Key dates for ARC Future Fellowships 2021

  • Release of Funding Rules: 8 October 2019
  • Proposals open in RMS: 14 October 2020
  • Internal nomination process opens: TBA
  • Internal deadline for nominations: TBA
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I) information session: TBA
  • Requests Not to Assess due to UQ R&I: TBA
  • Applications due to UQ R&I: TBA
  • Applications close with ARC: 9 December 2020
  • Rejoinder period: 15 - 26 March 2021
  • Rejoinders due to UQ R&I: TBA
  • Anticipated announcement: Third Quarter 2021

Future Fellowships 2021 – eligibility 

To be eligible, the candidate must, at the grant opportunity closing date,

  • have an award of PhD date on, or after 1 March 2016, or
  • have an award of PhD date together with an allowable period of career interruptions that would be commensurate with an award of PhD date on, or between, 1 March 2006 and 1 March 2016. The allowable career interruptions set out and the period allowed for each are in Table 6 of the Grant Guidelines for the Discovery Program (2019 edition).

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ARC is introducing a one year automatic eligibility extension, for all researchers currently in their final year of eligibility for DECRA and Future Fellowships schemes. Researchers in their final year of eligibility for a Future Fellowship may choose to apply in 2020 (for FT21) within the existing eligibility timeframes or in 2021 (for FT22) utilising the automatic one-year extension. Final year applicants cannot apply in both rounds.


The Future Fellowships scheme seeks to retain and attract the best and brightest mid-career researchers to undertake high-quality research programs in areas of national and international benefit. The scheme provides four-year fellowships, and up to $60,000 in additional non-salary funding per annum, to enhance the scale and focus of Australian research, and promote 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 drivers 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 UQ R&I no later than Monday 12 October 2020. Rolling nominations in advance are strongly encouraged so that candidates can begin application preparations. 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 applicants can commence application preparations early. 

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
  • Send UQ R&I a word version of your draft D2 Statement by the Administering Organisation.
  • 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


Before applying, please review the full suite of documents available from GrantConnect, the Australian Government grants information system. These will be made available by the ARC closer to the round opening. (Login required)

Additional ARC documents


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.

UQ R&I works closely with individual applicants in submitting Future Fellowships 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 under our Key Dates section above.