Early Career Researcher Grants

Critical Dates

Tuesday 14 June 2016
9.00am (AEST)

Applications open

Monday 27 June 2016
11.59pm (AEST)

Eligibility Exemption Requests due

Monday 15 August 2016
11.59pm (AEST)

Applications close

Late October 2016

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 2017 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 name PhoneProcess
    ABP abp-research@unimelb.edu.au  
    Arts Charlotte Carter 9035 8903 Final applications should be submitted to arts-staffresearch@unimelb.edu.au by 1 August for Faculty Review and ranking. Feedback will then be provided to applicants with those deemed competitive to lodge their applications in Themis by 15 August 2016.
    Business and Economics Sarah Graham 8344 8168 Final applications should be submitted to fbe-research@unimelb.edu.au by 8 August 2016 and lodged in Themis by 15 August 2016.
    Education mgse-grants@unimelb.edu.au  Final applications should be submitted to mgse-grants@unimelb.edu.au by 8 August 2016 and lodged in Themis by 15 August 2016.
    Engineering Melanie Villinger 9035 6694 Applications must be submitted for MSE review by 27 July 2016. Final applications should be lodged in Themis and emailed to research-eng@unimelb.edu.au by 15 August 2016. 
    Law Mas Generis 8344 9983  
    MDHS Anna Cross 9035 7928  
    Science Adam Smart 8344 7976  
    FVAS Edwina Goh 8344 6541

    Final applications should be submitted to vet-ag-research@unimelb.edu.au and lodged in Themis by 1 August 2016. See FVAS requirements document.

    VCA and MCM Bianca Durrant 9035 9241  
  3. Complete an eligibility exemption request

    If applicable, complete the eligibility exemption request form and submit to ric-internalgrants@unimelb.edu.au by 27 June 2016.

  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


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