Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowships

2024 round key dates

Thursday 6 April 2023

Round opens on University of Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowships webpage

Monday 24 April 2023 (11.59pm AEST)

Expression of interest due to Melbourne Law School

Monday 8 May 2023

Outcome of Melbourne Law School expression of interest advised

Monday 26 June 2023 (3.00pm AEST)

Application deadline


The Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowships Program was established by the University of Melbourne in 2021 to support early career researchers, and in recognition of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on this cohort. The default term of the Fellowship is for three years and commences at Level A6 in the University Salary Band (approximately $102,000 per annum) plus superannuation. It is a research Fellowship with only a small amount of teaching expected or permitted.

Fellowships are available to University of Melbourne PhD graduates and current academic staff (fixed term or casual) who may have graduated with a PhD from another university.

For the current round (commencing in 2024), your PhD must have been awarded between 1 November 2020 and 26 June 2023 (inclusive).  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 Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowship based at Melbourne Law School, you are required to complete an online expression of interest form, which is due at 11:59 pm AEST on Monday 24 April 2023. Professor Christine Parker, 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. Note that in your expression of interest you have the opportunity to name MLS academics whose work aligns with your research proposal. We intend to let you know the outcome of your expression of interest by Monday 8 May 2023. 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.

We do not require or expect MLS academics to assist prospective applicants with their expression of interest. Professor Christine Parker, when reviewing expressions of interest, will confer with MLS academics with relevant expertise and will organise an appropriate academic contact as part of determining the shortlisted group of applicants. The academic contact will then have the opportunity to give the applicant feedback on their draft Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowship application.

Further information

Ms Averyl Gaylor

Research Administrator
Office for Research
Melbourne Law School
Telephone: +61 3 8344 8046

Ms Mas Generis

Senior Research Officer
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 Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellows.