McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

--The University of Melbourne--

The McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships Program has been established to attract outstanding recent doctoral graduates to the University from around the world. The Program aims to recruit new researchers who have the potential to build and lead interdisciplinary collaborative research activities inside and across Academic Divisions. The University offers a leading and lively research environment that is internationally engaged, public-spirited and has many outstanding areas of research strength.

The objectives of the Program are to attract talented recent doctoral graduates in areas of research priority for the University. The Program is highly competitive, with up to ten McKenzie Fellowships and one Indigenous McKenzie Fellowship available each year.

Prospective applicants must discuss their interest in the Program with the relevant Academic Division at the University of Melbourne, prior to submitting their application. Applicants must adhere to Faculty Expression of Interest processes and timelines in order to be considered for award.

The University will fund the Fellowships for a three-year appointment commencing at Level A.6 in the University salary band plus superannuation.

Fellows will receive an additional $25,000 to be spent on project costs over the term of their Fellowship. Awards will be for a maximum of three years commencing between 1 January 2024 and 30 June 2024.

Please note the eligibility requirements for this program may change from year to year. This excerpt from for the last round is provided as an example only.

New applicants for 2023 must have been awarded a PhD from a university other than the University of Melbourne between..

1 November 2019 and 23 June 2022 - Eligible
1 November 2017 and 31 October 2019, and had a period of significant research career interruption between 1 November 2017 and 23 June 2022 - Eligible to apply, must complete Part B3 of the full application.
1 November 2011 and 31 October 2017 and there are exceptional extenuating circumstances - Not currently eligible. May complete Eligibility Exemption Request to determine eligibility prior to completing the full application.

At the time of application, applicants must not have held, or be holding, a fixed-term or continuing academic appointment at the University of Melbourne that is greater than one year. Where applicants have held multiple back-to-back fixed-term appointments, these should not be more than one year in total.

Applicants will be required to provide a declaration of support from the department/school in which they would be located if successful, but the criteria for selection will be university-based.

Eligibility Exemptions may be available for some applicants. For more information, please see the Guidelines and 'How to Apply' section below.
How to apply


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