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Senior Fellowship



The Senior Fellowship is the flagship Award of the Foundation, which enables outstanding individuals of international standing to undertake high impact research of major importance to OHNS in Australia and/or New Zealand.

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

Term of award

Five (5) years, including up to one (1) year overseas (optional).


An Applicant must be a qualified scientist, or a fully qualified surgeon or equivalent clinical specialist, and hold a PhD, and/or provide evidence of significant independent research experience. There is no time limit on research experience, however Applicants must demonstrate that they are fully committed to the field of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) and an outstanding internationally recognised contributor to science in research of major importance to OHNS.

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.

Full details are available in the Terms and Conditions of Award.


Funding of no more than AUD $250,000 per annum all-inclusive, is provided by the Foundation to the Awardee via the Administering Institution and includes in accordance with the Funding Agreement:
+ A stipend reflecting the experience level of the Awardee and based on the NH&MRC Senior or Principal Research Fellow Support Package (or equivalents in New Zealand) and including salary and on-costs i.e. payroll tax, worker’s compensation, superannuation and long-service leave.
+ Start-up costs in the first year of the Fellowship
+ Research assistance, consumables, equipment, and other justifiable expenses in subsequent years.

Full details are available in the Terms and Conditions of Award.

How to apply

Applications are open during the annual Award Round, with outcomes being communicated in December. Applications must be submitted online via the GPRWMF Applications Portal.

Please note that this Award may not be offered every year. Awards on offer will be announced on the GPRWMF website during June and July.

Application requirements

Key information for Applications include:

  • Details of the Applicant, including a full CV, and Applicant Summary
  • Detailed Research Plan
  • Budget (template provided)
  • Details of all research funding received, in addition to applications pending or to be submitted within the year for the Applicant
  • Signed Terms and Conditions of Award (proforma provided)
  • Details of two (2) professional, non-conflicted Referees
  • Sponsor’s Letter of Recommendation
  • Letter of Support from any proposed overseas Institutional Department (if necessary)

Any additional requirements are specified in the Applications Portal form and/or Instructions for Applicants.

Applications are through the Applications Portal. To register, please click here.

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