Mitigating the impact of extraordinary personal circumstances on academic careers

Momentum Fellowships support the research momentum and retention of Level B and C academics whose extraordinary personal circumstances have impacted their career progression. This includes staff whose health, illness, disability and/or disproportionate caring responsibilities have significantly impacted their capacity to progress their academic career.

Examples may include but are not limited to: the impact of losing a partner and becoming a primary carer; caring for a loved one with high needs; undergoing treatment for a serious illness; acquiring a disability or chronic condition that impacts their capacity to pursue their research.

The Fellowships help staff to maintain research momentum at pressing points in their careers, and to develop a plan to obtain external research funding.

Providing support for success

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences awards up to two Momentum Fellowships each year.

They include a maximum award of up to $100,000 per year for two years. The funding is for salary and research-related expenses.

Fellows retain their existing appointment with the Faculty for the duration of the Fellowship, and are expected to develop and agree on a plan to achieve research independence and sustainability with their supervisor and Department/Centre Head, and to apply for external research funding during this term.