Nominations for 2018 Fellowships

Nominations for 2018 Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowships have now closed.

Nomination guidelines, forms and processes are retained here for information only.

For full details of the elibility and selection criteria, nomination process and responsibilities of Fellows and host academic divisions, please see below and refer to the 2018 nominations memo, nomination form, event guide and reporting template:

DownloadMiegunyah Fellowship Nominations Memo (681.4 KB)

DownloadMiegunyah Nomination Form (676.0 KB)

DownloadMiegunyah Event Guide (659.8 KB)

DownloadMiegunyah Reporting Template (674.8 KB)

For enquiries, please contact Celia Scott, Chancellery (Academic & International), by telephone on 9035 8886 or email at

Nomination process

Fellows should be of exceptional international distinction in a field of study of interest to the University. They should reside outside Australia. Academic divisions are encouraged to consider female candidates for nomination.

Fellows are expected to contribute to the academic, intellectual and cultural life of the University during their stay, and the proposed activities of the nominated Fellow comprise an important part of the selection criteria. Consideration also needs to be given to the title and description of the proposed public lecture to ensure its appeal is aimed at both the University and the wider community.

Heads of Department must submit nominations through their Dean.

In making nominations, Deans and/or Heads are to submit the following (using the nomination form above):

  • A brief statement about the distinction of the proposed fellow;
  • A working title and brief summary of the proposed public lecture;
  • A clear outline of the Fellow's proposed activities;
  • A current curriculum vitae; and
  • A detailed budget, which must include:
    • Cost of airfare. Note that business class airfares are permitted, but economy class airfares are encouraged (with the Fellow's approval);
    • Cost of accommodation. Note that some University Colleges provide accommodation at minimal cost to Visiting Fellows. This should be investigated before opting for hotel accommodation. See the Residential Colleges casual accommodation website for more information;
    • Other associated expenses (if applicable);
    • $1,500 reserved from grant for advertising and printing costs; and
    • $2,500 reserved from grant for dinner and/or reception.

Please download and complete the nomination form (above). Applications should be submitted electronically to

Selection process

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

  • Professor Margaret Sheil, Provost;
  • Sir Andrew Grimwade, Patron and Head, Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund; and
  • Professor Janet Hergt, Deputy Vice-President, Academic Board.

Miegunyah Fellows will be 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; and
  • Appropriateness of budget.

General information for nominating academic divisions

Responsibilities of the Fellow

During their period at the University, Fellows will be required to present a substantial public lecture and several specialist lectures or a short series of seminars on a topic of general interest to the University community, to be available for consultation with staff and students and, if possible, to be engaged in research.

Note that Melbourne University Publishing reserves the option to obtain copyright for and publish the public lecture. Should there be any reason not to grant this copyright, then a case must be made in writing as part of the nomination.

Public lecture

Financial support for the presentation of a public lecture and associated dinner/reception will be provided through the Fellowship grant. Host academic divisions will be required to nominate a staff member to coordinate the lecture and dinner/reception. An Event Guide, provided below, has been provided to assist and ensure protocol is followed.

Formal procedures have been established concerning the distribution of invitations to the lectures and, in addition to representatives from the discipline or department concerned, guests will include members of the University Council and Senior Executive, members of the Miegunyah Fund Committee, and other appropriate corporate and external invitees.

Duration of the visit

Normally, Fellowships are for a period of between four and eight weeks. The Committee will consider shorter periods if that is all the time that can be given by particularly eminent nominees.

Any requests for variation to fellowship arrangements must be submitted to the secretary of the Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Sub-Committee. Please ensure you communicate any variations to proposed dates, times, events etc well before they are due to occur, to allow enough time for consideration.

Level of funding

The actual value of the award will depend on the proposed length of stay, the cost of the airfare, and associated budgeted expenses. While the value of each award made will be up to $20,000, the Committee, in its desire to support as many Fellows as possible, may allocate awards of less than $20,000.

Each grant must reserve $1,500 for promotion of the public lecture as well as $2,500 for a dinner and/or reception following the lecture. Beyond this $4,000, academic divisions may determine how the remaining amount of the grant is utilised.

Please note that any funds awarded as part of the Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship program can be used only to cover expenses directly associated with the Visiting Fellow. These funds cannot be used to cover travel or other expenses for partners or family members.

It is expected that the allocated funding will be expended within 12 months of the award being granted. Any extension of this timeframe will need to be applied for in writing and approval cannot be anticipated. Funds not claimed by the end of the year following that for which they are allocated will be returned to the general pool of Miegunyah funds and may be allocated to other projects.


Fellows are expected to contribute to the academic, intellectual and cultural life of the University during their stay. At the completion of the visit, a brief report using the Miegunyah Reporting proforma, below, must be completed. Academic divisions must provide at least one professional quality photograph of the Fellow, details on the activities undertaken by the Fellow and the impact of these activities on the University community.

Summaries of these reports will be published in the Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Program Booklet and will be provided to the Miegunyah Fund Committee. Please note that a summary of expenses incurred is required as part of this report.


Celia Scott

Chancellery (Academic & International)
Phone: +61 3 9035 8886

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