Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme

 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme
Funding body University of Sydney
Key dates
  • Career Interruptions requests: Friday 9 May 2014
  • Head of School support requests: Sunday 18 May 2014
  • Closing date: Friday 27 June 2014


These Fellowships allow outstanding researchers within 1-6 years of the award of their PhD to undertake research in any School at the University of Sydney.

Application process

    1. Read the Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowship guidelines  (Please note: If applying to any school in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences please refer to FASS guidelines below)
    2. Arrange a University of Sydney academic sponsor [Research Opportunities or Find an Expert] and obtain approval to proceed.
    3. After sponsor approval obtained, contact the Head of the host School/Faculty to request endorsement* and include their signature on the Formal approvals and signatures form.
    4. Apply online
      Note: You should not commence an online application until you have been endorsed by the Head of your host School/Faculty.
    5. Obtain two confidential referee reports and submit them Friday 27 June 2014. A referee report template is available below.


*Applicants applying through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) are advised to complete an Expression of Interest FASS Expression of Interest (DOC) as a request for endorsement. Contact the'>FASS research office for further information.


Applicants must have an outstanding track record relative to opportunity in order to be short-listed. Successful applicants are expected to be based full-time at the University for the duration of the Fellowship and must not hold a concurrent paid appointment.

Strong preference will be given to applicants seeking to join the University from another organisation in Australia or from overseas. Applicants must have a PhD award dated no earlier than 1 January 2009. Applicants with a PhD award dated later than 31 December 2013 are extremely unlikely to be competitive and should talk to the host Head of School to assess competitiveness before applying.

Applicants with a PhD awarded by the University of Sydney within the timeframe specified above may apply if they have held a position with another organisation subsequent to the award of their PhD.

Applicants currently employed at the University of Sydney or other affiliated institutions (including but not limited to medical institutes) who commenced such employment after the award of their PhD AND on or after 1 July 2013 are eligible to apply.


Starting salary will be A$112,364 (includes $86,434 base salary plus leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation) and a total research support grant of A$25,000 is provided. The duration of the Fellowship is three years.

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