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Research & Innovation - Bridging Fellowships

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Research & Innovation Bridging Fellowship Scheme


UniSA Internal Grant

Aims and Conditions:

The purpose of the Research and Innovation Bridging Fellowship Scheme is to attract and retain talented researchers who have demonstrated their ability to win independent fellowships. The Bridging Fellowship offers a continuation of salary of up to one year at the end of a competitively awarded fellowship, where the researcher has been unsuccessful in obtaining an externally funded salary immediately following the conclusion of their externally funded fellowship.

The bridging year will be available to employees of the University of South Australia who are in receipt of an identified competitively awarded fellowship - see the eligible fellowship listing below. The award of a Bridging Fellowship will not be automatic, and will be based on a researcher's past performance. Bridging Fellowships will only be awarded to researchers who have been productive during their externally funded fellowship.

It is expected that, during the tenure of the Bridging Fellowship, the researchers will maintain an active research program and be actively seeking externally-funded salary support.

Bridging Fellowships will be available up to a maximum period of one year and will commence upon the funding end date of the externally funded fellowship. When a recipient of a Bridging Fellowship secures external salary support they must relinquish their Bridging Fellowship. Recipients of Bridging Fellowships shall be entitled to recreational, personal and maternity leave in accordance with the University's EBA for academic staff. All recreation leave must be taken within the period of the appointment.

Eligible Fellowships:


  • Australian Laureate Fellowship
  • Future Fellowship
  • Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
  • Discovery Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award (levels 1 - 5)
  • Senior Principal Research Fellow
  • Principal Research Fellow
  • Senior Research Fellowship
  • Practitioner Fellowship
  • Early Career Fellowship
  • Career Development Fellowship (Levels 1-2)
  • Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship
  • Dementia Research Development Fellowship
National Heart Foundation of Australia
  • Future Leader Fellowship (level 1 - 2)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
National Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Research Leadership Fellowship
  • Career Development Fellowship
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF)
  • John Stocker Postdoctoral Fellowship


The Bridging Fellowship will match the salary of the previously awarded Fellowship and will be funded from the budget of the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation.

Key eligibility information:

Applicants must have endorsement from their Head of School and Pro Vice Chancellor or Dean: Research and Innovation, and have a mentor in place who is actively engaged in supporting the applicant's development.

Fellows who have already negotiated a continuing position at the end of their Fellowship are ineligible for this scheme.

Key Dates:

An application form must be completed by the Fellow at least 6 months before the external fellowship funding ends.

As this year is the first year that the scheme is offered, there is some flexibility with this timeframe and discretion will be given to applications with an external funding end date of less than 6 months.

Application Process:

Please download the application form and complete all relevant sections.

The application will be reviewed to determine whether the applicant has demonstrated a high level of research performance during their fellowship (commensurate with their fellowship type and level) and can provide evidence of their activity in seeking externally-funded salary support.

Submit completed application form to: Research.Development@unisa.edu.au


Key Contacts:

Andrew.Beveridge@unisa.edu.au (ext 25761)