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Senior Fellowship


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In response to the COVID-19 virus, GPRWMF would like to advise our Awardees, collaborators and the OHNS community that we will continue operating under revised protocols. We are also here to support recipients of Foundation funding, whose Awards may be impacted by current events.

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The Senior Fellowship is the flagship Award of the Foundation, which enables an individual to undertake research that is of major importance to Otolaryngology head and neck surgery in Australia and New Zealand. Fellowships are offered for a one-term, five year period and includes an optional overseas component of up to twelve months.

This Award was previously known as the Senior/Principal Research Fellowship.

Term of award

Up to five (5) years. Part-time fellowships will be considered.


An applicant must be either a qualified scientist or fully qualified physician or surgeon, who holds a PhD or equivalent research qualification. Current holders of a similar research fellowships who fail to relinquish that fellowship are ineligible, as are applicants who have previously held and been funded for a GPRWMF Senior Fellowship (or Senior/Principal Research Fellowship). Applicants must be fully committed to the field of Otolaryngology head and neck surgery. Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand.

The proposed project must be conducted in an Australian or New Zealand institution.


The fellowship will be funded to a maximum of AUD 200,000 per annum, all-inclusive. The salary package offered will be based on experience and seniority, and be in the NH&MRC Principal or Senior Fellowship range (or equivalents in New Zealand). Applicants are also encouraged to apply for start-up costs in the first year of the fellowship, and for research assistance, equipment, consumables and other expenses in subsequent years.

How to apply

Applications are open during July and August for awards commencing the following year, with outcomes being communicated in December. Applications must be submitted online via the GPRWMF Portal, which can be accessed through this website. Please note that this Award may not be offered every year. Awards on offer will be announced on the GPRWMF website in mid-June.

Application requirements

Full submission requirements are made available when the application round opens. In brief, submissions require:

  • Personal details
  • An up-to-date CV, including professional and research qualifications
  • A proposed project title and host institution, indicating resources of the proposed department that are relevant to the support of the applicant and their general advancement
  • The details of a sponsor for future employment and a letter of support
  • A budget with approval from the appropriate financial officer
  • References (instructions provided in the application form)
  • A concise summary and the aims of the proposed research project, describing the background, proposed study, experiments and methods to be used.

Supporting Documents

Senior Fellowship - Brochure