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Please note that the current round has now closed. Details for the 2014 program will be provided later in the year.
The Alfred Deakin Research Institute (ADRI) Research Fellow positions have been created to support doctoral candidates in the transition phase between their doctoral and postdoctoral careers. Successful applicants funded through this scheme are expected to use the Fellowship to advance the development of their research careers - by writing research publications, conference papers, job applications, and postdoctoral fellowship/grant proposals - while engaging with the interdisciplinary activities of Alfred Deakin Research Institute (ADRI). Successful applicants will be supervised by an Alfred Deakin Research Institute member. The Research Fellow positions are available only on a part-time basis. Research Fellows will be expected to participate in a number of activities at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute.
Research Fellows will be expected to run at least one research-orientated workshop for current Deakin PhDs during the tenure of their award. Help with organisation and promotion is available from the Faculty of Arts and Education and ADRI. This workshop will either be focused on skills development or be subject-based, depending on the common interests of the Fellows. Limited funding to cover refreshments, materials etc will be available from ADRI for skills-based sessions or for subject-based activity.
Research Fellows will also be expected to participate in an interdisciplinary seminar series, convened by the Director, ADRI in conjunction with other Institute staff. Each Research Fellow will maintain an ePortfolio, and contribute to the ADRI’s web-based resources for Early Career Researchers.
The award is explicitly targeted at PhD candidates whose thesis is under examination. It is not intended to provide financial support to students who have not yet submitted their thesis. Please clearly indicate your (expected) submission date on the application form.
The competition is open to doctoral research students. There is currently one application round each year for doctoral students who have submitted or expect to submit their thesis for examination as follows:
Round 1: open between 9 December 2011 and 15 January 2012 (The position will start on or before 1 April 2012). Please note these positions have now closed.
Postgraduate doctoral research students who have submitted or expect to submit their thesis between 1 March 2011 and 31 March 2012 inclusive are eligible to apply. Candidates awarded a position who do not meet this requirement will not be able to take up the appointment.
Continuation of the appointment beyond the doctoral examination is contingent upon a recommendation to award the PhD or other doctoral degree with or without minor corrections, but NOT a recommendation to resubmit/referral.
Applicants currently employed at Deakin University are eligible to apply.
Overlap with other Fellowships Schemes
Applicants who have requested Fellowship support from other sources for funding in 2012 may submit the same project to the Alfred Deakin Research Institute Research Fellow scheme provided full disclosure is made in the application.
If a successful applicant is awarded a Fellowship from another source, the Alfred Deakin Research Institute Research Fellow position must be relinquished within 2 months of notification of the other award.
Duration of awards
Research Fellow positions will be awarded for a period of up to 12 months.
Value and number of awards
There is a maximum of three (3) Alfred Deakin Research Institute Research Fellow position available in 2012.
Research Fellows will receive a salary (taxable) at Level A, Step 6 of the University’s Academic salary scale.
In addition Research Fellows may claim up to $300 towards research expenses (eg towards costs of attending a conference). This expenditure must be agreed in advance with the Director, Alfred Deakin Research Institute
Research Fellows will have access to the Deakin University Library and to office and seminar room facilities at one of ADRI’s Campus locations (Geelong Waterfront Campus, Melbourne Burwood Campus or Warrnambool Campus).
The Fellowship is awarded under the following conditions:
Positions will be continued beyond the doctoral examination date only when the thesis is successfully passed (ie has resulted in a recommendation to award the PhD or other doctoral degree with or without minor corrections, but NOT to resubmit/be referred).
The maximum duration of the position shall be for a total period of 12 months.
Appointments must commence within three months of a formal letter of offer, unless the Director, Alfred Deakin Research Institute approves otherwise.
Requests to suspend or vary the position for any reason must be submitted for approval to Director, Alfred Deakin Research Institute.
All conditions of employment are governed by the Deakin University Enterprise Agreement 2009 - 2012. The Human Resources Division will issue the formal offer of employment and can advise successful fellows on matters such as superannuation, leave entitlements, relocation allowance, immigration requirements and intellectual property provisions.
Research Fellows are expected to:
Progress reports are required at the end of the first six months. The report should include:
A final report is required within three months of the completion of the appointment. The report should include:
Reports are to be forwarded to the Director, by email only, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications must be made electronically, using the ADRI application form. Completed applications will comprise:
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete with the academic references and reaches the Alfred Deakin Research Institute by the closing date. Late or incomplete applications submitted will not be considered.
Assessment Criteria and Process
Applicants will provide a narrative statement of up to 1,000 words outlining their proposed use of the time and facilities available to advance their postdoctoral research careers. Additionally, they will provide a statement of up to 150 words describing the relevance of the ADRI context for their research development.
Selection will be made on the basis of:
Academic Excellence (CV, two academic references, including one from PhD supervisor) - the following will be taken into account:
Applications will be considered by a panel of senior ADRI academic staff including the ADRI Director.
The Alfred Deakin Research Institute Research Fellow positions will be listed under Academic staff vacancies on the Careers at Deakin website.
The application template should be completed as follows and submitted online at Careers at Deakin website:
The following formatting requirements should be used:
Applicants are advised to retain a copy of their application.
Applications for the 2012 ADRI Research Fellowships have now closed.
Professor David Lowe
Alfred Deakin Research Institute
Phone: +61 3 5227 2691
Deakin University CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B