GRDC Post-doctoral Fellowship

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is a statutory corporation established under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989. It is subject to accountability and reporting obligations set out in the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. It is responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing research and development, and delivering improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry.

The GRDC is focused on delivering value to Australian grain growers. To achieve this, the GRDC seeks to build research capacity through the GRDC Post-doctoral Fellowship.


The GRDC invites applicants to submit a two-page Word document that addresses the eligibility and selection criteria. Successful applications will be subsequently invited to enter into direct negotiation with the GRDC.

Applications are to be emailed to 3pm AEST Friday 23 November 2018.

GRDC reference No. GRDC00432-19

Document contact and enquires: Tegan Slade, GRDC Contract Administrator

Deadline for submission of enquires: 5 pm AEST, Friday 16 November 2018

Key things to note:

  • The application must come from the project leader of the aligned current and ongoing GRDC project
  • The institution must endorse the application
  • Applications aligned to GRDC multi-party agreements must have the support from all contributing institutions
  • The fellowship will be for 2 to 3 years
  • The GRDC anticipates funding up to 10 fellowships from this intake


The fellowship will be offered based on a set of eligibility and selection criteria:

  • Eligibility criteria: the conditions applicants must fulfil to be eligible to apply
  • Selection criteria: the items against which applications will be evaluated. Each criterion is assigned numerical weighting which are totalled to rank the applications in each advertised investment area

Eligibility Criteria

  • Proposal aligned with, and adding value to, a current ongoing GRDC funded project
  • Proposal broadening the experience and skills of the fellow
  • Co-contribution from the research organisation

Selection Criteria

Criteria No.




A clear statement of how the proposed fellowship will build on the research of the linked project and deliver enhanced outcomes to Australian grain growers



A clear plan to achieve the project outputs including details on:

  • Method to be used (including anticipated   statistical analysis capacity)
  • Staffing (including relevant skills, experience   and availability of key personnel and proposed subcontractors)
  • Project structure and management arrangements



Budget (defining the funds sought in each year of the project and the potential investment from all parties)



Freedom to operate in regard to the provision of the project outputs to GRDC or a third party if required.



Detail of any Research Organisation intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required.



Detail of any third party intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required.


Priority for Post-doctoral Fellowships

Applications for Post-doctoral Fellowships will need to demonstrate that their project will add value to an existing GRDC project and has the support of the project leader.


The GRDC Post-doctoral Fellowship will be contracted on a Standard Research Agreement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Does the Post-doctoral Fellow need to be named in the application, or can we recruit a candidate when the funds are granted?

A1. It is preferable that the Fellow be named. Where the application does not have an identified Fellow, the applicant will need to provide an indication of risk of not attracting a suitable candidate.

Q2. The eligibility criteria includes a requirement for “Co-contribution from the research organisation”. Would you please advise if that co-contribution can be either cash or in-kind?

A2. The co-contribution can be cash or in-kind but needs to supply 50% of the cost of the proposal.

Q3. I am not the project leader of our current project with GRDC but a member of the leading team, can I act as the leader of new proposal that we aim to submit for GRDC Post-Doctoral Fellowship?

A3. No.

Q4. Are candidates (who are neither Australian citizens nor permanent residents) with a Temporary Graduate visa eligible to apply?

A4. All applicants will be considered if they have the support of the lead researcher and organisation.

Q5. Does the GRDC require complete ownership of intellectual property related to the post-doctoral research?

A5. The fellowship will be contracted on a Standard Research Agreement. As such, the GRDC and the research organisation will share the ownership of the intellectual property.

Q6. Can the proposed fellowship extend beyond the end date of the related GRDC project?

A6. No, the Post-Doctoral Fellowship cannot extend past the GRDC project.