Melbourne Research Fellowships (Career Interruptions) Program

Critical Dates

Wednesday 07 August 2019

Applications open via SmartyGrants - Apply Here

Thursday 12 September 2019
3:00pm (AEST)

Applications close

Early December 2019

Notification of outcomes


The Melbourne Research Fellowships (Career Interruptions) Program enables eligible researchers to enhance or re-establish their academic careers where they have been significantly interrupted, delayed or otherwise constrained by chronic illness, child rearing or other caring duties.

Successful applicants will receive $60,000 (oncosts inclusive) plus $20,000 for travel or research support, including small equipment purchases. For fellowships in 2020, the amount requested for salary must be matched 1:1 by the host faculty.

To be eligible for this scheme, potential candidates must have completed a PhD degree in their field three to ten years prior to application.

Academic staff already employed by UoM, but not in a continuing position, are eligible to apply.

How to apply

  1. Review the funding guidelines

    Read the Melbourne Research Fellowships (Career Interruptions) Program guidelines.

  2. Check Faculty/School processes

    Contact your Faculty/School research office to ensure you have met any Faculty/School specific requirements.

  3. Faculty/SchoolContactNumberEmail
    Architecture, Building and PlanningSue Blanchard8344
    ArtsJohn-Paul Hougaz8344
    Business and EconomicsLishia Singh8344
    EducationAlex Burns9035
    LawMas Generis8344
    Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
    Veterinary and Agricultural SciencesCeira Barr9035
    Fine Arts and MusicEmily Kersing9035
  4. Complete the application

    2020 fellowship applications will be submitted via the University of Melbourne's SmartyGrants portal, here.

  5. Supply referees with documentation

    Supply referees with program Guidelines, your a download of your draft application and Referee's Report Form. Ask referees to email their reports to before the due date.

  6. Submit final application

    Submit the application via SmartyGrants by the due date. Upon submission, SmartyGrants will forward you a PDF of the application with your confirmation email. Please re-attach the supporting documents to this PDF and also submit via the Themis Submissions Workbench.

Supporting documents

Documents for 2020 funding as of 7/08/2019:

2020 Funding Guidelines

2020 HoD Certification Form

2020 Referee Report Template

Instructions for creating a grant submission record in Themis.


Melbourne Research Fellowships (Career Interruptions) Program questions and primary email
Kim Turner at

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