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 research fixed-term and continuing (research contingent) academic staff with extraordinary and compounding personal circumstances.
This includes staff whose disabilities, physical and mental health conditions and markedly disproportionate caring responsibilities have significantly restricted their capacity to maintain and progress their academic career.
Examples may include but are not limited to: staff who have experienced the impact of losing a partner and becoming a primary carer; or caring for a loved one with high needs; or undergoing treatment for a serious illness; or having a disability or chronic condition that impacts on their opportunities to drive their research program.
The Fellowships 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.
Two fellowships are available and include a maximum award of up to $100,000 per year 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 Level B and C academics who are employed on short-term/non-secure contracts (eg. fixed term or continuing-research contingent) in the Faculty, and whose extraordinary and compounding personal circumstances, including disability, physical and mental health conditions and markedly disproportionate caring responsibilities, have significantly restricted their capacity to maintain and progress their career.
This includes 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
Note: 1. To be eligible to apply, applicants must at the time of application, hold a short-term salaried, fixed-term or continuing (research contingent) academic appointment in MDHS; 2. Eligible applicants may submit a maximum of one application in a single round; 3. A Momentum Fellowship can only be held once.
Selection criteria, guiding the values-based assessment of applications
In assessing the Fellowship applications, the Selection Panel will consider:
The impact of and 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
The applicant's 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 instructions
- Friday 22 October 2021
- Wednesday 17 November 2021
- Thursday 9 December 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:
Draft your written application, responding to the eligibility and selection criteria on this website:
- Include a summary paragraph describing the reasons why you are seeking a Fellowship (maximum 200 words)
- Include an overview of your personal circumstances and describe how these have impacted your academic career to date (800 words)
- Include an overview of how this fellowship will assist you with developing and maintaining your career trajectory (maximum 500 words)
- Include a a brief statement demonstrating your alignment with Faculty values (300 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 abbreviated, up-to-date copy of your curriculum vitae (maximum 5 pages)
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 Wednesday 17 November 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 panel
- Note all applications are confidential
Conditions of award, including expectations of Fellows
Up to $100K per year over two years will be awarded as a contribution towards salary plus on-costs of the applicant. Applicants who will be coming off externally funded fellowships in the next 6 months, and those without any external fellowship support will be priortised for support.
Awards are available up to a maximum period of 24 months. Funding is intended to be nominally for the period 1 January 2022 to 1 January 2024. Under exceptional circumstances (e.g. significant illness, maternity leave/carer leave etc), a request to the Associate Dean (Diversity and Inclusion) may be made to extend remaining funding beyond the two year duration.
The total amount awarded may be pro-rated based on the applicant’s preferred time fraction (FTE) to hold the Fellowship. If applicable, the Fellow’s position end date will be extended to cover the duration of the Fellowship. If there is a salary shortfall between the amount covered by the Fellowship and the position, this shortfall must be met from other sources (eg: external funding, department/local support). If salary and on-costs require less than $100K per year (or the applicable pro-rated amount), remaining funding may be used to support other research costs.
If applicable, the MDHS Momentum Fellowship will commence from the time external fellowship support ends.
Fellows are expected to apply for external research funding during the term of the Momentum Fellowship.
Momentum Fellows who subsequently secure external salary support should take up the external salary funding at the earliest possible date and must not defer in order to complete the duration of the Momentum Fellowship. The Associate Dean (Diversity and Inclusion), will consider requests to repurpose Momentum Fellowship funding on a case by case basis.
Awardees cannot hold both a Faculty Momentum Fellowship and another internal fellowship concurrently.
Fellows are expected to develop and agree on a plan to achieve research independence and sustainability with their supervisor and Head of Department/School.
Fellows are expected to provide appropriate acknowledgement of University support when communicating research outcomes.
Fellows will be subject to the University conditions of employment.
Twenty days (pro-rata) annual leave per annum must be taken during the term of the Fellowship to avoid the budget division incurring additional costs at the conclusion of the funding. If leave is not taken during the term of the Fellowship, the administering Department/Centre will be responsible for the additional costs.
Leave of absence may be taken within the period of tenure of the award, but the period of absence will not be added to the duration of the award. (Noting exceptions referred to in clause 2)
Fellows are required to provide a written report using the template provided after the first year of the Fellowship, and then on completion of the Fellowship. This report should provide information on the research achievements, publishable outcomes, and details of applications submitted to external funding bodies.
It is an expectation that researchers awarded internal MDHS funding will participate as mentors in Faculty led mentoring programs (e.g. the Dean’s Fellowship Review panel) or as reviewers for other internal funding schemes.