Future Fellowships

For funding commencing in 2021

Research Office contact:

This scheme is CLOSED

Future Fellowships for funding commencing in 2022 are expected to open on Wednesday 13 October 2021 and close on Wednesday 8 December 2021. An indicative timeline for the round is below.

The ARC Future Fellowships scheme supports excellence in research by supporting excellent mid-career researchers to undertake high quality research in areas of national and international benefit.

At present many highly qualified mid-career researchers choose to work overseas to further their careers due to lack of opportunities in Australia. The Future Fellowships scheme aims to address this problem and expand knowledge base and research capacity in Australia.

Future Fellowships provides four-year fellowships to outstanding Australian mid-career researchers. In addition, the ARC may award the Administering Organisation up to $60 000 of non-salary funding per annum which may be used for personnel, equipment, travel and field research costs directly related to the Future Fellow's research.

The objectives of the scheme are to:

  • Support excellent basic and applied research and research training by outstanding mid-career researchers to be recruited and retained by universities in continuing academic positions
  • Support national and international research collaboration
  • Enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas

To be eligible, the Future Fellowship candidate must, as at the grant opportunity closing date:

  • Have an award of PhD date on or between 1 March 2006 and 1 March 2016; or
  • Have a PhD award date with an allowable period of career interruptions that would be commensurate with an award of PhD date on or between 1 March 2006 and 1 March 2016.

Future Fellowships will encourage proposals from researchers working in areas of national priority. Preference will be given to Australian researchers.

For further information, please visit the ARC Future Fellowships page.

Please subscribe to the ARC mailing list to receive up to date information on  this scheme if advised throughout the application period by the ARC and for other ARC funding opportunities.

Key Dates

For Funding Commencing in 2022

The below timeline is indicative only and may be subject to change.

ARC opens Wednesday 13 October 2021
UON Online Booking System opens Thursday 14 October 2021
UON Deadline for Statement by Administering Organisation (Strategic Statement) Wednesday 3 November 2021
UON Deadline for Eligibility Exemption Request form Wednesday 3 November 2021
UON Eligibility and Compliance Check Booking Period Thursday 11 to Wednesday 24 November 2021
UON Deadline for 'Request not to Assess' 9:00am Monday 22 November 2021
ARC Deadline for 'Request not to Assess' 5:00 pm Wednesday 24 November 2021
UON Deadline for Final Application9:00am Wednesday 1 December 2021
ARC close 5:00 pm Wednesday 8 December 2021

Please note:

  • To enable the allocation of appropriate resourcing, bookings must be made prior to the defined scheme Eligibility and Compliance Check period. Access to book an Eligibility and Compliance Check will no longer be available once the Eligibility and Compliance Check period has commenced. This does not apply for schemes with continuous rounds (i.e. ARC Linkage Projects and NHMRC Partnership Projects).
  • The UON deadline for final applications is one (1) week prior to the ARC closing date and requires provision of a final, submission-ready proposal and all associated documentation including a fully signed External Application Coversheet (DOC).
  • Schools and Colleges may have their own internal dates for the purpose of peer review/Head of School and Assistant Dean (Research) approval etc. Please contact your School Executive Officer and College Research & Research Training Officer or College Research Development Manager for further information on School/College internal processes.

Please review our ARC/NHMRC Grant Rounds Submission Procedures (PDF) for essential information regarding application submission under this scheme


ARC Supporting Documents

The ARC is now required to publish Funding Rules and associated documents on GrantConnect, the Australian Government whole-of-government, centralised, web-based, grant information system. You will need to sign in or create a User Registration account in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for ARC Future Fellowships including Discovery Program Grant Guidelines, Instructions to Applicants and the Sample Application Form.

If you encounter any problems using Grant Connect or accessing any of the relevant documentation, please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone on (02) 4921 7733


Statement by the Administering Organisation College Contacts

Please contact the following key staff member within your College to assist with preparing your Statement by the Administering Organisation (previously Strategic Statement). It is recommended you inform the College contact as soon as possible regarding your intention to apply, as each College may have their own deadline for preparation of the Statement.

Human and Social Futures Pat Filmer-Sankey
E: Pat.Filmersankey@newcastle.edu.au
T: (02) 4921 7865
Catherine Oddie
E: Catherine.Oddie@newcastle.edu.au
T: (02) 4921 7929
Engineering, Science and EnvironmentE: CESE-Research@newcastle.edu.au
Health, Medicine and Wellbeing Shirley Savy
E: Shirley.Savy@newcastle.edu.au
T: (02) 4921 5603

Eligibility Exemption Requests

A Future Fellowship Candidate must at the closing time of submission of Proposals have been awarded a PhD on or between 1 March 2006 and 1 March 2016, unless eligible non-overlapping career interruption(s) exist.

As advised to the sector through an ARC CEO Network Message on 1 May 2020 - due to the impact of COVID-19, researchers in their final year of eligibility for a Future Fellowship may choose to apply in 2020 (for FT 2021) or utilise the automatic, one-year eligibility extension to apply in 2021 (for FT 2022).

Note that final year applicants in either scheme cannot apply in the current round (2020) and then apply again in the next round (2021).

Eligibility Extension Requests - All ARC Fellowship candidates who claim career interruption to meet the eligibility criteria must have an Eligibility Exemption Request approved by the DVCRI. See Key Dates for submission deadlines. The allowable career interruptions set out, and the period allowed for each are in Table 6 of the Grant Guidelines for the Discovery Program (2019 edition).

The ARC accepts the following types of career interruptions:

  • disruption due to international relocation for post-doctoral studies or other research employment not exceeding three months per international relocation
  • unemployment
  • non-research employment not concurrent with research employment
  • medical condition or disability
  • maternity or parental leave
  • carers’ responsibility, including:
    • Providing primary care of a dependent child, two years per dependent child (inclusive of maternity or parental leave)
    • Providing primary care of a dependent child with extensive caring responsibilities due to reasons such as illness or disability of the child (in addition to the initial two years)

Please contact the Research Office for further information and timing of Eligibility Exemption Requests.

Further Information

For further information regarding the Future Fellowships, please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone on (02) 4921 7733.

ARC Executive Director DECRA and Future Fellowships presentation (PDF) held on 3-4 July 2019

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