Early career researcher opportunities

The Faculty of Arts is keen to support promising Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to join our Faculty.

Please note: If you are a current Faculty of Arts academic see the Staff Intranet Research web page.

There are three competitive funding schemes that enable ECRs to take up fellowships in the Faculty of Arts: McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships program, Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) and the Indigenous Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

All schemes require you to have the support of a researcher or mentor currently employed in the Faculty of Arts prior to application. You can find staff lists and contact details on the Faculty of Arts School websites.

  • McKenzie Fellowships

    McKenzie Fellowships are funded by The University of Melbourne and enable researchers who completed their PhDs on or after 1 January 2015 to take up three year research positions at the University, along with an additional $25,000 to be spent on project costs over the term of their Fellowship. For more
    information, including information on eligibility exemptions, please visit the McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships program web page. Please note that the Expression of Interest step below is required in order to be considered for a McKenzie Fellowship.

    Expressions of interest:  

    for McKenzie Post-Doctoral Fellowships commencing in 2018 are now open. To be considered for a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Faculty of Arts in this year's round, ALL applicants must submit an Expression of Interest via the online form (also accessible via the button below) by

    11.59pm 4 August 2017 (AEST).  

    The online Expression of Interest form will require you to upload a single document that includes both your current CV and a one page summary of your proposed research project. You will also be asked to provide 300 word responses to each of the selection criteria outlined in the Funding Guidelines,
    and an additional one relating to School alignment.

    Proposed research project

    This includes its appropriateness to the area in which it would be located; anticipated project outcomes; and how these will make possible strong opportunities for further externally funded fellowships or academic employment.

    Track record

    This includes an evaluation of your research experience and publication record relative to opportunity, as well as the relationship between the research proposed and existing research in your discipline.

    Contribution to research renewal and development in the University

    This includes how your proposed research will contribute to strategic research directions and broader collaboration and linkages in the University of Melbourne. For information on the University's strategies for ensuring ongoing research excellence please see Research at Melbourne: Ensuring Excellence and Impact to 2025 (3.5Mb pdf).

    Applicant's expertise and project aligns with host School's strengths

    McKenzie Fellows are expected to take an active role in the intellectual life of their host School within the Faculty of Arts, and successful applicants usually have research interests that complement the existing strengths of their host School. Please refer to the School websites to determine which academic school is most appropriate for your research project.

    Expression of Interest

    The form can be saved and resumed up to 30 days after the date of commencement.

  • Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA)

    The DECRA scheme is funded by the Australian government through the Australian Research Council (ARC), and supports early career researchers who have typically received their PhD in the last 5 years, or have eligible commensurate career interruption. DECRAs provide funding for three year fellowships
    along with up to $40,000 p.a. for research expenses including (but not limited to) fieldwork, conference travel and research assistance. For more information please visit the Research Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) web page.

    Please note: Applications for the 2017 DECRA round have now closed. Early Career Researchers considering applying for a DECRA in the 2018 round should lodge a Notice of Intent as soon as possible. Prospective applicants deemed to be under-prepared
    or lacking experience will not be supported.