Mitigating the impact of extraordinary personal circumstances on academic careers
MDHS Momentum Fellowships support the research momentum, career progression and retention of Level B and C fixed-term research-focussed academic staff with extraordinary personal circumstances.
This includes staff whose disabilities, physical and mental health conditions or disproportionate caring responsibilities may have prevented research outcomes being met, limited their competitiveness in their field, or had other major impacts on their academic work, achievements and capacity to secure continuity of employment.
The Fellowships support staff to enhance their capacity to secure continuity of employment and maintain their career development.
They help staff to maintain their research momentum at pressing points in their careers and to develop strategies and plans to obtain external research funding.
Providing employment security and support to enable ongoing success
The Faculty of MDHS awards up to two Momentum Fellowships each year.
Fellowships include a maximum award of up to $100,000 for salary and research-related expenses over a maximum two-year term.
Fellows retain their existing appointment with the Faculty for the duration of the Fellowship.
They are expected to develop and agree on a plan to achieve research independence and sustainability with their supervisor and Head/Director and to apply for external research funding during this term.
Eligibility criteria, recognising the impact of extraordinary and compounding personal circumstances
Eligible staff include research-focussed fixed-term academic staff in the Faculty at Levels B and C whose extraordinary and compounding personal circumstances, including disabilities, physical and mental health conditions and markedly disproportionate caring responsibilities, have significantly restricted their capacity to:
Undertake research and research training activity, including severely diminishing their ability to publish their research, supervise graduate research students and apply for and obtain competitive external funding
Undertake key engagement activities with relevant disciplinary communities and government, business, professional or community organisations that are critical to enhancing excellence in their research and research training and enhancing their competitiveness in their field
Contribute to cross-disciplinary collaborative research projects and teams that are key to maintaining their research momentum and competitiveness
Build their leadership and service profile as well as making vital contributions to the advancement of their discipline within and beyond the University
Selection criteria, guiding the values-based assessment of applications
In assessing applications for Fellowships, the Faculty's diverse and inclusive Selection Panel will consider:
The extent to which relevant extraordinary personal circumstances have compounded and restricted the individuals capacity to secure external funding
The applicant’s overall ability through evidence of their capacity to develop and sustain an academic career consistent with a leading university
Effective demonstration and promotion of our Faculty’s values, including collaboration and teamwork, compassion, respect, integrity and accountability, as well as our Faculty’s expectations for appropriate behaviour, including upholding the Faculty’s commitment to a safe, diverse and inclusive workplace
Other Fellowship or salary-related financial assistance the staff member may be receiving
Apply for a Fellowship following these key dates and step-by-step instructions
- Thursday 17 December 2020
- Monday 1 February 2021
- Monday 1 March 2021
Outcomes advised to applicants
Explore the Fellowships
Read this Fellowships website in detail, including the:
- Overview, including terms of the Fellowships and expectations of Fellows
- Eligibility criteria and selection criteria
Discuss the potential of your application:
- Discuss the potential of your application for a Fellowship with your supervisor, Head/Director, as well as with mentors and trusted colleagues
Prepare your application
Commence your online application form (*open from 17 December 2020):
Draft your written application
- Include a summary paragraph describing the reasons why you are seeking a Fellowship (maximum 200 words)
- Include your responses to all relevant selection criteria, as outlined on this website (maximum 2000 words)
Commission and attach one letter of support:
- Include one letter of support from your relevant Head of School, Department, Centre or Institute (maximum 1 A4 page)
Prepare and attach a curriculum vitae:
- Include an up-to-date copy of your curriculum vitae (short, abbreviated CVs are welcomed)
Attach optional supporting material:
- Maximum 5 A4 pages
- Clarify the reason for including supporting material in your written application
Submit your application
Complete and submit your application online:
- Submit your completed application online by 5.00pm on Monday 1 February 2021
- Note the online application form strictly enforces word limits, and page limits should be adhered to—additional pages will not be considered by the selection committee
- Note all applications are confidential