The objectives of the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme are to:

  • attract and retain outstanding researchers and research leaders of international reputation, with exceptional ability to lead, collaborate, mentor and supervise, and enhance their capacity to create an enduring legacy
  • build focus and scale in research by forging new links among researchers, the international research community and/or industry and other research end-users
  • support a program of innovative and ground-breaking research that addresses a significant problem or gap in knowledge
  • create a cohesive research program and implementation plan that represents value for money
  • provide an excellent research training environment and exemplary opportunity to nurture early or mid-career researchers
  • produce new or advanced knowledge resulting from the outcomes of the research with economic, commercial, environmental, social and/or cultural benefits for Australia, and to enhance research in Australian Government priority areas.

Funding and Grant Duration

Australian Laureate Fellow Salary

$179,840 per year (including 30% on-costs) towards a Professorial Level E (or equivalent) salary

Salary funding duration

Five consecutive years on a full-time basis

Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) salary support

$110,418 per year (including 30 per cent on-costs for each of two PDRAs for five years each

Postgraduate Researcher (PGR) stipend

$29,880 per year for each of two PGRs for four years each

Project funding

Up to $300,000 per year, which may include a request for funding for additional postdoctoral researchers ad postgraduate students

Project funding duration

Five consecutive years on a full-time basis

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship or Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship

Additional funding of up to $20,00 per year for use as part of the ambassadorial role to promote women in research

Assessment Criteria

Investigator/Capability - 40%

Project Quality and Innovation - 25%

Benefit - 10%

Mentoring and capacity building - 25%

Key Dates for Australian Laureate Fellowships

Draft Project Description, Budget and Statement by the Administering Organisation due to the Research Grants Team: 15 August 2023

Release of Grant Guidelines: 9 August 2023

Applications open in the ARC RMS system: 16 August 2023

Request Not to Assess internal deadline: 22 September 2023

Request Not to Assess Closes to the ARC: 25 September 2023

Final Applications due to the Research Grants Team: 26 September 2023

Applications Close to the ARC: 10 October 2023

Rejoinders: 8 January to 19 January 2024

Anticipated Announcement: 5 to 18 June 2024

Peer Review

Contact your Faculty ADR/Institute Director or Faculty/Institute Research Manager for advice on peer review programs.

ACU Library

Support for grant applications

ACU Library's Impact Service can provide evidence of research performance which can be used in grant applications. They can also advise on Research Data Management Plans and Open Access requirements.

Researchers can request a consultation with a Senior Librarian by emailing the following:

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ACU eResearch

Support for grant applications

The ACU eResearch team can assist with:

  • Development of research data management plans
  • Development of estimates for the IT components of grant applications
  • Calculation of in-kind contributions based on Intersect services, such as high performance computing (HPC) and consultation/advice
  • Advice on research data storage
  • Advice on research computing platforms
  • Advice on research tools and applications

The eResearch team can be contacted via email

Documents and Resources


ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship webpage

Australian Laureate Fellowship factsheet (PDF, 257KB)

Discovery Fellowships Grant Guidelines 2023 edition (PDF, 630KB)

Summary of Changes - Discovery Fellowships Grant Guidelines 2023 (PDF, 253KB)

Instructions to Applicants (PDF, 491KB)

Sample Application Form (PDF, 232KB)

Discovery Program Draft Grant Agreement (PDF, 694KB)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 203KB)

RMS User Guide - Requesting and Maintaining an RMS User Account (1.55MB)

RMS User Guide - Submitting an Application in RMS (PDF, 1.98MB)

RMS User Guide - Submitting a Request Not to Assess (PDF, 622KB)

Australian Government Science and Research Priorities

Medical Research Policy

Articulating National Interest in grant applications

ARC College of Experts


How to Submit a Project Registration Online Form (PROF) in Orion (PDF, 927KB)

Pre-Award Salaries Calculator (XLSX, 319KB)

ACU Academic Staff and Professional Staff salaries

Instructions to Applicants (PDF, 492KB)

Sample Application Form (PDF, 233KB)

Discovery Program Grant Agreement (PDF, 695KB)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 204KB)


As part of the ARC assessment process the assessment comments provided by external assessors are made available to applicants prior to the final assessments being conducted by the Selection Advisory Committee. The rejoinder process then allows applicants to respond to assessment comments made by external assessors.

ARC Rejoinder information

Instructions for accessing assessments and submitting your rejoinder text in RMS (PDF, 610KB)

Page last updated on 04/09/2023

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