Future Fellowships

Status: FT25 ROUND

Internal deadlines


**NEW PROCESS** Applicants to contact faculty/institute Research office to check if their area requires approval prior to submission of NOIS.   Applicants approved by faculty/Institute to submit NOIS via online form


Tuesday 9th July 2024 (due at Research Office)
Email Deakin Research Grants

FT25 scheme opens in RMSN/ATuesday 17th September 2024
Supported applicants contact Deakin Research Office to arrange an external review of their proposalMEmail Deakin Research Grants
Final application submitted to Research Office via RMS for compliance checking M

Thursday 3rd October 2024

Via RMS Submit to Research Office.

Request not to assess O

Thursday 10th October 2024

Process: submit to Research Office via RMS.  
Further instructions will be sent to all applicants closer to the submission date.

O - Optional / M - Mandatory

Overview - based on Discovery Fellowships Grant Guidelines 2023 edition

The Future Fellowships scheme objectives are to:

  1. support outstanding mid-career researchers, with demonstrated capacity for high-quality research, leadership, research training and mentoring;
  2. support excellent basic and applied research by outstanding mid-career researchers to be recruited and retained by universities in continuing academic positions;
  3. foster national and international research collaboration;
  4. support excellent and innovative research that addresses a significant problem or gap in knowledge and represents value for money;
  5. create new or advanced knowledge resulting from the outcomes of the research with economic, commercial, environmental, social and/or cultural benefits for Australia, and enhances the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas.

Future Fellowships will be awarded funding in 2025 for a period of up to 4 years on a full time-basis. A researcher may only apply for up to 3 FTs over the period in which they are eligible.

FT25 is open to applicants who have been awarded a PhD on or between 1 March 2010 and 1 March 2020, or have an award of PhD date together with an allowable period of career interruptions that would be commensurate with an award of PhD date on, on or between 1 March 2010 and 1 March 2020. The allowable career interruptions set out and the period allowed for each are in Table 5 of the Discovery Fellowships Grant Guidelines 2023 edition.

Funding amounts

A Future Fellowship may be requested at one of three salary levels, dependent on the candidates academic level.

Level A and B: $170,848 (including 30 per cent on-costs)

Level C: $206,818 (including 30 per cent on-costs)

Level D and E: $242,783 (including 30 per cent on-costs)

An administering organisation may be awarded up to $60,000 of project funding per annum.

amounts based on FT24, FT25 TBC

How to apply

  1. Read the Grant Guidelines, Instruction 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/SRIC or Institute Director AND your host Faculty Associate Dean (Research) or Director of IFM/IISRI/A2I2/ADI
  4. Faculty/IFM/IISRI/A2I2/ADI to send supported nomination forms to DR Grants.
  5. Applicants will receive further information on the next steps in the process from DR Grants
  6. Contact the Deakin Library team via this form to assist with Research Metrics.
  7. Applicants to commence application in ARC Research Management System - RMS.
  8. Use the Deakin University templates provided below and liaise with the DR-Grants ARC team as necessary.
  9. Complete submission of your application in RMS to the Research Office for compliance checking and forward your Organisational statement to Deakin Research Grants.

Documents and information

The ARC will no longer publish scheme specific documents on its website, but will make these available through GrantConnect. Links to scheme specific documents can be found below.

Policies and Strategies can still be found on the ARC website.

ARC documents

Templates, forms and tools