These fellowships are highly competitive, four year fellowships that recognise and provide support for the most outstanding early to mid-career health and medical researchers in each Fellowship category.

CDFs can be applied for at one of two levels depending on the applicant’s career stage – CDF Level 1 or CDF Level 2.

The specific objectives of the CDF scheme are to:

  • enable investigators to establish themselves as independent, self-directed researchers
  • expand capacity for clinical, population health, biomedical and bioinformatics research, and for evidence-based policy development in Australian health systems
  • encourage the translation of research outcomes into practice
  • bridge the gap between research and industry
  • provide a means for Australian researchers working overseas to return to Australia to continue their career development.

Grant at a glance

Duration of funding
4 years

Key changes

  • Clarification that a career disruption cannot extend past the application close date.
  • Removal of eligibility restrictions for Professors and Associate Professors.

Before you submit an application, please make sure you have:


Grant submission advice

Read all relevant reference material

GrantConnect GO Documents


Liaise with your Administering Institution

to identify any specific requirements that the institution may have


Ensure your application is complete and correct.