The Dowd Foundation Research Fellowship for Neuroscience

Submissions are invited from Research Institutes and University Faculties for this highly competitive award.

As you are aware, high calibre researchers may be unsuccessful in obtaining NHMRC Fellowships, or their equivalent, because of constraints of funding.  The Dowd Fellowship is designed to support career researchers of outstanding ability who have not yet been awarded an NHMRC Research Fellowship, or its equivalent, but are of the calibre to be successful career researchers.

Dowd Fellowships are open to suitably qualified researchers in the field of neuroscience at a Victorian Medical Research Institute or University.

Applications are invited on behalf of outstanding scientists whom you feel fit this description.  A maximum of two applications will be accepted per Research Institution or University Faculty.

Information on the scope of the Fellowship and format of the applications are below.

The closing date for applications is Friday 23rd September 2016. University of Melbourne applicants must first submit their draft application to mdhs-grants@unimelb.edu.au by 5pm Friday 16th September.

GUIDELINES

  1. Preamble
    It is widely recognized that very high calibre researchers may be unsuccessful in obtaining NHMRC Fellowships, or their equivalent, because of constraints of funding.  The Dowd Fellowship is designed to support career researchers of outstanding ability who have not yet been awarded an NHMRC Research Fellowship, or its equivalent, but are of the calibre to be successful Medical Researchers.
  2. Eligibility
    The Dowd Fellowship is open to suitable qualified researchers to undertake research in neuroscience in a Victorian Medical Research Institute or University.
  3. Duration
    Up to three years support will be provided.  Awardees will be expected to apply for NHMRC fellowships, or their equivalent, during this period.  If successful, they will surrender the Dowd Fellowship.
  4. Payment
    One Fellowship will be awarded every three years, or more frequently where a current recipient is successful in gaining NHMRC Fellowship, or equivalent support.  The foundation will pay up to $100,000 to the responsible institution for the duration of the Fellowship up to a maximum of three years.
  5. Selection criteria
    To be competitive for award of a Dowd Fellowship, an applicant will have provided convincing evidence that he/she has independently conceived and conducted original research and published their research discoveries in high quality international journals.
    Applicants for a Dowd Foundation Research Fellowship will be expected to articulate a vision for their research for the next five years and to provide convincing evidence of their intellectual leadership in their field.  The quality of their research outputs, including publications, patents and any evidence for translation into practice of their work, will be a primary consideration in the assessment of their application for a Fellowship.  The level of success in obtaining grant funding, their national and international research reputations will also be major determinants of the outcome of applications for Fellowship.  Supervision of research students, the ability to manage a productive research team will also be factors impacting on the competitiveness of an application.
  6. Application procedure
    Submissions are invited from Victorian medical research institutes and universities on behalf of outstanding candidates.  As a guide, nominees will be successful researchers at the forefront of their field who are perceived to be highly competitive at the NHMRC Research Fellow A level.
    Nominations will be limited to two from any one institute or university faculty.
    Applications should address the selection criteria and include a synopsis, aims, background and significance, prior research by the applicant, and the current research plan.  A full Curriculum Vitae including publications, measures of impact of the research, and international recognition, should also be included.
    Applications should be submitted in electronic format to colleen.buchhorn@florey.edu.au.
    The closing date for submissions is 23rd September 2016

Internal Submission Guidelines

Due to sponsor limitations on applications per institution, applications must go through a faculty level ranking process arranged by MDHS. Please email your draft application to mdhs-grants@unimelb.edu.au by 5pm Friday 16th September. Applications received after this time will not be accepted.

More Information

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