Internal Funding Opportunities

The Sydney Medical School has numerous schemes aimed at assisting both Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and experienced researchers. In addition, the Dean of the School awards a prize to the student who published the best research paper in a peer-reviewed journal the previous year.

If you wish to receive communications targeted at ECRs please log in to the Research Profiles Management database, and under Profile Page select Themes/Keywords/Approaches and select "yes" for Early Career Researcher.

Information on the funding schemes, including guidelines and application forms, is available below.

Dean's Publication Prize

The Dean of the Sydney Medical School awards a prize to the student who published the best research paper in a peer-reviewed journal the previous year.

The award is up to $500 cash plus $500 towards meeting registration or travel expenses to enable the student to present their research at a scientific meeting. The award will be given to the best article by a student enrolled through Sydney Medical School (i.e. Sydney Medical Program, masters (coursework or research) and/or PhD).

The purpose of this prize is to encourage students to publish their research, and to assist and encourage them to participate in scientific meetings early in their research careers.

Applications are now closed

2016 Guidelines - PDF

2016 Application Form - PDF

Mid Career Researcher Support 2016

The Sydney Medical School is in 2016 launching two schemes in order to assist mid career teaching and research academics continue to build their research profile and enhance possibilities of success for competitive grants.

Mid Career Researchers are considered to be those who were awarded their PhD more than ten years ago, and hold an academic appointment as a teaching and research academic at level C or D.

If you meet the criteria stated in the guidelines for either the Accelerator or Energiser funding schemes we would encourage you to apply.

MCR Accelerator

The Accelerator scheme has been designed to provide support to mid-career teaching and research academics within Sydney Medical School.

In line with its commitment to focus resources on researcher development, the faculty is making available $50,000 for one year for researchers. Further detail on the conditions and eligibility for the scheme can be found below.


Applications are now closed

Guidelines (PDF)

Application Form (PDF)

MCR Energiser

The Energiser scheme has been designed to provide support to mid-career teaching and research academics within Sydney Medical School in order to assist their supervision of research degree candidates.

In line with its commitment to focus resources on researcher development, the faculty is making available $10,000 for one year for researchers. Further detail on the conditions and eligibility for the scheme can be found below.

Applications are now closed

Guidelines (PDF)

Application Form (PDF)

Early Career Researcher Overseas Conference Support 2016

The Sydney Medical School, in partnership with the DVC (Research), funds international conference support. The scheme is aimed at teaching and research academic staff in the first ten years of their PhD award. The goal is to help our newer members of staff to develop their research profiles. If you meet the criteria stated in the Guidelines, and are presenting at or are considering attending a conference between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017, we encourage you to apply.

Successful applicants will be awarded up $2,500 to cover registration, travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

To be considered an Early Career Researcher under this scheme the applicant must have been awarded their PhD in 2006 or since, and hold an academic appointment in Sydney Medical School up to and including Level C at the date of application. The applicant must hold an academic appointment in Sydney Medical School at the proposed time of travel. Researchers working within the Medical Research Institutes are eligible, provided that they meet the criteria outlined in the Guidelines.

Please note that a three year exclusion period now applies to applicants who have been awarded this grant in the past three years at the application date.

2016 Guidelines - PDF

2016 Application Form - PDF

Applications are closed

To apply please return the Application Form with supporting documents to

Helen Triantafyllou Early Career Researcher Conference Award

In memory of the late Helen Triantafyllou, who passed away suddenly on 27 November 2012, the Sydney Medical School will be offering a named award to the highest ranked applicant for the ECR Overseas Conference Support scheme.

Helen Triantafyllou was well known in the Sydney Medical School, having spent eight years in the Faculty as Office Manager, Postgraduate Education Manager and finally as the Manager of the Office of Research and Research Training. Helen was passionate in supporting and championing early careers researchers. We are privileged to be able to honour Helen’s memory in this way.

* No separate application is required as applicants will be automatically considered for this award based on their ECR Overseas Conference Support application *

Early Career Researcher Kickstart Grants

The Kickstart Grants Program is being offered for funding in 2017.

In line with its commitment to focus resources on the support of early career researchers and new staff members, Sydney Medical School offers research grants of up to $25,000 for one year for early career researchers or staff who are new to the Sydney Medical School. These grants are intended to be investments in people and pilot projects that are likely to lead to major funding returns.

