Practitioner Fellowships

A Practitioner Fellowship is a five year, part-time fellowship for clinicians, public health or health service professionals to engage in research related to their professional activities.

The Practitioner Fellowships scheme is a key element in NHMRC’s commitment to accelerate the bridging of the gap between the acquisition of new knowledge from research and its implementation into practice and policy.

The scheme aims to support research which results in the translation of new evidence into improved clinical practice and health policy and which delivers improvements in health and healthcare to Australians.

Apply for funding

The NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) must be used to access/enter your CV and Profile, and submit your Practitioner Fellowship application.

Applicants who are not yet registered in RGMS should contact the Research Help Centre on for more information.

A complete Practitioner Fellowship application consists of:

  1. The relevant information in your RGMS Profile and CV
  2. Completion of Parts A and B (including the Grant Proposal PDF) of the application form

Prior to submission of an application for a Practitioner Fellowship, applicants are to ensure they:

  1. Read all relevant reference material;
  2. Liaise with their Administering Institution to identify any specific requirements that the institution may have; and
  3. Ensure their application is complete and correct (once submitted to NHMRC, an application will be considered final and no changes will be accepted).

Key Dates

The key dates for the Practitioner Fellowships 2015 funding round are as follows:

  • Applications open: 28 January 2015
  • Applications close: 17:00 hrs (5:00pm) AEDT, 25 March 2015

Changes to Practitioner Fellowships scheme for 2015

  • Section 5: Eligibility - Practitioner Fellows are expected to devote 0.4 – 0.7 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) to achieving the outcomes of the fellowship, previously 0.3 - 0.7 FTE.
  • Section 5.6: Citizenship – At the time of acceptance of the award, the applicant must be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident of Australia, or a New Zealand citizen. Previously this status was required when the award commenced.
  • Section 8.1: Funding - Wording has been added to clarify that successful applicants are expected to commence their fellowship on 1 January of the first year of the award.
  • Attachment B – The Statement of Expectations has been revised to provide clearer distinction between the two levels.

For further information on these changes, refer to the NHMRC Funding Rules 2015 incorporating the Practitioner Fellowships scheme - specific funding rules for funding commencing in 2016.

Documentation to apply for a Practitioner Fellowship

Research Classifications Guides including Broad Research Area, Fields of Research and NHMRC Keyword ⁄ Phrases

Practitioner Fellowship Applications in Indigenous Health and Well-being

Recent Outcomes

Further Information

If you require more information, direct your inquiry to your Research Administration Office in the first instance.

If you require assistance and are unable to satisfy your concern by seeking assistance through your administering institution:

Contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983, or email

Archived Documentation for the Previous Round