Fulbright Postdoctoral-RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (funded by RMIT University)

About the Award

The Fulbright Postdoctoral-RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (funded by RMIT University) enables exceptional postdoctoral candidates to undertake 4-8 months of research in the U.S. The successful candidate will also receive a 3-year Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at RMIT University, (the postdoctoral scholarship period of 4-8 months is included within the Vice-Chancellors Postdoctoral Fellowship fixed term of 3 years). The linking of the RMIT University Fellowship to the Fulbright Scholarship is aimed at solidifying the relationship between RMIT University and the host U.S. institution.

Available disciplines:

Research projects should align with one or more of RMIT’s Enabling Impact Platforms.

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Fabrication
  • Advanced Materials
  • Biomedical Health and Innovation
  • Design and Creative Practice
  • Global Business Innovation
  • Information and Systems (Engineering)
  • Social Change
  • Urban Futures



Specific to this award
  • Applicants do NOT need to have a current or past affiliation with RMIT University.
  • Must not currently hold a continuing academic appointment at RMIT University.
  • If awarded, must commence fellowship at RMIT University prior to departure for Fulbright program.

Further information on the Terms and Conditions surrounding the RMIT fellowship portion of the scholarship are available by contacting RMIT directly via the Research Innovation and Capability team at RMIT University (researchfellowships@rmit.edu.au) or visit the RMIT University website.

General criteria for all Fulbright Awards
  • Must be an Australian citizen.
  • Must not be a dual citizen of the U.S.
  • Must be residing in Australia at the time of application (exceptions may apply – please see link below).
  • Must not have already commenced this degree or project in the U.S.
  • Must not have held a J1 or J2 visa in the 24 months before program commences.
  • Must hold an undergraduate degree.
  • PhD must have been conferred in the past 5 years.*
  • Must have a letter of invitation from proposed host institution.

* Applicants may be in their final year of their PhD research if applying for a postdoctoral award. PhD must be conferred before commencing program.


Award Benefits

Fulbright Scholarship benefits:
  • Monthly stipend for 4-8 months for an individual based on the current approved MMR.
  • Round-trip, economy class airfare directly to and from the scholar’s home city and the city of the host institution (capped at AUD$4,000).
  • Settling-in allowance.
  • A limited Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE) Health Benefits Plan, designed by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Seven Corners, Inc. Please note this plan is NOT an insurance policy.
  • Orientation and networking opportunities.
  • Support from the Commission prior to and during program.
Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship benefits:
  • Competitive salary package for a three-year fixed term (in addition to stipend during the scholarship period)
  • Access to structured research training and mentoring support
  • Access to Impact Awareness Training and Impact Pathway Planning
  • Focus on interdisciplinary team-based research projects


About the Funder

RMIT University

RMIT University

RMIT University is a global university of technology, design and enterprise. One of Australia’s original education institutions founded in 1887, RMIT now has 82,000 students including 12,000 at postgraduate level.  The University enjoys a reputation for excellence in professional and practical education, applied and innovative research, and engagement with the needs of industry and the cities in which we are located.

With three campuses in Melbourne (Central Business District, Brunswick and Bundoora), two in Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City) and a Centre in Barcelona, Spain, RMIT is a truly global university.

Research at RMIT aims to solve critical global problems and to create value from research which provides others outside the academic community pathways to deliver the ultimate positive economic, social and environmental impacts.

For more RMIT-specific information, see “Our Focus”