Key dates for Westpac Research Fellowships 2020

  • Proposals open with Westpac:18 June 2019
  • UQ Cash Commitments due to UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I): 25 July 2019
  • Full Applications due to UQ R&I: 5 August 2019
  • Full Applications close with Westpac: 26 August 2019
  • Anticipated announcement: December 2019


The Westpac Research Fellowship offer early career researchers a unique opportunity to support their groundbreaking research, provide access to networks, open career pathways and global experiences. Successful Fellows will be undertaking research that has the ability to make a difference to Australia’s future in one of the Westpac Scholars Trust’s priority areas:

  • Enabling positive social change;
  • Technology and innovation; or
  • Strengthening Australia-Asia ties.

Changes from previous rounds

  1. The fellowship funding will no longer be tied to salary only. This will allow another option for those Fellows who also have other salary funding. The value of the WRF would remain the same for all Fellows, but removing the requirement for the funding to go to salary, the Fellow will have more options around what will best support them to have the greatest impact.
  2. The WRF funding may be used over a period of three to maximum of five years. By extending the timeframe, the Fellow will be able to utilise the WRF funds over five years in a manner that best leverages other funding options during the period.
  3. The Leadership 360 Program is now compulsory for all Research Fellows.
  4. The Westpac Scholars Trust will conduct a yearly Westpac Research Fellowship development

How to apply

Step 1: SmartyGrants registration and scheme reading

  • The applicant will need an active account in Westpac's online system.
  • Familiarise yourself with the key Westpac and UQ documentation.

Step 2: Completing the application

  • Log into the system and complete the Application. You will be able to submit until all attachments have been uploaded.

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 (DOC, 147.5 KB), 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



Contact UQ R&I

Round coordinator
Veronica Brancatini and Tyrone Ridgway

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 UQ R&I mailing list.