Australian Laureate Fellowships

The Australian Laureate Fellowships grant opportunity encourages applications from the highest-quality researchers by providing eligible Australian Laureate Fellows with project funding in addition to a salary supplement and salary-related (on-cost) support.

We may name two successful Australian Laureate Fellows as the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow and the Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellow. The Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship may be available to a highly ranked female candidate from the humanities, arts and social science disciplines. The Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship may be available to a highly ranked female candidate from the science and technology disciplines. Recipients will be provided with additional funding to undertake an ambassadorial role to promote women in research.

The Australian Laureate Fellowships objectives are to:

• support ground-breaking, internationally-competitive basic and applied research;

• forge strong links among researchers, the international research community and/or industry and other research end-users;

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

• attract and retain outstanding researchers and research leaders of international reputation; and

• provide an excellent research training environment and exemplary mentorship to nurture early-career researchers.

The intended outcomes of the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme are:

• expanded knowledge base and research capability in Australia; and

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

Preference will be given to researchers who will play a significant, sustained leadership and mentoring role in increasing Australia’s internationally competitive research capacity.


An application may only be submitted through the Research Office of an Eligible Organisation listed in the relevant Grant Guidelines.

Eligibility Criteria for Participants

All candidates named in an application must satisfy the eligibility criteria for the role they are to perform as listed in the relevant Grant Guidelines.

The named participant role available under the Australian Laureate Fellowships grant opportunity is an Australian Laureate Fellowship candidate.

Application Eligibility

The application must nominate only one Australian Laureate Fellowship candidate and request funding for a minimum of two Postdoctoral Research Associates (PDRAs) and two Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs).

An individual must not be nominated for more than one Australian Laureate Fellowship in a grant opportunity.

A previous recipient of an Australian Laureate Fellowship is not eligible to apply for another Australian Laureate Fellowship.

An Australian Laureate Fellowship candidate can be concurrently funded through the Discovery Program for a maximum of: one ARC Fellowship and one project as a CI; or one ARC Fellowship or project if the individual is also a Director on an active ARC Centre of Excellence and/or a Special Research Initiative project.

Applications for Australian Laureate Fellowships do not need to meet the project limit requirements at the grant opportunity closing date. If an Australian Laureate Fellowships application is successful, named participants must meet the project limits before the project can start. Project limits can be met by relinquishing existing active project(s), or relinquishing role(s) on existing active projects, or withdrawing application(s) that would exceed the project limits.

Grant Activity Timeframe

Australian Laureate Fellowships funding and grant duration is five consecutive years on a full-time basis.

Application date
5 years
Social sciences