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Australia - APEC Women in Research Fellowship

About this scholarship

Providing financial support for high-achieving female researchers from developing APEC economies. The 2019 round of the fellowship opens on 12 February 2019.

The Australia - APEC Women in Research Fellowship will provide financial support for high-achieving female researchers from developing APEC economies to pursue research opportunities in partnership with Australian education and research institutions. 

This fellowship aims to encourage the mobility of post-doctorate female researchers from the APEC region. It is designed to assist with the particular challenges female researchers face in undertaking cross-border research activities such as lack of flexibility and extra financial support for child care.

Each year up to ten fellowships will be awarded to facilitate a research project of between one and four months. Within the pool of successful recipients, two fellowships will be offered to early career researchers with less than five years' of professional research experience.

Up to 10 fellowships will be awarded each year for five years (2015 –2019). Researchers will be hosted by Australian education and research institutions for up to four months.
Applications for the fellowship are now open. The Australian APEC Study Centre at RMIT University administers the fellowship, supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.


To be eligible to receive the fellowship, applicants must:

  • Be a female citizen or permanent resident of one of the following eligible APEC economies: Chile, People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Thailand or Viet Nam
  • Not be an Australian permanent resident
  • Have a PhD degree (conferred by 1 April 2018)
  • Be available to commence proposed program between 1 July 2018 and 31 December 2018
  • Provide all relevant supporting documentation in English
  • Obtain a nomination agreement with an Australian academic institution and/or organisation
  • Not be undertaking research or training that leads to a formal qualification between 1 July 2018 and 31 December 2018

Selection Criteria

The following are the selection criteria and their relative weighting:

  1. A record of high-level academic achievement and research experience relative to opportunity in the applicant’s chosen field of study (30%)
  2.  A well-defined research program with anticipated outcomes (40%)
  3. Statement on how the international research would further the applicant’s academic and/or professional career (15%)
  4. Statement on how the international research opportunity will benefit Australia and the applicant’s potential to foster ongoing collaboration and cooperation between Australian and their home economy (15%)


All recipients will receive:

  • Travel allowance: AU$3,000 for Asian economies and AU$4,500 for South American economies
  • Establishment allowance: AU$2,000
  • Monthly stipend: AU$3,000
  • Monthly family allowance AU$1,200 if applicable


Eligible Degrees
  • Masters (Research)
  • Female
  • Male
Eligible Study Fields
Business & Management
Creative Arts
Engineering & Mathematics
Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
IT & Computer Science
Law, Legal Studies & Justice
Medical & Health Sciences
Property & Built Environment
Teaching & Education