Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowships

Critical Dates

Monday 12 July 2021

Program opens on SmartyGrants

Thursday 5 August 2021

Information session, 9am - Register Here

Monday 6 September 2021

Full applications and if applicable, Eligibility Exemption Request (EER) due via Smarty Grants  by 3:00pm (AEST)

November 2021

Notification of results to applicants and Academic Divisions

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


The Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is a University of Melbourne program, offered in 2021 to support early career researchers, and in recognition of the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic on this cohort. Fellowships are available to University of Melbourne PhD graduates and current academic staff (fixed term or casual) who may have graduated with a PhD from another university.

The objectives of the 2022 Program are to:

  • Attract and retain talented recent doctoral graduates to the University of Melbourne in areas that are a research priority for the University;
  • Recruit researchers who have the potential to build and lead interdisciplinary collaborative research activities inside and across Academic Divisions;
  • Promote research that aligns with the university’s Advancing Melbourne strategy and research priorities in Academic Divisions.

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. There will be one award per faculty.

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 November 2021 and 31 March 2022.


Applicants must have been awarded their PhD between..

  • 1 January 2019 and the application due date of 6 September 2021;


  • on or after 1 January 2017 and had a period of significant research career interruption between 1 January 2017 and 6 September 2021. Applicants should be able to clearly demonstrate that their research career has been significantly constrained or interrupted by execptional circumstances. Applicants who fit this criterion must indicate thin in Part B of the Application Form and answer the additional questions that appear.

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 external to the University of Melbourne, since the award of their PhD.

An Eligibility Exemption Request (EER) should be submitted at the same time as the Fellowship Application, i.e. Part B of the Application Form.

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/School who is willing to support your application. This contact must be listed in your application form.
FacultyContact EmailPhoneProcess
Faculty of Architecture, Building and 8979Applicants are required to be currently employed on a UoM level A contract expiring no later than 31 December 2022. Applications will be reviewed by an internal Panel of ABP Faculty members, the ADR and the Dean. EOI TBA.
Faculty of ArtsSteph Johnson, 9161Please Submit your EOI by 3pm (AEST), Monday 2 August 2021
Faculty of Business and EconomicsLishia Singh, 2818Submit an EOI by 3pm (AEST), Monday 26 July 2021.
Faculty of Fine Arts and MusicBernardo Jarrin, 622 451Expressions of Interest should be submitted by 11:59pm Friday 30 July.
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health SciencesNikki Fisher, 6330After reviewing the scheme ‘Supporting documents’, please review your School local process:

Applicants from the following MDHS schools can commence the full application form in SmartyGrants and submit by 6 September: School of Biomedical Sciences (SBS), Melbourne Medical School (MMS), Melbourne Dental School (MDS), Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences (MSPS).
Applicants from Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (MSPGH): please complete the MSPGH Expression of Interest Form. Contact Jane Pirkis for further information.

Applicants form Melbourne School of Health Sciences (MSHS): Half page EOI emailed to Head of School Linda Denehy ( ) and Director of Research Karyn Galvin ( In the EOI address the research to be undertaken and how you meet the guidelines. Due 1pm Thursday July 29th
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Faculty of ScienceJan Seesod/ Yu May Soh 3752Submit your EOI at this webpage by 3pm (AEST) Monday, 19th July 2021.
Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural SciencesTimothy Crockett, 4637Submit your EOI to the FVAS Research Support Office via email by 5pm (AEST) Thursday 5 August 2021
Melbourne Graduate School of EducationAlex Burns, 8871Please submit your EOI by 5pm Friday 20 August 2021. 
Melbourne Law SchoolMas Generis, 9983No EOI process applies. Please send inquiries to the listed email address.
Faculty of Engineering and Information submit an EOI by 12pm (noon) Monday August 2.
  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 application form

    Complete the application form  (fill out the EER if applicable) and obtain the relevant signatures for submission.

  4. Submit the application

    Submit your application via SmartyGrants by 3pm (AEST) 6 September 2021.

Supporting documents

The below document has been updated as of 4 August 2021 and is valid for fellowships commencing in 2022.

Please contact for documents in alternate accessible formats.


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

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