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Did you know that some ARC Fellowships and Awards can be undertaken on a part-time basis? 

The ARC has measures in place to support flexible working arrangements for Fellowship/Award1 recipients (irrespective of gender) who have family and/or carer responsibilities. These include leave entitlements and the ability to convert the Fellowship/Award to or from part-time at any time to accommodate family or caring responsibilities.

Flexible working arrangements

Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards and Future Fellowships may be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis. These Awards/Fellowships may also be converted to or from part-time at any time to enable the recipient to continue to fulfil family and/or carer responsibilities.2 If you wish to take advantage of this flexibility please talk to your employer.

Parental leave entitlements

ARC Fellowship and Award recipients are entitled to up to two weeks of additional funding for partner/parental leave at the time of birth or adoption for the parent who is not identified as the primary caregiver, with an equivalent extension to the life of the project.

ARC Fellowship and Award recipients are entitled to periods of up to 14 weeks of additional funding for maternity leave during the course of the fellowship/award, with equivalent extension to the life of the project.  ARC Fellowship and Award recipients are also able to extend their projects to accommodate unpaid maternity leave.

1Fellowship/Award refers to Australian Laureate Fellowships, Future Fellowships, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Discovery Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award.

2The FTE of the Fellowship/Award recipient must match that of the recipient’s employment contract. The Fellowship/Award must not exceed six (DECRAs) or eight (Future Fellows) years from the date of commencement (excluding any periods of suspension and/or maternity and/or parental leave).