Melbourne Research Fellowships (Career Interruptions) Program

Critical Dates

Tuesday 15 March 2022

Applications open via SmartyGrants

Wednesday 4 May 2022
3:00pm (AEST)

Applications close

Thursday 30 June 2022

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 will receive $60,000 (oncosts inclusive) plus $20,000 for travel or research support, including small equipment purchases.

The amount requested for salary must be matched 1:1 by the host faculty.

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.

  3. Faculty/SchoolContactNumberEmail
    Architecture, Building and PlanningABP Research 
    Contact: Draft of complete application due to ABP Research by 26 April.
    Business and EconomicsFBE Research Professional Services UnitN/
    EducationJan Seesod Please contact
    Engineering and Information TechnologyAnnette Herrera8344
    LawMarcus FeaverN/
    Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
    ScienceVeronica Loew 
    Submit your EOI by 28 March 2022
    Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
    Fine Arts and MusicAdelene Auyong9035
  4. Complete the application

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

Below documents for reference only:

2023 Funding Guidelines

2023 HoD Certification Form

2023 Referee Report Template

2022 Seminar Slides (11 May 2021)

Instructions for creating a grant submission record in Themis.


Melbourne Research Fellowships (Career Interruptions) Program questions and primary email

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