Key dates for ARC Future Fellowships 2018

  • Release of Funding Rules: August 2017
  • Proposals open in Research Management System (RMS): 3 October 2017
  • Internal nomination process opens: 28 July 2017
  • Internal deadline for nominations: 8 September 2017
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I) information session: 10 October 2017
  • Requests Not to Assess due to UQR&I: 1 November 2017
  • Applications due to UQR&I: 1 November 2017
  • Applications close with ARC: 22 November 2017
  • Rejoinder period: 20 February 2018 to 6 March 2018
  • Rejoinders due to UQR&I: TBA
  • Anticipated announcement: Available on the ARC website


The Future Fellowships scheme seeks to retain and attract the best and brightest Australian and international mid-career researchers. The scheme provides four-year fellowships, and up to an additional $50,000 of non-salary funding per annum, to support research in areas of critical national importance, giving preference to those who can demonstrate a capacity to build collaboration across industry, research institutions, and other disciplines.

How to apply

Internal nomination process

As per previous rounds, UQ will determine its applicant field via a mandatory internal nomination process to ensure that the University's applicant field is closely aligned with the core requirements of the Future Fellowships scheme.

Prospective Future Fellowship candidates provide the template four-page Nomination Proforma lodged through the relevant UQ Head of School or host UQ Centre to their Faculty/Institute for consideration. If endorsing the candidate, Faculties/Institutes will then forward their Nomination Statements, together with the candidate Nomination Proforma to UQR&I no later than Friday 8 September 2017 (earlier if possible). UQR&I will liaise with the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) as the final approving authority for nominations. Some flexibility will be afforded for late nominations in special circumstances, however, Faculties and Institutes are strongly encouraged to forward nominations progressively/in tranches, so that nominations can be considered on a rolling basis by the Chancellery. 

Step 1. RMS updates and scheme reading

  • Update your full profile in RMS ‘Person Profile’. If any team members are new to RMS and need a login/password, start early.
  • Familiarise yourself with the key Australian Research Council (ARC) 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 and valid, generate a whole Proposal PDF for your records and select 'Submit to Research Office' in RMS to submit the application
  • To initiate review, email your completed Funding Coversheet to UQR&I at
  • If lodging a Request Not to Assess, email your completed form to UQR&I by the internal closing date
  • Send UQR&I a word version of your draft C3 Statement by the Administering Organisation.
  • Also provide completed UQ Certification Proformas and, where relevant, CFRC Non-Duplication statements
  • Internal review by UQR&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/grantsmanship)

Step 4. Final submission

  • Final submission by UQR&I to the ARC.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents


Please download and review the following ARC documentation:


Rejoinders and rebuttal

The assessment comments provided by external assessors may be made available to Applicants by the ARC and Applicants may be given the opportunity to submit a Rejoinder.

UQR&I works closely with individual applicants in submitting Future Fellowships rejoinders and for this reason does not provide institution-wide workshops or seminars. To assist researchers to prepare Rejoinders, UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I) have prepared a Rejoinder Writing Tips Presentation.
Detailed information on the rejoinder process (including instructions for accessing assessment reports and submitting rejoinders) is available from the ARC website.  The UQR&I internal deadline for rejoinders is shown under our Key Dates section above.