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Research Fellowships

Research Fellowships support Australia’s very best medical and health research talent in full-time research during the most productive years of their research life to further develop as leaders in their field and contribute to the Australian research community through active participation.

The objective of the Research Fellowships scheme is to foster an intellectual environment which supports and builds the capacity of Australian research for the future and in so doing, creates knowledge through investment in research which improves health and thus contributes to Australia’s prosperity.

Key dates

The key dates for the Research Fellowships 2013 round for funding commencing in 2014 are:

  • Applications open: 4 December 2013
  • Applications close: 17:00hrs (5pm) AEDT, 29 January 2014

Changes to Research Fellowships scheme for 2014

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

  • Applications from new applicants are only accepted from applicants who have never held a Research Fellowship
  • Applications from returning applicants are only accepted from applicants who are current Fellows or have previously held a Research Fellowship
  • Bernie Banton Fellowship is no longer available with Research Fellowships and is now included in Career Development Fellowships and Early Career Fellowships.

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

Applying for funding

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

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

A complete Research Fellowship application consists of:

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

Prior to submission of an application for a Research 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 Research Fellowship

Applying for a One Year Extension for Retiring Fellows

Current NHMRC Fellows, who are nearing retirement and intend to remain research active, may apply for a one year extension of their Research Fellowship. Fellows will not be required to complete a full reapplication for a new five year award nor attend an interview.

Current Fellows who wish to apply for a one year extension of their Fellowship, should email the NHMRC through their institution’s Research Administration Office, by the closing date for Research Fellowship applications, to: Fellows must attach their signed statement, letter of intent and CV. Applicants should refer to the Research Fellowships Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2015 for further details.

Documentation to apply for a One Year Extension for Retiring Fellows

Changes to the Funding Rules for Research Fellowships for funding commencing in 2016

On advice from NHMRC’s Research Committee, the following changes will be implemented in the 2015 funding round of Research Fellowships:

1. Removal of Sixth Year Extensions and One Year Extensions for Retiring Fellows

To ensure the competitive nature of the Research Fellowship scheme and to fund the maximum number of new full Fellowships, the provisions of sixth year extensions and one year extensions for retiring Fellows will no longer be offered. This new policy will be applied to successful applicants in the 2015 funding round for funding commencing in 2016, and in subsequent funding rounds.

2. Removal of the Trans-Tasman Joint Initiative Award

Established in 2003 between NHMRC and Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC), the Trans-Tasman Award was intended to assist with the establishment of research collaborations across the Tasman. NHMRC’s obligations to this commitment have been fulfilled and consequently this award will no longer be offered in the Research Fellowships scheme.

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 9 April 2014