McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

Critical Dates

Monday 4 July 2016
9.00am (AEST)

Applications open

Monday 1 August 2016
11.59pm (AEST)

Eligibility Exemption Requests due

Monday 26 September 2016
11.59pm (AEST)

Applications close

Early December 2016

Notification of outcomes


The McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme has been established to attract outstanding recent doctoral graduates to the University.The Fellowship Scheme aims to recruit new researchers who have the potential to build and lead cross-disciplinary collaborative research activities inside and across faculties.

The objectives of the 2017 program are to attract talented recent doctoral graduates in areas of research priority for the University. They should promote research that aligns with the Research at Melbourne initiative.


The University will fund the Fellowships for a three year appointment commencing at Level A.6 in the University salary band plus superannuation.

Fellows will receive an additional $25,000 to be spent on project costs over the term of their Fellowship. Awards will be for a maximum of three years commencing 1 January 2017, but the start date may be deferred up to 30 June 2017.


Applicants must have evidence of the award of a PhD from a university other than the University of Melbourne by the closing date. The date of award is considered to be the date of the official notification letter. The PhD must have been awarded no earlier than 1 January 2014.

The McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships are intended for applicants who do not hold a fixed term or continuing appointment of greater than one year duration at the University of Melbourne.

  • Applicants may be drawn from any field in which the University has research strength, and must have an ability to contribute to research collaborations and programs across faculties or disciplines
  • Applicants will be required to provide a declaration of support from the department/school in which they would be located if successful, but the criteria for selection will be university-based
  • Assessment will take account of achievement relative to opportunity.

How to apply

  1. Review faculty/school processes

    See the table for faculty/school specific processes. You must ensure that you have completed any additional submission requirements specific to your Faculty/School and that you have an academic contact within your proposed Faculty/School who is willing to support your application. This contact must be listed in your application form.

  2. Academic contact

    Make sure you have an academic contact within your proposed host Faculty/School who is willing to support your application. Your proposed host Faculty/School can advise you as to how best to get in touch with an appropriate academic contact. The academic contact must be listed in Part A2 of the Application Form.

  3. Review the funding guidelines

    Read the McKenzie Fellowship guidelines.

  4. Complete the eligibility exemption request form

    If applicable, complete the eligibility exemption request form and submit to by 1 August 2016.

    Please note: Not all applicants are required to submit an EER. This is only applicable if you do not meet all the eligibility criteria in the Funding Guidelines. Eligible applicants may submit an application without submitting this form.

  5. Complete the application form and the application checklist

    Complete the application form and obtain the relevant signatures for submission.

    Please note: Applicants are not able to list the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health as their proposed host. As per the Funding Guideline 10.1.5, if successful they must be employed at a budget department of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, and should therefore list this department as the proposed host.

  6. Submit the application

    Submit your application together with your completed application checklist by email to by 26 September 2016.

  7. Submit written testimonials

    Request your referees submit their written testimonials via email to by 26 September 2016.

Supporting documents

2017 Funding Guidelines

2017 Application Form

2017 Eligibility Exemption Form

2017 Frequently Asked Questions Updated 15/09/16

List of 2016 Awardees


McKenzie Fellowship questions and primary email

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