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Practitioner Fellowships

NHMRC Practitioner Fellowships provide support for active clinicians and public health or health services professionals to undertake research that is linked to their practice or policy.

Key Dates

The key dates for the Practitioner Fellowships 2014 funding round are as follows:

  • Applications open: 11 December 2013
  • Applications close: 17:00hrs (5pm) AEDT, 5 February 2014

Changes to Practitioner Fellowships scheme for 2014

Several changes have been made to the Practitioner Fellowships scheme including:

  • Applications from new applicants are only accepted from applicants who have never held a Practitioner Fellowship.
  • Applications from returning applicants are only accepted from applicants who are current Fellows or have previously held a Practitioner Fellowship.
  • The Statement of Expectations has been revised to provide clearer distinction between the two levels.

For a full list of changes to Practitioner Fellowships, please refer to Section 3 of the Practitioner Fellowships Funding Rules.

Applying 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
  3. The uploaded PDF Confirmation Letters in relation to Clinical/Public Health status and employment positions (uploaded to Part B: Funding Partner/Employers).

Note: Application for Practitioner Fellowships which are submitted without Confirmation Letters will be deemed ineligible.

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).

*NHMRC aims to continuously improve its grant application and assessment (peer review) process. For upcoming grant application rounds, applicants will need to supply less information compared to previous years. Click here for more information on the Streamlining and Application Assessment Project.

Documentation to apply for a Practitioner Fellowship

Further Information

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

In the event that you are unable to satisfy your concern by seeking assistance through your Administering Institution, contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983, or email

Page last updated on 10 January 2014