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Future Fellowships for funding commencing in 2021

Australian Research Council
Close Date & Time:
9-Dec-2020 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Internal Reference ID:
FT21 Round 1
Primary Category:
381002 - Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Research
Secondary Category:
381001 - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research
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Selection Process:
Targeted or Restricted Competitive

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The Future Fellowships reflects the Australian Government’s commitment to excellence in research by supporting excellent mid-career researchers to undertake high quality research in areas of national and international benefit.

The Future Fellowships scheme objectives are to:

• support excellent basic and applied research and research training by outstanding mid-career researchers to be recruited and retained by universities in continuing academic positions;

• support national and international research collaboration; and

• enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas.

The intended outcomes of the Future Fellowships scheme are:

• expanded knowledge base and research capacity in Australia; and

• economic, commercial, environmental, social and/or cultural benefits for Australia.

Preference will be given to Australian researchers.


An application may only be submitted through the Research Office of an Eligible Organisation listed in the grant guidelines.


A Future Fellowship candidate must satisfy the eligibility criteria as listed in the grant guidelines.

A previous recipient, or an individual who has been nominated for a Future Fellowship on three previous occasions, is not eligible to apply for another Future Fellowship. This includes withdrawn and ineligible applications.

To be eligible, the candidate must, as at the grant opportunity closing date:

• not be nominated for more than one Future Fellowship in a grant opportunity;

• have met their obligations regarding previously funded projects, including submission of satisfactory final reports to the ARC at the grant opportunity closing date;

• have an Award of PhD Date on, or between, 1 March 2006 and 1 March 2016; or

• have a PhD award date together with allowable period of career interruption that would be commensurate with an award of PhD date on, or between, 1 March 2006 and 1 March 2016. The allowable career interruptions set out, and the period allowed for each is in Table 6 of the Grant Guidelines for the Discovery Program (2019 edition).

A Future Fellowship candidate can be concurrently funded through the Discovery Program for a maximum of: one ARC Fellowship and one project as a Chief Investigator (CI); or one ARC Fellowship or project if the individual is also a Director on an active ARC Centre of Excellence or a Special Research Initiative project.

Notwithstanding the above, applications for Future Fellowships will not count towards the above limits.

Named participants on successful applications for Future Fellowships must meet the project limit requirements before the project can start.

Grant Activity Timeframe:

A project may be applied for and awarded funding for four consecutive years on a full-time basis. The Future Fellowship may be undertaken on either a full-time, or a part-time basis subject to the employment conditions of the Administering Organisation and provided that the Future Fellowship does not exceed eight years from the project start date (excluding any approved periods of suspension).

Estimated Grant Value (AUD):

From $642,820.00 to $1,153,480.00

Instructions for Application Submission:

The application must be submitted as a mature research plan presenting the proposed project ready for implementation and must contain all the information necessary for its assessment without the need for further written or oral explanation, or reference to additional documentation, unless requested by the ARC.

Applicants should note the eligibility criteria for access to other funding schemes, as expressed in the Grant Guidelines for those schemes. The ARC reserves the right to change these criteria in future funding rounds. Grant Guidelines for all ARC schemes may be found attached to the relevant Grant Opportunity.

Administering Organisations must submit applications through Research Management System (RMS) unless otherwise advised by the ARC.

All applications must meet the format and content requirements, including certification, as set out in the RMS online form and the Instructions to Applicants for Future Fellowships for funding commencing in 2021.

Other Instructions:

The RMS is a web-based system used to prepare and submit research applications, assessments and rejoinders for the ARC National Competitive Grants Program.

Registered users can login using your email address and password at

To request a new account, please go to and click on the Request New Account link.

All queries by researchers should be directed to the administering organisation of the application.

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