University of Sydney Fellowships

The University of Sydney Fellowships aim to attract outstanding early career researchers to the University to contribute to and enhance our research strengths and culture.

Successful candidates will be expected to reside in Sydney for the duration of their fellowship and to actively participate in the Society’s activities: present their work in its seminars, participate in and organize reading groups and workshops, help mentor research students and initiate interdisciplinary research.

The Sydney Society of Fellows

Holders of the University of Sydney Fellowships will be members of the Sydney Society of Fellows, and will be affiliated to a faculty and research centre.

The first of its kind in Australia, the Sydney Society of Fellows represents the University’s commitment to ground-breaking research and scholarship. The Society aims to bring to Sydney the most promising young scholars from all disciplines to allow them to participate in and contribute to its thriving intellectual life. The Sydney Society of Fellows fosters inter-faculty collaboration, builds on a network of outstanding international alumni and provides further career development opportunities for Fellows.


Applications are welcome and encouraged from any discipline, faculty or research area. A particular objective of the 2017 round, however, is to attract talented recent doctoral graduates who can contribute to our whole-of-university multidisciplinary initiatives, broadly construed. These include:

  • The Charles Perkins Centre
  • The Brain and Mind Centre
  • The Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology
  • The China Studies Centre
  • The Sydney South East Asia Centre
  • The Sydney Cancer Network
  • The Sydney Environment Institute
  • The Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases
  • The Sydney Centre for Translational Data Science

Strong preference will be given to applicants seeking to join the University from another organisation in Australia or from overseas.

Applicants must have a PhD award dated no earlier than 1st January 2011 and no later than 1st January 2017. Applicants with a PhD award dated later than 31st December 2015 are extremely unlikely to be competitive and should talk to the Centre Director (or nominated representative) to assess competitiveness before applying. Applicants with a PhD awarded by the University of Sydney within the timeframe specified above may only apply if they have held a paid position with another organisation subsequent to the award of their PhD. PhD award date is defined as the date on the testamur.

Applicants must obtain the support of a proposed supervisor as well as endorsement from Director of the Centre.

Candidates, who were awarded their PhD after 1st January 2008 and have had a period of significant career interruption can ask to have their eligibility considered.


A salary (taxable) will be provided at Level A8 of the University’s Academic salary scale. The duration of the Fellowship is three years.

Assessment Criteria

There are two essential criteria. Excellence will be a primary criterion, both in terms of the project and the researcher. The alignment of the proposed research with the multidisciplinary centres and initiatives listed above will be the other major criterion.

Overlap with other Fellowship schemes including the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council Applicants who have requested Fellowship support from other sources in 2016 for funding in 2017 may submit the same project to the University of Sydney Fellowship Scheme provided full disclosure is made in the application. If a successful applicant is awarded a Fellowship from another source, the University of Sydney Fellowship must be relinquished within 2 months of notification of the other award. If necessary, the University will provide a supplement to ensure the salary and research support are equal to the University Fellowship.

Application date
25 Jul 2016
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 6 years