Round Status: Closed

The ARC Future Fellowships scheme promotes research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. The aim of Future Fellowships is to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers. Future Fellowships provides four-year fellowships to outstanding Australian and international mid-career researchers. In addition, the ARC may award the Administering Organisation up to $50,000 of non-salary funding per annum which may be used for infrastructure, field research, equipment and travel costs directly related to the Future Fellow’s research.

Future Fellowships will encourage proposals from researchers working in areas of national priority. Preference will be given to those researchers who can demonstrate a capacity to build collaboration across industry and/or research institutions and/or with other disciplines. Future Fellowships will also aim to encourage outstanding Australian researchers currently based overseas to return to Australia.

The following are the key dates for ARC Future Felowships round for funding commencing in 2018:

Release of Funding Rules: August 2017
Proposals Open in RMS: 3 October 2017
Internal (UQ) nomination process opens: 28 July 2017
Internal (UQR&I) deadline for nominations from Faculties and Institutes: no later than 8 September 2017

Requests not to assess (UQR&I deadline): 1 November 2017
Internal (UQR&I) deadline for applications: 1 November 2017
External (ARC) deadline for applications:   22 November 2017

Internal (UQR&I) deadline for rejoinders: TBC
External deadline for rejoinders: TBC
You may review the ARC Important Dates page for indicative information regarding this and other forthcoming rounds.

Internal Nomination Process

As per previous rounds, UQ will determine its applicant field via a mandatory Internal Nomination process to ensure that the University's applicant field is closely aligned with the core requirements of the Future Fellowships scheme.
Prospective Future Fellowship candidates provide the template four-page Nomination Proforma lodged through the relevant UQ Head of School or host UQ Centre to their Faculty/Institute for consideration. If endorsing the candidate, Faculties/Institutes will then forward their Nomination Statements, together with the candidate Nomination Proforma to UQR&I no later than Friday 8 September 2017 (earlier if possible).  UQR&I will liaise with the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) as the final approving authority for nominations. Some flexibility will be afforded for late nominations in special circumstances, given the Funding Rules for 2018 are yet to be released.  However, Faculties and Institutes are strongly encouraged to forward nominations progressively/in tranches, so that nominations can be considered on a rolling basis by the Chancellery.
Following the nomination phase, UQR&I’s Future Fellowships team will work with endorsed nominees on the preparation of their applications to ARC.  Applicants prepare a full proposal, as follows:  
  • Step 1: Join the UQR&I Mailer. Official announcements and UQR&I updates regarding the scheme will be sent via the Mailer.
  • Step 2: Familiarise yourself with the key UQ and ARC documentation (see below).
  • Step 3: Familiarise yourself with your Faculty/Institute specific grant peer review process.
  • Step 4: Obtain Access to the ARC’s Research Management System (RMS). Start early if any team members are new to RMS and need a login/password.
  • Step 5: Update your full profile in RMS ‘Person Profile’.
  • Step 6: Complete the application in RMS.
  • Step 7: Lodge the application to UQR&I for Internal Review
    • Ensure all online components are complete/valid (shown by green ‘validated’ colouring of each Part).
    • Generate a whole Proposal PDF. This icon is found near the top of the Proposal page
    • Select ‘Submit to Research Office’ in RMS to e-submit the application.
    • E-mail your completed UQ Funding Application Coversheet to UQR&I. This is needed to initiate internal review of your application.
    • If lodging a Request Not to Assess, please e-mail your completed form to UQR&I by the internal closing date.
    • Also email your completed ARC/UQ Certification Proforma, a word version of your completed draft Strategic Statement, and where relevant any CFRC Non-Duplication statements.
  • Step 8: Internal review by UQR&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/strategy).
  • Step 9: Final Submission by UQR&I to the ARC.
Applicants may request access to previously successful funding applications using the UQR&I Grants Library Access Form.
For further information on the scheme please contact the UQR&I Round Coordinator, at If you are applying to the scheme through UQ, but are not currently a UQ staff member, please send an email to the Round Coordinator and request to be added to the funding round specific mailing list.

Technical RMS queries may be directed to the UQR&I RMS helpdesk at:

UQ supporting documentation for ARC Future Fellowships:

Please see below for the Candidate Nomination Proforma and Faculty/Institute Nomination Statement templates. A suite of additional templates and proformas to assist you in compiling your application will be made available here when the next round is fully open.

FT18_UQ_Nomination Proforma for Candidates
FT18_UQ_Nomination Statement From Faculties_Institutes

Please download and review  the following ARC documentation:

Funding Rules and documentation for the 2018 ARC Future Fellowship round are anticipated to be released in August 2017. Please check on the ARC Future Fellowships website for updates.

 Details of the UQR&I Information session will be provided once the round opens in October 2017.

The assessment comments provided by external assessors may be made available to Applicants by the ARC and Applicants may be given the opportunity to submit a Rejoinder.

UQR&I works closely with individual applicants in submitting Future Fellowships rejoinders and for this reason does not provide institution-wide workshops or seminars. To assist researchers to prepare Rejoinders, UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I) have prepared a Rejoinder Writing Tips Presentation.
Detailed information on the rejoinder process (including instructions for accessing assessment reports and submitting rejoinders) is available from the ARC website.  The UQR&I internal deadline for rejoinders is shown under our Key Dates section above.