The Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Government is committed to ensuring that all researchers can be considered for opportunities, and collects career interruption information to assess their eligibility. Accordingly, extensions to the post research doctorate eligibility requirements for early and mid-career researchers will be provided for qualifying career disruptions.
A career disruption involves prolonged interruption to a researchers capacity to conduct full time equivalent (FTE) high-level research since the award of their first research doctorate, either due to part-time employment or absence (for periods of one month or greater), and/or long-term partial return to work, to accommodate carer’s responsibilities, illness, or other interruption.
Where career disruptions are due to primary caring responsibilities for dependent children, exemptions should be applied at up to two years FTE for each dependent child.
An additional 6 months (pro rata) can be applied following each period of eligible career disruption, with a maximum of 6 months per year to allow for the time it takes to resume research after a period of extended leave.