Applications Invited for the Forrest Research Foundation Fellowships

Applications Invited for the Forrest Research Foundation Fellowships

Organization: Forrest Research Foundation

Apply By: 30 Jun 2024

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About the Organization

The Forrest Research Foundation attracts outstanding minds to Western Australia to undertake high quality research with the potential to change the world.

The Foundation was established in 2014 following one of the largest ever philanthropic donations in Australian history by Andrew and Nicola Forrest through the Minderoo Foundation.

The original $65 million donation has been used to drive research and innovation capacity in Western Australia by awarding Forrest Scholarships and Fellowships to outstanding young intellects from around the world to conduct research at one of Western Australia’s five universities – Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, the University of Notre Dame (Fremantle) and the University of Western Australia.

The Forrest Research Foundation is a seed that we hope activates new investment in Australia’s research community. Through our strategic initiatives, we work to bring our research to government, business and the community.

About the Fellowship

Forrest postdoctoral fellows are more than just intellectually brilliant. They are adventurous, curious, open to ideas from anywhere. They embrace unusual approaches to problem-solving and take risks that others may not. They enjoy breaking with convention – the path less travelled is appealing because new frontiers offer new opportunities for discovery. They are intellectually generous and take time to understand and challenge ideas, collaborating to improve outcomes for the community and the world.

Forrest Fellowships are offered to early-stage postdoctoral researchers who have outstanding academic profiles and who have already made significant personal research contributions within and beyond their discipline. Forrest Fellows will have been among the top performing students in their undergraduate and graduate cohorts. They will already have gained high-level research experience through studying and researching in several different institutions, and their innovative doctoral research will be recognised well beyond their current institutional home. Forrest Fellows will wish to extend their postdoctoral research well beyond the focus of their doctoral dissertation and will aim to do so in a way that builds intellectual bridges within and between disciplines. Forrest Fellows are also committed to communicating their research to others, to have a positive impact on the world around us.


The Forrest Research Foundation will provide funding for:

  • Salary: Salary consistent with a Level A Step 8 appointment (for example The University of Western Australia Salary Scales approximately $99,905 in salary plus 17% superannuation)
  • Accommodation Allowance: An accommodation allowance of $24,128 per annum in 2024 (subject to marginal tax rate)
  • Research and travel allowance: A once-off research and travel allowance of up to $12,000. This allowance is available for approved research-related expenses, overseas research, and conference travel.
  • Relocation allowance: All interstate and international Fellows can apply for a relocation allowance, including an economy airfare to Perth, which can be discussed with the Director if successful.

Forrest Fellows will provide up to 1 day per week to advance the general mission of the Forrest Research Foundation which could include providing mentoring, ambassadorial and leadership to Forrest Scholars, Forrest Hall and the Forrest Research Foundation. Appointments at Level B will be considered if supported by the employing university.


To be eligible to apply applicants must be in their final year of PhD or no more than two years post PhD conferral.

For the full set of Fellowship guidelines, including eligibility criteria, please see here: https://forrestresearch.org.au/fellowship-guidelines/

How to Apply

Applications open now until 11:59PM AWST 30 June 2024!


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