Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Program 2012
In 1993, on the recommendation of the Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund Committee, Council established a Miegunyah Distinguished Fellowship Program.
Since the start of the program in 1993 ninety-three fellowships have been awarded. For 2011, fellowships have been awarded for visits to the following individuals and purposes.
|Visiting Fellow||University||Host Dept./Faculty||Proposed Public Lecture Title|
|Professor Richard FREEMAN||Herbert Ascherman Professor of Economics, Harvard University Senior Professorial Research Fellow, Labour Market Centre, London School of Economics||Faculty of Business and Economics (Departments of Management & Marketing, Economics and the Melbourne Institute)||Optimal Inequality for Economic Growth, Stability and Shared Prosperity: when do incentives get too high-powered for the good of the economy|
|Professor Guiseppe DE GIACOMO||Full Professor, “La Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy||Melbourne School of Engineering (Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering)||Cognitive Robotics: The science of building intelligent autonomous robots and software agents|
|Professor Eric TAYLOR||Emeritus Professor, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London||Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (Department of Paediatrics)||The Importance of the Developing Brain and Body in Child Mental Health|
|Professor Lawrence KRAUSS||Foundation Professor, Director of the Origins Project, Co-Director Cosmology Initiative, Associate Director Beyond Center, School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics Department, Arizona State University||Faculty of Science (School of Physics)||Life, The Universe and Nothing: Life and death in an expanding universe|
|Professor Stephen MAY||Deputy Principal and Vice-Principal for Teaching, Royal Veterinary College, University of London||Faculty of Veterinary Science||Clinical Professions fit for the 21st Century: Challenges for the educators!|
For 2012, five fellowships will be awarded at a maximum of $20,000 each.
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.
Fellows will be appointed under a relevant University statute and will be asked to prepare a brief report at the conclusion of their visit. In addition, the Miegunyah Fund Committee requests that a copy of the public lecture and a photograph of the Fellow be retained for its records.
Note that Melbourne University Publishing reserves the option to obtain copyright for and publish the public lecture. Should there be any objection, please advise the Office of Provost in writing when lodging the nomination.
A Public Lecture
Financial support for the presentation of the public lecture will be provided. With assistance from the Marketing and Communications Division, each public lecture will be promoted in the press and throughout the University, and will be associated with a dinner and/or reception following the presentation of the lecture.
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, Office of the Vice-Chancellor and Senior Executive; members of the Miegunyah Fund Committee; and other appropriate corporate and external invitees. Departments hosting a Miegunyah Fellow will be requested to provide the Protocol Office, the Office of the Provost and the Marketing and Communications Division with a contact person with whom they should liaise to coordinate the function.
Duration of the Visit
It is expected that the duration of most Fellowship proposals will be between four and eight weeks, but the Committee will look favourably on a shorter period if that is all the time that can be given by particularly eminent people.
Level of Funding
The actual value of the award will depend on the proposed length of stay, the cost of the airfare, and associated expenses. The value of each award made will be up to $20,000. (Please note that the selection committee, in its desire to support as many Fellows as possible, has the discretion to allocate awards of less than $20,000.)
Each grant must reserve $3,000 for promotion of the public lecture as well as $2,500 for a dinner and/or reception following the lecture. Beyond the reservation of the $5,500 mentioned, faculties or departments have discretion in determining how the remaining amount of the grant is utilised.
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.
Heads of Department must submit nominations through their Dean.
Please download and complete the application coversheet and budget proforma. Four sets of each nomination are required (an original and three copies).
In making nominations, Deans and/or Heads are to submit the following:
- 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
- A detailed budget
The budget must include the following information.
- Cost of airfare. (Note that business class airfares are not compulsory. Nominating departments can opt for either business class, or, with the proposed Fellow's approval, economy class instead.)
- Cost of accommodation. (Note that subject to availability, some University Colleges provide accommodation at minimal cost to Visiting Fellows. This should be investigated before opting for hotel accommodation.)
- Other associated expenses (if applicable).
- $3,000 reserved from grant for advertising and printing costs.
- $2,500 reserved from grant for dinner and/or reception.
Fellows should be of exceptional international distinction in a field of study of interest to the University. They should reside outside Australia. Faculties 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.
For advice on the latest Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) information about visa requirements and payments for prospective Miegunyah Fellows, please contact Ms Jennifer Sedgman in Human Resources on ext. 49906 or email@example.com. Further information can also be accessed from the Department of Immigration website.
Please note that there are a number of restrictions on payments to visitors. Payments to visitors may be in the form of a Living Away From Home Allowance or reimbursement of costs upon presentation of receipts for costs incurred. There are various payment limits in place with regard to payments to visitors. Further information can be found under section 2.1 of the chapter ‘Payments to Individuals (UOM0141)’ contained within the Policy Library at policy.unimelb.edu.au/UOM0141#section-2.1. For assistance, please contact Mr Joseph Borg in Finance & Planning on ext. 42758 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subject to availability, some University Colleges provide accommodation at minimal cost to Visiting Fellows (see below). This should be investigated before opting for hotel accommodation.
- Graduate House (www.graduatehouse.com.au)
220 Leicester Street, Carlton, 3053
Contact: Mrs Lyn Weston (Warden), 9347 3428 or
- International House (www.ihouse.unimelb.edu.au)
241 Royal Parade, Parkville, 3052
Contact: Associate Professor Jane Munro (Head of College), 9347 6655 or email@example.com
Luciana Orr, (Guest and Conference Coordinator), 9345 7576 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Janet Clarke Hall (www.jch.unimelb.edu.au)
Royal Parade, Parkville, 3052
Contact: Dr Damian Powell (Principal), 9349-7100 or email@example.com
- Ormond College (www.ormond.unimelb.edu.au)
49 College Crescent, Parkville, 3052
Contact: Kiera Lindsey (Director, Learning & Community), 9344 1268 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Queens College (www.queens.unimelb.edu.au)
1-17 College Crescent, Parkville, 3052
Contact: Frank Hofheins (Conference Co-ordinator), 9349-0752 or email@example.com
- St Hilda's College (www.hildas.unimelb.edu.au)
College Crescent, Parkville, 3052
Contact: Mrs Barbara Green (Principal), 9248 8400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Trinity College (www.trinity.unimelb.edu.au)
Royal Parade, Parkville, 3052
Contact: Mr Campbell Bairstow (Dean), 9348-7109 or email@example.com
- University College (www.unicol.unimelb.edu.au)
College Crescent, Parkville, 3052
Contact: Dr Jennifer McDonald (Head of College), 9347-3533 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Whitley College (www.whitley.unimelb.edu.au)
271 Royal Parade, Parkville, 3052
Contact: Mr Ian Prentice (Business Manager), 9340 8015 or email@example.com
Selection will be undertaken by a sub-committee of the Miegunyah Fund Committee, comprising:
- Sir Andrew Grimwade
- Professor Ron Slocombe, President of the Academic Board (or nominee)
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
- Adherence to the budget
Policy and Programs Officer, Office of the Provost
Phone (03) 9035 9466