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University of Adelaide Research Fellowships 2017, Australia

Publish Date: Aug 03, 2017

Deadline: Sep 04, 2017

The University of Adelaide Research Fellowships Scheme

The University of Adelaide Research Fellowships Scheme has been established to retain, attract and support early-career and mid-career researchers of outstanding research calibre and potential. The Scheme supports the University’s research strategy, Adelaide Research for Impact, by promoting and building capacity in research excellence and innovation. The current fellowship selection round supports fellowships commencing from 1 January 2018 for a period of up to 12 months.

Strategic Intent

Our mission is to conduct world-class research and innovation, engage globally, and partner with industry, government and the community to create high-value economic and social dividends.

There is no more important factor in research and innovation success than the attraction and retention of highly talented people. Therefore, we are enabling world-class researchers and research leaders to realise their potential through the University Research Fellowships Scheme.

This will further build our strong track record in research excellence and innovation, support the University’s mission, and deliver major strategic objectives in:

• Research Excellence – delivering world-class research in our selected endeavours; and

• Industry Engagement and Innovation – translating our research for economic and social benefit.

These prestigious fellowships will further consolidate the University’s position as a distinguished researchintensive and innovative institution, esteemed worldwide for its profound and influential contributions.

Scope and Support

Fellowships will be awarded for a period of up to 12 months. They will provide full salary plus on-costs, together with additional research support packages of up to $10k p.a. Applications from internal candidates will be accepted providing they have no other form of future support in 2018. Applications from outstanding external candidates will also be accepted but the applicant must be nominated by a University of Adelaide host School to be eligible for consideration. Externally nominated candidates should have a career plan for support beyond the fellowship.

The fellowships will permit international, interstate and industry targeted placements. There will be the opportunity and incentives to co-fund fellowships, both internally and with external partners from business and industry, government and philanthropy.

It is anticipated that fellowships will be provided to outstanding researchers who are, for example, waiting on the outcomes of applications for other fellowships and/or project support at the completion of a higher degree by research, or researchers who will transition from external fellowship support to an on-going academic appointment. High-performing candidates may lodge provisional ‘safety net’ applications in advance, if their existing external support expires in the current year or during the next calendar year. This Scheme is not intended to replace salary supplementation measures currently in place. Schools and faculties will be encouraged to provide longer term career opportunities where appropriate and feasible. It is expected that fellows will aggressively seek external funding that offsets or supersedes the University’s award.

The call for 2017 applications will open on 24 July 2017 and close on 4 September 2017. Awards will be announced in October 2017 for fellowships commencing 1 January 2018.


The Scheme is not open to staff holding a University of Adelaide continuing position. Current University of Adelaide Research Fellows are eligible to apply. External candidates must be nominated by a University of Adelaide host School to be eligible for consideration. Potential applicants must consult with potential hosting School in preparing their application.

Early Career Fellowships

Applicants must have qualified for a PhD no more than 5 years before the closing date for applications, relative to opportunity.

Mid-Career Fellowships

Applicants must have qualified for a PhD no more than 15 years before the closing date for applications, relative to opportunity.

Career interruptions will be taken into account in determining time since you qualified for the award of the PhD, according to the criteria typically used by the Australian Research Council and National Health and Medical Research Council. Applicants must be eligible for external competitive fellowships. The Scheme will be open to internal and external applicants, with the latter nominated by Schools. Part-time applicants will be eligible for consideration at 0.5 FTE and above.

Circumstances that may be considered under ‘relative to opportunity’ provisions include but are not limited to:

• Employment outside the research sector, including time spent working in industry;

• Career disruption, such as pregnancy, illness, carer responsibilities for immediate family;

• Restrictions on available resources; and

• Re-location of an applicant or other similar circumstances that impact upon research productivity.

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