Oxford Nuffield Medical Fellowship


There is no funding available for this scheme in 2019, please check back in early 2020 for details of funding for that year.


This award is for applicants with a medical qualification or appropriate research experience to undertake a research project at Oxford University.

This prestigious fellowship carries an allowance of £41,564 (plus any cost of living increases). This allowance is subject to United Kingdom tax. The Trustees will also pay direct, economy class return air fares for the appointee, his/her spouse and children up to the age of 18 years. A generous baggage allowance is also provided.

Applicants should have graduated from one of the universities listed below and should either hold a medical qualification or have appropriate research experience. There is no limit as to age or status.

The fellowship is tenable for two years in the first instance, with the possibility of an extension for a third year. Fellows are expected to return to Australia at the end of the fellowship to continue to do work of a similar nature.

The earliest possible start date for this fellowship is 1 October or, subject to consultation with the University’s Medical Sciences Office and the department concerned, from such other later date as may be agreed.

Further information, including details of the research interests of those departments in which the fellowship may be held may be obtained from the Oxford University Medical Sciences Division website.

If the fellow requires a Visa to come to UK, a Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa will be sponsored by the University to allow the fellow to undertake Collaborative Research (only). Supplementary employment (such as clinical work) might be permitted only if the speciality is listed by the Home Office as a shortage occupation (2211 Medical practitioners)—see the Tier 2 shortage occupation list. Please note that the Visa regulations are constantly updated by the Home Office. 

The Academy would like to thank the Nuffield Dominion Trust for awarding Fellowships to Australian applicants.

Further background to this scheme can also be found on the following Oxford Medical Sciences Division webpage.

Financial arrangements

Download the summary of financial arrangements (PDF, 103 KB).

Participating universities

  • Australian National University
  • Bond University     
  • Deakin University 
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University 
  • James Cook University 
  • Monash University
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of New England 
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Notre Dame Australia
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney 
  • University of South Australia
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of Western Australia 
  • University of Western Sydney
  • University of Wollongong


Applications should be in the form a letter no more than five pages in length and should include a description of the fully developed research project which you wish to pursue at Oxford University together with the following attachments (and which are not part of the five page limit):

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • undergraduate record
  • letter of support from the host Department in Oxford University
  • three (3) referee reports

Applications will be treated as confidential. All applications will be acknowledged.

Awards Officer
Australian Academy of Science
GPO Box 783
Email: awards@science.org.au

Past awardees

  • 2016—S. Nayler
  • 2015—C. Chong
  • 2013—T. Edwards
  • 2012—J. Hurst
  • 2010—J. Goyette
  • 2009—C. Snell
  • 2007—J. Suttie
  • 2006—D. Wilkinson

© 2019 Australian Academy of Science