Early career researchers are considered to be those who were awarded their PhD in 2006 or later, and hold an academic appointment up to and including Level B.

New staff are researchers holding positions up to and including Level C who have been employed by the University of Sydney for less than 2 years as at the closing date for applications.

These grants are targeted specifically at these two groups of researchers, rather than established researchers and those with existing grant funding.

Applications close 1 September 2016

Guidelines (PDF)

Application Form (PDF)

Early Career Researcher PhD Scholarships

The University of Sydney Medical School's Early Career Researcher PhD Scholarships is being offered for funding in 2017.

This is an internally funded scheme for members of the Sydney Medical School and provides scholarship funding for PhD candidates for up to a period of three years in the first instance.

These scholarships, of up to $25,640 per annum for an initial period of three years, are intended to provide a means for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to recruit and provide scholarship funding to PhD candidates where they may not have otherwise been able to do so. In addition to the stipend, direct research funding of $5000 per year for an initial period of three years will be awarded.

These scholarships are specifically for students supervised by ECRs. To be considered an ECR under this scheme, the applicant must have been awarded her/his PhD in 2006 or later and hold a Level A, B or C academic appointment with the Sydney Medical School as at the closing date for applications.

The ECR will submit the application on the candidate’s behalf. Only one award can be made to a nominated supervisor. Applications can be made for both domestic and international candidates, although international candidates must have demonstrated their capacity to pay tuition fees and other incidental costs not covered by this scheme.

Applications close 1 September 2016

Guidelines (PDF)

Application Form (PDF)

The Professor Tony Basten Fellowship

The Professor Tony Basten Fellowship is being offered for funding in 2017.

The Professor Tony Basten Fellowship has been established through a bequest of the late Dr Peter Valese to the Sydney Medical School Foundation. It is awarded as a grant-in-aid to a postdoctoral fellow for research into medical genetics and molecular biology. These grants of up to $50,000 per year are directed explicitly at Early Career Researchers (ECRs).

To be considered an ECR under this scheme, the applicant must have been awarded her/his PhD in 2006 or later and meet other eligibility criteria.

Applications close 1 September 2016

Guidelines (PDF)

Application Form (PDF)

Inquiries regarding the above schemes


Office of Research and Research Training
Sydney Medical School
Ph: 02 9114 0802

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Helen and Robert Ellis Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applications for this fellowship are now closed.

In 2010, the Helen and Robert Ellis Postdoctoral Fellowship was established in accordance with the conditions of the bequest of Dr Helen Maureen Shaw. The objective of the Helen and Robert Ellis Postdoctoral Fellowship is to promote and encourage postdoctoral cancer research at the Sydney Medical School.

Conditions of Award

The Fellowship is awarded under the following conditions:

  1. The Fellowship shall be known as the Helen and Robert Ellis Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.
  2. The objective of the Fellowship shall be to promote and encourage postdoctoral cancer research in the Sydney Medical School.
  3. The Fellowship shall be awarded by the Chair of the University's Academic Board on the basis of academic merit and the appropriateness of the proposed research project. Applications shall be considered by a sub-committee of the Sydney Medical School Research Committee which shall submit a recommendation to the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Sydney Medical School Foundation which will in turn recommend to the Chair of the Academic Board.
  4. A fellowship will only be awarded to an applicant who holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy or who possesses such equivalent standing as may be approved by the Research Committee of the Sydney Medical School.
  5. The fellowships are tenable for one year in the first instance but, subject to satisfactory progress, may be renewed for a second and third year. Fellowships may not be renewed beyond the third year, and a Fellowship holder shall not be eligible for award of a new Helen and Robert Ellis Postdoctoral Research Fellowship on any subsequent occasion.
  6. The Fellowship can be appointed at Level B, Steps 1-3 only of the relevant University of Sydney salary scales. The Fellowship may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship award.

The Medical School reserves the right to not award the Fellowship should no applications of sufficient merit be received in any given year

For any further information, please contact:

Henry Langley Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applications for this fellowship are now closed


In 1988 the University of Sydney established a postdoctoral award for research into the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in accordance with the conditions of a bequest received from Mr Henry Langley in 1970. The Henry Langley Fellowship is available for postdoctoral research into rheumatoid arthritis at Sydney Medical School.

