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FAQ

  • Is there an application deadline?

    A link to the 2020 Fellowship’s Expression of Interest form will be added to this page when they open in late June 2019.  EoI’s will close in mid-August 2019.

    The anticipated commencement date for the 2020 cohort is mid 2020.

  • Will The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund consider fellowship proposals that do not fall within the subject areas of Education, Sustainability and the Environment, and Poverty and Disadvantage?

    No.

  • Can I provide supplementary materials with my application, such as a dissertation, article or video?

    No. If you are shortlisted for the full application stage, you will have the opportunity to submit such materials.

  • How long is the review process?

    The selection process takes place over a number of months and is usually completed by the end of March each year.  New Fellows are generally announced in May each year.

  • What does $120,000 provided by The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund cover?

    The Fellowship is a stipend that aims to cover the living expenses of the Fellow.

  • What does additional $30,000 provided by The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund cover?

    An amount up to an additional $30,000 will be available to each Fellow to cover expenditure associated with the Fellowship such as renting of an office space, travel, or convening and purchasing of external expertise. Applicants will be asked to submit an estimated budget for their Fellowship as part of their full application.

  • Can the Fellowship be done part-time?

    We would consider a part-time Fellowship application in circumstances where the applicant has caring responsibilities. Applicants who wish to undertake the program part time whilst maintaining full, part-time or casual employment would not be eligible.

  • Would you consider Fellowship applications that address issues that have relevance across a number of subject areas ie Education and Poverty and Disadvantage?

    Yes.

  • Where would the Fellows reside for the duration of the program?

    For the duration of the program the Fellow should reside in Australia at an office space which is disconnected from their current role and would be conducive to successful project delivery. Office space will be discussed and agreed with shortlisted finalists before the interview process. Fellows will not be required to move to Melbourne for the duration of the Fellowship.

  • Can a Fellow stay connected with the organisation by which they are employed?

    There is an expectation that the Fellow will not be engaged in the day to day affairs of their previous employer. Connections designed to maintain networks and board commitments would be acceptable.

  • What is the expected output of the Fellowship?

    There is no fixed output for the Fellowship. Examples of outputs might include writing a white paper, developing a new strategy, designing a business plan for a new organisation, running a campaign, developing an app, writing a book, bringing services together etc. The key driver here is that there is a distinct, clearly identifiable output at the end of each Fellowship. Each applicant will be asked to nominate a specific Fellowship outcome they will be aiming for as part of the full application process.

  • What kind of support can the Fellows expect during the twelve month term?

    Fellows will have access to the Support Panel (experts able to help with the development of the proposed idea), Myer networks, Myer family members and program staff with relevant subject area expertise and use of The Myer Foundation board room.

  • What obligations will the Fellowship recipient have to The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund?

    The main responsibility of the Fellowship recipient will be to develop the various aspects of their project. There will be an expectation that all three Fellows will provide support to each other where possible during their tenure. Fellows will be asked to commit to responding to a short survey on their experience of the Fellowship and to providing some level of support to the future Fellows.

  • What would be the reporting requirements for the Fellowship?

    The Fellows will be expected to report to the Myer Innovation Fellowship Committee twice via a personal presentation, once at the mid-point and once at the end of their Fellowship.

  • Will The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund support professional development as part of the Fellowship program?

    We will not support professional development for the Fellows but would consider requests to engage third-party expertise, where specifically relevant to the Fellow’s project, with the $30,000 available to each Fellow. That is, if a Fellow’s idea required limited, but crucial legal advice, they might apply for the reimbursement of such expenses.

  • Will the Fellow be able to work with The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund existing grantee organisations if it relates to their project?

    Yes, as long as the project benefits our grantee partners and is not unduly burdensome.

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