Postdoctoral Research Fellowships


Applications close 5.00 pm Friday 11 October 2019

Cancer Council Victoria is the largest not-for-profit funder of cancer research in Victoria. Every year, we spend approximately $20 million on world-class cancer research projects.

Purpose of the Fellowship

Cancer Council Victoria offers Postdoctoral Fellowships to Victorian scientists who have recently completed a PhD and who would benefit from an additional six or 12 months of support to achieve a significant milestone in the research based on their thesis work. There are two rounds each year in February and August. 

The application must establish that the research will be greatly enhanced by having the candidate spend a further six or 12 months with the same research group (i.e., where the recipient was a PhD candidate).


  • The research must relate to cancer aetiology, prevention, diagnosis or treatment.
  • Applicants must have their PhD thesis submitted OR accepted as passed between
    1 April 2019 and 30 September 2019.
  • ‘Submission of thesis’ is defined as having submitted a PhD thesis with the University Graduate Office and the thesis has proceeded to examination.  Evidence showing that the thesis has been submitted and is under examination is acceptable to meet this eligibility criterion.
  • ‘Accepted as passed’ is defined as having lodged a PhD thesis with the University Graduate Office, the thesis has been examined and a letter or other document is available indicating that the PhD has been accepted as passed.
  • Funding will not be granted to any researcher who is receiving or who is an applicant for funding from the tobacco industry or any of its agencies or subsidiaries.

Available funding

The fellowship funding is $77,950 per annum (pro rata for six months).

Fellowships will be awarded for a period of six or 12 months. Please nominate the funding duration you are applying for on the application form, noting that the scope of the research plan must be suitable for the nominated period of funding.

Funds will be paid quarterly in advance to the administering institution, which will make payments to the recipient according to its internal arrangements.

Key dates

Applications open:                Monday 5 August 2019

Applications close:                5.00 pm Friday 11 October 2019

Fellowships commence:      Wednesday 1 January 2020

The next round of postdoctoral fellowships will be for PhDs submitted between 1 October 2019 and 31 March 2020 Applications will open in February 2020.

Selection criteria

The following criteria will be used to guide the selection of a fellowship recipient:

  • The quality of the applicant's academic record and research achievements,
  • The significance of the research proposal and the case made for the six  or 12 month continuation, and
  • Demonstration that the project outcomes are feasible and that the proposed work is a natural progression of the PhD project, not a new project.


The selection process and decision will not be influenced by the nominated funding duration.

Conditions of Postdoctoral Research Fellowships


At the conclusion of the fellowship, recipients must submit a report on their research to Cancer Council Victoria who may specify special reporting requirements or formats.

Recognition of Cancer Council Victoria

The fellowship holder must acknowledge the support of Cancer Council Victoria and (if applicable) any nominated fund, donation or bequest, in all publications, presentations and media announcements pertaining to the research for which the fellowship has been awarded. Cancer Council Victoria may specify from time to time a form of words to be used to acknowledge the support of Cancer Council Victoria and any nominated fund, donation or bequest.

Limitation of other paid activity

The fellowship is provided for full-time research. The fellowship holder must not engage in other paid activity which materially diminishes his or her capacity to conduct the research full-time.

Other funding sources

The fellowship holder may receive funding from other sources however the other funding must not be contingent on any naming rights pertaining to the candidate or the research.


If offered a fellowship, your Research Administrative Officer will need to certify that you have the relevant committee approvals e.g. Human Research Ethics Committee, Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee, Biosafety Committee. The fellowship funding will not commence until all approvals have been provided.


Once the application form is completed and signed by all parties, please submit your application, with evidence of your thesis to: 


Deadline:            Submit by 5pm on Friday 11 October 2019

Format:               A PDF document, named in the following format


                               e.g. Smith_Jane_PostDocApp


Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


Download application form


If you have any questions, please contact:   

Dorani Lacey
Research Programs Governance Unit
03 9514 6319

Past recipients 

Please see below for past recipients:

Dr Rebecca Delconte
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Increasing Natural Killer cell ability to detect and kill cancer cells (Jul 2018-Jun 2019)

Dr Hendrika Duivenvoorden
La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science
Validating markers that predict early breast cancer invasion

Dr Simon Hogg
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre  
Developing drugs that promote the immune system to eliminate cancer  (Aug 2017-Jul 2018)  

Dr Shuai Li
The University of Melbourne
Understanding why and how environmental factors change breast cancer risk by studying genes (Jul 2018-Jun 2019)

Dr Tan Nguyen
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Can we inhibit RNA degradation to help treat cancer?

Dr Tuong Linh Nguyen
The University of Melbourne
Predicting a woman’s future risk of breast cancer from her mammograms

Dr Ashleigh Poh
The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute
Improving responsiveness to anti-cancer immunotherapy  (Jul 2017-Jun 2018) 

Dr Antonia Policheni
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
How does cell competition and cell death prevent childhood blood cancer?