties. Applicants must adhere to Faculty Expression of Interest processes and timelines in order to be considered for award.


The University will fund the Fellowships for a three year appointment commencing at Level A.6 in the University salary band plus superannuation.

Fellows will receive an additional $25,000 to be spent on project costs over the term of their Fellowship. Awards will be for a maximum of three years commencing between 1 January 2022 and 30 June 2022.


The 2021 McKenzie Postdoctoral Scheme was suspended mid-round in 2020 as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Consequently, applicants who previously applied in 2020 and were then eligible for the 2021 McKenzie Fellowships are invited to reapply now for the 2022 McKenzie Fellowship. For these applicants only, eligibility at the time of their original application in 2020 applies.

New applicants for 2022 must have been awarded a PhD from a university other than the University of Melbourne between..

  • ... 1 January 2019 and 23 August 2021  - Eligible
  • ... 1 Jan 2017 and 31 December 2018 with equivalent or less FTE research experience than the option 1 - Eligible to apply, must complete Part B3 of the full application.
  • ... 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2016 with equivalent or less FTE research experience than option 1 - Not currently eligible. May complete Eligibility Exemption Request to determine eligibility prior to completing the full application.

At the time of application, applicants must not have held, or be holding, a fixed-term or continuing academic appointment at the University of Melbourne that is greater than one year. Where applicants have held multiple back-to-back fixed-term appointments, these should not be more than one year in total.

Applicants will be required to provide a declaration of support from the department/school in which they would be located if successful, but the criteria for selection will be university-based

Eligibility Exemptions may be available for some applicants. For more information, please see the Guidelines and 'How to Apply' section below.

How to apply

  1. Review faculty/school processes


    Contact Email



    Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning 9035 8979 Please submit your drafts to the listed email address by 2 August 2021.
    Faculty of Arts Steph Johnson, 8344 9284 Submit your EOI by 3pm (AEST), Monday 5 July 2021.
    Faculty of Business and Economics Lishia Singh, 2818Submit an EOI by 3pm (AEST), Monday 5 July 2021.
    Faculty of Fine Arts and Music Bernardo Jarrin,
    0433 622 451
    Submit your EOI via this webpage by no later than 11:59pm AEST, Wednesday 23 June 2021.
    Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Nikki Fisher, 8344 6330
    Please complete the MDHS EOI and HoD endorsement by 3pm Monday 28 June 2021.

    All MDHS applicants must  submit an EOI through the MDHS SmartyGrants portal (listed immediately above).  Only those successful at this stage will be invited to submit a full application (through the RIC SmartyGrants portal).
    Faculty of Science Jan Seesod, 8344 3752 Submit your EOI at this webpage by 3pm (AEST) Monday 5 July 2021.
    Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences Timothy Crockett,
    8344 4637
    Please complete an EOI by COB Monday 28 June via this SmartyGrants form.
    Melbourne Graduate School of Education Alex Burns, 8344 8236 Submit an EOI by 3pm Monday 28 June 2021.
    Melbourne Law School Mas Generis, 8344 9983 Submit an EOI by Monday 28 June 2021.
    Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology N/A No EOI process applies. Please send inquiries to the listed email address.
    You must ensure that you have completed any additional submission requirements specific to your Faculty/School and that you have an academic contact within your proposed Faculty/School who is willing to support your application. This contact must be listed in your application form.
  1. Academic contact

    Make sure you have an academic contact within your proposed host Faculty/School who is willing to support your application. Your proposed host Faculty/School can advise you as to how best to get in touch with an appropriate academic contact.

  2. Review the funding guidelines

    Read the McKenzie Fellowship guidelines.

  3. Complete the eligibility exemption request form

    If applicable, complete the eligibility exemption request form on SmartyGrants by 5 July 2021.

    Please note: Not all applicants are required to submit an EER. This is only applicable if you do not meet all the eligibility criteria in the Funding Guidelines. Eligible applicants may submit an application without submitting this form.

  4. Complete the application form

    Complete the application form and obtain the relevant signatures for submission.

  5. Submit the application

    Submit your application via SmartyGrants by 3pm (AEST) 23 August 2021.

  6. Submit written testimonials

    Request your referees submit their written testimonials via email to by 23 August 2021.

Supporting documents

These documents have been updated as of 28 May 2021 and are valid for fellowships commencing in 2022.

Please contact for documents in alternate accessible formats.


Please refer to FAQs and program guidelines (linked above) before submitting inquiries.
McKenzie Fellowship questions and primary email 
Ms Kim Turner via

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