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From: Professor Peter Wenderoth (peterw@vision.bhs.mq.edu.au)
Date: Thu Mar 16 2000 - 14:39:43 PST


>MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY, Sydney Australia
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> RESEARCH OFFICE
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> Download Application Form
> Download Referee Form
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> MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY
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> RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS SCHEME
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> (MURF)
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> 2001 GUIDELINES
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>Program Objectives
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>The purpose of the Macquarie University Research Fellowships Scheme
>is to provide support at a postdoctoral level to
>individuals who are normally at the beginning of their research
>career. Under special circumstances applications may be
>considered from individuals re-entering a research career after a
>period of absence (for example, for health or family reasons).
>Applicants must have an outstanding academic record in an area of
>research consistent with the University's research profile.
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>For 2000, the Macquarie University Research Fellowships Scheme will
>provide up to four new Fellowship positions on a
>competitive basis. Each position is tenable for three years.
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>Applicants must hold a PhD at the commencement of the Fellowship,
>which normally is from 1 January of the year of award.
>However, appointees may defer taking up a Fellowship for up to six
>months (ie no later than 30 June of the year of award). The
>salary range for the Fellowships will be within points 6 to 8 of
>Level A of the Academic Salary Scale ($43,803 - $47,019 pa -
>rates effective from 1 January 1999). (These salary levels will be
>adjusted in line with movements in the Academic Salary Scale.)
>Applicants must also identify a staff member at Macquarie University
>who will take responsibility for the project in terms of
>administrative and infrastructural support. Written evidence of such
>support is an essential part of the application process.
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>A secondary goal of the Scheme is to increase the number of
>externally funded Fellowships held at the University, such as those
>provided under Australian Research Council (ARC) Schemes. To this
>end, it will be a condition of the allocation of a Fellowship
>that the successful applicants apply to the ARC for a Fellowship (or
>to another agency for an equivalent Fellowship) in the
>second year of tenure of the Macquarie University Research
>Fellowship. It is the University's experience that applications for
>ARC Fellowships are more successful where the proposal originates
>from someone already in position in the university of
>choice. This result can be ascribed to the fact that the applicant
>will have a well developed project proposal and can call on close
>collaboration in the application from her/his sponsor/team leader in
>the mounting of the proposal. (Note: The condition requiring
>successful candidates to apply for a subsequent ARC Fellowship (or
>equivalent) may be waived should the Fellow meanwhile
>have been offered and accepted an academic appointment.)
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>Although subject areas are not prescribed, the Research Committee
>will give preference to either those cited in the University's
>Research Manual as areas of research strength, or those nominated by
>the respective Head of Department/Division as an existing
>or emerging areas of research strength. Since each candidate for a
>Fellowship must nominate a sponsor from the Department in
>which he/she hopes to work, association with an area of research
>strength is important, not least for the reasons of the availability
>of suitable infrastructure for the Fellowship position.
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>Eligibility
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>The Scheme is open to competition by all suitably qualified
>candidates, both within Australia and from abroad. Applicants must
>hold a PhD degree at the commencement of the Fellowship, and have an
>outstanding academic record. An excellent publication
>record is an advantage. In exceptional circumstances, candidates may
>apply to hold a part-time appointment to a MURF
>concurrently with an appropriate other part-time academic appointment.
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>Applicants must have written support from their proposed
>sponsor/team leader within the University, as well as written
>agreement from the Head of the Department/Division in which it is
>intended that the research will be carried out. The application
>form is constructed so as to accommodate such statements.
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>It should be noted that the Research Committee does not encourage
>applications from those
>individuals who have previously held one or more postdoctoral appointments.
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>Similarly, it does not encourage applications from those who have
>just completed, or are
>about to complete, their PhD degree at Macquarie University, and who
>cite their PhD
>supervisor as their sponsor for a MURF, or nominate their current
>Department as their
>proposed location for tenure of the Fellowship.
