The Premier’s Science Fellowship Program (Fellowship Program) aims to attract Premier's Science Fellows (distinguished researchers and leaders of international prominence) and Premier's Early to Mid-Career (EMC) Fellows (supporting EMC researchers) to Western Australia.
The intention is that each round of the Fellowship Program will appoint one or more packages of a Premier's Science Fellow and a supporting Premier's Early to Mid-Career (EMC) Fellow per package, subject to the availability of funding.
Each package must address a specific area of need/opportunity (Specific Area of Research) of strategic importance to Western Australia that falls within one or more of the following State Government science and innovation priority areas: Energy, Environment, Food, Health, Mining, Space and Technology. Each round will provide a number of options for the Specific Area of Research to be targeted by each application for a package.
Appointed Fellows will be expected to deliver a range of benefits for Western Australia; build on existing capacities and opportunities within the State; strengthen Western Australia’s national and international research standing; increase research capability and capacity (people and facilities); improve collaboration; enhance engagement with industry and other end-users; attract research funding; and be ambassadors for science in Western Australia, including for the general public.
2019-20 Round now open
The department is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 Round for a package of a Premier's Science Fellow and a Premier's EMC Fellow to address a nominated Specific Area of Research in Western Australia, which must be one of the following three specific options (1, 2 or 3) or a Specific Area of Research under the ‘Other’ option as stipulated:
Applications must be submitted by one or more eligible Host Organisations based in Western Australia. Two or more Host Organisations for each application is optional. However, if there are two or more Host Organisations for a successful application, collaboration between the Host Organisations and between the Host Organisations and each of the Fellows will be mandatory.
The State Government funding available through the 2019-20 Round to support an appointed package is $1 million over four years for the Premier's Science Fellowship and $0.5 million over four years for the Premier's EMC Fellowship, which must be matched by external committed cash co-investment for the package at a minimum 1:1 ratio.
Submission instructions and guidance notes for completion of the application form are contained within the form.
The electronic copy of the completed application form (Parts A and B) and all supporting documentation requested in this form, signed as required in the form, must be received at the department by email by 3.00 pm (AWST) on Tuesday 2 March 2021.
Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. No other supporting or additional documentation beyond what is required by the application form should be submitted as it will not be used in the evaluation stage.
See the 2018-19 Round page for more information.
See the 2017 Round page for more information.
For more information about the Fellowship Program, please contact:
Dr Ros Dilworth
Senior Policy Officer
Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
Phone: +61 8 6277 3089