Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards

Martina Demuro field work

Dr Martina Demuro, former ARC DECRA Fellow, now Future Fellow
Department of Earth Sciences

The University of Adelaide provides a stimulating environment for research. We encourage early career scientists who wish to join us to progress their research career, to apply for a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).

We're looking for researchers who aspire join our scientific disciplines and help us make history. We offer a competitive package to support you establish your research and teaching career with us.

Learn about what a DECRA is and why the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide is a great location to continue your research.

  • What is a DECRA?

    Linda Armbrecht at Palmer Station, Antarctic Peninsula

    Dr Linda Armbrecht - ARC DECRA Fellow
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    An Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) supports new early career research projects.

    It is the flagship fellowship scheme for early career researchers (ECRs) and is a prestigious accolade to advance your research and build your career pathway.

    The award is often considered the Australian equivalent of the various international postdoctoral fellowships, such as the Marie Curie Fellowship; the Ernest Rutherford Fellowship (STFC); or the Life Sciences Research Foundation Fellowship.

    The scheme provides focused support for researchers in both teaching and research, and research-only positions.

    The objectives of the DECRA scheme are to:

    • Support excellent basic and applied research by early career researchers
    • Advance promising early career researchers and promote enhanced opportunities for diverse career pathways
    • Enable research and research training in high quality and supportive environments
    • Expand Australia's knowledge base and research capability
    • Enhance the scale and focus of research in the Science and Research Priorities

    Researchers who have been awarded a PhD within five years, or, awarded a PhD within nine years and commensurate with a period of significant career interruption may be eligible to apply.

    About DECRA  Grant guidelines

  • Why should I come to the University of Adelaide?

    Research image - Centre for Ancient DNA

    Sciences at the University of Adelaide is a synergy of four research intensive schools; thriving research centres and groups; and strong cross-institutional collaborations.

    Our world-renowned scientists are critical thinkers and experts in their fields. Our researchers link with experts in industry, government and international institutions to solve real-world problems. They are driven by a passion to find answers, and to discover new ways to make our world a smarter, safer and a more sustainable place.

    From understanding disease and tackling environmental challenges, to advancing technology and mapping distant galaxies; our teaching is informed by our cutting-edge research.

    Our campuses are home to a number of co-located industry partners, affiliated researchers and research institutes of international significance. This close proximity offers a unique opportunity for our students to gain practical and theoretical knowledge through dynamic national and international research projects.

    North Terrace campus aerial photograph

    Enjoy an outstanding career environment

    The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

    Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity and is family-friendly; consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery.

    We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

  • How we can help with your application?

    The University’s Research Services department and the Faculty of Sciences offer support programs such as workshops, information sessions and pitch panel sessions to prepare you for your application.

    We also support a limited number of applicants by providing funding for external reviews of your application.

    It’s vital that you approach a current researcher at the University of Adelaide who will support your application. This person will assist by submitting the required internal forms such as the Notification of Intent (NOI) and the Research Funding Request (RFR).

    Workshops

Agricultural science

Home to the largest concentration of agricultural research expertise in the Southern Hemisphere, our researchers discover and develop science solutions to major agriculture and horticultural challenges.

We use new technologies and big data to improve agricultural decision making and champion research that delivers better crops and improved farming systems.

Animal and veterinary sciences

We improve the health, welfare and productivity of all animals through our research into local and global issues facing the animal and veterinary industries.

Our international leaders explore broad areas of research including animal behaviour, biology, population health, infectious diseases, reproduction, livestock and equine health.

Chemistry

We pioneer research across applied projects in health, environment, wine and food, energy technology and defence.

We’re involved in many emerging fields of study including drug-synthesis for resistant bacteria, cancer treatments and renewable energy.

Earth sciences

Join us as we explore the planet we live on, how it works, its history and what it is capable of.

From deep time plate tectonics to the evolution of continents, we also focus on understanding the resource endowment of Australia and the planet, endeavouring to identify critical controls on their formation and pathways to discovery.

Ecology and evolutionary biology

We explore our fascinating natural world, how plants and animals evolved, and the range of features they have to cope with current and future climate.

Our strong focus on wildlife conservation and the restoration of arid, marine and freshwater ecosystems is underpinned by state-of-the-art technologies such as drones and satellites.

Food science

We’re at the forefront of cutting-edge science solutions to some of the world’s major food and horticultural challenges.

We seek to improve human nutrition and global food security through functional food development, exploring new viable sources of food and minimising and repurposing food waste.

Molecular and biomedical science

Our research extends across the traditional disciplines of biochemistry, genetics, microbiology and immunology.

The interface between these groups provides a vibrant culture for the education of the next generation of researchers in areas such as pathogenesis and infectious disease, synthetic biology and biotechnology and genomics and metabolic disease.

Physics

While discovering gravitational waves or astrophysical neutrinos, we attract world-class researchers who share a passion for making new discoveries across fields including data science, defence, environmental sensing, optics, space, astrophysics, and particle, theoretical and medical physics.

Wine science

We're home to 70 percent of Australian oenology and viticulture research, which extends over the whole of the grape and wine value chain.

We're improving winemaking and vineyard processes, discovering new yeast strains to improve fermentation, finding solutions to the impact of climate change and learning about people’s wine preferences to make better wines.