Career Development Fellowships



Funding body

National Health and Medical Research Council

Internal deadlines

Submit your CDF1 nomination form *
M 15 Nov 2017
Email Deakin Research Grants
Submit your CDF2 nomination form
M15 Nov 2017
Email Deakin Research Grants
Applications open in RGMS
17 Jan 2018
Final application in RGMS and Deakin certification form M 07 Feb 2018
Email snapshot reports, all uploaded documents and Deakin certification form to Deakin NHMRC Submissions

O - Optional / M - Mandatory

* Link to CDF1 nomination form for Faculty of Health. For other Faculties and IFM, please contact Deakin Research Grants for 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: For Faculty of Health, complete and submit as per instructions on Fac Health CDF1 nomination form. For other Faculties and IFM, please contact Deakin Research Grants for a nomination form.
  3. CDF2 applicants: Submit a completed CDF2 nomination form to Deakin Research Grants.
  4. Read the Funding Rules and Instructions to Applicants (will be available on NHMRC website from 17 Jan 2018).
  5. Commence your online application on RGMS.
  6. Work with your Case Manager.
  7. Organise relevant Deakin certification form.


NHMRC documents

NHMRC application templates

The following links point to documents for applications submitted in Feb 2017. The 2018 round information will only be available once applications open on RGMS.

Deakin University Templates