Fellowships to support outstanding early-career researchers

9 July 2018
10 fellowships available in 2019
The University of Sydney Fellowships allow outstanding postdocs to conduct innovative, multidisciplinary work at one of the world's top 45 research universities. Applications close on 19 August 2018.

Some of the 2018 University of Sydney Fellows (from left) Dr Hamid Arandiyan, Dr Brigitte Sommer, Dr Stefan Oehlers, Dr Jonathan Danon, Dr Rachael Dodd, Dr Zac Chatterton, with 2017 Fellow Dr Mohammad Ali Moni (centre, seated).

High-achieving postdoctoral researchers from around the world are invited to apply for the University of Sydney 2019 Fellowships.

Applications are encouraged from any discipline or research area, with 10 three-year fellowships to be awarded for 2019.

Recipients are able to work with our leading faculties, schools and centres as well as with one of our 10 whole-of-university multidisciplinary initiatives that are focused on some of the greatest challenges of our time.

The fellowship package includes a generous salary and conditions, $25,000 research grant, and lifetime membership to the Sydney Society of Fellows – the first society of its kind in Australia, which epitomises our commitment to groundbreaking research and scholarship.

“In this flagship fellowship scheme, we’re looking for the best and brightest young researchers from around the globe to contribute to and enhance the research strengths and culture of the University and contribute to the University’s thriving intellectual life,” Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison said.

We want to support the next generation of research leaders to fulfil their potential and contribute to positive societal change.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison

Dr Rachael Dodd, from the School of Public Health, received a Sydney Fellowship in 2018 to further her research into the overdiagnosis and overtreatment of some cancers.

“In Australia, the latest statistics show almost 800 women aged 20 to 69 are diagnosed and treated with cervical cancer every year as a result of screening tests. However, screening also detects cervical abnormalities which are not yet cancer, many of which can resolve by themselves without treatment (up to 50 percent in two years).  My research is focused on how we can safely reduce unnecessary treatments and communicate reductions to screening programs to the public.”

Dr Dodd said the fellowship helped launch her academic career, gave her the “recognition as an outstanding early career researcher and provided the security of a funded position at this prestigious university for three years."

She has since received grants to present her work at two international conferences later this year and will also speak at two upcoming Australian conferences.

2019 Fellowship recipients will reside in Sydney for the duration of their fellowship and actively participate in the Sydney Society of Fellows’ activities: including present their work in Society seminars, participate in and organise reading groups and workshops, help mentor research students and initiate multidisciplinary research.

Guidelines, eligibility, and application details are available on

Applications close Sunday 19 August 2018.

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