Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowships for Early Career Researchers in Australia

Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellowships in University of Wollongong

Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowships for Early Career Researchers in Australia

Designation/Position-  Fellowships for Early Career Researchers

University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia invites application for Fellowships for Early Career Researchers from eligible and interested candidates

About- The Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme was established in 2011 to connect outstanding early career researchers, less than five years post award PhD, with established, world-class academics working in areas of research of strategic importance at the University of Wollongong (UOW). From 2020, to align with the UOW Reconciliation Action Plan, the Scheme specifically established an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to attract an Aboriginal targeted outstanding early career researcher. Fellowships for Early Career Researchers

Research/Job Area- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Location- University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia  


Applicants must:

a) have been awarded a PhD on or after 1 July 2014 and on or before the closing date of applications. OR

b) have been awarded a PhD prior to 1 July 2014, which together with periods of significant career interruption (between the PhD award date and the closing time of submission of applications), would be commensurate with a PhD being awarded on or after 1 July 2014. Career interruptions of less than one month will not be considered. The following types of interruption will be considered:

• carer’s responsibility, including maternity or parental leave, care for immediate family (eg partner, children, parent);

• disruption due to international relocation for postdoctoral studies or other research employment, not exceeding 3 months per international relocation;

• illness;

• unemployment, or non-research employment outside of the research sector, including time working in industry.


c) meet one of the following:

i. be external to UOW (See Definitions table); or

ii. be a UOW PhD graduate, who has held a postdoctoral research/academic position with another organisation, for a period equivalent to six months full-time at the time of application subsequent to the award of their PhD, who does not currently hold a continuing paid position at UOW; or

iii. be a current UOW employee, with a paid limited term appointment, who obtained their PhD elsewhere.

Strong preference will be given to candidates seeking to join UOW from other organisations within Australia or from overseas.

Job/Position Description- 

Funding for a Postdoctoral Fellowship shall be awarded for a period of three (3) years;

A salary (taxable) will be provided. Appointment will commence at Level B1 of UOW’s academic salary scale;

How to Apply- Applicants must discuss their application with their proposed Mentor, and the Head of the proposed host Unit, prior to commencing the application. Applications that do not have appropriate endorsements will not be considered.

Project Proposal:

this section should be no more than 4 pages, plus references (not included in the page count), and outline the applicant’s research plan for the duration of the Fellowship. The following headings must be used:

• Project Title

• Aims

• Significance

• Approach and methods

• Strategic alignment with host Unit

• Project alignment with UOW priority research areas

• Budget ($10,000 p.a. is available for project costs – clearly state and justify these costs)

• Project timeline

(ii) Curriculum Vitae:

(iii) External Referee Report:

(iv)UOW Mentor Report:

Last Date for Apply– 18 September 2019

Application closing date: Wednesday 18 September 2019

Applicants notified of outcome: By Friday 15 November 2019

Fellowship commencement date: Between 1 March – 31 August 2020

See Position Details-

Official Website-

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