McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships

2025 round key dates

Thursday 18 January 2024

Release of scheme guidelines on University of Melbourne McKenzie webpage

Thursday 1 February 2024

Expression of interest open via SmartyGrants

Monday 4 March 2024

Endorsement declaration form signed by Academic Contact due to so we can arrange HOD sign-off

Friday 8 March 2024 (3pm AEST)

EOI (including eligibility exemption request if relevant) due via SmartyGrants

Endorsement declaration form, signed by Academic Contact and HOD, due to

Tuesday 7 May 2024

Outcome of EOI advised and full applications open via SmartyGrants

Monday 17 June 2024 (3pm AEST)

Full application due via SmartyGrants and referee written testimonials due to


Established in 2010, the McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme is the University of Melbourne’s flagship postdoctoral development program. The standard term of the Fellowship is three years, and the salary commences at Level A6 (approximately $110,000 per annum) plus superannuation. Successful applicants are also awarded $25,000 research project funding. It is a research Fellowship: no teaching is expected or permitted.

Applicants with a PhD from the University of Melbourne are now eligible to apply for a McKenzie Fellowship.

For the current round (commencing in 2025), your PhD must have been awarded between 1 February 2021 and 8 March 2024 (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 Academic Contact

If you are interested in a McKenzie Fellowship based at Melbourne Law School (MLS), you are required to identify an Academic Contact at MLS to support your application, and the Academic Contact must complete and submit the Endorsement Declaration (using the template available on the UoM McKenzie webpage).

To identify a potential Academic Contact, we suggest:

  • Searching on UoM find an expert and/or MLS Staff Research Expertise
  • When you e-mail a potential Academic Contact, please send them your draft expression of interest so they can make an informed decision
  • If and when an MLS academic agrees to act as your Academic Contact, send them the Endorsement Declaration they need to complete and sign. By Monday 4 March 2024, they need to e-mail the Endorsement Declaration to so we can arrange sign-off by the MLS HOD, and submission to the University by the Friday 8 March deadline.

Please note we do not require or expect MLS Academic Contacts to assist prospective applicants with their expression of interest. A panel of senior academics at MLS will review and rank all eligible expressions of interest, and we want to assess your own work.

Further information

Ms Mas Generis

Senior Research Officer
Office for Research
Melbourne Law School
Telephone: +61 3 8344 9983

Mr Marcus Feaver

Senior Research Officer
Office for Research
Melbourne Law School
Telephone: +61 3 8344 3661

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