This fellowship provides two UQ researchers who are currently undertaking funded research projects with the opportunity to explore and implement open research practices relevant to their disciplines.

One fellowship each will be awarded to a researcher in:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine/Health (STEMM).

The Fellowship activities must be undertaken between December 2023 to December 2024, with a final report submitted at the end of 2024.   

Applications for 2024 have closed.


Successful applicants receive A$10,000 upon award of the Fellowship, which will be paid into a UQ account.  

Benefits and objectives

Outcomes from each Fellowship are expected to include:  

  • a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities that open research presents to UQ researchers, including recommendations for service and/or infrastructure improvements  
  • implementation of open research principles and practices within an active UQ research project. 

Priorities for the fellowships:

  • HASS Open Research Fellowship is the exploration of open scholarly publishing practices including providing recommendations and advice on open monograph services and infrastructure. 
  • STEMM Open Research Fellowship is the exploration of open research practices that feature UQ infrastructure (UQ Research Data Manager and UQ eSpace).   

Terms and conditions

  1. The Fellowship is to be undertaken between December 2023 and December 2024.   
  2. The Fellowship activities must explore open research practices including, but not limited to, open/findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR) data and open access pathways to publications, including open scholarly monographs (for the HASS Fellowship specifically).  The use of University infrastructure, including UQ RDM and UQ eSpace, should be explored.   
  3. Successful applicants are expected to share the outcomes of their work with the UQ community to promote a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities open research presents to UQ researchers.
    • This will include a presentation to the UQ Open Access Working Group, and presentations at UQ Library hosted events during Open Access Week 2024 and/or UQ Research and Innovation Week 2024.
    • Successful applicants may also be asked to contribute to a discussion at an Open Research Community of Practice during the 12 months (supported by UQ Library staff).  
  4. Successful applicants will provide a report on the activities of the Fellowship, including:
    • what open research practices have been adopted
    • the benefits of these practices
    • recommendations for service/infrastructure improvements to support open research practices within their broad discipline.

      The HASS Fellowship is specifically required to provide advice and recommendations on open scholarly monograph publishing.  
  5. The University of Queensland Library must be acknowledged in resulting publications.  
  6. Fellowship funds should not be used to pay for publishing charges i.e. Article Processing Charges (APCs).


Email Justine Cawley, Associate Director, Scholarly Communication and Repository Services, at about this fellowship. 

Applicant eligibility

To be eligible for this fellowship, you must:

  • submit your application by the due date, 5pm on Friday 10 November 2023
  • be a UQ researcher (academic level A–E) currently undertaking a funded research project and employed by UQ until at least 31 December 2024.  

Selection criteria

Applicants will be judged on how well they demonstrate that they:    

  • are leading and/or playing a key role in a research project that is already underway 
  • have experience and capacity to lead and influence others
  • are committed to open research principles and understand the complexity of open practices 
  • are excellent communicator(s) with a demonstrated ability to disseminate and/or report widely on their findings.

Selection of fellowship

Applications will be considered by a panel of judges, representing the Library and the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation).