ARC Future Fellowships

ARC Future Fellowships


The objectives of the Future Fellowships scheme are to:

  • support outstanding mid-career researchers, with demonstrated capacity for high-quality research, leadership, research training and mentoring;
  • support excellent basic and applied research by outstanding mid-career researchers to be recruited and retained by universities in continuing academic positions;
  • foster national and international research collaboration;
  • support excellent and innovative research that addresses a significant problem or gap in knowledge and represents value for money;
  • create new or advanced knowledge resulting from the outcomes of the research with economic, commercial, environmental, social and/or cultural benefits for Australia, and enhances the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas.

A Future Fellowship may be requested and/or awarded at one of three salary levels and salary-related (on-cost) funding, and will be funded for four years on a full-time basis.

An Administering Organisation may be awarded up to $60,000 of non-salary funding per annum which may be used for personnel, equipment, consumables, travel, and field research directly related to the Future Fellow's research.

Funding for a 2024 Future Fellowship project will commence effective 1 July 2024, unless other arrangements are approved by the ARC.


Eligibility criteria for the 2024 Future Fellowship scheme:

  • The PhD award date must be on or between 1 March 2009 and 1 March 2019. If a candidate's PhD was awarded earlier than this, they must complete an Eligibility exemption request form to check their eligibility.
  • Candidates can only apply 3 times in the period in which they are eligible.
  • An individual must not be nominated for more than one Future Fellowship in a grant opportunity.
  • A previous recipient of a Future Fellowship is not eligible to apply for another Future Fellowship.
  • At least 80% of your time must be dedicated to the Future Fellowship research.
  • You must spend at least 50% of your time during the completion of the Future Fellowship in Australia.
  • Candidates must adhere to the ARC project limits.
  • Your project must be eligible according to the ARC Medical Research Policy.

Eligibility for DVCR Co-Funding

Eligibility for the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme is contingent upon on-time submission of grant applications by the date you select for your compliance and eligibility check in the booking calendar. Many applications for external funding require cash and in-kind contributions from the host institution in order to be considered for funding. In most cases, researchers request cash contributions, such as project support funds, funding for research associates, scholarships and major equipment, from the DVCR via the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme to support their external funding applications. To be eligible to request this DVCR Co-Funding, grant applications must be submitted internally, via Pure, by your compliance and eligibility check date.

  • Applications must be submitted to the Research Services Grant Development Team by your compliance and eligibility check date.
  • View further information on deadlines, processes and FAQs.
  • Applications that do not have a Pure record and/or do not have all the appropriate approvals in Pure (Head of Department [HoD] and Deputy Dean of Research and Innovation [DDRI]) will not be submitted to the external funding body.
Key Dates

For funding commencing in 2024:

  • Macquarie University EOI open: Tuesday 11 April 2023
  • Release of ARC Grant Guidelines: Wednesday 9 August 2023
  • Macquarie University EOI deadline: 12 pm (AEST) Thursday 7 September 2023
  • ARC opening date in RMS: Thursday 5 October 2023
  • Strategic review (optional): 23 to 26 October 2023, select your date and time in the strategic booking calendar
  • MQ request not to assess deadline: Thursday 2 November 2023
  • Compliance and eligibility check (mandatory): 6 to 9 November 2023, select your date and time in the compliance and eligibility booking calendar
  • ARC request not to assess close: Thursday 9 November 2023
  • Research Services submission to ARC: Thursday 23 November 2023
  • Rejoinder period: 14 March to 27 March 2024
  • Outcomes expected: 25 July to 7 August 2024

ARC dates are indicative and are subject to change



  • Future Fellowship EOI form for funding commencing in 2024
  • Due by 12 pm (AEST) Thursday 7 September 2023
  • Submit your EOI via email to or (these emails go to the same inbox)
  • EOIs will be assessed within faculties and those deemed competitive will advance to the full application stage
  • Applicants who are not currently on a continuing appointment at Macquarie University may be required to sit for an interview. In the Faculty of Science and Engineering, all external applicants and internal applicants on fixed-term contracts, will need to sit for an interview as part of the EOI process. Such applicants will proceed to the full application stage should their interview be successful and their EOI be approved.

Note: Although the EOI deadline has now passed, if you wish to be considered as a Future Fellowship candidate through Macquarie University in the 2024 round, please discuss your project with your Macquarie academic contact, Faculty contact (see below) or the Grant Development Team (see below) who may be able to advise you on the late EOI submission process.


  1. Strategic Advice for Developing your 2024 ARC Future Fellowship Application
    About: This webinar will provide strategic advice for mid-career researchers on developing an ARC Future Fellowship application. The workshop will cover eligibility, ARC and Macquarie funding, the application process and structure, assessment process, and research support services available to applicants.
    Date: Wednesday 11 October 2023
    Time: 12:00 - 13:30
    Location: Zoom,
    Speaker: Dr Ross Hill (Research Services)


Grant Forecast Opportunity (e.g. Grant Guidelines)
Grant Opportunity Information
Grant Opportunity Documents (e.g. Instructions to Applicants; GrantConnect login required)
RMS Information
Request Not To Assess
ARC Medical Research Policy

MQ RESOURCES (some FT24 resources are forthcoming)
MQ FT23 Advice Toolkit
MQ FT23 Budget Calculator
MQ FT Budget Calculator Online Demonstration
MQ FT23 Grant Development and Submission Process
MQ FT23 Compliance and Eligibility Booking Calendar
MQ Career Interruption Eligibility Exemption Request Template
MQ ERA 2018 Outcomes
MQ Engagement and Impact 2018 Outcomes
Guide to Determining Journal Impact Factor, Quartile and Publication Percentile
MQ Salary Rates (Academic, Professional, PhD Scholarships)
MQ Guide to Appropriate Salary Levels and Steps
ATO Allowances (Per Diems)
Successful Grants Library
Pure Research Management System
Open Access and Funding Compliance
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
MQ Conflict of Interest Policy
Application Checklist
Advice on Writing your Rejoinder


Information, Strategic Advice, Compliance and Eligibility:

Grant Development Team
Research Services
Ph: +61 2 9850 4737

Faculty Contacts:

Faculty of Arts
Ph 9850 9663 (x9663), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Christine Boman

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences
Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski

Macquarie Business School
Ph 9850 4496 (x4496), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Jan Zwar

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