Westpac Research Fellowship Scholarship Information Session

The Westpac Scholars Trust is partnering with Australia's leading research universities to offer two Westpac Research Fellowships, each valued at over $360,000 over 3 years, with the option to extend to 5 years. These Fellowships offer early career researchers a unique opportunity to support their ground breaking research, provide access to networks, open career pathways and global experiences. Fellowship recipients will be exceptional people, chosen for their intellectual ability, leadership qualities, and commitment to the community. Successful Fellows will be undertaking research that has the ability to make a difference to Australia's future in one of the Trust's priority areas:

  • Technology and innovation
  • Strengthening Australia-Asia ties
  • Enabling positive social change

The Westpac Research Fellowship Scholarship provides the following benefits:


The Fellowship aims to free you from the need to apply for multiple sources of funding, allowing you to focus on your research. It includes:

1)   Salary support for your position

The Fellowship will fund your fulltime salary and on-costs for a period of three years from the date of award. NEW! The three years of salary funding may be utilised within 5 years from date of award.

NEW! The Westpac Research Fellowship may not fund salaries of Fellows who are the recipients of another salary-funding Award (e.g. DECRA) at the same time. If you are currently on another salary-funding Award / Fellowship, or are the recipient of a salary-funding Award at the time the Westpac Research Fellowship (WRF) is awarded, you may request: 

  • a reallocation of the Westpac-funded amount ($330,000 or part thereof) to another needed resource related to your research e.g. research costs; and/or
  • an extension of up to an additional two years to utilise the Westpac Research Fellowship salary funding.

These requests must be approved by the Westpac Scholars Trust and your host university and will be assessed on a case by case basis.

2)   Opportunity for professional development and global experiences

The Fellowship will include access to a $30,000 Westpac Professional Development Fund provided and administered by the host university. The Westpac Professional Development Fund is to be used by the Fellow to tailor professional development and global experiences that maximise the Fellow's potential to contribute in their area of research and enhance their career opportunities. This could include conferences, travel for research or experiences and courses that support leadership development.

NEW! The Leadership 360 Program is now a compulsory part of the WPDF and includes:

  • comprehensive assessment of current leadership capability via a 360- feedback assessment, including a one-to-one debrief and
  • yearly facilitated one day group workshop with all Westpac Research Fellows.

This information session is being held to provide the chance to find out more about this prestigious opportunity. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to philanthropic.scholarships@anu.edu.au to register your interest and visit Westpac Research Fellowship and the Westpac Research Fellowship Scholarship page on the ANU website for additional details.