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.