Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowships

Critical Dates

Thursday 6 April 2023

Program opens via SmartyGrants

3:00pm (AEST) Wednesday 26 April 2023

Information Webinar (register here)

3:00pm (AEST) Monday 15 May 2023

Eligibility exemption requests due via SmartyGrants

3:00pm (AEST) Monday 26 June 2023

Full applications due via SmartyGrants

Referee written testimonials due via email to

October 2023

Fellowship Offers

Faculty Expression of Interest (EOI) deadlines also apply. Please see 'How to Apply' for further information.


The Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowships are a leading institutional researcher development scheme. Launched as a supportive initiative during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme provides career development and research-focused opportunities for early career researchers across the University. Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowships are available to University of Melbourne PhD graduates and academic staff currently employed at the University of Melbourne (fixed-term or casual) who may have graduated with a PhD from another university .

The objectives of the 2024 Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme are to:

  • attract and retain talented recent doctoral graduates from the University of Melbourne in areas that are a research priority for the University;
  • retain researchers who have the potential to build and lead interdisciplinary collaborative research activities inside and across Faculties; and
  • promote research that aligns with institutional research strategies and research priorities in Faculties.

Prospective applicants must discuss their interest in the scheme with the relevant Faculty 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.


Jointly funded by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) (DVCR) strategic funding and Faculties, each Fellowship will be awarded at Academic Level A6 in the University Salary Band plus oncosts and superannuation as per the terms and conditions of employment for University staff set out in the applicable University of Melbourne enterprise agreement. Salary funding for the Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowship is split 2:1 (DVCR : Faculty). DVCR strategic funds will also fund an additional single allocation of $25,000 for the Fellow’s research project costs over the full term of the Fellowship.

The default term of the Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowships is for three years (at 1.0FTE) of research-focused activity.


For the 2024 Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowships, applicants must have been awarded their PhD between:

  • 1 November 2020 and the full application due date - Eligible;
  • 1 November 2018 and 31 October 2020, and had a period of significant research career interruption between 1 November 2018 and the full application due date - Eligible to apply, must complete Part B3 of the full application.
  • 1 November 2012 and 31 October 2018 and there are exceptional circumstances - Not currently eligible. May complete Eligibility Exemption Request to determine eligibility prior to completing the full application.

Applicants must have graduated or have met the requirements to graduate with a PhD from the University of Melbourne, or from another university where they are current (fixed term or casual) employees of the University of Melbourne.

An applicant may only ever be awarded one Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowship. Applicants to this scheme cannot apply for the McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme.

Applicants must not have been awarded a competitively funded research fellowship from any institution since the award of their PhD.

How to apply

  1. Review faculty/school processes

    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 who is willing to support your application. This contact must be listed in your application form.
    Architecture, Building and PlanningMatthew Scamporlino (abp-research),
    Draft Smarty Grant Application Exported into PDF Format due to no later than Monday the 15th of May 2023.
    ArtsJeanette Wrench (Arts Research Office), deadline: 5pm, Monday 17th April 2023.  Faculty of Arts academic contact form deadline: 5pm, Monday 17th April 2023.
    Business & Economics Alex Campbell, +61 3 8344 5792, due by  Wednesday 10 May 2023
    Engineering and Information Technology FEIT Research Services, due by 9am, 1 May 2023
    Education Alex Burns, deadline 3pm Monday 15th May 2023.
    Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Tim Crockett, 8344 4637, 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 or Averyl Gaylor 8344 8046, deadline 11.59pm Monday 24 April 2023
    Science Patrick O'Duffy, due by 3pm 1 May 2023
    Fine Arts & Music Adelene Auyong, deadline End of day, 24 April 2023.
    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 Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowship guidelines.

    3. Complete the Eligibility Exemption Request form if applicable

      If applicable, complete the Eligibility Exemption Request on SmartyGrants by the Eligibility Exemption Request due date.

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

    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 and time.

Supporting documents

Documents for 2024:

Please contact for documents in alternate accessible formats.


Please refer to the program guidelines and FAQs (linked above) before submitting inquiries

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