Up to $240,000 is available from ATSI Research Fellowships to support researchers in undertaking original research that will benefit Queensland.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Research Fellowships

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Research Fellowships

The Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Research Fellowships support researchers in completing innovative research that will have a positive impact on Queensland. The program:

  • supports early-career Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander researchers in gaining post-doctoral professional research experience
  • addresses the ‘brain drain’ by retaining the state’s best and brightest Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander research minds in Queensland
  • attracts talented Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander researchers from interstate
  • fosters increased linkage and closer collaboration with industry organisations
  • supports researchers to balance their professional careers and personal responsibilities through part-time fellowships
  • will deliver tangible benefits and practical outcomes for Queensland
  • supports innovative, practical and applied research that:
    • addresses at least one of the Queensland Science and Research Priorities, or
    • is aligned to a Queensland Government Roadmap area, or
    • will apply the research of Business Schools to support entrepreneurship and small to medium enterprise growth in Queensland.

 

Background

Advance Queensland focuses on growing the economy and creating jobs. This includes investing in science and innovation in order to attract and retain the best and brightest research minds, and supporting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander researchers to establish and develop research careers.

The Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Research Fellowships support early-career Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander researchers in undertaking a three year research project.

The program is managed by the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (the department).

 

Funding

Queensland Government funding of $240,000 (excluding GST) over three years is available for each fellowship. Project partners must contribute a minimum of $120,000 (excluding GST) in cash over three years.

 

Eligible Projects

The Queensland Government fellowship payments will be released to the applicant organisation to administer the grant funding. The funding may be used for the following eligible project costs.

Salary costs

Salary costs, including standard on-costs (leave loading, superannuation contributions, worker’s compensation contributions, and payroll tax) for key research staff, including:

  • the Fellow, who must spend at least 50 per cent FTE on the fellowship. The Fellow’s claimed salary must be commensurate with the FTE percentage committed to the fellowship. A Fellow is not entitled to a full-time salary unless they spend 100 per cent FTE on the fellowship
  • the FTE fellowship time of other dedicated fellowship research/technical staff, including post-doctoral research staff.

Other costs

Project costs directly related to the fellowship, including:

  • consumables required specifically for the fellowship project
  • small equipment (up to $10,000 per item) required specifically for the fellowship project
  • travel within Australia that is required as part of the fellowship, including attending state or national conferences, for the Fellow and dedicated fellowship research/technical staff
  • overseas travel, including registration and attendance at overseas conferences that are directly relevant to the fellowship project (for the Fellow only).

Only eligible expenditure incurred on or after the commencement of the fellowship can be claimed.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for the Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Research Fellowships:

  • It is a requirement of this program that the nominated Fellow identify as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  • The applicant organisation must be Queensland-based (GST registered with an Australian Business Number) and includes, but is not limited to:
    • universities
    • research agencies
    • government organisations
    • not-for-profit/charitable organisations
    • businesses.
  • The nominated Fellow must undertake the fellowship in Queensland.
  • The Fellow must be an Australian citizen, or secure Australian residency for the duration of the fellowship. In cases where the Fellow does not have residency at the time of application, if successful, they will have up to six months from the date of notification to obtain residency covering the duration of the fellowship.
  • The Fellow must be employed by the applicant organisation in a full-time or part-time (minimum 50 per cent FTE) capacity.
  • The Fellow must have a PhD research qualification with up to 5 years post-PhD research experience.Note: (1) Allowances will be made for time taken away from research, for example, for parenting, caring, illness, or time in non-research roles, and (2) applicants in the process of completing a PhD must have their thesis submitted by the closing date for applications.
  • The fellowship proposal must:
    • address at least one of the Queensland Science and Research Priorities, or
    • be aligned to a Queensland Government Roadmap area, or
    • apply the research of Business Schools to support entrepreneurship and small to medium enterprise growth in Queensland.

 

Timing

Applications for the Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellowships are open continuously until the funding pool is exhausted.

 

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