Universitas 21 Fellowships for Academic Staff

The purpose of the Universitas 21 (U21) Fellowships is to recognise outstanding teaching performance by academic staff of the University of Melbourne, provide development opportunities for the recipients and benefit the University of Melbourne through the advancement of its quality of teaching and learning.

The Fellowships have the key objective of advancing the strategic educational priorities of the University through enabling academic staff to develop their expertise further, pass on what they have learned for the benefit of the University of Melbourne and strengthen links with other U21 institutions so that other staff and students can benefit from mobility across the network.

U21 Fellows are expected to be ambassadors for the University and to foster joint educational projects across the network. Their interaction with colleagues at other U21 institutions is expected to promote ongoing communication and foster long-term relationships with the University of Melbourne from which future Fellows and exchange students will benefit.

The U21 Fellowship and Scholarship Selection Committee makes an allocation of up to $12,500 to support each Fellowship. The Fellows will be funded to spend up to two months engaged on a project that involves visiting at least three U21 universities and, as appropriate, universities outside the consortium. Fellowships are to be taken up within twelve months of receipt of the award. Eligibility for awards will be limited to academic staff of the University of Melbourne at levels B and above.

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Priority areas

Applicants are encouraged to propose projects that are aligned with areas of strategic importance for  the University of Melbourne in advancing the quality of teaching and learning. Projects may involve benchmarking
and the sharing of information that leads to new possibilities for the University, the development of collaborative curriculum projects and the creation of resources that might be used across the U21 network.These include:

  • Development of joint graduate or undergraduate programs with U21 partners
  • Exploration of innovations in assessment and monitoring graduate attributes and
    graduate outcomes
  • Exploration of models for work-integrated learning and internships
  • Development of curricula and resources to support student equity and diversity
  • Development of collaboration for virtual experimentation (exploiting the expertise across the U21 network for virtual experimentation and virtual data sharing for teaching and learning)
  • Development of collaborative capstone projects
  • Sharing of models of online teaching and learning
  • Collaborative research utilising learning analytics to enhance teaching and learning
  • Exploration of initiatives to improve graduate employability.

How to apply

Applications are currently closed.

Heads of Departments are asked to be responsible, in the first instance, for identifying potential applicants. They should encourage applications from suitably qualified members of academic staff and, in doing so, consider relatively junior or recently appointed members of academic staff who have demonstrated outstanding teaching as well as more experienced staff with a distinguished record of  achievement. Staff may, however, initiate applications through discussion with their Head of Department. Further advice regarding their proposed Fellowship project can be obtained in discussion with the President of the Academic Board, Associate Deans (Teaching and Learning) and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Undergraduate).

Applications must be concise and follow the application guidelines below.

Application Guidelines

Application coversheet

Further information

Questions regarding the Fellowships should be directed to:

Nina Grange
+61 3 8344 1121

2017 winner

Dr Scott Brenton,  Faculty of Arts.

2016 winner

Dr Gavin Buskes, Melbourne School of Engineering.