The Future Fellowships scheme supports research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. The aim of Future Fellowships is to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers.

At present many highly qualified mid-career researchers choose to work overseas to further their careers due to lack of opportunities in Australia. The Future Fellowships scheme addresses this problem and will significantly boost Australia's research and innovation capacity in areas of national importance.

Future Fellowships provides four-year fellowships to outstanding Australian mid-career researchers. In addition, the ARC may award the Administering Organisation up to $50 000 of non-salary funding per annum which may be used for personnel, equipment, travel and field research costs directly related to the Future Fellow's research.

Future Fellowships will encourage proposals from researchers working in areas of national priority. Preference will be given to those researchers who can demonstrate a capacity to build collaboration across industry and/or research institutions and/or with other disciplines.

Although international experience is important for Australian researchers, it is also important they have the opportunity to return home to continue their work.

One call for submission of Future Fellowships proposals is made each year.

Key Dates for Future Fellowships 2017

  • Release of Funding Rules: 22 September 2016
  • Proposals Open: 18 October 2016
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 23 November 2016
  • Proposals Close: 7 December 2016
  • Rejoinders: Open 16 February 2017—Close 5.00pm (AEDT) 2 March 2017
  • Anticipated announcement: June 2017