Australian Laureate Fellowships

Up to $415,000 is available to support and encourage researchers of international repute to conduct research of significant national economic, environmental, cultural and social benefit.



Australian Laureate Fellows will be researchers of international repute who will play a significant, sustained leadership and mentoring role in building Australia’s international competitive research capacity. The Australian Research Council particularly encourages proposals from women, early to mid-career researchers, and from researchers currently working overseas.

Up to two additional Australian Laureate Fellowships may be awarded to successful female Australian Laureate Fellows for funding commencing in 2013. Recipients will be provided with both the Australian Laureate Fellowship funding plus additional funding to undertake an ambassadorial role to promote women in research.

A Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship will be available to a highly ranked female candidate from the humanities, arts and social sciences disciplines. A Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship will be available to a highly ranked female candidate from the science and technology disciplines.



The objectives of the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme are to:

  • attract and retain outstanding researchers and research leaders of international repute;
  • build and strengthen world-class research capability in Australia;
  • provide an excellent research training environment and exemplary mentorship to nurture early-career researchers;
  • expand Australia’s knowledge base by supporting ground-breaking, internationally competitive research;
  • forge strong links among researchers, the international research community and/or industry; and
  • support research that will result in economic, environmental, social and/or cultural benefits for Australia.



Australian Laureate Fellows commencing in 2013 will receive a salary supplement from the ARC of $114,170 per annum (plus 28 per cent on-costs) with a standard tenure of five years. The Administering Organisation will appoint the Australian Laureate Fellow and provide a salary equivalent to a professor (Level E) or equivalent salary.

In addition to a salary supplement and salary-related (on-cost) support, the ARC may provide Australian Laureate Fellows with Project Funding of up to $300,000 per annum and additional funding to appoint up to two postdoctoral research associates and up to two postgraduate researchers.


Eligible Projects

The following project costs may be supported under the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme:

  • personnel (salaries and on-costs), including; i. Australian Laureate Fellow, Postdoctoral Research Associates, and Postgraduate Researchers; ii. technicians, laboratory attendants and research assistants;
  • maintenance, infrastructure and equipment (specific to disciplines);
  • access to services linked to and justified explicitly against the project (for example, machine tools and qualified technicians available to each member of staff, according to need, for research);
  • domestic and international travel costs, subject to the policies of the Administering Organisation, for the Australian Laureate Fellow, Postdoctoral Research Associates, and Postgraduate Researchers and research support personnel only. Funding is permitted for domestic and international travel associated with the project, including to foster and strengthen collaborations between researchers in Australia and overseas; and
  • publication and dissemination of Project outputs and outreach activity costs may be supported at up to two (2) per cent of total ARC funding awarded to the Project, and excludes fees for patent application and holding. This does not need to be requested as an individual budget item. The ARC encourages publication in publicly accessible outlets and the depositing of data and any publications arising from a Project in an appropriate subject and/or institutional repository.



The closing date for applications is 31 January 2013.


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 Additional Information

  • Australian Laureate Fellowships – Information Sheet

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