McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

Critical Dates

Monday 3 July 2017
9.00am (AEST)

Applications open

Monday 31 July 2017
11.59pm (AEST)

Eligibility Exemption Requests due

Monday 18 September 2017
11.59pm (AEST)

Applications and written testimonials due for applicants from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Monday 25 September 2017
11.59pm (AEST)

Applications and written testimonials due for all other applicants

Early December 2017

Notification of outcomes


The McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships Program 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.

Application processes vary between different faculties. For the application requirements for your nominated host Faculty, please review this table.

The objectives of the 2018 Program are to attract talented recent doctoral graduates in areas of research priority for the University, and to support research careers for Indigenous Australians (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples). All applicants should promote research that aligns with the Research at Melbourne initiative.

The Program is highly competitive, with only ten Fellowships available each year.

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 2018, but the start date may be deferred up to 30 June 2018.


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 no earlier than 1 January 2015.

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

    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 31 July 2017.

    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.

  6. Submit the application

    Submit your application together with your completed application checklist by email to by 25 September 2017.

  7. Submit written testimonials

    Request your referees submit their written testimonials via email to by 25 September 2017.

Supporting documents

2018 Funding Guidelines

2018 Application Form

2018 Eligibility Exemption Form

2018 Frequently Asked Questions


McKenzie Fellowship questions and primary email

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