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 2021 Program are to attract talented recent doctoral graduates in areas of research priority for the University. All applicants should promote research that aligns with the Research at Melbourne initiative.
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. Application processes vary between different faculties. 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 2022 and 30 June 2022.
The 2021 McKenzie Postdoctoral Scheme was suspended mid-round in 2020 as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.
Consequently, applicants who previously applied in 2020 and were then eligible for the 2021 McKenzie Fellowships are invited to reapply now for the 2022 McKenzie Fellowship. For these applicants only, eligibility at the time of their original application in 2020 applies.
New applicants for 2022 must have been awarded a PhD from a university other than the University of Melbourne between..
- … 1 January 2019 and 23 August 2021 – Eligible
- … 1 Jan 2017 and 31 December 2018 with equivalent or less FTE research experience than the option 1 – Eligible to apply, must complete Part B3 of the full application.
- … 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2016 with equivalent or less FTE research experience than option 1 – 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.
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