Victoria Fellowships criteria

The Victoria Fellowships recognise the important role of innovation in Victoria's economic future and the need for Victorians to be skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


The call for Applications for the Victoria Fellowships in 2020 are NOW OPEN!

Click here to download the Application Guide 

Click here to find out more about the AFAS Associate Award Criteria

Click here to find out how you can get started on your application

Click here for the Referee Report Guide





Applications close at 5.00pm [AEST] on Monday, 15 June 2020 


Application criteria

veski will deliver 12 Victoria Fellowships in 2020 on behalf of the Victorian Government comprising:

  • Six fellowships in the Life Sciences
  • Six fellowships in the Physical Sciences
  • One AFAS Associate Award


Life Sciences

The Life Sciences category comprises the fields of science that involve the scientific study of living organisms and their life processes and ecosystems, covering fields such as biology, medicine or anthropology.

Physical Sciences

The Physical Sciences category encompasses the branches of science that study non-living systems, including but not limited to fields such as physics, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering, ICT, mathematics and statistics, or astronomy.

Applicants with planned study missions based in Europe may wish to apply for both a Victoria Fellowship and an AFAS Associate Award.


Eligibility and application

Applications are sought from:

  • early-career individuals who have an original and innovative idea which needs development;
  • individuals employed in research and development in industry, research institutes or universities; and
  • postgraduate students undertaking a 100% research based degree, nearing the completion of their studies.


Proposals that demonstrate a link to Victoria’s knowledge base or technological strengths or show significant potential for innovative advances are encouraged.

At the closing date for applications (15 June) applicants must be:

1. An Australian citizen, Permanent Resident of Australia or New Zealand citizen, with legally certified evidence to be provided within the application.

2. Either:

a) currently employed in Victoria in a field relating to science, engineering or technology; or

b) currently enrolled in Victoria in postgraduate studies in either science, engineering or technology.

3. A current resident of Victoria and either:

a) working or studying in Victoria for the previous 18 months (study or work missions spent outside Victoria must not exceed three months in total); or

b) working or studying in Victoria for the previous two years (study or work missions spent outside Victoria must not exceed six months in total).

There is no age limit but preference will be given to applicants at an early stage in their career (5 years post PhD study at 1 FTE). Fellowships are not intended to support the completion of PhD studies.


Study missions

Study missions offer Victoria Fellows the opportunity to broaden their experience, develop networks and better identify where their activities fit into the local and international community.

Reasonable costs will be met for:

  • accommodation and living expenses;
  • medical and travel insurance;
  • reasonable out-of-pocket expenses while overseas;
  • child care costs; and
  • approved materials required for the completion of the study mission,

within a maximum budget of $18,000 from the Victoria Fellowship (plus up to $3,500 if eligible for an AFAS Associate Award).

Other sources of funds available to the applicant should be declared, including the source of salary during the study mission. Living expenses should not exceed the level set by the Australian Tax Office in “reasonable amounts for overseas travel allowance expenses for individuals” earning less than $124,481. It is expected that Victoria Fellows will travel in economy class.

If a Victoria Fellowship is awarded, confirmation of details of the study mission, including budget, must be provided by 31 January 2021. A template will be provided for this purpose.

It is understood that 2020 Victoria Fellow’s study missions, due to commence in 2021, may be affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Due to the disruption to global travel, the period for approved travel has been extended to allow 2020 Victoria Fellows to travel between 1 January 2021 and 31 March 2022.


Assessment criteria and selection

Applications will be screened for eligibility on the basis of Australian or New Zealand citizenship, or Australian permanent residency and Victorian residency status by veski. All eligible applications for the Victoria Fellowships will be considered by the selection panel.

The selection panel is drawn from leading members of Victoria’s science and technology sectors. The panel may also seek assistance from appropriate learned specialists, professional associations and consultants.

The selection panel will assess applications against the following key criteria:

  • the quality of the candidate including demonstrated achievements to date and future potential in their field of research;
  • the extent to which the proposed study mission would contribute to the applicant’s career development in research and development, innovation and/or industry; and
  • the innovation potential of the study mission and its impact for industry, and/or public benefit.

The selection panel will, with absolute discretion, select the proposed Victoria Fellows on the basis of the key criteria. The panel’s recommendations will be submitted to the Minister for Jobs, Innovation & Trade. The recommendations of the selection panel are final and appeals will not be considered. Feedback on unsuccessful applications will not be provided by either the panel or veski.

veski and the Victorian Government reserves the right not to make awards in any given year.


The application must include:

i. details of the applicant’s Head of Department or Institution for endorsement of the application;

ii. contact details for two Referees qualified to assess the application and provide comments on the applicant’s achievements. International Referees and Referees outside the applicant’s Department or Institution are strongly encouraged;

iii. proof of citizenship or permanent residency, or immigration documents with passport information for completion of a Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) check;

iv. CV including commencement and end dates of study and/or employment; and

 v. professional headshot of the applicant facing the camera in a smiling, relaxed pose in front of a plain background; head and shoulders must be included with space above and to each side of your head; landscape orientation; jpeg format; high resolution (minimum 300 DPI/1 MB); full colour; 20 cms wide.


Obligations of recipients

Victoria Fellows will be called upon to actively participate in veski activities as part of the veski connection, which includes veski fellows, board members and recipients of the Victoria Prize for Science & Innovation.



Recipients may be invited to participate in additional activities and events organised by veski subsequent to the awards, to promote the Fellowships, to provide suggestions on future directions for the Fellowships, and to present study mission outcomes at public fora or conferences.


Curriculum vitae

Victoria Fellows are required to include a reference to the Victoria Fellowship as a significant achievement or equivalent on their curriculum vitae and professional biography and in media releases for a period of 10 years.



Victoria Fellows are expected to return to Australia immediately after completing their study mission, unless otherwise approved by veski, and to provide a detailed written project report within three months of their return. This report may be made available to the public.

Victoria Fellows are expected to fulfil any additional obligations made separately with academic organisations or companies. 

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