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Are you looking for that next opportunity to make a lasting impact and drive real change through your research?

At the University of Sydney, we want to support rising research stars to build a better world. This is why we have launched our flagship Sydney Horizon Fellowships.

These fellowships are intended to empower the best and brightest emerging academics to undertake innovative research that will build our understanding of, and resilience to climate change, improve health outcomes, and create a more sustainable world.

About the fellowships

The Sydney Horizon Fellowships will empower up to 40 of the world’s best and brightest emerging leaders to pursue research that addresses some of the most pressing issues facing our world today.

Each successful applicant will receive:

  • a continuing position (subject to confirmation) that starts with a five-year research-focused fellowship, which includes training and mentorship to develop academic leadership skills and up to AUD$100,000 per annum in research funding, 
  • a competitive annual salary, ranging from AUD$113,000-$160,000, + 17% superannuation (pension fund).

The challenges

Climate change, health, and sustainability are three of our most pressing contemporary challenges. Drawing on and developing their disciplinary and multidisciplinary skills, Fellows will address these challenges and advance potential solutions.

Fellows will be supported to join existing Centres and form new communities of practice across the schools and faculties of the University, working together to address the three grand challenges.


Applicants must:

  • be less than ten years since the award of their PhD (or equivalent) at the closing date of the application, considering career interruptions,
  • commit to working on the Fellowship from the agreed start date of the award,
  • obtain and maintain the right to work in Australia, 
  • apply via the Sydney Horizon Fellowships application page – applications, including attachments and questionnaire responses will not be accepted via other methods.

Applicants will be asked to provide their ORCID iD (where available) in their application to assist with the assessment process.

The Sydney Horizon Fellowships are open to all disciplines. Applicants must propose research that addresses at least one of the challenges of climate change, health or sustainability.

Application deadline

Applications close Wednesday, 5 July 2023, 11:59pm AEST.

Applicants will be informed of their outcome by October 2023. Successful applicants will commence their role with us in 2024.

If this sounds like something you are interested in exploring further, we encourage you to find out more about our Sydney Horizon Fellowships and the University of Sydney.

Apply here!

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