Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowships

Critical Dates

March 25 2022

Program opens on SmartyGrants

Thursday 28 April 2022

Eligibility exemption requests due via SmartyGrants, 3:pm (AEST) 

Thursday 23 June 2022

Full applications due via SmartyGrants by 3:00pm (AEST)

October 2022

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 2023 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 2022 and 31 March 2023.


Applicants must have been awarded their PhD 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.

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.

How to apply

  1. Review faculty/school processes (updated as information for 2023 Fellowships is confirmed)

    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.
Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
Additional eligibility information applies. Please contact for more information.
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 an 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
Submit your Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowship Expression of Interest by 3pm (AEST) 28 April 2022
Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences Jessica Finlay
P:834 45962

FVAS EOIs close Tues 26 April FVAS internal review deadline Thurs 2 June

Melbourne Graduate School of Education Jan Seesod
P: N/A
E: or
Please submit an EOI   by 3pm on Tuesday 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: N/A
The FEIT EOI deadline has been extended. Please submit an EOI by 12pm (noon) Monday May 23rd. 
  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, complete the eligibility exemption request (EER) 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 and time.

Supporting documents

The documents below have been updated as of 24 March 2022 and is valid for fellowships commencing in 2023.

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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