Mentored Clinical Researcher Fellowship – part time


The Australian Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network (CRN) offers $30,000 per year for the Mentored Clinical Researcher Fellowship, to support clinicians establishing a research career in the field of type 1 diabetes.

The Mentored Clinical Researcher Fellowship will enable clinician researchers to establish their research career in the field of type 1 diabetes, by supporting one day per week of dedicated research time, for involvement in a clinical research project.

The Fellowship is available to applicants pursuing clinical research consistent with the objectives of the CRN. Fellows will become part of the CRN, which brings with it a commitment to contribute to Network activities.

$30,000 is provided to Fellows, per year for two years. Fellows must be supported by a mentor who is experienced in the field of clinical research. The scheme allows for $25,000 per year to support salary for Fellows, while $5,000 per year is allocated to be spent at the mentor’s discretion, to contribute to the training plan for the Fellow.


Eligible applicants will be medically qualified (MBBS or equivalent) and hold an appointment in a clinical department.

Competitive applicants will have shown a commitment to pursuing a research career, and preference will be given to applicants who have undertaken an advanced academic research degree (PhD, MD, Master of Clinical Research, etc).

Applicants will be in the early stages of their research career. The Fellowship is not designed to support clinicians currently pursuing a PhD with funding support from other sources.

Fellows must be mentored by an established investigator affiliated with an Australian research institution. The mentor will have a demonstrated record of success in clinical research, and proven track record of working with research trainees.

Applicants must be Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents. The research must be conducted at an Australian institution.


Applications for the Mentored Clinical Researcher Fellowship comprise components from both the applicant and their nominated mentor. Applications are assessed on four criteria:

  • Applicant track record;
  • Mentor training track record;
  • Quality of training plan; and
  • Scientific merit of research proposal.

The Australian Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network is supported by a $5 million grant to JDRF by the Australian Government.