Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship in Multiple Disciplines (The University of Newcastle)
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In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities.
The Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship award enables postdoctoral candidates to undertake research of importance to the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. The development of research within University of Newcastle’s four engagement priorities is important to the bilateral relationship between the United States and Australia. It is hoped that this award will provide scholars with an opportunity to contribute to this relationship, and the nominated area of priority that is relevant to the future of our regions and the world. This scholarship will support a 4-10-month position.
The University of Newcastle, New South Wales
The University of Newcastle is an established research leader in health and medicine, engineering, energy and resources, and is a leader in providing education for indigenous Australians. The development of research within UON’s areas of priority (known as Priority Research Centres) is important to the bilateral relationship between the United States and Australia. It is hoped that this award will provide scholars with an opportunity to contribute to this relationship and a nominated area of priority at the University of Newcastle.
Grants must start in January/February 2026 in line with the Australian academic year and to attend at the Orientation Program and Gala Presentation Dinner in February.
While the University of Newcastle will consider any relevant research proposal, the following four engagement priorities build on the significant track record of success and the strengths of our university, and that reflect the issues and opportunities relevant to the future of our regions and our world:
- Better, healthier living
- Connected communities
- Next generation resources
- Growing industries
Further information can be found at the University of Newcastle website.
Fulbright East Asia Pacific Regional Travel Program
As conditions allow, Fulbright Scholars in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region may have the opportunity to apply for funds to support short-term (3-14 days) travel to other countries in the EAP region for activities such as lectures, workshops, graduate or faculty seminars, master classes or recitals, curricular advising, or panel presentations. EAP Regional Travel Program funding covers transportation only. Regional Travel Program activities/host sites should not be included in the initial Fulbright application. Scholars may start the process of seeking out invitations for short-term activities in other EAP countries once notified that they have been selected for a Fulbright grant but will only be able to apply for travel program funds, conditions permitting, once they have actively started their Fulbright grant in their host country. Scholars on flex grants are not eligible for the regional travel grant.
Please contact Research_Advantage@newcastle.edu.au which will facilitate contact with the university to discuss projects and to assist in obtaining the required letter of invitation.
Open to applicants whose Ph.D. conferral date is January 2021 or later; those with more recently conferred degrees preferred. Applicants must attain their doctorate by the proposed start date of their grant.
Following the review process, short-listed applicants will be invited for a virtual interview with a Fulbright Selection Committee in Australia.
AUD$3,850 (approximately USD$2,540) per month for a maximum period of 10 months.
A separate domestic conference travel allowance of AUD$4,000 (approximately USD$2,600) is also provided on a reimbursement basis.
Round-trip, economy class airfare directly to and from the scholar's home city and the city of the host institution capped at AUD$4,000 (approximately USD$2,600).
Scholars accompanied by eligible dependents for at least 80% of program duration may receive a one-time dependent allowance of AUD$3,200 (approximately USD$2,100) for one dependent, or AUD$5,000 (approximately USD$3,300) for two or more dependents.
Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits. Dependent benefits are not provided to Flex grantees.
Travel and accommodation for all Scholars to the Orientation Program and Gala Presentation Dinner, held annually.
Access to Fulbright Alumni in Australia prior to arrival to assist in preparation for the visit and while in Australia for social and professional networks.
Access to Australia’s National Health Care Cover Scheme (Medicare) is a benefit for U.S. Fulbrighters in Australia. Please note: Medicare enrolment can be subject to administrative delays. We therefore recommend that Medicare be considered only as supplemental coverage alongside your Fulbright-provided ASPE limited health benefits and your own comprehensive travel insurance and/or personal U.S. medical insurance.
Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.
Australia has a long and proud tradition of world-class research and development. Across all global ranking systems, criteria, and fields of study, Australia scores highly for its quality of education, student satisfaction and global reputation. In addition to working with some of the world's best and leading institutions, you'll have the opportunity to experience Australia's many natural wonders and picturesque landscapes.
All programs in Australia begin in late January/early February 2026 in line with the Australian academic year and Fulbright orientation activities.
Applicants may contact the Scholarships Team at the Fulbright Commission in Australia via email with any questions.
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