Early Career Researcher Grants

Critical Dates

Monday 12 June 2017
9.00am (AEST)

Applications open

Monday 26 June 2017
11.59pm (AEST)

Eligibility Exemption Requests due

Monday 14 August 2017
12.00pm (AEST)

Applications close

By end October 2017

Notification of outcomes


The objectives of this scheme are to:

  • Support early career researchers with high research potential to progress their research careers by funding high quality research projects and pilot research projects on a competitive basis
  • Encourage research of new members of staff seeking to establish their program of research at the University
  • Enhance the staff member’s competitiveness in bidding for external research funds
  • Provide experience in preparing a grant application for peer review.
  • Provide research funding for projects that are strategically aligned with the University’s priorities.


Funding for successful applicants commences January 2018 for a period of 12 months. Grants will be awarded with a maximum value of $25,000 for humanities and social sciences and $40,000 for engineering and sciences. Grants requesting less than $5,000 will not be awarded.

How to apply

For all Faculties/Graduate Schools

  1. Review the funding documents

    Review the Funding Guidelines and the Instructions to Applicants documents for this scheme.

  2. Review faculty/school processes

    Ensure that you are aware of any additional submission requirements specific to your Faculty/School.

    Faculty Contact EmailPhoneProcess
    ABP Stephanie Flanagan(03) 9035 8719TBC
    Arts arts-staffresearch@unimelb.edu.au TBC
    Business and Economics Sarah Graham(03) 8344 8168Submit application for comments and review to fbe-research@unimelb.edu.au by Monday 31 July. Submit final application via Themis by Monday 14 August and submit copy of final application to fbe-research@unimelb.edu.au.
    Education Jacinta Ridge(03) 8344 4068

    Please submit your draft to MERI before Monday 31 July 2017 if you intend to apply.

    Engineering Melanie Villinger(03) 9035 6694TBC
    Law law-research@unimelb.edu.au TBC
    MDHS Anna Cross(03) 9035 7928TBC
    Science Ken Choong(03) 9035 8763TBC
    FVAS Edwina Goh(03) 8344 6541TBC
    VCA and MCM Bianca Durrant(03) 9035 9241 TBC
  3. Complete an eligibility exemption request

    If applicable, complete the eligibility exemption request form and submit to ric-internalgrants@unimelb.edu.au by 26 June 2017.

  4. Complete the application form and submit in Themis

    Complete the application form, save as a single PDF file and submit via the Themis Submissions Workbench.

Supporting documents


  • 2017 Funding Guidelines
  • 2017 Instructions to Applicants
  • 2017 Eligibility Exemption Request Form
  • 2017 Application Form
  • 2017 FAQs
  • Themis Submission Instructions
  • 2016 Australian Competitive Grants Register
  • 2017 Seminar Slides (20 June 2016)
  • 2017 Seminar Recording (20 June 2016)
  • Contacts

    Application Administration
    RIC Internal Grants

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