The Victoria University Research Fellowship program was established to support, promote and progress outstanding, innovative and strategically aligned research.

VU Research allocates and approves the University's resources for research and research training through the Research Fellowship program.

Research Fellowships are open to College-based academics to undertake research that aligns with University’s priority and accreditation fields of research. For more information on the University’s strategic alignment, check VU research focus areas & expertise.

The 2019 Research Fellowship Selection Report provides details of the 2019 round and results.

To explore funding opportunities that can support the research costs associated with your Fellowship, use the Research Professional funding database to find a range of sponsors in Australia and overseas.

Fellowships available

There are three types of Research Fellowships available:

  • Priority Research Fellowship: for research and/or research training undertaken under the Priority FoR codes that contribute to the University’s research focus areas
  • Accreditation Research Fellowship: for research and/or research training undertaken under Accreditation FoR codes that contribute to the University’s research focus areas
  • Research Training Supervision (Only): for research training undertaken by academic staff who do not hold a Research Fellowship (Priority or Accreditation). This type includes, but is not restricted to the P18 Supervision.


All academics interested in having VU Research Fellowship in 2020 should read the Research Fellowship Guidelines 2020 for more information regarding the VU Research Fellowships process.

2019 Research Fellowship Progress Report

The 2019 Research Fellowship Progress Reports is now open for submission. Reports are due by midnight 5 June 2020.

Failure to submit a progress report by the due date will result in the withdrawal of the 2020 VU Fellowship.

All progress reports must be submitted using the online form hosted by SmartyGrants.

How to complete your progress report

To complete your progress report:

  1. update VU Elements within your 2019 publications (you can provide information on publications in progress in Smartygrants)
  2. complete the form attached to your original VU Research Fellowship application on Smartygrants.

To access the Smartygrants form:

  1. go to
  2. click 'log in' at the top of the screen
  3. click on 'my submissions' at the top of the screen
  4. under 'forms in progress', select 'VURF Progress Report'.


All Research Fellowships are required to submit progress reports and should refer to  VU Research Fellowship 2019 guidelines for progress reporting.

Appeals process for VU Research Fellowship applicants

The appeals process is designed to ensure that Research Fellowship applications have been assessed in accordance with the procedures outlined in the fellowship guidelines.

VU Research will only consider appeals against administrative process issues and not against Flagship Panel recommendations, Deputy Vice-Chancellor decisions, any rankings or comments.

Before making an appeal, applicants should read the research appeals guidelines.

In order to make an appeal, the appeal form must be used.

Appeals are due within 14 days of applicants receiving notification by email, including details of the appeal process.

Supervision of higher degrees by research (HDR) students

Research Training Supervision (Only) fellowships are allocated automatically based on HDR supervision arrangements, reported by the Office for Research Training, Quality and Integrity.

Research Training allocations for college-based academic staff in 2019 will be notified through the University’s Measure of Research Activity (MORA) System.

College deans are formally notified of Research Training allocations four times per year.

Externally funded research projects

Externally funded research projects are handled through the VU Research office. Externally funded research time is in addition to other research allocations.

Research time (FTE) spent on research that has been secured and financed through external funding schemes, grants or research contracts is automatically allocated to researchers, based on the VU cover sheet and costing tool used when the funding was secured.

College deans are formally notified of externally funded FTE allocations four times per year to assist in planning and organisational capacities.

For more information regarding institutional support for researchers intending to apply for external funding, please visit grants and funding.