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.

Applications have closed for 2021 but there will be a new round advertised in early 2022.

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.