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 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.

  • 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.