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UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for Women in Australia, 2015

University of Queensland is awarding a small number of women fellowships for undertaking postdoctoral research programme in any of its disciplines. One fellowship will be available for full-time research over a period of three years, while another will be available for half-time research over a period of three years. The current salary range for the award is on a three-level scale from $74,254.69 – A$79,708.50 p.a. (full-time) and approximately $37,127.34 – A$39,854.25 p.a. (half-time). The application deadline is 19th May 2014.

Study Subject (s): The research must be conducted at University of Queensland in any of its disciplines. 
Course Level: Fellowships are available for undertaking Postdoctoral research programme.
Scholarship Provider: University of Queensland
Award can be taken at: Australia

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Eligibility: All applicants must fulfill the eligibility criteria listed below:
– As at 30 June 2014, an applicant must not have had more than five years full-time equivalent professional research experience since the award of a PhD. In determining full-time equivalent professional research experience, the applicant may claim commensurate periods of career interruption. The following types of interruption are eligible:
– career’s responsibility; and/or
-maternity or parental leave; and/or
– illness; and/or
– disruption due to international relocation for international post-doctoral studies (no greater than 3 months); and/or unemployment or non-research employment where the work is predominantly non-research (not exceeding three years). Applications for variation of timing will only be accepted if the researcher was awarded their PhD on or after 30 June 2006.
– Applicants under this scheme must demonstrate clearly how their careers have been interrupted, delayed or otherwise constrained by family or other responsibilities (normally care-related).Applicants must possess Australian citizenship or permanent residency status.
-Any applicant who is employed by the University of Queensland (UQ) at the time of application, or who has received a doctorate from UQ and has not subsequently held a position at another university or research institution (Internal Applicants), must provide a compelling academic and/or social justification indicating why their research needs to be continued at postdoctoral level at this institution. Under the UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for Women, this is not a basis by which Faculties and Institutes may determine not to accept proposals from Internal Applicants.

Open for International Students: Australian students can apply for these women fellowships.

Description: The University of QueenslandThe University of Queensland invites applications for a small number of Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for Women to commence in 2015. The Fellowships are open to women with a PhD or equivalent qualification, whose academic careers have been interrupted, delayed or otherwise constrained by family or other responsibilities. This includes applicants who are precluded from applying for post-doctoral research fellowships in locations elsewhere. It is anticipated one Fellowship will be available for full-time research over a period of three years, while another will be available for half-time research over a period of three years. The research must be conducted at The University of Queensland in any of its disciplines.
The UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for Women support the University’s research strategy to introduce special initiatives to advance women in researchThe purpose of the Fellowships is to assist eligible women to re-establish their academic research careers after a career break or interruption.

Number of award(s): A small number of women fellowships will be awarded.

Duration of award(s): It is anticipated one fellowship will be available for full-time research over a period of three years, while another will be available for half-time research over a period of three years.

What does it cover? The current salary range for the award is on a three-level scale from $74,254.69 – A$79,708.50 p.a. (full-time) and approximately $37,127.34 – A$39,854.25 p.a. (half-time) (2014 Academic Staff Salaries). Commencing salaries are based strictly on the number of full years’ experience since receiving a doctorate. Salary scales are reviewed from time to time. Maintenance funds of $10,000 in the first year of the fellowship, and $5,000 in each of the two subsequent years will be made available to the Fellow to support research costs.

Selection Criteria: The assessment criteria will include the excellence of the researcher and the program of work to be undertaken. Applicants must have an outstanding track record relative to opportunity and have demonstrated capacity for undertaking original work. In addition, the selection process will consider
– the alignment of the proposed research with research areas of existing strength, or research areas that Faculties/Institutes wish to develop as priorities; and
– the quality of the people with whom the Fellow will work.

Notification: Applicants are likely to be notified of the outcome of their application in August 2014.

How to Apply: Prior to submitting an application, it is imperative that a prospective applicant contacts the Head/Director of the appropriate School, Centre or Institute to obtain more details of their research interests, to ascertain whether the School/Centre/Institute is prepared to support the applicant’s application and to identify an appropriate supervisor. If the Head/Director (or delegate) indicates that the candidate will receive support the applicant may proceed with the preparation of their application. An electronic copy of the application is required to be submitted via email to the relevant Head of School/Centre/Institute.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is 19th May 2014.

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