FFI offers two types of Fellowships each year; generally one extended Fellowship tenable for up to three years and several one year Fellowships.  The Fellowships are named after women who have made outstanding contributions as scholars and leaders in tertiary institutions in Queensland. Applicants may apply for both types of Fellowship in the one year (see the Application Form).

The Freda Bage Fellowship (a three year Fellowship)

  • only available for PhD studies;
  • studies must commence by September of the year following receipt of the award, and may be deferred for no longer than 6 months after the proposed date of commencement of studies. Funding may be withdrawn if these time limits are exceeded.
  • maximum period of the Fellowship is three years;
  • the annual stipend is paid in two parts, usually in January and July;
  • the first payment is made following finalisation of Fellowship documentation and FFI's satisfaction that the program of study has been accepted by the nominated institution;
  • subsequent stipend payments are subject to satisfactory progress of the research work, as indicated by receipt of progress reports from the Fellowship recipient signed by the supervisor of the research work at the end of years one and two;
  • a final typewritten report is required at completion of the Fellowship, and should include information about any publications arising from the funded study.

The Commemorative Fellowships (one year Fellowship)
  • These fellowships are named after the following women:Molly Budtz-Olsen, Dorothy Davidson, Freda Freeman, Audrey Harrisson, Audrey Jorss, Mary McSweeney, Margaret Mittelheuser, Betty Patterson, Rosemary Venton, Barbara Williams and Del Doherty.
  • may be used for formal postgraduate study consistent with the aims of FFI;
  • studies must commence by September of the year following receipt of the award, and may be deferred for no longer than 6 months after the proposed date of commencement of studies. Funding may be withdrawn if these time limits are exceeded.
  • maximum period of the Fellowship is one year;
  • successful applicants may reapply for a Fellowship in subsequent years;
  • the stipend is paid in two parts, usually in January and July
  • one half following finalisation of Fellowship documentation and FFI's satisfaction that the program of study has been accepted by the nominated institution, and
  • subject to the conditions below, one half after six months of tenure;
  • second stipend payment is subject to satisfactory progress as indicated by a progress report from the Fellowship recipient after six months of tenure;
  • a final typewritten report is required at completion of the Fellowship, and should include information about any publications arising from the funded study.

Value

The annual value of the Fellowships is linked to the value of Australian Postgraduate Awards (APAs) plus 10%. As an indication, the APA stipend rate in 2016 is $26,288 for a full-time student.

Number of Fellowships

FFI may vary the number of Fellowships awarded from year to year for any reason.

As a guide only, the annual number of awards made in recent years has been in the order of 4 - 5 Fellowships. FFI reserves the right not to award Fellowships in any year.

Selection Criteria

FFI awards its Fellowships using a holistic review and selection process. Applications from all academic disciplines are welcome. FFI's decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into in respect of any aspect of the applications and awards process. Applicants who miss out in any given year are welcome to reapply in subsequent years; however, as a matter of policy, FFI does not offer opinions or advice on the quality or future prospects of unsuccessful applications.

The Process

  1. You submit your application so that FFI receives it by the closing date.
  2. All received applications are acknowledged in writing.
  3. Applicants who pass the competitive review process are asked to participate in an interview. This is either face to face at The University of Queensland, or by telephone for regional and overseas applicants. Interviews take approximately 20 minutes. Interviews typically take place in August/September. Interviews provide an opportunity for applicants to concisely articulate the key aspects and benefits of their research proposals.
  4. FFI endeavours to make offers to Fellowships no later than November.
  5. FFI's policy is to advise unsuccessful candidates at the earliest practicable time.

IMPORTANT:

It is the responsibility of each applicant to read these Guidelines and the Application Procedures completely and carefully. Each application must be written in English using the specified forms, must be received by the due date, and must be complete in every respect (refer to Items 1-6 on the Application Procedures page). An incomplete or late application will jeopardize your prospects of being awarded a Fellowship, regardless of the quality of your submission. Applications must be received in hard copy or by email. Faxed applications will not be accepted.

Please view the Checklist for Applicants before submitting your application.