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.

Documentation to apply for a Practitioner Fellowship

Critical documentation to apply to the Practitioner Fellowships 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

Applicants must use the NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) to access/update their CV and Profile, and submit their Practitioner Fellowships 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. Parts A and B of the application form including all required PDF uploads.

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

  1. Read all relevant reference material on GrantConnect GO Documents
  2. Liaise with their Administering Institution to identify any specific requirements that the institution may have
  3. Ensure their application is complete and correct.

Once submitted to NHMRC, an application will be considered final and no changes will be accepted.

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

Key Dates

The key dates for the Practitioner Fellowships 2018 funding round are as follows:

  • Applications open: 6 December 2017
  • Applications close: 17:00 hrs (5:00pm) AEDT, 31 January 2018

Changes to the 2018 Practitioner Fellowships Scheme-Specific Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2019

  • Section 9.1 – The text has been revised to clarify the videoconference interview requirement for provision of contact details, including an alternate phone number.

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