Information for Applicants
Fellowships and Awards
The ARC funds research fellowships and awards under Discovery and Linkage programs within the National Competitive Grants Program.
Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA)
The DORAs provide opportunities for mid to late career research-only and teaching and research academics. There are no restrictions in relation to time since award of PhD, and selection is based on the needs of the project in addition to the excellence of the researcher.
DORAs are available for up to three years and up to 70 awards will be available each funding round.
For more information on DORAs, please see the Discovery Projects page and associated documentation:
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
The DECRA scheme is a separate element of the Discovery Program. The scheme was introduced to provide more focused support for researchers and create more opportunities for early-career researchers in both teaching and research, and research-only positions.
Researchers may be eligible to apply if they have been awarded a PhD within five years or, commensurate with a period of significant career interruption, have been awarded a PhD within eight years of the closing time of submission of Proposals. Please refer to the relevant Funding Rules for this scheme for eligible periods and types of career interruptions.
For more information, please see the DECRA page and associated documentation:
The Australian Laureate Fellowships provide opportunities for world-class researchers and research leaders to key positions in Australia and create new rewards and incentives for the application of their talents.
It is expected that, through the Australian Laureate Fellowships, Australian and International researchers and research leaders will make a significant contribution to the generation of knowledge and the Australian innovation system. They will also assist with the development of stronger links between researchers, industry and the international research community.
ARC Future Fellowships provide opportunities for outstanding mid-career researchers working in areas of national priority and will significantly boost Australia’s research and innovation capacity. ARC Future Fellowships encourage research in Australia by the best and brightest Australian and international researchers who can demonstrate a capacity to build collaboration across industry and/or research institutions and/or with other disciplines. ARC Future Fellowships are available to researchers with 5 to 15 years research experience since the award of their PhD or equivalent research qualification.