john stocker postdoctoral fellowships 

2016 John Stocker Postdoctoral Fellowships:

Thankyou to each of the 179 applicants who submitted an application to the 2016 SIEF John Stocker Postdoctoral Fellowship program. Applications were assessed through two rounds of evaluation and the final recommendations of the assessment panels were considered by the SIEF Advisory Council and the SIEF Trustee. The outcomes have now been sent to the Research Offices of the lead institutions for each application. If you have not received notice of your application outcome please contact your Research Office.


The Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) has funding available for up to 6 fellowships commencing in 2016.

The process of awarding fellowships will begin with an invitation to Australian universities and Publically Funded Research Agencies (PFRA) and Research Institutes to submit proposals. Preferentially, research projects will be collaborative projects between PFRAs and universities. The proposal, which must be submitted via the University Research Office (or equivalent), will identify the eligible Candidate, the proposed project, Lead supervisor and any other collaborating partners. Proposals will be assessed by a panel of experts drawn from universities, publicly funded research agencies and industry representatives.

SIEF is seeking applications that include a diverse range of Early Career Researchers in order to ensure that it has the strongest field of candidates and projects from which to select.

Proposals will only be accepted if submitted electronically by the Lead Organisation’s Research Office or equivalent. All proposals from an Organisation must be included on the master spreadsheet and submitted to

Process and Timeline*

February 2015

Invitation to Australian universities and publicly funded research agencies to submit proposals, targeted at identifying projects with the highest potential for scientific achievement and benefits to Australia. Collaborative proposals must be supported by all collaborating entities. Applications must identify the candidate Fellow.

A grant of $92,000 per annum for three years for each proposal chosen will be awarded to the Lead Organisation as a contribution towards the salary and on-costs of the Postdoctoral Fellow.

31 July 2015

Proposals, which include identification of the candidate and written support of all collaborating organisations, are to be submitted by 5pm (AEST) 31 July 2015.

Proposals will only be accepted if submitted electronically by the Lead Organisation’s Research Office or equivalent.  All proposals from an Organisation must be included on the master spreadsheet and submitted to

Please note any internal Research Office deadlines imposed by your Organisation.

August-November 2015




Proposals will be assessed by expert Panels. An outcomes spreadsheet listing the results for Proposals submitted by your Organisation will be provided to the Research Office or equivalent. Formal notification letters for successful and unsuccessful proposals will be provided to the Research Office for distribution to the proponents.

Funding Agreements will be forwarded to each successful Lead Collaborator. Note that the Funding Agreement must be completed and executed by all parties prior to commencement of the Postdoctoral Fellow.

No later than 28 February 2016
or by when indicated in the notification letter (whichever is later)

Funding Agreement to be completed, signed by all collaborators and collated by the Lead collaborator before sending to SIEF for approval and final execution by SIEF.

1 April 2016

Milestone 1 report submitted and, upon approval, invoice sent to SIEF Manager.

30 June 2016

Commencement of Fellow must occur before this date. Later commencement to be considered at the discretion of the SIEF Trustee.

*The dates and procedures set out in this table are indicative only and are subject to change.

Assessment Criteria for Research Proposal and Related Information

To be eligible for consideration, the project must be for research in areas that align with the SIEF Purpose and Strategic Objectives. The project must align with the research priorities and strategic direction of all the collaborating organisations.

The project must be of the highest calibre with the possibility of novel and important scientific outcomes, address issues of national priority and bring benefit to Australia - the project must be of strategic importance to Australia. The proposal must clearly provide background and details of the project, paying particular attention to what the Postdoctoral Fellow will do.

The Lead Supervisor must be of the highest quality as judged by a variety of indicators including publications and citations, national and international standing, conference invitations, patents, awards and editorial/review activities.

The research group must be of the highest standard providing a broad spectrum of expertise, and a dynamic and exciting research experience for the Postdoctoral Fellow.

The Fellowship must provide an excellent postdoctoral experience including a well-developed research capability, additional training in areas of importance to the development of the Postdoctoral Fellow (eg scientific writing and seminar presentation; Commercialisation and intellectual property), an enhanced research network, international exposure, publications in high profile journals, and excellent career prospects.

The candidate Fellow is expected to be of a high calibre, with less than 3 years of Postdoctoral experience.


Successful proposals will receive a grant of $92,000 per annum for 3 years towards the costs of the Postdoctoral Fellow (that is, towards salary and direct on-costs) under the terms of a Funding Agreement with the SIEF. The collaborators must agree to fund all other costs of the project including equipment, consumables, travel and general overheads. It is anticipated that the organisation(s) participating in the proposal will commit an aggregate of at least $30,000 per annum to support the Postdoctoral Fellow. The level of commitment and its expenditure should be identified in the submitted proposal.

Eligibility of Fellow

The Fellow must meet the following criteria:

  1. awarded (or shortly to be awarded) a PhD degree in a discipline related to the Project;
  2. eligible to work in Australia;
  3. on completion of the Fellowship, the candidate’s total relevant work experience since confirmation of the candidate’s doctorate does not exceed six full-time equivalent years;
  4. available to commence role prior to 30 June 2016; and
  5. be offered employment by the Lead Organisation as a designated post-doctoral fellow for a period of not more than three years full-time.

Development and Training

A training and development plan must be developed in consultation with the Postdoctoral Fellow. Usually, this will occur prior to commencement, so that obligations and expectations are clarified before the Fellow accepts an offer of employment. If this is impractical, a broad plan should be submitted by the lead organisation and followed up with a more detailed plan no later than one month after commencement. The plan will be designed to facilitate the development of the Fellow's capabilities to those expected of an independent researcher and opportunity must be provided for the Fellow to apply those capabilities in their work, as they develop.
The training and development plan will include defined opportunities for formal involvement in research planning, conference attendance, publication and review of scientific papers and fully funded training courses for skills development in relevant areas such as:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Commercialisation, licensing and legal issues
  • Elementary statistics
  • Writing papers for presentations and publication
  • Conference and meeting presentation skills

Fellowship Funding Agreement

Successful applicants are required to sign the Funding Agreement within the specified timeframe or the Fellowship may not be funded.