ARC DECRA Fellowships 2016

Funding amounts:

Up to a maximum of $136,206 per year of funding. Per annum salary contribution from the ARC is fixed at $96,206 (inc. 28% on costs, based on 2015$) and up to a maximum of $40,000 for project costs per year.


A scheme for early career researchers (ECRs) which forms a part of the ARC's Discovery program.  The objectives of the scheme are to:

  1. Support and advance promising early career researchers
  2. Promote enhanced opportunities for diverse career pathways
  3. Focus research effort in the Strategic Research Priority areas to improve research capacity and policy outcomes; and
  4. Enable research and research training in high quality and supportive environments

NB DECRAs will be awarded for funding in 2016 for a period of up to 3 years on a full time basis. A researcher may only apply for up to 2 DECRAs over the period in which they are eligible.

Internal Deadlines: 

10 October 2014 Supported Nomination Form from Faculty/Institute -requires Faculty/Institute endorsement + 1 page CV + full list of publications Mandatory Via email to
15 October 2014 Grants Office to contact supported applicants, confirm place at workshop and invite them to proceed with their applications according to Faculty/Institute processes and time lines Invitation only
19 & 21 November 2014 DECRA Workshop Invitation only

19th Nov-Waurn Ponds campus

21st Nov- Burwood campus

9am 21 January 2015Submission of Eligibility Exemption on RMS
Once submitted please advise the Grants Office by email to
If required
9am 18 February 2015 D2 Organisational Statement in Word format


Via email to
9am 25 February 2015 Final application on RMS

Certification forms
Mandatory Via RMS - Submit to Research Office
Via email to
9am 4 March 2015 Request Not to Assess If required Via email to

How to apply:

1. Read the Funding RulesInstructions to Applicants and FAQ's

2. Liaise with your Faculty/Institute

3. Submit a Nomination Form to your Faculty/Institute

4. Wait to see whether the Grants office invites your full application

5. Attend DECRA Workshop

6. Commence your online application in the ARC Research Management System - RMS

7. Use the DU templates provided below and liaise with your Case Manager as necessary

8. Organise relevant certification forms

ARC Documents and Information

ARC 2016 documents

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PhD Stipend

If requesting a PhD stipend from the ARC, request at $25,406 pa (based on 2014 amounts). Only one PhD may be requested per proposal.

DU Templates, Forms and Tools

DU Templates and Forms - 2016 documents

The following documents will be made available when the Instructions to Applicants 2016 are released.

Information Sessions

Information sessions will be run at Burwood and Waurn Ponds, applicants will be advised.

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