Westpac Research Fellowships

Critical Dates

Thursday 15 June 2017

Westpac Research Fellowship Applications open

Friday 7 July 2017

Westpac Research Fellowship Information Session

Time: 2pm - 3pm

Location: PAR-Old Arts-129 (Theatre B)

Details: An informal Q & A session with current Westpac Fellows (This session will be recorded and uploaded once available)

Monday 17 July 2017

Expressions of Interest form and short CV (max 3 pgs) due to RIC

Monday 31 July 2017

Notification of EOI outcome

Thursday 24 August 2017

Final applications due to RIC

Thursday 31 August 2017

Applications due to Westpac

Wednesday 20 December 2017

Notification of Fellowship outcome


These Fellowships offer early career researchers a unique opportunity to support their groundbreaking research, provide access to networks, open career pathways and global experiences.

Fellowship recipients will be exceptional people, chosen for their intellectual ability, leadership qualities, and commitment to the community. Successful Fellows will be undertaking research that has the ability to make a difference to Australia’s future in one of the Foundation’s priority areas:

* Technology and innovation;

* Strengthening Australia-Asia ties; or

* Enabling positive social change.

NOTE: Funding requests for the purpose of medical research as defined in the ARC Medical Research Policy available on the Australian Research Council website will not be considered.


Westpac Bicentennial Foundation will offer two Westpac Research Fellowships valued at a minimum $400,000 over three years. Final value may be less or more as each Fellow’s salary and on-costs will vary according to the university and at what level the Fellow is employed.

Download Funding Guidelines

The Westpac Research Fellowship is a co-funded by the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation and The University Of Melbourne, as follows:

a. Salary Funding

Funded by: Westpac Bicentennial Foundation

Amount:$110,000 per year, for three years

b. Salary Top-Up

Chancellery (Research) has approved the salary top up required will be covered under the conditions of the Fellowship funding policy http://research.unimelb.edu.au/assets/interim-private-files/accounting_fellowship_funding_gap_final.pdf .

c. Westpac Professional Development Fund 

Funded by: Chancellery (Research)

Amount: $30,000 over three years

d. Research Budget

Funded by: The University of Melbourne (Cash contribution 2:1 basis - Department/school/faculty: Chancellery. Please note Chancellery (Research) contribution is capped at $35,000 and is conditional on the Fellowship being awarded) *MDHS applicants please note, co-funding must be requested on a 1:1:1 basis, (Faculty, Department/School, DVCR)

Amount: A fully costed budget for the research project is required in the application. The Research Budget must exclude those costs funded by the Fellowship i.e. salary, on costs and Westpac Professional Development Fund.

Note the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) or equivalent will be required to confirm support for the proposed research budget in their Letter of Support.

Amount: $100,000 over three years


  • You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident;
  • You must have been awarded a PhD between 1 September 2011 and 1 September 2014; or have obtained an Eligibility Exemption from the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) or equivalent;

      If your PhD was awarded before 1 September 2011, you may be considered for an exemption. An Eligibility Exemption will be provided up to a maximum of four years for the following career interruptions:

      - carer’s responsibility;

      - illness;

      - maternity or parental leave and/or

      - non-research employment not concurrent with research employment.

  • Your proposed area of research must be in a field of research at a participating university with an Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) four digit Field of Research (FOR) rating of 5 (“well above world standard”). For a comprehensive list of FOR codes by university, visit the Australian Research Council’s website http://www.arc.gov.au/era-outcomes
  • You must commence your research by 30 June 2018;
  • Your proposed research must contribute to the future of Australia in one of the Foundation’s three focus areas
  • Your proposed research must include international opportunities which will develop your leadership skills and global networks, such as; study tours for the purpose of research, attending a short course or conference, an internship or volunteering;
  • You are able to supply two letters of reference - Personal & Academic
  • Should your application progress to the final stage, you must be able to attend one of the National Assessment Centres to be held in Sydney on 12/13 December 2017.
  • You have read the ARC’s definition of Medical and Dental research and your proposal lies outside of this definition.

How to apply

  1. Submit a completed Expressions of Interest (EOI) form 
    17 July

    Link to download EOI form

    Send completed form and short CV (instructions included on the EOI form) to ric-philanthropicgrants@unimelb.edu.au

    NOTE: If applicable, eligibility exemption requests must also be submitted at this time

  2. Notification of EOI outcome
    31 July

    Each applicant will be notified whether they can proceed to full application stage

  3. Final applications due to RIC
    24 August

    Please send a pdf copy of the complete application to ric-philanthropicgrants@unimelb.edu.au

    RIC will review for eligibility and compliance, and will arrange DVCR sign off.

  4. Applications due to Westpac
    Close midnight AEST 31 August

  5. Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Shortlisting
    1 -  20 September

  6. University central shortlisting
    27 September -  19 October

  7. Notification of shortlisting outcomes
    23 October

    Shortlisted applicants invited to attend the Assessment Centre and complete the online Hogan Inventory assessment. Unsuccessful applicants notified of outcome.

  8. National Assessment Centre, Sydney
    12 - 13 December

    All shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview in Sydney. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation.

  9. Notification of Fellowship outcomes
    20 December


Lyndal Nicholson ph. 903 54368