The Scientia Fellowship Scheme

Your Research - Global Impact
Join a world-class research community

From quantum physicists like 2018 Australian of the Year, Professor Michelle Simmons, to celebrated architects, urban planners and big data analysts, researchers at UNSW Sydney have made discoveries that have improved lives across the world.

To ensure that UNSW Sydney continues to produce ground-breaking research, we are committed to supporting the next generation of outstanding academics. The Scientia Fellowship Program and Scientia PhD Scholarship scheme offer the best researchers a unique opportunity to pursue work that has the potential to positively impact humanity.

If you share our vision of transforming lives through cutting-edge research, we invite you to find out more about Scientia Fellowships and Scientia PhD Scholarships. Find out more

Scientia PhD Scholarships
- High quality research projects
- Coaching and mentoring
- Career development

Scientia Fellowships
- Pathway to continuing academic appointment
- Research and career support
- Women in STEMM opportunities

The key distinctive features of the Scientia Fellowship Program are:

1. Career Pathway Commitment

Scientia Fellowships are research-intensive Fellowships that provide a pathway to continuing academic careers for internal and external applicants entering the program at any point from Level A to C. Level D appointments will also be considered where infrastructure requirements are minimal; otherwise, these appointments will be considered by SHARP. UNSW will enter a partnership with those academics competitively appointed as UNSW Scientia Fellows, mentoring and nurturing their careers.

2. Leadership, Development and Mentoring

Scientia Fellows will have access to a range of development opportunities across research, teaching and learning and leadership and engagement relevant to career stage. UNSW will support Scientia Fellows to build on their leadership attributes through personalised development plans and by participation in mentoring activities. Each Fellow will have a centrally supported career coach and mentor appointed at the start of the Fellowship and Fellows will be expected to participate in mentoring as mentor and mentee.

3. Flexibility of tenure

Flexibility is another distinctive feature with Fellows having the option for planned exit and re-entry to the UNSW workforce. Fellowships will provide flexibility in pursuit of a research focussed academic career while permitting time out either for personal or professional reasons.

4.Social Engagement and Global Impact

Fellows will be expected to engage with activities that align with Strategy 2025. These include social engagement, global impact and academic excellence. Scientia Fellows will be encouraged to include teaching and learning development in their plans. While these are research-focused Fellowships with research performance criteria for advancing through academic levels, teaching and learning is an essential and valued part of an academic career.

Research Strengths Detailed Research Areas
Human-centred design Urban design, healthy spaces and places; design for inclusiveness and well-being; people-place relationships; collaborative, participatory and eco-design; interior and industrial design; urban resilience; digital design
Architecture  Architectural design practice; environmental quality and energy consumption; climate adaptive and low carbon design; architectural history and theory; housing; aesthetics; social agency and urban livelihoods
Urbanism Urbanisation; urban informatics; urban well-being and liveability; compact cities; housing and urban renewal;  socio-spatial inequality; smart cities and digital technologies; governance; infrastructure; history and heritage of the built environment; landscape urbanism; sustainable development;  the public realm; geospatial design; urban planning
Construction  Human resource and risk management; corporate social responsibility; infrastructure and public finance; cost modelling; health, safety and wellbeing; business enterprises; innovation; disaster resilience; property development; building analytics


Please contact Professor Michael Ostwald Associate Dean of Research for UNSW School of Built Environment to discuss your application and identify the appropriate person within the school to discuss your proposed research.