Key dates for Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellowships Round 3 (2017-2018)

  • Proposals open in SmartyGrants: 8 November 2016
  • UQ Cash Commitment Proforma due to UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I): Continuous (prior to submission to the State)
  • Full applications due to UQR&I: 2 weeks prior to submission to the State
  • Full applications close with SmartyGrants: As advised by Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI)
  • Anticipated announcement: Continuous


The Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellowships scheme supports PhD-qualified Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander researchers in undertaking original research of benefit to Queensland, in collaboration with Queensland-based industry and end-users. Applications are assessed in the order in which they are submitted, with the scheme remaining open until the funding pool is exhausted (or 29 June 2018, whichever comes first).

How to apply

Cash Commitment Proforma: as per previous rounds, UQ will use a mandatory cash commitment proforma phase to formalise cash commitments from School, Faculty, Institute and Central sources.

Step 1: SmartyGrants registration and scheme reading

  • The person submitting the application - preferably the project leader - will need an active account in DSITI's SmartyGrants system.
  • Familiarise yourself with the key Advance Queensland (AQ) and UQ documentation.

Step 2: Completing the application

  • Log into SmartyGrants and complete the application, but leave the final Declaration/Certification pages blank (to prevent the draft from being submitted to DSITI without UQ authorisation).

Step 3: UQR&I internal review and feedback

  • In advance of internal review, ensure all online components are complete and valid. Generate a whole Proposal PDF for your records.
  • To initiate internal review, email your completed Funding Coversheet, whole Proposal PDF, draft attachments and Cash Commitment Proforma to UQR&I at
  • Internal review by UQR&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/grantsmanship).

Step 4: Final submission

  • On receiving authorisation from UQR&I, submit your application online in SmartyGrants.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents