CSL Centenary Fellowships

The CSL Centenary Fellowships were established in CSL's centenary year, 2016, to pay tribute to CSL's origins by supporting Australia’s scientific community. Their intent is to foster excellence in Australian medical research by supporting early-mid-career Australian scientists to pursue world-class research.

Two individual, five-year, fellowships are awarded each calendar year. The total value of each award is $AUD 1.25 million, which is paid in annual instalments of $AUD 250,000 to the fellow’s employing university or medical research institute. The fellowship provides for a full-time salary (generally equivalent to a Senior Research Fellow C1 level) plus research costs and/or a post-doctoral research assistant. The breakdown is determined by the fellow, in conjunction with the employing institution at the commencement of the fellowship.

The CSL Centenary Fellowships are competitively-selected grants offered to early to mid-career (4-10 years post-doctoral) medical researchers.The fellowships are primarily awarded for discovery and translational research to late stage clinical research. In any given year, at the call of applications, the Selection Committee may choose to indicate specific research areas of preference for that year’s awards. 

Eligibility Criteria

The fellowships are targeted at outstanding Australian researchers, seeking to consolidate a research career in Australia and/or undertake research in an Australian academic institution. Candidates do not need to be currently living or working in Australia. Applications are judged on the basis of merit and excellence in competition with other applications.

To be eligible for the CSL Centenary Fellowships you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Apply individually
  • Have minimum tertiary qualifications of PhD level from an accredited Australian or international university
  • Have a minimum of four years post-doctoral work experience
    • Note that in exceptional cases e.g. strong clinical research background, completion of a PhD and at least one post doc (2-3 years), the Selection Committee may choose to consider an application that does not precisely meet this criterion
  • Have a maximum of ten years post-doctoral work experience
    • Note that the fellowships intentionally target early to mid-career researchers, 4-10 years post doc. However, the Selection Committee may choose to consider an application that is marginally outside this criterion
  • Not have previously received a CSL Centenary Fellowship
  • Be intending to work in Australia, at a not for profit Australian research institute or university
  • Not concurrently be in receipt of a separate full-time salary/fellowship

Researchers seeking to transition to their own independently funded research laboratory; and or individuals returning to the workforce after a period of parental leave are encouraged to apply. 

Key Dates

Applications open: Annually on the 1st of June. 
Applications close: Annually on the 31st of July. 
Outcome Notification: Annually on the 30th September 


Applications are assessed on:

  • Relevant skills and professional record
  • Benefits the fellowship will provide to the individual
  • Benefits the fellowship will provide to Australian biomedical research
  • Alignment to the fellowship’s stated research priorities (these may change from year to year and are advised prior to the opening of applications)

The CSL Centenary Fellowships are overseen by a five-person Selection Committee, comprising both independent members (including the Chairman) and CSL representatives.