Early Career Fellowships

The purpose of NHMRC Early Career Fellowships (ECFs) is to provide opportunities for Australian researchers to undertake research that is both of major importance in its field and of benefit to Australian health.

A major objective of the scheme is to foster career development at the postdoctoral level by encouraging the beneficial experience of a different research environment.

ECFs provide for advanced training in health and medical research either in Australia or overseas (where appropriate), to enable Fellows to work on research projects with nominated advisers. Awards are offered to a limited number of persons of outstanding ability who wish to make research a significant component of their career.

Documentation to Apply for an Early Career Fellowship

Critical documentation to apply to the Early Career Fellowship scheme is available on GrantConnect.

Applicants need to be a GrantConnect registered user to download Grant Opportunity documents prior to starting an application in RGMS.  To register, applicants must complete the New User Registration on the GrantConnect website.

The following resources provide further information on how to apply for NHMRC grant funding:

Apply for funding

The NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) must be used to access/enter your CV and Profile, and submit your Early Career Fellowship application. Applicants that are not yet registered in RGMS should contact the Research Help Centre at help@nhmrc.gov.au for more information.

A complete ECF application consists of:

  1. The relevant information in your RGMS Profile and CV.
  2. Parts A and B of the application form including all required PDF uploads.

Prior to submission, 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, your application will be considered final and no changes can be accepted.

Applicants are advised to contact the Research Administration Office (RAO) at their Administering Institution early in the application process and are asked to direct any questions they may have to their RAO.

Key Dates

The key dates for the ECF 2018 application round are as follows:

  • Applications open: 10 January 2018
  • Applications close: 28 February 2018 at 17:00 hrs (5:00pm) AEDT

Changes to the 2018 Early Career Fellowships for funding commencing in 2019

Several changes have been made to the Early Career Fellowships Scheme-Specific Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2019, as summarised below:

  • Section 7.2 Electromagnetic Energy Research
    Wording has been updated to reflect current Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) policy.

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 help@nhmrc.gov.au.

Archived Documentation for the Previous Round

  • Funding Outcomes-Historical Information