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

Future Fellowships reflects the Australian Government’s commitment to excellence in research by supporting excellent mid-career researchers to undertake high quality research in areas of national and international benefit.

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 expand knowledge base and research capacity in Australia; and economic, commercial, environmental, social and/or cultural benefits for Australia. 

Future Fellowships provide four-year fellowships to outstanding Australian mid-career researchers. In addition, the ARC may award the Administering Organisation up to $60,000 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.

The objectives of the Future Fellowships scheme are to:

  • support excellent basic and applied research and research training by outstanding mid-career researchers to be recruited and retained by universities in continuing academic positions
  • support national and international research collaboration
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas

Researchers may be eligible to apply if they have an award of a PhD date in accordance with the grant opportunity eligibility dates listed on the Important Dates for ARC Grant Application Process page, or longer if combined with an allowable period of career interruption.

The Future Fellowships scheme encourages applications from researchers working in areas of national priority. Preference will be given to Australian researchers..

Up to 100 four-year Future Fellowships may be awarded each year, providing a salary awarded at one of three salary levels and up to $60,000 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 for up to $100,000 over the project activity period; web hosting and development; workshops, focus groups and conferences; and reasonable essential costs for researchers who are carers or who themselves require care.

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

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 Future Fellowships 2020 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 Future Fellowships 2020