At a glance

Available to: 
Future Student
Level of study: 
Continuing Professional Development
Australian and Permanent Residents or NZ citizens
Award value:
Valued at up to $460,000 over three years for early career researchers
Applications open: 
15 June 2017
Applications close: 
31 August 2017
  • Eligibility

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    Securing a Fellowship will make an immense difference to your research, resulting in lasting benefits to Australia.

    To be a successful candidate, you will need to demonstrate how your proposed research contributes to the growth and prosperity of Australia in at least one of the Foundation's focus areas.

    You will also be able to demonostrate:

    • Academic excellence and achievements to date;
    • A supportive and high quality research environment;
    • A strong sense of connection to Australia and commitment to improving the lives of others; and,
    • The attributes of a Westpac Research Fellow.


    • You are an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
    • You have been awarded a PhD between 1 September 2011 and 1 September 2014; or have obtained an Eligibility Exemption frmo the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) or equivalent if your PhD was awarded prior to 1 September 2011;
    • Your proposed area of research is in a field of research at a participating university with an Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) four digit Field of Research (FOR) rating "well above world standing".  For a comprehensive list of FOR ratings by university, visit the Australian Research Council's website;
    • You are able to commence your research by 30 June 2018;
    • Your proposed research will continue to the future of Australia in one of the Foundation's three focus areas (please note; funding requests for the purpose of medical research as defined in the ARC Medical Research Policy available on the Australian Research Council website will not be considered;)
      Your proposed research includes international opportunities to develop your leadership skills and global networks, such as; study tours for the purpose of research, attending a short course or conference, an internship or volunteering;
    • You are able to supply two letters of reference, one academic reference and one personal reference; and a letter of support from the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research);
    • You are able to attend the National Assessment Centre held in Sydney on 12/13 December 2017.

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