University of Sydney Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
Subject Areas :
Fellowship Provided by :
University of Sydney
Fellowship Provided to :
Outstanding early career researchers able to work with 10
whole-of-university multidisciplinary initiatives of
University of Sydney.
The University of Sydney offers Postdoctoral Research Fellowships from
any discipline or research area, with recipients able to work with our
leading Faculties, schools and centres as well as with one of 10
whole-of-university multidisciplinary initiatives.
The University of Sydney Fellowships aim to attract outstanding early
career researchers to contribute to and enhance the research strengths
and culture of the university. Holders of the Fellowships will be
lifetime members of the Sydney Society of Fellows. The society fosters
inter-faculty collaboration, builds on a network of outstanding
international alumni and provides further career development
A total of 10 three-year fellowships will be awarded .
Recipients will receive a $98,940 per annum base salary, up to 17 percent
superannuation (pension fund), a $25,000 research grant, four weeks annual
leave per year (plus generous leave loading) and return airfares to
relocate to Sydney. A $30,000 bonus grant will also be awarded if fellows
receive an external fellowship in the first two years of their fellowship.
- Applicants must have a PhD award dated no earlier than 1
January 2013 and no later than 19 th August of current year. PhD award/conferred date is
defined as the date on the testamur.
- Applicants must obtain the endorsement of a proposed supervisor before
applying. Refer to ‘Preparing an application’ below.
preference will be given to applicants seeking to join the University from
another organisation in Australia or from overseas. However, applicants
currently employed at the University of Sydney or other affiliated
institutions (including medical research institutes) who commenced such
employment after 1 July of this year are eligible to apply.
- Applicants with
a PhD awarded by the University of Sydney may only apply if they have held
a paid position with another organisation subsequent to the award of their
How to Apply
- Download the relevant templates from the application link on the
- Find a University of Sydney academic supervisor – A supervisor is
a current University of Sydney academic who agrees to endorse your
application and intends to act as your academic supervisor for the
duration of your Fellowship. Please contact them directly for a brief
written endorsement that indicates how you would be able to contribute
to the relevant Faculty, centre or multidisciplinary initiative (see
endorsement letter template).You do not need to contact the centre or
initiative directors. Associate Deans of Research and
Multidisciplinary Initiative Directors may also fill in the
endorsement template, but must then name an academic supervisor for
- Submit the application through online system by last late.
- Candidates will need to prepare the following documents and information:
- Curriculum Vitae including details of a PhD award, research
experience, publications or research outputs (asterisk * top 5 most
relevant to this application) and citations or other
discipline-relevant metrics. The Curriculum Vitae should be no more
than 5 pages (11-point font size);
- Evidence of a PhD award. Please include English translations if
- The 2-page proposed research project (please use the template)
including project title; aims, background and significance; methods
and techniques; alignment of the proposed research with existing
activity and the environment in the host Faculty and/or centre or
multidisciplinary initiative. This section should be no more than 2
pages at 11-point font including bibliographic references. Additional
pages will not be considered;
- Signed letter of endorsement from your proposed academic
supervisor OR a Multidisciplinary Research Initiative Director OR
Associate Dean of Research. Please use the template provided.
Applications without a signed letter will not be considered.
- Career interruption details and supporting evidence if relevant.
- One referee report (please use the template provided). A referee
should be selected based on their capacity to comment on the
intellectual calibre and quality of your work, track record relative
to opportunity, and your potential to be internationally competitive
for subsequent fellowship applications (i.e. within the top 10-15% of
- A nominated supervisor cannot be a referee.
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