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Internal grants and fellowships

Financial support for University of Sydney researchers

Our internal fellowships and grants seed new initiatives and partnerships, and allow researchers to push the bounds of their discipline.

Offered to employees of The University of Sydney. Applications for ARC Discovery and NHMRC Project grants that were ranked highly but not funded are automatically considered for this scheme.

Contact: Siobhan Clark

Offered to employees of the University of Sydney. The fellowships are designed to offer applicants a continuation of salary for period of up to one year at the end of an ARC or NHMRC Fellowship when they have been unsuccessful in obtaining a continuing externally funded salary. Awards are available up to a maximum period of 12 months and are initially funded for a period of time between the date of expiry of the externally funded fellowship and December 31 in the relevant year.

Contact: Siobhan Clark

The University of Sydney funds three categories of Equity Fellowships to employees of the University as follows:

  • 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. 
  • Brown Fellowships are offered to researchers whose careers have been interrupted by the undertaking of sustained primary caring duties and provide relief from routine teaching and administrative responsibilities, and research-only staff with funding for technical assistance for up to two semesters
  • Laffan Fellowships are named in honour of Mr Matt Laffan, Sydney alumnus and colourful character in Sydney's legal fraternity who battled a rare genetic disorder and inspired Australians with his zest for life.
    These Fellowships are offered to university researchers who have, or have experienced, a significant disability, and aims to assist recipients re-establish or enhance their academic research careers.

Key dates: Applications open 11 May and close 29 June 2018

Contact: Sherridan Blackman

Offered to employees of the University of Sydney and funded by the University and the NHMRC, grants of up to $200,000 will be considered for funding. Where the application is for part funding of a purchase greater than $200,000, funding for the remainder must already have been secured and evidence for this funding must be supplied with the application.

Contact: Nicole Richardson

Funding available to University of Sydney employees and aims to reward success in attracting prestigious research fellows by providing a financial contribution towards the shortfall between the salaries provided by category 1 research fellow schemes and the University pay scales.

Contact: Grant Cruchley

Provides financial support towards the salary of ARC Discovery Early Career Awards (DECRA) held by the University of Sydney employees. This support from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) tops-up the salary component of the DECRA to lessen the gap between it and University pay scales. See above for further ARC DECRA information.

Contact: Grant Cruchley

These fellowships are awarded to early and mid career researchers and aim to recognise and develop our most talented researchers and to establish a cohort of future research leaders for Sydney. Applicants must be University of Sydney academic staff. See our most recent SOAR Fellows.

Contact: Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg    

The distinctive aim of SREI 2020 is to encourage colleagues to self-organise and propose opportunities from both within and/or across disciplines to test new ideas, push disciplinary boundaries and scale up research activities that have the potential for enabling research excellence, leadership and preeminence globally. Continuing and fixed term University of Sydney academic staff and affiliates are eligible to apply and/or be part of this scheme. See our most recent SREI2020 recipients

Contact: Andrew Black

Available to University of Sydney employees, the University of Sydney’s Commercial Development and Industry Partnerships (CDIP) Team offer the following opportunities:

  • CDIP fund for research commercialisation - provides critical financial support for research projects with commercial potential
  • The University of Sydney Industry Engagement Fund (SIEF) - available to academic staff and affiliates of The University to enable applicants to make connections with potential industry partners.
  • Industry and community engagement seed fund- aims to increase the level of researcher engagement with potential industry partner(s), thereby increasing the opportunity for support from such a partner on a Linkage Program grant funding application or CRC-P project.


The Robinson Fellowships create a pathway towards continuing teaching and research positions at the University for the most outstanding early-career researchers. The structured, four-year program includes salary, research costs, and mentoring support. Heads of School, Deans, Associate Deans (Research) and the Research Portfolio identify potential candidates (current employees only) based on merit and potential. Eligible candidates will likely hold an externally or internally funded fixed-term fellowship, and be less than 12 years post-PhD. Read more.

Contact: Andrew Black.

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