McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

Critical Dates

Friday 25 March 2022

Program opens via SmartyGrants

Thursday 28 April 2022

3:00pm (AEST)

Eligibility exemption requests due via SmartyGrants

Thursday 23 June 2022
3:00pm (AEST)

Full applications due via SmartyGrants

October 2022

Fellowship Offers 

Faculty Expression of Interest (EOI) deadlines also apply. Please see '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. 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. 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 2023 and 30 June 2023.


New applicants for 2023 must have been awarded a PhD from a university other than the University of Melbourne between..

  • 1 November 2019 and 23 June 2022 - Eligible
  • 1 November 2017 and 31 October 2019, and had a period of significant research career interruption between 1 November 2017 and 23 June 2022 - Eligible to apply, must complete Part B3 of the full application.
  • 1 November 2011 and 31 October 2017 and there are exceptional extenuating circumstances - 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 (updated as information for 2023  Fellowships is confirmed)




    Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning  P:

    Complete drafts of the Smarty Grants application form due to by the 10 June 2022

    Faculty of Arts P:N/A
    Submit an EOI by 11.59pm 28 April 2022
    Faculty of Business and Economics FBE Research Professional Services Unit
    P: N/A
    Submit an EOI by 11.59pm Monday 9 May 2022
    Faculty of Fine Arts and Music  Adelene Auyong
    P: 9035 7362
    Submit your EOI by 11:59pm 26 April 2022
    Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences  P:

    EOI opens 2 May and closes 23 May (
    Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their EOI the week commencing 9 June.

    Faculty of Science Patrick O’Duffy
    P: N/A
    Submit your McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowship Expression of Interest by 3pm (AEST) 28 April 2022.
    Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences  P:
    Please submit an EOI by 5pm Thursday 28th April. If you have any questions about the EOI process please contact
    Melbourne Graduate School of Education  Jan Seesod
    P: N/A
    E: or
    Please submit an EOI by 3pm on Tuesday 3 May 2022. Please contact if you have any queries on the Faculty EOI.
    Melbourne Law School
    Mas Generis
    P: 8344 9983
    Submit an EOI by Friday 6 May 2022
    Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology Annette Herrera
    P: 8344 6017
    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 on SmartyGrants by the EER due date.

    An Eligibility Exemption Request is only applicable if you do not meet all the eligibility criteria in the Funding Guidelines. Eligible applicants may submit an application without EER.

  4. Complete the application form

    Complete the application form. Your faculty research office contact (listed above) can advise you of the HoD/HoS approvals process for this fellowship.

  5. Submit the application

    Submit your application via SmartyGrants by the due date.

  6. Submit written testimonials

    Request your referees submit their written testimonials via email to by the due date.

Supporting documents

These documents have been updated as of 24 March 2022 and are valid for fellowships commencing in 2023.

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 

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