Faculty Post-Thesis Fellowships


Post-Thesis Fellowships are designed to support HDR students to write up their research findings after they have completed their theses. As well as the obvious good of disseminating research findings, the scheme seeks to support former HDR students as they position themselves for the employment market and to assist academic units in maximising their research outputs and research profile.

These guidelines align with UQ's Honorary and Adjunct Title Holders Policy.


HDR students may apply to hold the fellowship following examination and completion of any necessary revisions, up to 12 months post-thesis completion. Applications for the fellowship must be submitted within 12 months of post-completion of the thesis.


Post-Thesis Fellowships will be awarded for a period twelve months.


Post-Thesis Fellows will be awarded the status of Honorary Research Fellow (Level A)*. As detailed in Honorary and Adjunct Title Holders policy. This entitles Fellows to:

  • use of facilities and resources of the unit as appropriate by arrangement with the Head;
  • use of the University Libraries; and
  • access to research or teaching support and resources as negotiated with the Head.

*In line with the policy,  Fellows “will contribute to the work of the organisational unit in a voluntary capacity” and thus do not receive a stipend and are not able to undertake paid employment within The University of Queensland.


Holders of Post-Thesis Fellowships are expected to participate actively in the research activities of the School (for example, participating in research seminars, reading groups, social events).

Holders of Post-Thesis Fellowships are required to acknowledge UQ as their affiliation on any research outputs generated during their time as a Fellow.

Application process

Applicants should complete both the application form (DOCX, 16.1 KB) and the Nomination Form for Adjunct and Honorary Appointments Level Connferral and Renewal  and submit these, along with a detailed publication plan and full CV or HDR Academic Portfolio, to the Director of Research Training. Where the applicant is applying after examination, examiners’ reports should also be attached. It is important that applicants discuss their publication plans with their proposed mentor before submitting the application.

The Selection Committee will comprise the School’s Director of Research Training and the Director of Research.

Selection criteria

Selection will be based on:

  • The applicant’s demonstrated ability to contribute to the research outputs and research culture of the School.
  • The feasibility and quality of the publication plan.

Approval process

If the application is approved by the Selection Committee then the application will be forwarded, along with all associated documents, to the Head of School for consideration and recommendation to Executive Dean (via the Faculty Human Resources team).

Further Information and Contact

Please contact the Director of Research Training for further information on the Scheme.