Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2021

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply for an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship?

Prior to applying for a Fellowship, please refer to the Guidelines to confirm your eligibility. Applications must be made via the Online Application Form. A preview of the online application form is available for your reference.

When do applications open for the 2021 round?

Applications are now open and will close at 23:55 (AEDT) Monday 2nd November 2020. Apply Now.

Do I have to know who my supervisor is before I apply?

Yes, the online application form requires you to identify your preferred supervisor and you should also work with this person to prepare you Research Project proposal, which is required as part of the application process. Please refer to the contacts page for a list of Faculties and Institutes to assist you in identifying which area would align best with your research.

Can you please recommend a supervisor at Deakin for me? / I have not been able to find a potential supervisor at Deakin can you please assist?

Please refer to the contacts page for a list of Faculties and Institutes to assist you in identifying a potential supervisor.

Can a Deakin Emeritus or Honorary Professor be a supervisor?

An Emeritus Professor or Honorary appointment is granted only to selected retiring academics. Staff supervision is a management responsibility and we would not expect an Honorary (or Emeritus Professor) to carry that responsibility. We therefore ask that the Emeritus Professor support you in a mentor capacity and an alternate, formal supervisor, be identified.

Would it be alright to have a primary supervisor at Deakin and a co-supervisor from another Australian University?

A Deakin supervisor is a requirement. A mentor from another Institution is permitted should your Deakin Supervisor, and the area appointing you, be comfortable with this arrangement.

Is it possible to meet with potential supervisors at Deakin to discuss the research proposal before applying?

You would need to identify your proposed supervisor and contact them to see if they would be willing to meet for a discussion.

Does the proposed supervisor need to be Academic Level C or higher?

It is recommended that a supervisor be at a more senior level to the ADPRF but there may be circumstances where this might not be possible. We are encouraging all applicants to liaise with their Faculty/School/Institute/SRIC via the contacts page to discuss further.

If a potential supervisor is already supervising an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow who was successful in a previous round, are they able to be selected as a proposed supervisory for this round?

It is recommended a supervisor only supervise one successful ADPRF at any one time but this is not mandatory.  We are encouraging all applicants to liaise with their Faculty/School/Institute/SRIC via the contacts page to discuss further.

Are potential supervisors allowed to be selected as the proposed supervisor on more than one application?

It is recommended a supervisor only be nominated as a potential supervisor for one candidate per round but this is not mandatory.  We are encouraging all applicants to liaise with their Faculty/School/Institute/SRIC via the contacts page to discuss further.

What would be considered as acceptable evidence for my non-academic career disruptions?

You can provide a Statutory Declaration outlining your non-academic employment as evidence.

Will there be any limitations on International candidates for the 2021 round?

All applicants are required to hold Australian work rights at point of application to be considered eligible to apply for a 2021 ADPRF.

To understand more about Australian work rights, please visit the following link: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/eligibility-and-right-work-australia.  As stated on this website, you can gain employment with Deakin University if you are:

  • an Australian citizen: a birth certificate, citizenship certificate or current passport is proof of eligibility
  • a permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand citizen who has entered Australia on a valid passport: you are allowed to stay and work in Australia without restriction
  • a non-citizen with a valid visa that provides work rights: a current passport containing the visa is proof of eligibility. As the visa has an expiry date, non-citizens can only engage in casual, temporary or fixed term roles that do not extend beyond the expiry date. Visitors on a Working Holiday visa are permitted to work in temporary or casual roles, but for no longer than six months with any one employer.

I am still currently in the process of finishing my PhD and will not have it conferred in time to apply for this Fellowship. Can I still apply?

Yes, however you must attach a letter from your institution to the online application form confirming the expected date you will have qualified for the award of a PhD. This letter must be on an approved letterhead and signed by your head of department/professor. Please note that successful applicants must have their PhD awarded by their 2021 commencement date and/or no later than 31 March 2021.

What is the latest possible time to start my fellowship in 2021?

As per the Employment Conditions stated in the Guidelines (available soon):

  • All applicants must be able to commence the fellowship by 31st March, 2021. If they are unable to commence by this date their offer will be withdrawn and they will be encouraged to reapply next year.

Are practice-led research projects encouraged to apply? What type of research proposals are you encouraging applicants to submit?

Please refer to the Assessment Criteria section of the Guidelines (available soon) which will provide further information. To discuss your particular proposal further we would encourage you to connect directly with the Faculty or Institute which best aligns with your research area.

Does the Fellowship require the research proposal to focus on research in Australia or can an applicant also submit a proposal for carrying out international research?

Each successful applicant will be required to be physically located in Australia and based out of one of our campuses. Further discussions regarding the research proposal will need to be held with the local area that will be potentially hosting you, please refer to the Contacts Page.

Will I be asked to provide referee reports as part of my application?

Referee reports will be requested for candidates who reach the informal offer stage. Nothing is required from you as part of the application process in regards to referees.

Can I obtain feedback on my application if it is unsuccessful?

Unfortunately, due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

What is the difference between the Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and the Executive Dean Health Research Fellowship? How can I apply and where do I find out more information?

The application process for the Executive Dean Health Research Fellowship is the same as the Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Please refer to our Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2021 website for an outline of the application process and link to the online application form.

The terms and duration of both fellowships are the same; however, applicants successful in obtaining an Executive Dean Health Research Fellowship will undertake their fellowship within health and medical areas of research strength, whereas applicants successful in obtaining an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship may undertake their fellowship in any area of research strength at Deakin.

Successful applicants will be notified of which fellowship they have been successful for from mid-December 2020.

For further information relating to the Executive Dean Health Research Fellowship, please contact Steve Swayer, Manager, Research, Office of Faculty of Health at healthrs@deakin.edu.au.

If I have two PhD degrees, which one do I use for the purpose of eligibility?

If an ADPRF candidate has more than one PhD, the awarded PhD that aligns with the ADPRF proposed project must fall within the timeframe outlined in the Guidelines.