Australia–India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) Early- and Mid-Career Fellowships 2019


The call for applications for the Australia–India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) Early- and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Fellowships 2019 is now closed.


The Australian Academy of Science invites Australian early- and mid-career researchers to apply for the Australia–India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) Early- and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Fellowships 2019. The EMCR Fellowships provide support (up to A$16,500) for Australian researchers to travel to India and work with leading researchers at major Indian science and technology organisations for a period of between 1 and 3 months. They are intended to facilitate long-term science, technology and innovation collaboration between Australia and India by:

  • developing researchers’ expertise in international collaboration and fostering long-term relationships between Australian and Indian researchers
  • increasing Australian researchers’ understanding of Indian culture, particularly science and research practices and systems
  • developing researchers’ leadership skills as future ‘science ambassadors’ for Australia
  • providing a catalyst for future Australia–India research collaborations.

Applicants should propose a collaborative research project or a specific activity that has been developed in consultation with the host organisation(s) in India. Proposals will be assessed on the scientific merit of the research and on how well the applicant meets the above aims.

The EMCR Fellowships are a component of the AISRF, a platform for bilateral collaboration in science jointly managed and funded by the governments of Australia and India.

The EMCR Fellowships are not intended to supplement or extend study, sabbatical or personal leave that is being conducted overseas and support will not be given when the primary purpose of the visit is to attend a conference.


The applicant must:

  • be an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident, living in Australia and be employed as a scientist/faculty member of an ERO (below), at the time of submitting the grant application (if you were not born in Australia, please provide proof of Australian citizenship or Australian permanent residency).
  • have between 3 and 10 years of research experience in Australia since the award of the PhD degree or equivalent, with the degree having been conferred no more than 15 years prior to submitting the grant application. An extension to this limit may be approved in the case of significant career interruptions.**
  • have shown the potential to become a leader in the research community (demonstrated outstanding skills and potential for senior positions in science and technology).

Fields of research

Researchers in the following fields are eligible to apply for the fellowships:

  • any field of natural science (basic and applied)
  • engineering science
  • mathematics
  • statistics
  • health

Applicants engaged in multidisciplinary research are invited to apply but should note that proposals for research solely in the humanities, social or behavioural sciences are not eligible.

Eligible research organisations

The Fellowships are open to Australian researchers from the any of following eligible research organisations (EROs):

  • Australian tertiary education institutions (as per the Higher Education Support Act 2003)
  • Australian cooperative research centres
  • Publicly funded research agencies
  • Australian state/territory-funded research organisations
  • Australian public research companies
  • Australian private research companies
  • Australian not-for-profit research organisations
  • Other Australian incorporated entities.

An ERO must be an organisation that is registered for GST, and, if a university, is registered as exempt from income tax. An ERO must not be a non-corporate Commonwealth entity (as defined under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013).

Terms of award

Successful applicants may receive from the Academy a grant-in-aid of up to the value of A$16,500 towards the cost of:

  • an international economy class airfare from Australia to the international airport closest to the host institute (up to a maximum of $2,500)
  • a once-off allowance for travel and medical insurances and visa costs (up to a maximum of $1,000)
  • a once-off allowance for travel within India for research-related activities, including attending conferences (up to a maximum of $1,000)
  • a monthly living allowance of $4,000 per month (up to a total maximum of $12,000 for 3 months).

Travel must commence after 1 January 2019 and must be for a minimum of 1 month and a maximum of 3 months in duration. All travel must be completed by 30 November 2019. Fellows are responsible for making their own travel, visa, insurance and accommodation arrangements, in consultation with the host institution as appropriate. Dependents may accompany fellows at the fellow’s own cost. The Fellowship does not include support for bench fees and managerial costs.

Reporting requirements

Successful applicants will be required to submit one report within 30 days after returning to Australia. The report should indicate how the collaboration has progressed and provide a statement of financial statement of income and expenditure. The Academy may request ad-hoc reports during, and post travel and be provided in the timeframe notified by the Academy.

How to apply

APPLICATION DEADLINE – 9 am (AEST) Wednesday 12 September 2018

Completed applications, including supporting documentation, must be submitted electronically, preferably in PDF format, to

Materials to be submitted (in the following order)

  1. Application form (completed by the candidate)
  2. Proof of Australian citizenship/Australian permanent residency (only for applicants not born in Australia)
  3. Copy of PhD degree
  4. Short CV (max 3 pages)
  5. Detailed publication list (max 3 pages)
  6. Letter of support from home institution
  7. CV of each host researcher being visited (max 3 pages per CV)
  8. Letter of invitation from each host being visited
  9. Referee report (refer to Notes for Referees)

Notification of outcome: late November 2018

Applications will be assessed on the scientific merit of the research and on how well the applicant meets the aims of the program by a committee of scientists with diverse expertise. The decisions of the committee are based on the assessed competitiveness of the proposal. The Academy is not able to enter into discussion or correspondence regarding the reasons why an application is successful or not.

More information

For more information, contact the Academy at:
International Programs
Australian Academy of Science
GPO Box 783
Canberra ACT 2601


This program is supported by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Extensions due to career disruptions

Extensions to the required research experience, and post PhD eligibility requirements, for Early and Mid-Career Fellowships and Grants can be sought for career disruptions.

A career disruption involves a prolonged interruption to an applicant’s capacity to be research active, either due to absence (for periods of one month or greater) and/or long-term partial return to work, to accommodate carer’s responsibilities, illness, or other interruptions to research active capacity such as a non-research role. The career disruption must have occurred post the date of the letter advising that the PhD thesis was passed and resulted in significantly reduced research productivity or nil research output. To apply for an extension, please provide a letter from the applicant detailing the relevant career disruption. A template letter can be found here; please use this template when completing a request for career exemption. Where career disruptions are due to primary caring responsibilities for dependent children, exemptions should be applied at up to two years Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for a dependent child and up to a maximum of four years (FTE) for two or more dependent children. An additional 6 months (pro rata) can be applied per year of eligible career disruption to allow for the time it takes to get back up to speed after a period of extended leave.

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