The Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Program enables overseas scholars of international distinction to make an extended visit to the University and contribute to the University's academic, intellectual and cultural life.

The Fellowships are awarded annually, following an application and selection process that begins with nominations from University of Melbourne Faculties.

View the list of current and recent Miegunyah Fellows

The Russell Grimwade bequest

The Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Program arose from a recommendation by the Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund Committee - the body responsible for the management of the Russell Grimwade bequest.

Sir Russell Grimwade was an industrial chemist by training and a man of wide-ranging interests, including forestry, native timbers and printing, and was the author of two books. He was a member of the University Council for 20 years from 1935, including a period as Deputy Chancellor.

Miegunyah (a word from an Aboriginal language, possibly Dharuk (Sydney), that includes the meaning 'house') was the Grimwades’ home from 1911 to 1955. Both Miegunyah and Sir Russell's art collection were bequeathed to the University of Melbourne in his will of 1949 and presented to the University after the death of Lady Grimwade in 1972.

The art collection is housed in The Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University Archives and the Baillieu Library.

The Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund also supports the prestigious Miegunyah Press imprint of Melbourne University Publishing.

Responsibilities of Miegunyah Visiting Fellows

During their period at the University, Fellows are required to:

  • present a substantial public lecture;
  • present several specialist lectures (or a short series of seminars) on a topic of general interest to the University community;
  • be available for consultation with staff and students
  • if possible, be engaged in research; and
  • prepare a brief report at the conclusion of their visit.

Nomination and selection procedures

Fellowship nominations are submitted by Heads of Department through their faculty Dean, and include information about the nominee, their proposed activities, details of the public lecture they will present and a detailed budget. More information about the nomination procedure can be found on the MSL Intranet.

Full nomination details and procedures

Selection is undertaken by a sub-committee of the Miegunyah Fund Committee, comprising:

  • Professor Margaret Sheil, Provost
  • Sir Andrew Grimwade
  • Professor Rachel Webster, Vice-President, Academic Board (or nominee)

Miegunyah Fellows are selected according to the following criteria:

  • International standing and pre-eminence of the proposed Fellow
  • Value of the proposed Fellow's visit and contribution to the University
  • Appeal of the public lecture to the University and the wider community
  • Appropriateness of the budget


Simon Purtell

Policy & Strategy Advisor, Chancellery, Academic & International
Phone: 61 3 8344 0592

Nomination details

Current and recent Fellows

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