Universitas 21 Scholarships for Professional Staff

The Universitas 21 (U21) Scholarship Scheme provides awards to professional staff of the University of Melbourne to undertake a management development activity across U21 institutions. The Scheme is designed to encourage visits and exchanges of key professional staff across participating institutions. The scholarships recognise outstanding performance by professional staff of the University of Melbourne, provide development opportunities for the recipients and benefit the University through the advancement of its administrative and management practices. The scholarships have the key objectives of enabling professional 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 U21 network.

The Selection Committee makes an allocation of up to $12,500 to support each scholarship. Scholars will be funded to spend up to two months engaged in a management project at U21 institutions and any additional universities outside the consortium and, where appropriate, to attend a relevant international conference or development program. The undertaking of a significant management project will be a core component of each award. Scholarships will be taken up within twelve months of receipt of the award. Eligibility for awards will be limited to professional staff of the University of Melbourne at the HEW  8, 9 or 10 levels.

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Priority areas

Applicants are encouraged to propose projects that are aligned with areas of strategic importance for the University in achieving its aims to: deliver greater impact through research; enhance the student experience in a digital world; and integrate the strands of teaching and learning, research and engagement. Projects should emphasise how these aims can be achieved by supporting people, organising infrastructure and aligning resources.

Projects may involve benchmarking and the sharing of information that leads to new possibilities for the University, the development of collaborative projects and the creation of resources that might be used across the U21 network.

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 professional staff. 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 Scholarships should be directed to:

Nina Grange
+61 3 8344 1121
Universitas 21 website
Universitas 21 student exchanges

2017 winners

Ms Barbara Slattery, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Ms Lisa Cornish, Mr James Cornish and Ms Therese Kosmer, Faculty of the Victoria College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

2016 winners

Dr Gen Ford, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

Ms Georgia von Guttner, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences