Associate Research Fellowship
Associate Research Fellowship
Document number : 219851
Created by: Ronny Gunnarsson, 2017-09-13
Last revised by: Renée Otmar, 2018-06-04
Document created in: Western Alliance


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Western Alliance is calling for applications from recent graduates who wish to undertake an Associate Research Fellowship in Regional and Rural Health in the western region of Victoria. For information about Western Alliance, see the website at

Background and focus

Developing our human capital is essential to the future of research in western Victoria. In order to accelerate our research performance as a region, concerted and focused action is needed to develop our future leaders. The Associate Research Fellowship in Regional and Rural Health is based on a Partnership in Knowledge Transfer (PKT) model, designed to provide opportunities for early and mid-career health service professionals to build their research portfolios and position themselves for future leadership in the region.

We invite proposals for innovative, collaborative translational research projects to be undertaken in the context of regional/rural health service delivery. Proposals must feature an integrated program involving one or more health care service provider/s, a supporting academic institution/s and a recent graduate (the Associate). The Associate shall be jointly mentored by the two organisational partners to deliver a research project or program that facilitates the transfer of knowledge and the embedding of a new capability within the partner health service/s. Funding shall be provided towards the Associate’s annual salary/stipend and direct research costs; indirect costs such as salary on-costs, management/administrative fees/costs, office accommodation and routine clinical equipment are to be provided by the partner organisations as in-kind contributions.

Aim of the PKT program

The aim is to support development of collaborative, applied and translational research (focusing on implementation science) that will improve health outcomes for people and communities in the western region. We are particularly keen to receive submissions from professionals in medical, nursing and allied health disciplines, but applications from non-clinical Associates will also be considered.

All submissions will be reviewed to assess their potential for innovation and relevance to the vision, mission and principles of Western Alliance. Cash and/or in-kind contributions from the partner organisation/s will be highly regarded.

A total of $195,000 is available to support this round of the PKT program. We anticipate that three Associate Fellows will be able to be supported in this round.

Information for applicants

The PKT program aims to foster cutting-edge research within the health service context and to support the development of leadership in regional and rural research.


To be eligible for consideration for an Associate Fellowship, you must:

  1. Have graduated at Honours, Masters or PhD level within the past 2 years – after 1 April 2016. The research proposal may form the basis of a Masters by Research or PhD program.
  2. Submit a proposal for research to be conducted within a health service (e.g. hospital, community health service, general practice) located in the western region of Victoria (see for an outline map of the region). You will need to provide written confirmation of the health service’s partnership in the research project as well as from your academic mentor/s.

Key dates in 2018

Successful applicants will be invited to present their research proposal/progress at the Annual Symposium.

Research proposal and mentoring plan

Your application should include details of your proposed research, including:

More information

If you have a question about the application process or the fellowship program in general, contact
Dr Renée Otmar on telephone 4215 2896 or email e-postadress: reneeotmar[­at­]

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