Key dates for ARC Australian Laureate Fellowships 2021

  • Release of Grant Guidelines: 8 October 2019
  • Internal nomination process opens: June 2020
  • Internal deadline for nominations: Rolling nominations process, up to 3 August 2020
  • Applications open in RMS: 2 September 2020
  • Requests Not to Assess due to UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I): 7 October 2020
  • Applications due to UQ R&I: 5 October 2020
  • Applications close with the Australian Research Council (ARC): 28 October 2020
  • Rejoinder period: 3 -16 February 2021
  • Rejoinders due to UQ R&I: 9 February 2021
  • Anticipated announcement: Third Quarter 2021


The Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme supports excellence in research by attracting world-class researchers and research leaders to key positions, and creating new rewards and incentives for the application of their talents in Australia. Preference is given to researchers who will play a significant, sustained leadership and mentoring role in building Australia's internationally competitive research capacity.

How to apply

Internal nomination process

Given the extraordinarily competitive nature of the scheme, UQ will again determine its applicant field via a mandatory internal nomination process. Schools, Centres, Faculties and Institutes are invited to nominate their prospective Laureate Fellowship applicants as soon as possible to (copied to and include:

  • an up-to-date CV of the nominee;
  • a project executive summary; and 
  • a brief supporting statement from the Executive Dean/Associate Dean Research/Institute Director/Institute Deputy Director as to the strength of the candidate and their alignment with UQ impact themes and areas of recognised strength, or other strategies being spearheaded by the Faculty/Institute.

Faculties and Institutes may also use an expedited renomination process for unsuccessful UQ candidates ranked in the top 50% of unsuccessful proposals from the 2020 application round via an e-mail recommendation, without the need for the CV and supporting statement above.

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.

Following the nomination phase, UQ R&I’s Laureate Fellowships team will work with endorsed nominees on the preparation of their applications to ARC. Applicants prepare a full proposal, as follows:

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. UQ R&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 UQ R&I at
  • If lodging a Request Not to Assess, email your completed form to UQ R&I by the internal closing date.
  • Also provide completed UQ Certification Proformas.
  • Internal review by UQ R&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/grantsmanship).

Step 4. Final submission

  • Final submission by UQ R&I to the ARC.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents


Grant Guidelines (2019 edition) are available from GrantConnect, the Australian Government grants information system (login required). The full suite of documents for 2021 Australian Laureate Fellowships are anticipated to be released in September 2020. Please check on the ARC’s Australian Laureate Fellowships webpage for updates.

Additional ARC documents

UQ documents

Additional templates and proformas to assist you in compiling your application will be made available here when the round is fully open in RMS.

Rejoinders and rebuttal

In the ARC assessment and rejoinder process, proposal comments from external assessors will be made available to applicants, who may be given the opportunity to submit a rejoinder.

UQ R&I works closely with individual applicants in submitting Australian Laureate Fellowship rejoinders and for this reason does not provide institution-wide workshops or seminars.

Detailed information on the rejoinder process (including instructions for accessing assessment reports and submitting rejoinders) is available from the ARC website. The UQ R&I internal deadline for rejoinders is shown in the Key Dates section.