Research Fellowship

 Research Fellowship

Funding body


Key dates

Applications open: 28 January 2015
Internal closing date: 6 March 2015
Application due at NHMRC: 25 March 2015


The purpose of the NHMRC Research Fellowships Scheme is to provide opportunities for outstanding biomedical and health researchers with proven track records to undertake research that is both of major importance in its field and of significant benefit to Australian health and medical research. Research Fellowships offered by the NHMRC are prestigious awards and are, consequently, highly sought after and extremely competitive.  Recipients of Research Fellowships are generally in the top 10% of their field.


Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent research qualification. 

Applicants must be either an Australian citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident, or a New Zealand citizen.  Applicants who have not yet been granted Permanent Resident status may apply provided such status has been sought and is likely to have been attained by the time the Fellowship must be taken up. Evidence that this status has been granted must be provided prior to commencement of the Award. Offers of a fellowship will

not be held open beyond the acceptance date in anticipation of permanent residency being granted.


There are three Research Fellowship levels:

  • Senior Research Fellow (SRF A and SRF B)
  • Principal Research Fellow
  • Senior Principal Research Fellow

Each level provides one-line funding for five years.

Application process

  1. Read How to appy for a NHMRC scheme and Prepare a proposal before you start
  2. Contact the Research Grants and Contracts team
  3. Read Sydney Applicaion Process for NHMRC Research Fellowships (DOC)
  4. Review the NHMRC reference material: Research Fellowship Funding Policy, Research Fellowship Advice and Instructions to Applicants
  5. Gain access to RGMS
  6. Create application in RGMS and submit draft proposal to Research Grants and Contracts by internal closing date
  7. Complete Research Proposal Clearance Form
  8. Submit complete final application by final application due date


  • Grant proposal template - TBA
  • Application form for a one year extension for retiring fellows - TBA