RMIT University Vice-Chancellor's Senior and Research Fellowships

The Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowships are open to researchers with an excellent track record who can make a significant contribution to RMIT's research priority areas.

Applications are now open and close on 19 August 2018.

The fellowships are aligned with the RMIT strategic plan and our Enabling Capability Platforms. Successful applicants will be offered either a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellowship or a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship, dependent on the applicant’s experience and achievements.

What’s included

Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellowship awardees receive:

  • a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellowship for four years
  • a commencing salary at Academic level C
  • $20,000 per annum research support funding for four years
  • assistance to move to Australia or within Australia, visa acquisition and basic relocation support.

To be suitable for an Academic Level C, Senior Research Fellowship, it is expected that you will have an excellent track record and international recognition for undertaking high-quality research in one of RMIT's research priority areas. You will have proven ability to provide research leadership, develop networks and manage collaborative partnered research projects in a global environment.

Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship awardees receive:

  • a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship for four years
  • a commencing salary at Academic level B
  • $20,000 per annum research support funding for four years 
  • assistance to move to Australia or within Australia, visa acquisition and basic relocation support.

To be suitable for a Research Fellow, Academic B it is expected that you will have an emerging track record and a national reputation for undertaking high quality research in one of RMIT’s research priority areas. You will have proven capacity to plan and conduct high quality research, attract competitive funding, regularly disseminate outcomes, and have established national research networks.

At the end of the Fellowship it is expected that awardees will be offered a continuing position, conditional on performance criteria being met, in either a teaching and research academic or a research only academic position depending on the School’s needs.

Who should apply

This year RMIT is focused on recruiting Senior Research Fellows and Research Fellows whose experience and expertise align with one of RMIT’s 8 Enabling Capability Platforms:

RMIT is committed to driving progress towards gender equality and ensuring diverse and balanced representation at every level of our organisation. To address the under representation of women in Science and Engineering, the Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow recruitment for Advanced Manufacturing and Fabrication; Advanced Materials; and Information and Systems (Engineering) will be open to only female applicants. The Section 12 of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act permits the University to conduct female only recruitment to addressing the substantive imbalance of female representation in Science and Engineering.

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Fabrication (female only recruitment)
  • Advanced Materials (female only recruitment)
  • Information and Systems (Engineering) (female only recruitment)
  • Biomedical and Health Innovation
  • Design and Creative Practice
  • Global Business Innovation
  • Social Change
  • Urban Futures

Working within these areas, Senior Research Fellows and Research Fellows will make significant contributions to RMIT’s research priorities by developing and engaging in high-quality, high impact research projects, which address local, national, regional and global challenges.

Fellows will also be expected to attract external research funding including competitive grants from both national and international sources, and produce high quality outputs. They may also undertake limited teaching duties linked to their active research projects, to promote student engagement and further embed research activity in teaching.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted electronically through Your Career at RMIT.

Note: Fellowships are not open to people who currently hold a continuing academic appointment at RMIT. 

  • visit the fellowship listing at Your Career at RMIT
  • complete the online application, including submitting: 
  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Plan
    Research plan requirements (max 1500 words):
    • Title (max. 20 words)
    • Objective (max. 100 words)
    • Fit to priority area and any potential ECP cross collaboration (max. 200 words)
    • Need (max. 200 words)
    • Methodology (Highlight innovation) (max. 400 words)
    • Outcome (max. 200 words)
    • Research Impact (max. 200 words) (Research Impact is considered the contribution research makes to the economy, society, culture, national security, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond contributions to academia)
    • Collaboration (Within academia and external) (max. 200 words)
  • a statement addressing how you meet the key selection criteria outlined in the position description (200 words per criteria); and
  • 750-word statement of your career achievements relative to your research opportunity, including:
    • top five research outputs over your career (not just publications)
    • opportunity to undertake research (including reasons why opportunity might have been limited due to career breaks or non-research roles)
    • research impact, including tangible benefits to end users.  
  • It is also not a requirement of submission that you have an RMIT supervisor/sponsor.

    Important: Applicants must choose one primary ECP and priority area. However at its discretion, the selection panel may re-align an applicant to another ECP where they believe the applicant may be better suited to that platform’s priorities.

    Candidates invited to interview will be expected to provide a five minute presentation on their research proposal.


    For further enquiries please email

    Application date
    19 Aug 2018
    4 years
    Oceania Australia
    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 99 years