Career Development Fellowships



Funding body

National Health and Medical Research Council

Internal deadlines

Submit your CDF1 nomination form **
M 5 Oct 2016
Email Deakin Research Grants
Submit your CDF2 nomination form
M23 Nov 2016
Email Deakin Research Grants
Applications open in RGMS
18 Jan 2017
Final application in RGMS and Certification forms M 15 Feb 2017
Email snapshot reports and all uploaded documents to Deakin NHMRC Submissions

O - Optional / M - Mandatory

**The nomination form requires Faculty/Institute endorsement + one page CV + full list of publications - Applicants from other faculties/institutes - please contact the research manager in your faculty/institute to obtain the relevant nomination form


This scheme aims to further develop Australian health and medical researchers early in their career.

It will enable investigators to establish themselves as independent, self-directed researchers; expand capacity for biomedical, clinical, public health and health service delivery research, and for evidence-based policy development in Australian health systems; and encourage the translation of research outcomes into practice.

CDF Level 1 is usually for those who are 2-7 years post-PhD.

CDF Level 2 is usually for those who are 7-12 years post-PhD.

Investigators who have been appointed to Associate Professor are ineligible to apply at CDF Level 1. Investigators who have been appointed to a Professorial position are ineligible to apply for either level of CDF.

How to apply

  1. Liaise with your SRC/AHoS(R) (Faculty of Health) or your Faculty/IFM (all others).
  2. CDF1 applicants: Submit a completed CDF1 nomination form to your Faculty ADR for approval by the deadline set by your Faculty. For Faculty of Health, submit as per instructions on Fac Health CDF1 nomination form.
  3. CDF2 applicants: Submit a completed CDF2 nomination form to Deakin Research Grants.
  4. Wait to see whether the Grants Office invites your full application.
  5. Read the Funding Rules and Instructions to Applicants (will be available on NHMRC website from 18 Jan 2017).
  6. Commence your online application on RGMS.
  7. Work with your Case Manager.
  8. Organise relevant DU certification form.