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>Sponsor/Team Leader
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>The proposed sponsor/team leader's details should be provided at
>section 7 of the application form. In addition, she/he must
>complete the statement at section 8 of the form. NB: Sponsors/team
>leaders may NOT act as referees.
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>Referee
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>The referee's details should be provided at section 6 of the
>application form. In addition, the referee must complete the
>Referee's
>Report Form and forward it to the Research Office, under separate
>cover, by the closing date for the Scheme (1 July 1999).
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>Examples of suitable referees are your current research supervisor
>or examiners of your PhD thesis, provided that such persons
>are not also sponsors/team leaders.
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> Selection Criteria
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>The following selection criteria will apply:
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> the demonstrated ability of the applicant to fulfil the
>requirements set out in these Guidelines;
> the capability of the applicant to undertake postdoctoral
>research as determined by the quality of past achievements;
> the quality of the project proposal;
> the extent of facilities and infrastructure available to the
>candidate should she/he be successful, and the way in which the
> proposed research relates to those areas of research strength
>within the University, as defined above.
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>In making its final determination, the Research Committee may also
>take into account:
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> whether more than one Fellowship should be awarded to an area
>or department which is relatively small or relatively
> poorly resourced; and
> whether the candidates' sponsors have already benefited under
>the Scheme; with this in mind, potential sponsors who
> have been associated with new Fellowship positions in the
>previous two years are not encouraged to sponsor proposals
> in the current round.
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>Selection Process
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>The selection of applicants to whom Fellowships will be offered will
>be undertaken by the University's Research Committee,
>whose decisions will be final. Selection will take place in two
>stages. In the first, the Research Committee will evaluate the
>applications against the eligibility and selection criteria cited
>above. Short-listed proposals will then be considered under stage
>two, with the benefit of advice from appropriate referees.
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>Given the highly competitive nature of the Scheme, applications
>should be submitted only by those with exceptional academic
>backgrounds, who are willing to expend considerable time and effort
>in preparing an excellent application.
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>Unsuccessful applicants will be notified as soon as possible after
>completion of each selection stage. The Research Office will
>notify successful applicants in November, and official offers of
>Fellowships from the University's Personnel Office will follow
>shortly thereafter.
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>Application Procedure
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> ONLY APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED ON THE PRESCRIBED FORM
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> BY THE CLOSING DATE CITED THEREON
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> WILL BE CONSIDERED
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>Since each application requires endorsement by both the academic
>sponsor/team leader and the respective Head of
>Department/Division, applicants will need to allow for such
>processes in planning the timing of the preparation and submission of
>their proposals.
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> ONLY APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED
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> WITH THE APPROPRIATE ENDORSEMENTS
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> WILL BE CONSIDERED
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>Where applicants do not wish particular individuals to act as their
>referees/assessors should their applications be short-listed, they
>may nominate such individuals on the application form, giving reasons.
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>Applications must be lodged with the Research Grants Officer,
>Research Office, Building E11A, Macquarie University, NSW
>2109, Australia.
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>Conditions of Award
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>Fellows will be paid on a fortnightly basis through the University's
>payroll system. The appointments will carry the same
>benefits and restrictions as apply to other academic appointments.
>This includes the normal provisions for removal expenses, etc.
>Details of the University's policy on such matters are available
>from the Personnel Office.
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> CLOSING DATE FOR 2000 ROUND OF FELLOWSHIPS
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> 1 JULY 1999
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> LATE APPLICATIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED
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> Application form and guidelines
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> are available from the World Wide Web
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> http://www.ro.mq.edu.au/MURF/MURFGUID.HTM
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> and from the Research Office, 61 2 9850 8612
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>Posted: 19 May 1999.

Professor Peter Wenderoth Phone: +61 2 9850 8680
Head, Psychology Department Fax:+61 2 9850 9238 (Confidential)
Macquarie University Fax: +61 2 9850 9390
Sydney, Australia 2109 email: peterw@vision.psy.mq.edu.au
                                www: http:/vision.psy.mq.edu.au/~peterw
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