Westpac Research Fellowship

Funded by: Westpac


Westpac Bicentennial Foundation is partnering with Australia's leading research universities to offer four Westpac Research Fellowships valued at up to $460,000 over three years. This unique fellowship supports outstanding early career researchers whose ground-breaking work has the potential to make a difference in one of the Foundation's focus areas:

  • Technology and innovation
  • Strengthening Australia-Asia ties
  • Enabling positive social change

Fellowship recipients will be exceptional people, chosen for their intellectual ability, leadership qualities, and commitment to the community.

There is one, with a possibility of two, Research Fellowship available to ANU Early Career Researchers.

Application periods

15 June – 27 August 2018

Westpac Key Dates


15 June 2018: Applications open

27 August 2018: Applications close

6-7 December 2018: National Assessment Centre in Sydney

14 Dec 2018: Notification of outcome


10-11 April 2019: Westpac Scholars’ Summit

ANU Key Dates

To be advised.


To be a successful candidate, 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.

You will also be able to demonstrate:

  • Academic excellence and achievements to date;
  • A supportive and high quality research environment;
  • A strong sense of connection to Australia and commitment to improving the lives of others; and,
  • The attributes of a Westpac Research Fellow (See the Fellowship Guidelines for the full list of attributes).


You need to build into your Westpac Research Fellowship (WRF) proposal schedule, time to consult with your Department/Research School/College to discuss the proposal, its budget and to seek approval for these.  When budgeting the WRF proposal, include salary gap (if there is one), all research proposal costs, and the required amount for Professional Development Fund.  These costs are to be met by your Research School/College. You should consult within your College Research Office for advice and assistance.

Should your WRF proposal be awarded, you can apply for Strategic Research Funds (SRF) ($30,000 in total) via your College Dean to the Office of DVC (R & I). 

Please note:  The restrictions laid out in the funding guidelines, including restrictions to teaching.


The Fellowship aims to free you from the need to apply for multiple sources of funding, allowing you to focus on your research. It includes:

1)   Salary support for your position

The Fellowship will fund your fulltime salary and on-costs for a period of three years from the date of award.

2)   Opportunity for professional development and global experiences

Leadership demands an ability to view situations and circumstances from a variety of perspectives. The Fellowship provides the opportunity to add a global context to your research and undertake professional development. This may include attending conferences, courses, travel for research, an internship or volunteering.

How to apply

Applications for the 2019 Program close on 27 August 2018. Contact your College Research Office for advice and support on this opportunity.  Applications are submitted online  with the approval by the appropriate delegate.

Updated June 2018.

Further information

For more information about this Fellowship, please contact the Westpac Research Fellowship program at Westpac Research Fellowship

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