Vice Chancellor's Research Fellowships
50 New Researchers Shaping the Future

Western Sydney University’s Vice Chancellor Research Fellowships

Over the next 5 years Western is recruiting 50 of the world’s best early and mid-career researchers. Western’s Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellows will work in cohorts of research excellence tackling intractable problems and global challenges. Together with our outstanding research community, industry partners and endusers Western’s Vice Chancellor’s Fellows will shape research, shape solutions and shape the future.

The Opportunity

Western  Sydney is building on our established excellence - recruiting 50 of the top performing early and mid-career researchers, nationally and internationally, over the next five years.  We are expanding our already burgeoning research quality and reputation, adding to the University’s existing research strengths across our Schools and Research Institutes.

Western’s new Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship scheme offers our successful new Fellows a 4year research focused appointment embedded in one of our sites of research excellence while maintaining a connection to our Schools. Our Research Institutes and new Strategic Research Initiative Centres are home to cross disciplinary research that focuses on research impact and research translation.

Western Sydney University strives for Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellows at Academic Level B and Academic Level C to work with world leading research teams, industry partners and research endusers within the nominated sites of research excellence.

Why Western

Western Sydney is one of Australia’s largest and most dynamic universities, with a geographic footprint across one of the nation’s most important economic and diverse metropolitan regions. Our research reputation facilitates research partnerships across the world, creating a global network around Western’s research and our research community. The University’s research concentration and achievement is reflected in the recognition of its excellence – nationally and internationally.

Western ranks number 1 in Australia and 11 internationally in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. Western is also proud  to be an employer of Choice for Gender Equity and ranks  1st globally for Gender Equality in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Western boasts a reputation as a university delivering research excellence and, importantly, research impact

And it is a reputation which is rapidly accelerating.

Our research focuses on 4 key themes:

Spearheading the work in these themes are Western’s Research Theme Champions, research leaders who work across disciplines fostering collaborative research and developing an overarching vision for their research theme, each of which tackles one of society’s grand challenges.

The Vice Chancellor’s Fellows will be provided a unique opportunity to accelerate their research in these research focused roles. Each fellow will be positioned within a site of recognised research strength with one of Western’s Research Institutes or one of  our newly established Research Centres supported through  University’s Strategic Research Initiatives  program.  The Fellows will have access  to Western’s Researcher Development program, further supporting their career development through funding, training and mentoring.  

Western is in a stage of exceptional growth. Our precinct development, current and planned, through Western Growth  is bringing world-class research expertise to one of Australia's fastest growing and most significant regions.

About you

You will be an outstanding early or mid-career researcher whose work aligns with one of our focus areas for this round.

You will have the potential to work with industry in its broadest sense.  The Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellows will form real collaborations with Western’s partners – working together to identify the challenges and codesigning research that arrives at translatable outcomes delivering benefits for our partners and society.

The Fellowship roles are research intensive, boasting a 70% research component. Fellows will have well-established track record of esteemed research and/or quality creative outputs and a national and international research profile that reflects research excellence relative to career stage and opportunity.

The successful applicants will be positioned in the University’s existing areas of research strength within Research Institutes and the new Strategic Research Initiatives. 


Applications for the 2020-2021 intake will be made available in the first half of 2020. For further information regarding this exciting opportunity please contact Saada Georges at

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