Thompson Fellowship

 Thompson Fellowship
Funding body University of Sydney
Key dates

Opening date 11 April 2014

Closing date 16 May 2014

Aims

The Thompson Fellowships aim to promote and enhance the careers of academic women. They are offered to academic and research-only women employed by the University of Sydney at levels C or D.

The Fellowships provide opportunities for women to develop and strengthen their research, preparing them to apply for, and assume, roles at levels D and E in the near future.

The Thompson Fellowships provide 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.

Funding

The Thompson Fellowship provides up to $60,000 per fellow at up to $30,000 per semester ($25,000 teaching relief and $5,000 research support). Pro rata for part-time fellows. The exact amount of funding will depend on the extent of the teaching and administrative load being relieved.

Eligibility

Applicants must be academic and research-only women currently employed by the University of Sydney at levels C or D.

Applications will be assessed on

  • the track record of the applicant, relative to opportunity;
  • the likelihood that the Fellowship would enable the applicant to enhance their career and improve their research track record in order to compete more effectively for academic employment at Levels D and E;
  • the quality of the aims, significance, approach and expected outcomes of the project application, including the feasibility of the project, given the research timetable, the length of the Fellowship, and available facilities and infrastructure; and
  • the level of support for the application from the Head of School including the capacity of the applicant to make a significant contribution to the academic life of the host department and Faculty.

How to apply

  1. Read the Thompson Fellowship guidelines (PDF)
  2. Contact the Head of the School/Department ASAP to establish support for the application in this round. Please be aware that it is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain a signed letter of support, e signature is acceptable. Unsigned letters of support will not be considered.
  3. Read: what makes a strong Thompson application? (Unikey required)
  4. Complete the online application and attach required supporting documents.  Attachments should be clearly typed on A4 pages with a 2cm margin on all sides in 12 point font.
  5. Two confidential referee reports must be sent to Julie Small  by 16 May 2014

    Referees should be chosen for their capacity to constructively comment on the candidate’s fit with the academic selection criteria and the likelihood that the Fellowship would enable the applicant to enhance their career and improve their research track record in order to compete more effectively for academic employment at Levels D or E. 

    The applicant should provide the referees with a copy of the application.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure referee reports are submitted. Late reports will not be considered. Use the referee report template, available below.

 

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