Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Research Fellowships 2020

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  • Shape the world through research: collaborate and make significant impact on the community with your research initiatives
  • Pioneer the future of research: join a leading establishment in innovation and applied research
  • Gain industry recognition and funding for up to four years
  • Attractive Salary + 17% Super, Flexible Working Arrangements on Offer
  • 3 Or 4 Year Fixed Term Contract (Depending on Fellowship Program)

RMIT’s most prestige annual recruitment program for outstanding global researchers, the 2020 Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowships, are now open. This year we are seeking outstanding Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander scholars to take up our new research fellowships whose experience and expertise align with one of RMIT’s eight Enabling Capability Platforms.

RMIT is committed to enhancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sovereignties by creating a supportive research environment. This includes providing Indigenous researchers the best career opportunities possible, as well as building Indigenous research capacity.

Our Fellowships engage in research projects undertaken within high-performing RMIT research teams, aligned with one of our Enabling Capability Platforms:

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Fabrication – focusing on the manufacturing shift towards customisation, digitisation, international supply chains, and making manufacturing supply chains and components truly multifunctional
  • Advanced Materials – focusing on the materials needed by the industries of tomorrow
  • Biomedical and Health Innovation – focusing on disease prevention and using holistic health to tackle the needs of growing and aging populations
  • Design and Creative Practice – ensuring future designs support sustainability, health and wellbeing as well as technological innovation and economic prosperity
  • Global Business Innovation – increasing the innovation capabilities of private and public-sector firms by looking at the innovation lifecycle
  • Information and Systems (Engineering) – informing researchers and the wider community about how to exploit disruptions caused by the steep increase in data, communications and sensors; deep advances in automation; new energy production; and, the challenges of cyber security
  • Social Change – focusing on health and social policy and practice, mobility, migration and security, digital transformations, and work
  • Urban Futures – assisting public and private sectors transform how cities are planned, built, and governed to achieve healthy sustainable urban development

The Role

We are excited to take applications for all academic schools and a full list can be found on the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowships page.

Our outstanding fellows will:

  • Contribute significant knowledge within our research priority areas — generating new ideas and building our cross-disciplinary understanding
  • Apply innovative, enterprising research practice to meet the needs of our community globally
  • Collaborate within interdisciplinary research teams to solve complex problems
  • Work with internationally recognised partners to ensure our research has impact and contributes to solving global problems.

To Apply

We invite applicants to submit a ‘Register Your Interest’ by contacting Eligible applicants will then be invited to complete a full application.

The Indigenous Research Fellowship is an identified opportunity under ‘Special Measures’ of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act 2010. This means that only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply. Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage is required and you will need to submit this during the ‘Register Your Interest’ process.

The ‘Register Your Interest’ has been extended to Sunday 25 August 2019 and you will then be invited to complete a formal application assessment, therefore we strongly encourage you to register your interest ASAP.

For further information on the application process, please visit Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowships.

Please Note: Fellowships are not open to people who currently hold a continuing academic appointment at RMIT. 

The Ngarara Willim Centre supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and student within the University. For support, email

For research enquiries, email Please do not submit applications via this email as they will not be processed.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

RMIT was named as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) in 2018 based on significant progress made in 2017, and Gold Employer status in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) in recognition of our commitment to celebrating the diverse genders, sexes and sexualities (DGSS) of our community.