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Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (CPDRF) Scheme aims to support the UTS research strategy by attracting and retaining excellent researchers who will strengthen the national and international profile of UTS research. The Scheme is strongly supported by the University’s Chancellor.

The CPD Fellowship Scheme aims to support UTS’s strategic intent to be a research leader in specific areas across each of the following Research Focus Areas:

CPD Fellowships are extremely prestigious and highly competitive. Applicants must have an outstanding track record relative to opportunity in order to be short-listed.

Applications for 2017 are now closed.
Expressions of Interest for 2018 will open in April / May 2017.



The CPDRF scheme enables early-career researchers to work with senior and established UTS researchers. CPD Fellows will have an opportunity for gaining international research experience as an integral part of their Fellowship, preparing them for an international career and ensuring access to high-quality research facilities.

Fellowships are offered on the basis of four years for a combination research and teaching appointment.

Applicants will have been awarded a research doctoral degree (equivalent to an Australian PhD degree) within the last 5 years (see eligibility dates below). Research doctoral degree candidates whose thesis is under examination at the closing date, and research doctoral degree candidates who will submit their PhD thesis by 30 June 2016 may also apply. International applications are welcome.

The number of Fellowships awarded will depend on the quality of the candidates and the funding available. Between 2011 and 2016, between 10 and 16 Fellows were appointed each year.

Fellows will initially be appointed at Academic Salary Level B Step 2, based on years of experience. The position will also attract an additional 17% superannuation.

Project funding of up to $50,000 is also available, please see guidelines for details.


Application process

The three-stage application process involves Expression of Interest (EOI), invited Full Application and Interview.

Prior to lodging an EOI, Fellowship applicants are strongly advised to contact the relevant UTS Faculty/School and inquire about current research priorities. In addition, it is recommended that they gain support from the UTS Faculty/School in which they are proposing to work. Only applicants who have the agreement of one UTS Supervisor are eligible to apply and must consult closely with him/her in developing an Expression of Interest. Only one application per individual will be accepted. It is not possible to nominate more than one supervisor, or an alternate supervisor.

A valid EOI application requires an online registration, followed by the electronic submission of the complete EOI application document using the template provided. All applicants must have successfully registered before being able to submit their EOI application documents.

  • EOI registration – has now closed.

The following links contain the documents you will need to submit an ‘Expression of Interest’ under the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Scheme 2017:

Only successfully registered applicants will receive further EOI submission instructions. All EOI application documents must be prepared using the template provided above. EOI registrations and applications without naming a supervisor, or naming a supervisor without their consent, will be deemed ineligible. Application documents submitted without prior online registration (eg. directly by email) or applications not using the prescribed template will not be accepted. All EOI submissions are final, and late applications will not be considered.

Applicants whose Expression of Interest is shortlisted will be invited to submit a Full Application. The relevant documents and instructions for the second stage will subsequently be forwarded to them.

Key dates

Expressions of interest for 2018 will open in April / May 2017.

Past fellows

View a listing of our past Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellows below:


Candidate enquiries about the UTS Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme should be addressed to:

Ms Kat Shaw

Research and Innovation Office
University of Technology Sydney
E: research.grants@uts.edu.au
T: +61 2 9514 7453 or +61 2 9514 9681
F: +61 2 9514 1244