Melbourne Research Fellowships (Career Interruptions) Program

Critical Dates

Monday 20 March 2017
9.00am (AEST)

Applications open

Monday 1 May 2017
11.59pm (AEST)

Applications close

By end June 2017

Notification of outcomes


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

Successful applicants will receive $60,000 (oncosts inclusive) plus $15,000 for travel or research support, including small equipment purchases.

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/SchoolContactNumberEmailProcesses
    Architecture, Building and PlanningStephanie
    Business and EconomicsSarah

    Please contact MERI before 11 April 2017 if you intend to apply - MERI close date is 26 April 2017.

    Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
    Veterinary and Agricultural SciencesEdwina are advised to contact the FVAS Research Office and to direct any questions to Edwina.
    Fine Arts and Music

    Bianca Durrant / Belinda Kelly

    90359241 / 90359095 are required to contact the Fine Arts and Music Research Office for applicant approval, support and mentoring by 11 April 2017.
  4. Complete the application

    Complete the application form and attach all necessary supporting documentation.

  5. HoD to sign off on application

    Provide the Head of Department/Equivalent with your completed application for review and signing.

  6. Save file for submission

    Combine the application form and supporting material into one pdf document.

  7. Supply referees with documentation

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

  8. Submit final application

    Submit the application in PDF form via Themis by the due date.

Supporting documents

2018 Funding Guidelines

2018 Application Form

2018 Referee Report Template

Instructions for creating a grant submission record in Themis.


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

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