Key dates for NHMRC Early Career Fellowships 2019

  • Release of Funding Rules: 10 January 2018
  • Proposals open in Research Grants Management System (RGMS): 10 January 2018
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I) information session: 18 January 2018
  • Minimum data requirements in RGMS: N/A
  • Applications due to UQR&I: 31 January 2018
  • Applications close with NHMRC: 28 February 2018
  • Rebuttal period: N/A
  • Anticipated announcement: Oct 2018


Early Career Fellowships (ECFs) aim to foster career development at the postdoctoral level by encouraging the beneficial experience of a different research environment, either in Australia or overseas. ECFs will have opportunities to undertake research that is both of major importance in their field and of benefit to Australian health.

How to apply

Step 1. RGMS updates and scheme reading

  • Update your full profile RGMS 'My Profile and CV'. 
  • Familiarise yourself with the key National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Funding Partner and UQ documentation.

Step 2. Completing the application

Step 3. UQR&I internal review and feedback

  • Ahead of internal review, ensure all online components are complete/valid and generate your proposal snapshots in RGMS (refer RGMS User Guide - Applying for Grants)
  • To initiate internal review, email your completed Funding Coversheet to UQR&I at
  • Also provide completed UQ Certification Proforma.
  • Internal review by UQR&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/grantsmanship).

Step 4. Final submission

  • Final submission by UQR&I to NHMRC.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents

The following NHMRC documentation is available from GrantConnect, the Australian Government grants information system, and has been downloaded for your convenience. You need to be a GrantConnect registered user to download the NHMRC Early Career Fellowship documentation prior to starting your application in RGMS. To register, you will need to complete the New User Registration on the GrantConnect website. Additional information on the NHMRC Early Career Fellowship scheme can be found on the NHMRC’s website.


Funding Partners


Rejoinders and rebuttal

This scheme does not have a rejoinder/rebuttal process.

Contact UQR&I

Round coordinator
Veronica Brancatini

If you are applying through UQ but you are not a current UQ staff member, please contact the round coordinator to be added to the UQR&I mailing list.