For information on recently announced grant outcomes under the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme please visit the following pages:

The Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme reflects the Australian Government’s commitment to excellence in research by supporting world-class researchers to conduct research in Australia.

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

The objectives of the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme 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
  • provide an excellent research training environment and exemplary mentorship to nurture early-career researchers.

Up to 17 five-year Australian Laureate Fellowships may be awarded each year, providing a salary, in addition to a Level E professorial salary provided by the Administering Organisation; funding for up to two Postdoctoral Research Associates (five years) and two Postgraduate Researchers (four years); and up to $300,000 per annum project funding.

Project funding may be used for: personnel, postdoctoral research associates and research assistants, technicians and laboratory attendants; access to research and infrastructure facilities and technical workshop services; essential field research; expert third party services; equipment and consumables; publication and dissemination of project research outputs and outreach activities; specialised computer equipment and software; travel costs essential to the project; web hosting and development; workshops, focus groups and conferences; and reasonable essential costs for researchers who are carers or who themselves require care.

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

One call for submission of Australian Laureate Fellowships applications is made each year.

Australian Laureate Fellowships include fellowships allocated to exceptional female researchers who will also undertake an ambassadorial role to promote women in research and to mentor early career researchers, particularly women, to encourage them to enter and establish a career in research in Australia. 

Two named Australian Laureate Fellowships may be awarded to successful female Australian Laureate Fellows for funding commencing in 2022. A Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship will be available to a highly ranked female candidate from the humanities, arts and social science disciplines, and a Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship will be available to a highly ranked female candidate from the science and technology disciplines. Please visit the profile page for Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellows for further information on their research, ambassadorial and mentoring role.

How are the Georgina Sweet and Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowships assessed?

The assessment for these prestigious Fellowships takes place in two stages. Applicants who have indicated interest in either a Georgina Sweet or Kathleen Fitzpatrick Fellowship must first be successful as an Australian Laureate Fellow. Only when the Selection Advisory Committee has recommended them as Australian Laureate Fellows will an applicant be assessed for a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship or a Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship.

The Selection Advisory Committee considers how the applicants will deliver their ambassadorial role based on a description of the activities that will be undertaken to promote and support women in research. Only candidates who can clearly demonstrate their capacity to promote women in research, mentor early career researchers, particularly women, and encourage them to enter and establish careers in research in Australia will be recommended for a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship or a Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship.

All accountable authorities and officials must use GrantConnect to publish all Grant Opportunities, all Grant Opportunity Guidelines and all addenda/alterations.

The ARC will no longer publish Grant Opportunity Guidelines (formerly known as Funding Rules) on our website.

The Grant Guidelines for Australian Laureate Fellowships 2022 are now available on GrantConnect.

While the Grant Guidelines are available to view, you will need to sign in or create a User Registration account  in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for Grant Opportunities.

For further information on GrantConnect, please refer to the ARC GrantConnect information page or the GrantConnect website

Key Documents and Information for Australian Laureate Fellowships 2022

2021 Australian Laureate Fellows 

2020 Australian Laureate Fellows 

2019 Australian Laureate Fellows 


2018 Australian Laureate Fellows 

2017 Australian Laureate Fellows