Early to mid-career fellowship grants

The Centre for Research Excellence in Women’s Health in Reproductive Life (CRE WHiRL) offers early to mid-career research fellowship grants to researchers working in the CRE research priority areas of infertility, early menopause (medical and spontaneous), polycystic ovary syndrome and improving translation.

The grant of $50,000 is for one year, commencing 1 January 2025.  Funds cannot be used for project support.

Key dates

  • Applications open Monday, 30 September 2024
  • Applications close Friday, 25 October 2024
  • Outcome notifications by Monday, 9 December 2024
  • Funding to commence in January 2025

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible the applicant must:

Ineligible if:

  • a Chief Investigator with the CRE

Selection criteria

The NHMRC investigator grant application, together with the description of how your work aligns with the New Knowledge research activities of the CRE (refer to the application form) and a copy of the outcome letter from the NHMRC review process will be used to assess applications.

The decision of the CRE WHiRL Training and Mentoring Committee is final.


A CRE WHiRL Career Development Research Fellow is expected to work independently, with limited guidance or direction from more senior colleagues in establishing their research careers.

Activities expected include:

  • Conduct of research either as a member of a team or independently.
  • Presentation of research data at conferences and seminars.
  • Production of or contribution to high quality research publications in peer-reviewed literature or through other appropriate forms of research dissemination (e.g. official government reports).
  • Supervision of research support staff involved in the research.
  • Guiding the research work of junior members of research staff in his/her research area.
  • Co-supervision, or where appropriate supervision of major honours or postgraduate research projects within the field of research.
  • Contribution to the preparation of, or where appropriate individual preparation of research proposal submissions to external funding bodies.
  • Involvement in professional activities including attendance at conferences and seminars in the field of expertise, and contributions to policy development for government or professional bodies.
  • Administrative functions primarily connected with their area of research.
  • Occasional contributions to the teaching program within the field of the individual’s research.
  • Attendance at meetings associated with research or the work of the organisational unit to which the research is connected.
  • Co-financial management of grants.

Past Performance will normally include:

  • Relevant PhD in health and medical disciplines.
  • Research experience in health and medical disciplines.
  • Evidence of original intellectual input into research.
  • Research output (publications, conference papers, reports, professional or technical contributions) which provide evidence of research ability and potential for future development.
  • Involvement in appropriate professional activities.
  • Evidence of local and national recognition for research.

Reporting requirements

A final report must be completed and submitted to the CRE Training and Mentoring Committee by email to cre-whirl@monash.edu within 6 months of completion of the funding period.  The report should focus on achievements and expected outcomes of the project(s) undertaken.  The report may be published in the CRE bi-annual newsletter and/ or the CRE website.

How to apply

Submit to cre-whirl@monash.edu


If you have any queries regarding the fellowship please email cre-whirl@monash.edu