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How to Apply

The Myer Innovation Fellowship program provides support to individuals rather than organisations. The program seeks exceptional leaders across all sectors (private, public and non-profit) and from all types of professional backgrounds. For us, the idea is king. We will consider both quality of the break-through idea and the capacity of the applicant to implement this idea.

We seek ideas that are

  • High impact: likely to produce results in the areas of Education, Poverty & Disadvantage, and/or Sustainability & the Environment
  • Unique: different from existing approaches
  • Scalable and sustainable: the potential to scale up quickly and be sustainable over time

And leaders who are

  • Experienced and entrepreneurial: a proven track record of achievement in their field and an appetite for risk-taking
  • Passionate and connected: a genuine commitment and passion for their cause and the network to make it happen

What is Offered

This program will provide these outstanding individuals with freedom from their day jobs to:

  • Open productive new lines of inquiry
  • Ask provocative questions
  • Challenge conventional wisdom
  • Develop new ideas, approaches, and strategies.

Fellows will each receive $120,000 for their 12-month commitment to the program and an additional $30,000 will be available to each Fellow for approved expenses such as work space, rent, travel and contracting of external expertise.

What are the Eligibility Criteria?

The applicant must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Reside in Australia for the majority of the Fellowship period
  • Be prepared to take a sabbatical from their current role for twelve months
  • Have a proven track record of risk-taking, out-of-the-box thinking
  • Have an ability to turn ideas into action
  • Have well-developed networks within an area of the proposed project.

The proposed project must:

  • Be based in Australia
  • Be aligned with one or more of the subject areas of Education, Poverty and Disadvantage, and Sustainability and the Environment
  • Have been in development for not longer than three years.

What are the Funding Exclusions?

Through this program we will not fund:

  • Benefits or fundraising events
  • Capital or endowment campaigns
  • Dissertation research
  • International projects
  • Scholarships
  • Sponsorships
  • Specific diseases
  • Medical research
  • Creative arts projects
  • Collaborations between a number of individuals
  • Projects that have been in development for more than three years
  • Organisations.

Application Process

The Expression of Interest form is a 600 word application.

Expressions of Interest for 2019 Fellowships are now open and will close at midnight 30 September 2018 AEST.

Shortlisted (and unsuccessful) applicants will be notified of the outcome in the week beginning 10 December 2018.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to submit a full application by 13 January 2019. Shortlisted (and unsuccessful) applicants for the interview will be notified of the outcome on 6 February 2019 or thereafter.

Finalists will be interviewed on 13 February 2019.

We expect to finalise the selection process in early March 2019.

The Fellows will be selected by the Myer Innovation Fellowship Committee and approved by The Myer Foundation Directors and Sidney Myer Fund Trustees.

We expect the 2019 cohort of Fellows to commence the program in June 2019.

Three Myer Innovation Fellows will be selected each year.

Application Form
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