Future Fellowships

Critical Dates

August 2017

2018 Funding Rules are released

2 October 2017

Proposals open in RMS

1 November 2017

Submit review ready application to RIC

If applicable, submit Eligibility Exemption Request calculations

6 November 2017

Request not to assess due to RIC

8 November 2017

Request not to assess due to the ARC

16 November 2017

Final Application Submission due to RIC

22 November 2017

Final Applications due to ARC

August 2017

Outcomes 2017 Round


The Future Fellowships scheme aims to:

  • Attract and retain outstanding mid-career researchers
  • Build collaboration across industry and/or research institutions and/or disciplines
  • Support research in national priorities across all disciplines that will result in economic, environmental, social and/or cultural benefits for Australia
  • Strengthen Australia’s research capacity by supporting innovative, internationally competitive research.


The scheme provides funding for a Future Fellow’s salary at one of three salary levels, including 30 per cent on-costs for a four-year project. Additionally, up to $50,000 funding may be awarded per annum for Project costs. Project costs can be used to hire research personnel, support HDR students, equipment, consumables, Field Research, Travel, and dissemination costs. See the Future Fellowships Funding Rules for more information.

Establishment Grants for Future Fellows

Establishment Grants are internal grants to support ARC Future Fellows at the University of Melbourne. To be eligible for central support, matching funding must be provided by the host department/school/faculty on a 2:1 basis. Applications for Establishment Grants should be requested at the ARC Future Fellowship proposal stage. The scheme will be open to candidates applying to the 2017 ARC Future Fellowship round. Refer to the Establishment Grant webpage for details on how to apply.

How to apply

  1. Submit a Notice of Intent (NOI).

    The NOI should be completed early to provide RIC with the Future Fellowship candidate's contact details.

  2. Update RMS profile

    Obtain access to RMS and update profile information (see RMS information)

  3. Review documentation

    Review the Future Fellowship Funding Rules and the Instructions to Applicants and FAQs.

  4. Complete the draft application in RMS

    Complete the draft application in RMS

  5. Strategic Alignment Statement

    Work on the Strategic Alignment Statement with your supervisor and department/faculty. The Head of Department must certify the Strategic Alignment Statement Coversheet before submission to RIC. Please see Faculty specific review instructions here.

  6. Submit review ready application to RIC

    Submit application to RIC (ric-arcdiscovery@unimelb.edu.au) within the RIC submission period. Submit the following:

    • An electronic copy of the complete review ready draft application, downloaded as a PDF from RMS.
    • Applicants from Education, Law, VCA & MCM and Veterinary and Agricultural Science please send your Strategic Alignment Statement in a Word document  (using the template letterhead provided below) Email this to ric-arcdiscovery@unimelb.edu.au
    • Academic Level Justification letter if applicable (Qu. C8). Use the template letterhead provided under RIC Support Documents. This needs to be included in your application. Please note this only required if 1. you have selected 'Other' or 2. you have chosen a salary level in Part E which doesn't align with your academic level (due to significant career interruption).
    • If applicable, the applicant should include an electronic copy of the Request Not to Assess form if they would like to request the exclusion of a potential assessor. Email this to ric-arcdiscovery@unimelb.edu.au
    • If applicable, the applicant should include a completed Eligibility Exemption Request calculation.
  7. Application review

    Two RIC staff members will review the application and provide the applicant with feedback via email.

  8. Complete the application

    After taking feedback from the RIC team into consideration, complete the application in RMS. It is suggested advice is sought from colleagues, Faculty Mentors, etc. before finalising the application.

  9. Submit the UOM Authority to Submit form

    The form must be submitted to RIC via email to ric-arcdiscovery@unimelb.edu.au before 5:00pm on 2 December 2016. This form should include:

    • The Head of Department for the project must certify the form
    • If applicable, Host Organisations must also sign
    • The applicant must read through the submission conditions and sign their initials next to each one to confirm that they have been met

    Electronic signatures are permitted.

    This is an ARC requirement and the application cannot be submitted to ARC until received.

  10. Final submission

    Before 5:00pm on 2 December 2016, the applicant must:

    • Submit final application by clicking ‘Submit to Research Office’ in RMS
    • Email RIC (ric-arcdiscovery@unimelb.edu.au) a pdf copy of the final application and a scanned, signed Authority to Submit form

    Note: Applications without a completed Authority to Submit form cannot be submitted to the ARC

  11. RIC will submit the application

    Once the application has been submitted to ARC, you will receive an email from RIC confirming submission.

Supporting documents





Future Fellowships questions and primary email

Key Contacts

Leah Mount (primary contact)+61 3 8344 2012
Veronica Loew+61 3 8344 8236

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