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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellowships

Supporting PhD qualified Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander researchers in undertaking original research that will benefit Queensland.

What's important

  • Applications will be assessed in the order that they are received until the funding pool is exhausted.
  • $240,000 over 3 years is available for each fellowship.
  • Approved Fellowships must begin after they are approved, and within six months of being offered the award.


The applicant must be a Queensland-based agency, including universities, research agencies, government organisations, not-for-profit/charitable organisations and businesses. The applicant organisation nominates the proposed Fellow.

The proposed Fellow must:

  • identify as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • undertake the fellowship in Queensland
  • have a PhD research qualification with up to 5 years post-PhD research experience. Allowances will be made for time taken away from research e.g. for parenting, caring, illness, or time in non-research roles.
  • have a research proposal that:
  • have one or more partners, including at least 1 Queensland-based industry/end-user organisation
  • spend at least 50% of the fellowship physically co-located with at least 1 Queensland-based industry/end-user partner organisation
  • have at least $120,000 (excluding GST) in cash funding from the applicant and/or partner organisations.

Guidelines and conditions

More information about the Research Fellowships program can be found in the following documents:

How to apply

Each application must contain:

  • a completed SmartyGrants on-line application form
  • copy of the nominated Fellow’s PhD degree
  • scanned (PDF) letters of support from the applicant organisation and partner organisation(s).

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Find out more about current recipients and their projects.

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Last updated
21 February, 2017

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