McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships

As the deadline has passed, please note we are not accepting any more expressions of interest for the 2020 round.

2020 round key dates

Wednesday 24 April 2019

Application form and guidelines released on University of Melbourne McKenzie webpage

Tuesday 25 June 2019

Expression of interest (CV and 2-3 page research proposal) due to Melbourne Law School

Tuesday 9 July 2019

Outcome of Melbourne Law School expression of interest advised

Tuesday 20 August 2019

Application deadline


The McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme was established by the University of Melbourne to attract outstanding recent doctoral graduates to the University in areas of research priority, and in particular to recruit new researchers who have the potential to build and lead cross-disciplinary collaborative research activities inside and across faculties. It is a three-year Fellowship commencing at Level A6 in the University Salary Band (approximately $91,000 per annum) plus superannuation. It is a research Fellowship with only a small amount of teaching expected or permitted.

Please note PhD graduates from the University of Melbourne are not eligible to apply for a McKenzie Fellowship.

For the current round (commencing in 2020), your PhD must have been awarded between 1 January 2017 and 20 August 2019.  The date of the award is considered to be the date of the official notification letter, i.e. your PhD must be verified as complete by the awarding institution.  If you have not yet submitted your PhD, or it is still under examination, you are not eligible to apply in this round.

Melbourne Law School Expression of Interest

If you are interested in a McKenzie Fellowship based at Melbourne Law School, you are required to email a CV (including an up-to-date publications list) and a 2-3 page research proposal to by Tuesday 25 June 2019. Associate Professor Dale Smith, the Law School's Associate Dean Research, will decide if Melbourne Law School will support your application, and will consult with colleagues with relevant expertise as appropriate. We intend to let you know the outcome by Tuesday 9 July 2019. If Melbourne Law School invites you to progress to a full application, we will appoint an academic as your contact (as required in the application form) who can give you feedback on your research proposal. Melbourne Law School Office for Research staff will also assist you with your application.

Further information

Ms Mas Generis

Grants Coordinator
Office for Research
Melbourne Law School
Telephone: +61 3 8344 9983

Please direct any queries to Melbourne Law School's Office for Research, not to current McKenzie Fellows.