Policies and procedures

Policy No.
Human Resources
Authoring Organisational Unit
Human Resources - Central Unit
Date Approved
Revised 04/12/2013
Approving Body
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor And Registrar

The University of Western Australia

University Policy on: ARC and NHMRC Fellows

Purpose of the policy and summary of issues it addresses:

This policy aims to clarify the allocation of ARC and NHMRC fellow titles to academic staff and appointments.


"ARC Future Fellowships" The Australian Research Council (ARC) provides four year fellowships to 1,000 outstanding Australian and international researchers in the middle of their career.

"Employee" means a person employed by the University who has an ongoing or fixed term contract.

"NHMRC Fellowships" The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) provides five year fellowships for outstanding health and medical researchers to undertake research that is of major importance in its field and of significant benefit to Australian health and medical research.

"University" means The University of Western Australia.

Policy statement:

The titles of Associate Professor, Professor and Winthrop professor can be conferred on ARC and NHMRC fellows appointed or promoted to research fellow, senior research fellow, principal research fellow and senior principal research fellow.

Titles below Winthrop Professor are conferred by the Vice-Chancellor on the recommendation of the head of school, the dean and the Chair of the Promotions and Tenure Committee.

The titles will be awarded for the duration of the fellowship.

The title of Winthrop Professor is conferred by Senate on the recommendation of the Vice-Chancellor, the Chair of the Academic Board, the dean, and the head of school, who must address the role of the proposed professor.

ARC and NHMRC fellows currently appointed as adjunct or clinical appointments may choose to retain their existing title if the academic appointment is more senior than that equivalent to the level of their ARC or NHMRC fellowship.

Staff appointed below the level of Senior Principal Research Fellow can apply for promotion to a more senior academic title to that equivalent to the level of their fellowship, using the criteria for research-only staff. Such promotion does not carry an increase in salary.

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