Fellowship Award

Where possible, candidates are expected to obtain paid leave. The basic fellowship award is not intended to match fellows' U.S. salaries.

For a full 10-month stay in Australia, the fellowship awards up to $87,000 (AUD) which includes a living allowance, relocation expenses, research related travel and conferences, etc. There is also a family supplement available (e.g. up to $26,000 for a partner and two children). Round trip airfares to Australia are also covered.


All fellows, regardless of their salary arrangements, will be eligible for:

  • Travel to and from Australia: roundtrip travel from the United States for a fellow.
  • Setting-up allowance
  • Baggage allowance
  • Project related conferences and seminar funding. The Fellow must obtain approval of the Fellowship Officer to attend relevant conferences and seminars, and as well as for travel undertaken in relation to the project. The Fellowship Officer in the Department of Health and Ageing will administer and coordinate this money as required.

Family allowances and travel entitlements are subject to the family member(s) accompanying the fellow for no less than 80 percent of the Fellowship.

In addition to the above entitlements, fellows with family will be eligible for:

  • Travel to and from Australia: roundtrip travel from the United States for a partner and 2 children (only) up to 18 years old.
  • Family allowances
  • Baggage allowance
  • Fellows are liable and responsible for payment of income tax in Australia and are strongly advised to check their liability for U.S. income tax payable on their fellowship income. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service does not treat fellowship income as tax-exempt.

Fellows are advised to ensure that they have U.S. health insurance that will cover them and their families for medical care in Australia during the period of their tenure or take out appropriate health insurance coverage in Australia. The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and The Commonwealth Fund have no responsibility for insurance against sickness, accident, or death, either for candidates in the United States or for fellows traveling to or from, or residing in, Australia. Fellows are also advised to arrange adequate insurance coverage of their personal possessions when traveling to or from, or residing in, Australia.

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