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Fully Funded Westpac Research Fellowship - Australia

Westpac Research Fellowship – Australia

  • Selected Universities
  • Fully Funded
  • Australia
  • Approved fields
  • Australian Citizens
  • August 25, 2021

Applications are invited for Fully Funded Westpac Research Fellowship at Australia.


More than ever before, Australia is earning its stripes in terms of the talent, skills and thinking we bring to the world as a proud global citizen.  That’s why we’re working together with some of the best universities in the country to invest in the brightest, most innovative early career researchers. Not just to enable them to do their best work, but to actively help them influence positive change here in Australia.


What makes the Westpac Research Fellowship different?

It’s all about you. And what you need to progress your research and shine as an early career researcher. With just two Fellowships awarded annually, we work closely with you on building your profile, developing your leadership skills and expanding your networks. And of course, there’s the fully flexible funding, which involves a minimum of $400,000 over five years. For the first time, researchers who hold other awards are able to apply for a Westpac Research Fellowship.

An open invite to engage us.

In addition to a full time salary, your research will be boosted holistically by a range of experiences that only Westpac Scholars can offer. You can tap into Westpac’s extensive networks for ongoing professional development and opportunities, as well as having direct access to senior business leaders and industry-based experts. Westpac Research Fellows will participate in a bespoke Leadership 360 program with the current Fellows to enhance their leadership capabilities and foster cross-sector collaboration to support innovation in Australia.


To be a successful applicant, you will need to demonstrate how your proposed research contributes to the growth and prosperity of Australia in at least one of the Foundation’s focus areas.

To be eligible for Fully Funded Westpac Research Fellowship:

  • You are an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • You have been awarded a PhD between 1 September 2014 and 1 September 2017; or have obtained an Eligibility Exemption from the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) or equivalent if your PhD was awarded prior to 1 September 2014.
  • Your proposed area of research is in a field of research at a participating university (refer to Our Partner Universities below) with an Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) four digit Field of Research (FOR) rating “well above world standing” in the ERA 2018 exercise. For a comprehensive list of FOR ratings by university, visit the Australian Research Council’s website.
  • You are able to commence the Fellowship by 30 June 2022.
  • Your proposed research will contribute to the future of Australia in one of the Foundation’s three focus areas (please note: funding requests for the purpose of medical research as defined in the ARC Medical Research Policy available on the Australian Research Council website will not be considered).
  • Your proposed research includes international opportunities to develop your leadership skills and global networks, such as; study tours for the purpose of research, attending a short course or conference, an internship or volunteering.
  • You are able to supply two letters of reference, one academic reference and one personal reference; and a letter of support from the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research).
  • You are able to attend the National Assessment Centre held in Sydney on 7-8 December 2021.