Universitas 21 Scholarships for Professional Staff

The Universitas 21 (U21) Scholarship Scheme provides awards to professional staff of the University of Melbourne at HEW levels 8, 9 or 10. The scholarships recognise outstanding performance, provide development opportunities for the recipients and benefit the University through the advancement of its administrative and management practices.

The selection committee allocates up to $12,500 per scholarship to enable professional staff to develop their expertise, pass on their learnings, and strengthen links with other U21 institutions.

The Scheme is designed to encourage professional staff exchanges across participating institutions. Scholars spend up to two months engaged in a management project at U21 institutions and any additional universities outside the consortium. Where appropriate, scholars may also attend a relevant international conference or development program.

The undertaking of a significant management project is a core component of each award. Scholarships need to be taken up within twelve months of receipt of the award.

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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.


  • 2019 winners

    Ms Rachel Ramsdale, Chancellery Research & Enterprise

    Ms Tessa de Vries, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

  • 2018 winners

    Ms Karen Kealy, University Services

    Ms Joann Cattlin, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

  • 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

How to apply

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and associated international travel restrictions, the Universitas 21 Scholarship and Fellowship Scheme will not proceed in 2020. Details of the 2021 Universitas 21 Awards Scheme will be released when available.

The 2019 Application Guidelines and Coversheet documentation below are for information purposes only and may change in 2020/21.

Download Application Guidelines

Download Application Coversheet

Further information

For further information regarding the Scholarships please contact:

Nina Grange
+61 3 8344 1121