2016 Westpac Research Fellowships - Opening of Applications
Sponsor: Westpac Bicentennial Foundation
Closing Date: 15-Aug-2016
Applications for the 2016 Westpac Research Fellowship scheme for funding commencing in 2017 are now open.
The Westpac Bicentennial Foundation is partnering with leading Australian research universities to offer up to six Westpac Research Fellowships for early-career researchers who are 3-6 years post-PhD. This unique fellowship supports outstanding researchers whose ground-breaking work has the potential to make a difference in one of the Foundation's priority areas:
• Technology and innovation;
• Strengthening Australia-Asia ties; or
• Enabling positive social change.

Fellowship recipients will be exceptional people, chosen for their intellectual ability, leadership qualities, and commitment to the community. With contributions from both Westpac and UQ, the Fellowship will fund the Fellow’s full-time salary (including on-costs) and project costs for up to three years, as well as $30,000 for professional development. Applications are open to Australian citizens or permanent residents with a PhD awarded between 1 September 2010 and 1 September 2013 (or with an appropriate Eligibility Exemption). The proposed area of research must be in a field of research in which UQ received an Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) http://www.arc.gov.au/era-outcomes four digit Field of Research (FOR) rating of 5. Please note that funding requests for the purpose of medical research as defined in the ARC Medical Research Policy http://www.arc.gov.au/arc-medical-research-policy will not be considered.

Applicants should refer to the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation website for full details regarding eligibility and the application and selection process.

As Westpac Research Fellowship proposals involve the commitment of UQ cash, all UQ applicants are required to submit a completed and signed UQ Cash Commitment Proforma no later than Monday 8 August 2016. This Proforma is available on the UQR&I website and is used to formalise cash commitments from School/Faculty/Institute/Centre and Central sources.
As it is a requirement that the University has approved each application and provided a Letter of Support from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), the UQ internal closing date for submission of applications for review is Monday 15 August 2016, ahead of Westpac’s external deadline of 31 August 2016. In submitting your application to UQR&I for review please provide a completed PDF of your application and all attachments, along with a UQ Funding Application Coversheet http://www.uq.edu.au/research/research-management/uq-fac. Enquiries and applications can be forwarded to fellowshipgrants@research.uq.edu.au.

Website: http://bicentennial.westpacgroup.com.au/scholarships/research-fellowship/