Macquarie University Research Fellowships (MQRF) in Sydney

The purpose of the Macquarie University Research Fellowships (MQRF) Scheme is to support researchers within three years of the award of their PhD who have an outstanding track record (relative to opportunity) and/or who show evidence of excellent research potential.  The Scheme provides an incubation period for early career researchers to allow them to increase their competitive edge in securing research funding from non-University sources.  In addition, the Scheme aims to enhance the research capabilities of existing and emerging areas of research strength at Macquarie University.


Up to ten full-time Research Fellowships commencing in 2019 will be awarded on a competitive basis, and will be tenurable for three years. The salary range for the Fellowship will be awarded at step 6, 7 or 8 of Level A of the Academic Salary Scale, plus annual leave loading and 17% employer superannuation. These salary levels will be adjusted in line with movements in the Academic Salary Scale. Salaries above the range A6-A8 cannot be supported by the Fellowship, however supplementation by the host Department may be negotiated.

Commencing in this round, the University assessment panel will be advised by the Macquarie University Gender Equity Committee to consider issues of gender equity as part of their decision making, with the expectation that at least 40% of the 10 fellowship recipients who are funded by this scheme will be female, and at least 40% will be male.

Faculty Processes

If you wish to submit an EoI for a Research Fellowship in 2018 (for commencement in 2019), please email the relevant Faculty Research Office.

The Faculty Research Office will then provide you with details of the faculty process, the faculty deadlines and how to access the EoI form, or will provide other feedback as appropriate. (Note: the relevant Faculty Research Office for you will be the faculty to which belongs the sponsor or host department in which you would propose to undertake the fellowship if successful.)

Please provide the following information in your first email to the faculty Research Office.

Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty of Human Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering:

  • A sentence on the proposed research area for your fellowship
  • The name of your sponsor, if known
  • A copy of your CV as an attachment

Faculty of Arts:

  • Your current CV, including a list of publications. Publications should be listed under the headings: books, book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles and other.
  • Provisional project title and a brief (400-word) project description
  • Name of potential Sponsor

Faculty contacts

Faculty of Arts
Ph 9850 4496 (x4496), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Jan Zwar

Faculty of Business and Economics
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Agnieszka Baginska

Faculty of Human Sciences
Ph 9850 9607 (x9607), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Jo Tuck

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski

Key Dates

Expression of Interest (EoI) Key Dates:
Opening Date: Tuesday 17 April 2018
Closing Date: Thursday 31 May 2018, 5pm (AEST) 
(NB: Faculty Research Offices will advise of any additional specific deadlines or requirements relevant to their areas)
Outcomes Expected: Friday 13 July 2018

Full Proposal (by invitation only) Key Dates:
Opening Date: Friday 13 July 2018
Faculty Deadline: TBC
Closing Date: Monday 20 August 2018, 5pm (AEST)
Sponsor & HoD Reports Due: Thursday 23 August 2018, 5pm (AEST)
Independent Reviewer Reports Due: Tuesday 11 September 2018
Outcomes Expected: Early November 2018

Application date
31 May 2018
3 years
Oceania Australia
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology Other Agronomy Biology Chemistry Computer science Engineering Mathematics Medicine Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 3 years
Grants available