Melbourne Research Fellowships (Career Interruptions) Program

Critical Dates

Friday 5 May 2023

Applications open via SmartyGrants

Tuesday 13 June 2023
3:00pm (AEST)

Applications close

July 2023

Notification of outcomes

Additional faculty EOI dates may apply - see below.


The Melbourne Research Fellowships (Career Interruptions) Program enables eligible researchers to enhance or re-establish their academic careers where they have been significantly interrupted, delayed or otherwise constrained by chronic illness, child rearing or other caring duties.

Successful applicants are awarded with salary funding up to the value of $120,000 (on-costs inclusive), co-contributed equally by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) (DVCR) strategic funding and the host Faculty. Each Fellow is also awarded with $20,000 for their research project costs, which is wholly funded by DVCR strategic funding.

To be eligible for this scheme, potential candidates must have completed a PhD degree in their field three to ten years prior to application.

Academic staff already employed by UoM, but not in a continuing position, are eligible to apply.

How to apply

  1. Review the funding guidelines

    Read the Melbourne Research Fellowships (Career Interruptions) Program guidelines.

  2. Check Faculty/School processes

    Contact your Faculty/School research office to ensure you have met any Faculty/School specific requirements.

    Faculty Contact Instructions
    Architecture, Building and Planning Matthew Scamporlino (abp-research)
    Please signal your intent to apply via email to
    Arts Arts Research Office,  
    Business & Economics Alex Campbell, +61 3 8344 5792,  
    Engineering and Information Technology FEIT Research Services, Please signal your intent to apply via email to FEIT Research Services
    Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Tim Crockett, 8344 4637, Please advise the MDHS Research Support & Evaluation Team via email of your intention to apply.
    Law Mas Generis, 8344 9983,  
    Science Veronica Loew, 03 8344 8236, Career Interruptions Fellowship EOI  due by 3.00pm 22 May 2023
    Fine Arts & Music Adelene Auyong,  
  3. Complete the application

    Fellowship applications will be submitted via the University of Melbourne's SmartyGrants portal.

  4. Supply referees with documentation

    Supply referees with program Guidelines,  a download of your draft application and Referee's Report Form. Ask referees to email their reports to before the due date.

  5. Submit final application

    Submit the application via SmartyGrants by the due date. Upon submission, SmartyGrants will forward you a PDF of the application with your confirmation email. Please re-attach the supporting documents to this PDF and also submit via the Themis Submissions Workbench.

Supporting documents

Documents for the 2024 round:

2024 Application Form

2024 Funding Guidelines

2024 HoD Certification Form

2024 Referee Report Template

Career Interruption Calculator

UoM Research Costing and Pricing Tool

Instructions for creating a grant submission record in Themis.


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