Future Fellowships

 Future Fellowships

Funding Body

Australian Research Council

Key Dates

Proposals open in RMS: Tuesday 15 March 2016

Eligibility Exemption Requests Open: Monday 22 February 2016

Eligibility Exemption Requests Close: Friday 4 March 2016

Internal close for Review: Tuesday 19 April 2016

Request not to Assess Close: Tuesday 26 April 2016

External close for ARC submission: Tuesday 10  May 2016


The aim of Future Fellowships is to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers to conduct their research in Australia. Preference will be given to those researchers who can demonstrate a capacity to build collaboration across industry and/or research institutions and/or with other disciplines. Future Fellowships will aim to encourage outstanding Australian researchers currently based overseas to return to Australia.


For the purposes of the Future Fellowships scheme, mid-career researchers are researchers who have between 5 and 15 years research experience since the award of their PhD (or equivalent research qualification) at the closing time of submission of Proposals.

Applications must comply with the ARC Medical Policy.


Funded for four years up to $210,120 per annum.  Additional funding of up to $50,000 per year may be used for infrastructure, equipment, travel and relocation costs directly related to the Future Fellow's research.

Application process

  1. Some Faculties request expressions of interest from potential candidates, for example the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Check with the Associate Dean Research in your Faculty for details of their process.
  2. Read How to apply for an ARC scheme and Prepare a proposal before you start
  3. Contact the Research Grants and Contracts office
  4. Read the ARC Funding Rules and Instructions to Applicants
  5. Submission of Eligibility Exemption Request - (now closed) (if applicable) by due date
  6. Create application in RMS and submit draft proposal to Research Grants and Contracts by internal closing date
  7. Complete Research Proposal Clearance Form and ARC FT16 Written Evidence
  8. Submit complete final application by final application due date along with non assessor form (if applicable)


ARC resources

University of Sydney resources