Scientia Fellowships

Scientia Fellowships

The UNSW Scientia Fellowship Program is one of the cornerstones of UNSW’s 2025 Strategy. A primary goal of the Program is to enhance UNSW's research performance by attracting and retaining exceptional early to mid-career researchers, with outstanding research track records. Scientia Fellows will be leaders in their School and Faculty and engage with the three pillars of social engagement, global impact and academic excellence.

Unprecedented support for unparalleled research

The UNSW Scientia Fellowship Program provides the opportunity of a tenure track position with a career pathway commitment offering unprecedented flexibility.

UNSW Scientia Fellows have access to a range of development opportunities including career coaching tailored to their level of experience across research, teaching and leadership. Fellows will be mentored and will also develop the skills required to become mentors and research leaders themselves.

The Program also provides a significant financial development and collaboration package over a minimum of four years.

Read the Guidelines to learn more about the benefits of the Program or see below to apply for current opportunities.

Our Scientia Fellows

UNSW is dedicated to addressing global issues that keep us all awake at night, harnessing disruptive approaches and drawing together diverse disciplines, teams, and institutions to undertake research that will change our world for the better. Scientia Fellows are at the forefront of research that tackles these issues.

Dr Angelica Merlot, 2019 NSW Young Woman of the Year, Centre for Childhood Cancer Research and Scientia Fellow

Dr Angelica Merlot, 2019 NSW Young Women of the Year and Scientia Fellow

“The power of research is that every day you can discover something new, solve problems and push barriers using your curiosity to address some of the major health issues in the community.”


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Dr David White, lead investigator in the Face Research Lab at UNSW and Scientia Fellow

Dr David White, lead investigator in the Face Research Lab at UNSW and Scientia Fellow

“The Scientia Fellowship program has been an enabler... it has enabled me to take a leadership role in this emerging field of super recognition.”


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Dr Rona Chandrawati, Senior Lecturer, Scientia Fellow, and ARC DECRA Fellow UNSW School of Chemical Engineering

Dr Rona Chandrawati, Senior Lecturer, Scientia Fellow, and ARC DECRA Fellow UNSW School of Chemical Engineering

“I’ve found that we have an excellent support package that enables us to visit top tier universities or we invite high profile professors here, allowing us to build connections and networks.”


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To meet more of the 101 Scientia Fellows appointed to date, click here. You can also hear from more of our Fellows and learn about their research.

Application Information

Scientia Fellowships are open for application in specific areas. Click below to see the positions available for commencement in 2020. If you are eligible to apply for any of the advertised positions, follow the instructions provided. Additional positions will be listed over the coming weeks. Please revisit this page and click the button below to check for updates.


Indigenous researchers


Nura Gili FlameUNSW is interested in hearing from Australian Indigenous Researchers across any discipline. If you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander with an outstanding research track record who shares our vision of improving and transforming lives, register your interest here.


Haven't found a position above suited to your research discipline? We recommend checking this site periodically for new roles eligible for a Scientia Fellowship or go here to set up a job alert on Jobs@UNSW. Just make sure to tick the Category "Eligible for Scientia Fellowship".

Or you can fill in the form below if you would like to be informed once applications open for next year’s Scientia Fellowship campaign and of other opportunities.


UNSW - Australia's Global University

With access to unparalleled research support, world-class infrastructure, industry-leading mentors and an academic environment that has produced numerous world firsts, it is easy to see why leading researchers choose UNSW Sydney.

UNSW is a research-intensive university ranked in the world’s top 50 universities (QS rankings 2019).

We are proud to say our research facilities are some of the best in the business. From the world-leading Lowy Cancer Research Centre to the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre, we invest in the latest technologies, spaces and equipment to support research excellence across all disciplines.

Our Sydney campus is home to 62,500 students from over 120 countries. We aspire to be Australia's global university, improving and transforming lives through excellence in research, outstanding education and a commitment to advancing a just society.

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World Class Teams

World-class research teams

UNSW is known for innovative and pioneering research that has global impact.

As a Scientia Scholarship candidate you will join a vibrant research community and be supervised by leading experts in your field.

Here are just a few of our research highlights:

  • UNSW has more top ratings in broad fields of research than any other Australian university (2018 Excellence in Research in Australia report).
  • 81 specific research subjects rated “above or well above world standard” (2018 Excellence in Research in Australia report).
  • UNSW awarded the highest number of Australian Research Council Discovery Projects in Australia for three years in a row (2017, 2018, and 2019). Total funding awarded over that period was in excess of $91m.
  • A 7,000-strong research community.

Find out more at UNSW Research.