DECRA Fellowships

Status: DECRA 2020

Internal deadlines

Supported Nomination Forms from Faculty/Institute M 9am Monday 15 October 2018 
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DE20 scheme opens in RMSn/aMonday 15 October 2018
Final application submitted to Research Office via RMSM9am Wednesday 13 February 2019
Via RMS - Submit to Research Office
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C2 Organisational Statement in Word format Wednesday 13 February 2019
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Certification form M Wednesday 13 February 2019
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Request Not to Assess O Wednesday 20 February 2019
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O - Optional / M - Mandatory


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

  1. Support excellent basic and applied research by ECRs;
  2. Advance promising ECRs and promote enhanced opportunities for diverse career pathways;
  3. Enable research and research training in high quality and supportive environments;
  4. Expand Australia's knowledge base and research capabilities; and
  5. Enhance the scale and focus of research in the Science and Research Priorities.

Note: DECRAs will be awarded for funding in 2020 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.

Funding amounts

Up to a maximum of $142,372 per year of funding. Per annum salary contribution from the ARC is fixed at $102,372 (inc. 30% on costs) and up to a maximum of $40,000 for project costs per year.

How to apply

  1. Read the Grant Guidelines, Instructions to Applicants and FAQs
  2. Liaise with your mentor and complete the Nomination Form.
  3. Forward the Nomination Form to

    Your Host Head of School or Department / SRC or Institute Director AND your Host Faculty Associate Dean (Research) or Director of IFM / IISRI

  4. Faculty / IFM / IISRI to send supported nomination forms to DR Grants by 15 October 2018

  5. DR Grants will send initial automated email to all supported applicants by 17 October 2018.
  6. Applicants will receive further information on the next steps in the process.
  7. Applicants to commence application in the ARC Research Management System – RMS. DE20 will open in RMS on 15 October 2018.
  8. Use the Deakin University templates provided below and liaise with your Case Manager as necessary.
  9. Organise certification form.
  10. Complete submission of your application via RMS to the Research Office for compliance checking and forward your Organisational Statement and completed Certification Form to Deakin Research Grants.

Documents and information

Additional documentation can be found on the ARC website - Information for Applicants.

Please note: If requesting a PhD stipend from the ARC, request at $27,094 p.a.

If you are including a PhD stipend as a Deakin cash contribution, the rate is $27,596.