McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

Critical Dates

Wednesday 24 April 2019

Round opens

Thursday 4 July 2019

3:00pm (AEST)

Eligibility Exemption Requests due via SmartyGrants - Apply Here (if relevant)

Tuesday 20 August 2019
3:00pm (AEST)

Applications due via SmartyGrants - Apply Here

November 2019

Notification of outcomes

*PLEASE NOTE: Faculty Expression of Interest and Review Deadlines also apply. Please see the table below (How to Apply) for further information.


The  McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships Program has been established to attract outstanding recent doctoral graduates to the University from around the world. The Program aims to recruit new researchers who have the potential to build and lead interdisciplinary collaborative research activities inside and across Academic Divisions. The University offers a leading and lively research environment that is internationally engaged, public-spirited and has many outstanding areas of research strength.

The objectives of the 2020 Program are to attract talented recent doctoral graduates in areas of research priority for the University. All applicants should promote research that aligns with the Research at Melbourne initiative.

The Program is highly competitive, with only ten McKenzie Fellowships and one Indigenous McKenzie Fellowship available each year.

Prospective applicants must discuss their interest in the Program with the relevant Academic Division at the University of Melbourne, prior to submitting their application. Application processes vary between different faculties. Applicants must adhere to Faculty Expression of Interest processes and timelines in order to be considered for award.

A current list of McKenzie Fellows can be found here.


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 2020, but the start date may be deferred up to 30 June 2020.


Applicants must have been awarded a PhD from a university other than the University of Melbourne by the closing date. The PhD must have been awarded between 1 January 2017 and 20 August 2019.

At the time of application, applicants must not have held, or be holding, a fixed-term or continuing academic appointment at the University of Melbourne that is greater than one year. Where applicants have held multiple back-to-back fixed-term appointments, these should not be more than one year in total.

  • 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.

Eligibility Exemptions may be available for some applicants. For more information, please see the 'How to Apply' section below.

How to apply

  1. Review faculty/school processes

    Faculty Contact EmailPhoneProcess
    Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning 8344 0608Submit the completed ABP EOI Form to by Friday 21 June 2019.
    Faculty of Arts 8344 0192
    (03) 8344 6543

    Please send the completed Expressions of interest form to by 5pm Friday 5 July 2019.

    Faculty of Business and Economics Lishia Singh(03) 8344 2818Please visit the FBE McKenzie webpage. Submit the completed EOI form to by Thursday 6 June 2019.
    Faculty of Fine Arts and Music Emily Kersing(03) 9035 9393

    Please submit your EOI here by 5pm 28 June 2019.

    Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Nikki Fisher

    (03) 8344 6330

    Submit the completed EOI form to by 5pm Tuesday 25 June 2019.
    Faculty of Science Leanora Stuart(03) 8344 6840No special requirements. Please continue to step 2.
    Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences 

    All potential applicants are required to contact FVAS Research Development by Tuesday 25 June 2019 to express their interest.

    Melbourne Graduate School of Education

    (03) 8344 4561

    Submit your MGSE McKenzie EOI here by no later than Thursday 4 July 2019.

    Melbourne Law SchoolMas Generis(03) 8344 9983

    Submit your EOI at this webpage on or before Tuesday 25 June 2019.

    Melbourne School of Engineering

    Sally Tape

    (03) 8344 3655

    No special requirements. Please continue to step 2.

    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.

  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 on SmartyGrants by 4 July 2019.

    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

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

  6. Submit the application

    Submit your application via SmartyGrants by 3pm (AEST) 20 August 2019.

  7. Submit written testimonials

    Request your referees submit their written testimonials via email to by 20 August 2019.

Supporting documents

These documents have been updated as of 24 April 2019 and are valid for fellowships commencing in 2020.

Please contact for documents in alternate accessible formats.


McKenzie Fellowship questions and primary email
Ms Kim Turner via

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