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Research Program 2018 & Key Dates


Please note: 2018 Fellowship, Scholarship, Project Grants and Grants in Aids will be finalised mid October. 

Our Grants

Arthritis Australia's National Research Program funds several types of research funding grants, each of which serves a different purpose. For information about our grants, translational research, review process and application deadlines click on the links below.

icon-jump_to Fellowships

icon-jump_to Scholarships

icon-jump_to Project Grants and Grants in Aid

icon-jump_to Translational research

icon-jump_to Review process

icon-jump_to Grant application deadlines




Research fellowships are available for post-doctoral work or following recently completed rheumatology advanced training. Available for research programs both overseas and in Australia. 

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Scholarships are available for young medical and science graduates to undertake thesis studies into arthritis and related disorders at recognised universities. These scholarships provide research training to doctorate or masters level and are designed to develop the intellectual and technical expertise required for a career involving laboratory and clinical investigation. Scholarships are intended, in general, to support basic and clinical research training within Australian research units and as a precursor to more advanced study in Australia and overseas. Scholarships are for one year and are renewable for three years, depending on progress and funding priorities.


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Project Grants and Grants in Aid


Project Grants and Grants in Aid are typically for short-term projects with well-defined aims and budgets which can be achieved in a 12 month period. Grants in Aid (each grant valued up to maximum $15,000AUD) will be available only for new researchers* or allied health researchers. A small number of Project Grants (each grant valued up to maximum $50,000AUD) will be available for musculoskeletal research including grants focusing on rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.

*(defined as within six years of receiving their PhD)


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Translational research 

In 2016 Arthritis Australia's Research Strategy was reviewed and refined to fit in with the purpose of the organisation, to be the leader in funding and advocating world class research.

As part of the new research strategy, there is an increased emphasis on translational research and applicants have been asked to explain in detail how their project will produce a benefit to health consumers e.g. improve quality of life for patients with musculoskeletal disease or advance knowledge in clinical areas where there is therapeutic uncertainty.

The following outcomes should be noted:

  • One project grant to be allocated specifically to a project with a translational emphasis
  • The Research Grants Assessment Committee reserves the right not to award any grant if there is no application of sufficient merit that fulfils the relevant criteria.


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Review process

Applications are reviewed at various times, depending on the type of grant you have applied for. Refer to grant application deadlines below. The Grants Assessment Committee will review applications and offer their recommendations to the Arthritis Australia Board. Grants will be awarded and applicants will be notified in writing of the success or otherwise of their application, within a month of the review.



To read more about the review process, please click here


We thank all the reviewers who generously donate their time and expertise in helping to ensure that we fund the best possible research projects, and that donor’s money is used in the most effective way. We greatly appreciate their invaluable contributions to the Arthritis Australia Research Program.


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Grant application deadlines

Applications for this program have now closed.

Call for applications open 7 April 2017 and close 23 June 2017 for the following awards: 

  • Ken Muirden Overseas Training Fellowship
  • Leanne Stafford Award 
  • Bruce Miller – Australian Rheumatology Association Post-Doctoral Fellowship

All other applications open 17 April 2017 and close 7 July 2017

  • Fellowships
  • Scholarships
  • Project Grants and
  • Grants in Aid


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Reviewed and updated September 2017 

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