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2016 University of Adelaide Research Fellowship Programme

Application Deadline: 27th of June 2016 | Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: International

To be taken at (country): Australia

Brief description: The University of Adelaide Research Fellowships Scheme is offering fellowships to scholars in their early or middle stages of their careers, who want to conduct world-class research and innovation, engage globally, and partner with industry, government and community to create high-value economic and social dividends

About the Award: The University of Adelaide Research Fellowships Scheme has been established to retain, attract and support early-career and mid-career researchers of outstanding research calibre and potential. The Scheme supports the University’s research strategy, Adelaide Research for Impact, by promoting and building capacity in research excellence and innovation.

There is no more important factor in research and innovation success than the attraction and retention of highly talented people. Therefore, we are enabling world-class researchers and research leaders to realise their potential through the University Research Fellowships Scheme.

Type: Postgraduate Research Fellowship


  • The Scheme is not open to staff holding a University of Adelaide continuing position.
  • All applications require the endorsement of the relevant Head of School and Executive Dean through the provision of a statement in support of the application.
  • Part-time applicants will be eligible for consideration at 0.5 FTE and above.
  • The Scheme will be open to internal and external applicants, with the latter identified by schools.

For Early Career Fellowships

Applicants must have been awarded a PhD no more than 5 years before the closing date for applications, relative to opportunity. Career interruptions will be taken into account in determining time since award of the PhD, according to the criteria typically used by the Australian Research Council and National Health and Medical Research Council.

For Mid-Career Fellowships

Applicants must have been awarded a PhD no more than 15 years before the closing date for applications, relative to opportunity. Career interruptions will be taken into account in determining time since award of the PhD, according to the conditions typically used by the Australian Research Council and National Health and Medical Research Council.

Applicants must be eligible for external competitive fellowships.

Selection Criteria: 

The Selection Criteria for fellowship support will be:

  • A research and innovation track record for stage of career that is well above world-class, allowing for career interruptions and other special circumstances (60%)
  • A research and innovation project of outstanding merit (20%)
  • A high-quality research and innovation environment (10%)
  • Leveraged support and/or co-investment (10%)

Applicants must also provide the contact details for three referees, including one from an independent leading expert. Referees will be contacted as required and after applications are shortlisted.

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Scholarship: Full salary plus on-costs, together with additional research support packages of up to $20k p.a.

Duration of Scholarship: While fellowships may be awarded for up to three years, they will be offered more frequently for lesser periods sufficient to enable outstanding candidates to transition to external or alternative internal funding. External and internal candidates will be able to apply, providing the latter have no other form of future support.

How to Apply: The applicant is to submit:

  • A curriculum vitae of no more than 5 pages including their h-index, ten best publications, the nature and duration of current internal salary support (if any), external funding track record, HDR completions and any high-quality innovation and commercialisation outcomes. Apart from the ten best publications, the candidate’s list of publications should be confined to 2011 – present;
  • A summary of the rationale for the application;
  • An outline of any extenuating circumstances relevant to the application that the selection committee needs to know. This might include career interruptions, current or previous links to the University, relevance to key University partnerships, or provide context for exceptional achievements;
  • A research and innovation plan describing the way in which the award will support the University’s research strategy, Adelaide Research for Impact;
  • A career development statement or professional development plan (no more than one page); and
  • A summary of leveraged support and/or co-investment, if available.

The proposed host school is to submit (and Executive Dean to endorse):

  • A statement agreeing to host the researcher and fund any necessary additional costs (e.g. reasonable relocation expenses, space or access to specialised infrastructure);
  • A brief mentoring and career development plan for the applicant and/or confirmation of the extent to which the school will support the plan provided by the applicant;
  • A brief summary of any agreement with a University Research Centre or Institute jointly to support the researcher, their research and/or career development;
  • Where applicable, confirmation of any agreement with an external partner with respect to joint support of the researcher or their research project; and
  • An indication of the strategic importance of the applicant and their area of activity to the school and Faculty.

Applications are to be made via the online application. Applications are limited to a total of five pages, excluding attachments. For any questions, candidates should contact:

Kerry Jaeger
Director, Office of the DVC (Research)
E [email protected]
T (+618) 8313 7568

Visit Scholarship Webpage for details

Award Provider: University of Adelaide

Important Notes: Applicants should consult with potential hosting schools and where relevant, University Research Centres and Institutes, in preparing their application.

The fellowships will permit international, interstate and industry targeted placements. There will be the opportunity and incentives to co-fund fellowships, both internally and with external partners from business and industry, government and philanthropy.

It is anticipated that fellowships will be provided to outstanding researchers who are, for example, waiting on the outcomes of applications for other fellowships and/or project support at the completion of a higher degree by research, or researchers who will transition from external fellowship support to an on-going academic appointment. High-performing candidates may lodge provisional ‘safety net’ applications in advance, if their existing external support expires in the current year or during the next calendar year.

This Scheme is not intended to replace existing continuing salaries or salary supplementation measures currently in place. Schools and faculties will be encouraged to provide longer term career opportunities where appropriate and feasible. It is expected that fellows will aggressively seek external funding that offsets or supersedes the University’s award.

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  1. Bekoe Frank says

    Am ready to study.I am a senior high school graduate who completed in 2016 how can i apply for the scholarship

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