Conditions of Award

The Fellowship is awarded under the following conditions:

  1. The Fellowship shall be known as the Henry Langley Postdoctoral Fellowship
  2. The object of the Fellowship shall be to promote and encourage postdoctoral research into the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in the Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney
  3. The Fellowships shall be awarded by the Dean of Sydney Medical School on the recommendation of the Research Committee of the Medical School, on the basis of academic merit and the appropriateness of the proposed research. In selecting fellows, preference will be given to applicants who have already embarked on research careers in the area of rheumatoid arthritis, and for whom the award of the fellowship can be seen as a significant contribution to the further development of their careers. Therefore, while senior scientists are not precluded from applying, preference will be given to scientists at an earlier stage of their careers i.e. within five years of award of their PhD
  4. The Fellowship will only be awarded to an applicant who holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy or equivalent, as may be approved by the Research Committee of the Sydney Medical School
  5. The Fellowship is tenable for one year with a possible renewal of a second and third year subject to budget and progress considerations.
  6. The successful applicant will be appointed at an appropriate level within the University of Sydney salary scale for Research Fellows, usually Level B. In addition, an appropriate clinical loading may be paid to eligible fellows. The Fellowship may not be held concurrently with any other award from the University of Sydney.
  7. Subject to verification of the expenses actually incurred, the Fellowship may be accompanied by a grant-in-aid up to $5,000 to cover approved items such as technical assistance, equipment and consumables.

The Medical School reserves the right to not award the Fellowship should no applications of sufficient merit be received in any given year

For any further information, please contact:

Rolf Edgar Lake Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applications for this fellowship are now closed


The Rolf Edgar Lake Postdoctoral Fellowship was established to encourage and promote postdoctoral research in Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney.

Conditions of Award

The Rolf Edgar Lake Postdoctoral Fellowship was established in 1978, and is awarded under the following conditions:

  1. The Fellowships shall be awarded by the Research Committee of Sydney Medical School on the basis of merit and the appropriateness of the proposed program. In selecting fellows, preference will be given to applicants who have already embarked on research careers, and for whom the award of the fellowship can be seen as a significant contribution to the further development of their careers. Therefore, while senior scientists are not precluded from applying, preference will be given to scientists at an earlier stage of their careers i.e. within five years of award of their PhD.
  2. The Fellowship will only be awarded to an applicant who holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy or equivalent, as may be approved by the Research Committee of the Sydney Medical School
  3. The Fellowships are tenable for one year in the first instance but, subject to satisfactory progress, may be renewed for a second and third year. Fellowships may not be renewed beyond the third year, and Fellowship holders shall not be eligible for award of a new Rolf Edgar Lake Postdoctoral Fellowship on any subsequent occasion.
  4. The successful applicant will be appointed at an appropriate level within the University of Sydney salary scale for Research Fellows. Qualifying recipients shall also be paid an appropriate clinical loading. The Fellowships may not be held concurrently with any other award from the University of Sydney.
  5. Subject to verification of the expenses actually incurred, a Fellowship may be accompanied by a grant-in-aid up to $15,000 to cover approved items such as technical assistance, equipment and consumables.

The Medical School reserves the right to not award the Fellowship should no applications of sufficient merit be received in any given year

For any further information, please contact:

CAR Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships: Interdisciplinary Air Pollution & Health Research

The Centre for Air quality and health Research and evaluation (CAR; an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence) is based at a network of Universities and research institutes in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Postdoctoral fellowships are for those interested in a career in air pollution research. Candidates may come from a variety of backgrounds including medicine, science, public health and epidemiology, occupational and environmental health, computer science or other relevant fields.

Fellowship funding is available for 12 months with possible extension; the fellowship is available for an immediate start. Applicants will need to be supervised by a CAR Investigator (see attached guidelines) and collaboration across institutions is encouraged.

Applications are now open and will close on 5 August 2016

Further information about CAR and application forms are available by emailing the Executive Officer at

Applications must be submitted to Ms Elyse Guevara-Rattray, Executive Officer, Centre for Air quality and health Research and evaluation (CAR). No late applications will be accepted.

Guidelines and further information (PDF)

Inquiries

Please direct queries regarding these schemes to the Sydney Medical School's Office of Research and Research Training at