McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

Critical Dates

Friday 31 March 2023

Program opens via SmartyGrants

Monday 15 May 2023

3:00pm (AEST)

Eligibility exemption requests due via SmartyGrants

Friday 23 June 2023
3:00pm (AEST)

Full applications due via SmartyGrants

September 2023

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 2024 and 30 June 2024.


Please note the eligibility requirements for this program may change from year to year. This excerpt from for the last round is provided as an example only.

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




    Architecture, Building and Planning Matthew Scamporlino (abp-research),
    Draft Smarty Grant Application Exported into PDF Format due to no later than Monday the 15th of May 2023.
    Arts Faculty of Arts academic contact formEOI due: 5pm, Monday 17th April 2023
    Business & Economics Alex Campbell, +61 3 8344 5792,  
    Engineering and Information Technology FEIT Research Services, EOI deadline & Link TBC 
    Education Alex Burns, deadline, 11:59pm Friday 1 May 2023. EOI link to be provided
    Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Tim Crockett, 8344 4637, EOIs due: 9:00AM AEST, Monday 15th May 2023
    EOI: Applicants must complete the MDHS EOI form via SmartyGrants before the due date to be considered.
    Law Mas Generis, 8344 9983, EOI deadline 11.59pm Friday 21 April 2023
    Science Patrick O'Duffy, EOI due by 3pm 1 May 2023 (link to be provided)
    Fine Arts & Music Adelene Auyong, EOI due: closing on the 24 April 2023
    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 and supporting information linked below.

  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

Documents for the 2024 round will be available when the scheme opens.

Documents for 2023:

Please contact for documents in alternate accessible formats.


Please refer to program guidelines (linked above) before submitting inquiries
McKenzie Fellowship questions and primary email 

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