FFI may offer two types of Fellowships each year;  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 on the one application form.

The Freda Bage Fellowship (a three year Fellowship)

The following terms apply to the Freda Page Fellowship:
  • only available for PhD studies;
  • studies must commence by the end of March of the year following receipt of the award.  Funding may be withdrawn if this time limit is exceeded;
  • maximum period of the Fellowship is three years;
  • study is expected to be full-time;
  • the annual stipend is paid in two parts, usually in January and June;
  • the first payment is made following finalisation of Fellowship documentation and FFI's satisfaction that the candidate is enrolled and 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 Fellowships) 

These fellowships are named after the following women: Molly Budtz-Olsen, Dorothy Davidson, Freda Freeman, Audrey Harrison, Audrey Jorss, Mary McSweeney, Margaret Mittelheuser, Betty Patterson, Rosemary Venton, Barbara Williams and Del Doherty.
The following terms apply to these Fellowships:
  • they may be used for formal, full-time postgraduate study consistent with the aims of FFI. In exceptional circumstances, the committee may consider awarding a half Fellowship to a part-time applicant in the last year of her doctoral studies;
  • studies must commence by March of the year following receipt of the award. Funding may be withdrawn if this time limit is exceeded;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 June. The first half is paid following finalisation of Fellowship documentation and FFI's satisfaction that the candidate is enrolled and the program of study has been accepted by the nominated institution, and the second following receipt of a satisfactory progress report after approximately 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 the Australian Government Department of Education and Training Research Training Programme (RTP) plus 10%. As an indication, the RTP stipend rate in 2019 is $27,596 for a full-time student. 

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 by email.
  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 or internet for regional and overseas applicants. Interviews usually take place in August/September and take approximately 20 minutes. They provide an opportunity for applicants to concisely articulate the key aspects and benefits of their research proposals.
  4. FFI endeavours to make offers to successful candidates no later than November and 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 by email. Faxed applications will not be accepted

Please view the Checklist for Applicants before submitting your application.