Nominations for the 2020 Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowships have now opened. Closing date: 5pm, Friday 3 July.

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

Miegunyah forms

For enquiries, please contact Illy Paumolevuka, Chancellery (Academic & International), by telephone on 61 3 8344 9335 or email at

Nomination process

Please note changes for this round

To improve tracking and reporting, applications will now be made through an online form.

Nominations must be submitted through the online form linked above. Please note that each nomination must be supported by the relevant Head of Department/Division, as they will be a primary contact for the application. Once submitted, applications will be forwarded to the relevant Dean for their endorsement, and only applications which have received this endorsement will proceed to the Selection Committee. If there are multiple applications from a Faculty Deans will be asked to rank these for Selection Committee consideration. It is strongly recommended that you advise your Dean of your application details in advance of submission.

You can view the online nomination form through the above link. The nomination will need to include the following information:

  • 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;
  • The Fellow’s current curriculum vitae; and
  • A detailed budget.

The budget must include the following information (see the Miegunyah Budget Template above):

  • 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;
  • Other associated expenses (if applicable, and in accordance with the University’s visitor payment guidelines);
  • $1,500 reserved from grant for advertising and printing costs; and
  • $2,500 reserved from grant for dinner and/or reception.

Selection process

Nominations for Miegunyah Fellowships will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • International standing and pre-eminence of the proposed Fellow. They should reside outside Australia and not previously have spent extended periods of time at the University of Melbourne. Academic divisions are encouraged to consider female candidates for nomination;
  • Appeal of the public lecture to the University and the wider community (consideration should 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); and
  • Appropriateness of the budget (see notes above on the budget).

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

  • Professor Mark Considine, Provost
  • Sir Andrew Grimwade, Patron and Head, Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund
  • Angus Grimwade, Patron and Head, Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund
  • Professor Nilss Olekalns, President, Academic Board

General information about nominating

Fellow responsibilities

During their period at the University, Fellows must 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. In addition, they must be available for consultation with staff and students and, if possible, to be engaged in research.

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

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. Reasons for the shorter period should be included in your nomination.

Following outcomes from the selection committee, any requests for variation to fellowship arrangements must be submitted to for approval by the Provost. 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.


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 selection 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 address. Beyond this $4,000, academic divisions may determine how the remaining amount of the grant is utilised. 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 twelve 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.

Public lecture and dinner/reception

Financial support for the presentation of the 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, and an Event Guide will be 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.


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 online acquittal form must be completed (please see Miegunyah Reporting Template above for details of what information is required). 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.


Illy Paumolevuka

Chancellery (Academic & International)
Phone: 61 3 8344 9335

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