Brown Fellowship

 Brown Fellowship

Funding body

University of Sydney

Key dates

Opening date Monday 21 March 2016

Closing date 11.30pm Sunday 8 May 2016


The Brown Fellowships are offered to university researchers whose careers have been interrupted by the undertaking of sustained primary caring duties.

These Fellowships aim to assist recipients re-establish or enhance their academic research careers.

Fellowships may be taken up in any of the University's faculties, schools or departments.

Prospective applicants must discuss their application with the "host" Head of School or equivalent. Applications will only be considered where there is clear evidence of strong support from the Head of School or equivalent.

The Brown Fellowships provides academic staff with relief from routine teaching and administrative responsibilities, and research only staff with funding to secure technical assistance, for up to two semesters.


The Brown Fellowship provides up to $60,000 per fellow at $30,000 per semester ($25,000 in teaching relief/technical assistance and $5,000 in research support).


Applicants must:

  • be academic or research only staff already employed by the University of Sydney or other affiliated institutions (including but not limited to medical institutes) and have an on-going appointment with a termination date after the end of the proposed fellowship, who had been in such employment at least 12 months before the interruption to their career occurred;

  • be able to demonstrate in their application that their research career has been significantly interrupted by child rearing or other family responsibilities such as primary responsibility for the sustained care of a dependent family member (who may, for example, be elderly, sick or a person with disabilities) that commenced within the last 5 years;

  • have completed a PhD or equivalent qualification or experience in their field at least three years prior to application; and

  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents

Application process

  1. Read the Brown Fellowship application guidelines (PDF)
  2. Contact the Head of the proposed host Department or School ASAP to establish support for the application in this round (a softcopy of signed letter is required, see below). 
  3. Read: what makes a strong Brown application? (Unikey required)
  4. Complete the online application and attach the required supporting documents.  Attachments should be clearly typed on A4 pages with a 2cm margin on all sides in 12 point font

Special considerations

While caring responsibilities are most often associated with women, there are also men who carry significant and sustained caring responsibilities. We would encourage men who have had recent periods of significant interruption to their careers due to caring responsibilities to consider applying.

These Fellowships are a vehicle for the university to support carers, irrespective of gender. Men are also encouraged to apply.

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