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FAQ

  • What is the deadline for Expressions of Interest?

    Expressions of Interest for the Kenneth Myer Innovation Fellowships 2021 will close on Sunday 16 August 2020 at midnight AEST. You can access the form here.

  • How long is the review and selection process?

    The selection process is a multi-stage process taking place over a number of months. It is usually completed by the end of March each year, with new Fellows generally announced in May each year.

  • What will not be supported by the Kenneth Myer Innovation Fellowships?

    The Kenneth Myer Innovation Fellowships will not support the following projects or activities:

    • Ongoing or one-off academic research or work towards higher degrees
    • Social enterprise funding hubs or accelerators
    • Program or service delivery.

    See also Funding Exclusions on the Applications page.

  • Should I have explored my idea prior to submitting an Expression of Interest?

    The Kenneth Myer Innovation Fellowships program is looking for ideas or initiatives that have some early evidence or have shown early promise.

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

    No. Proposals must align with one or more of these areas.

  • Would you consider Fellowship applications that address issues having relevance across a number of subject areas for example Poverty and Disadvantage and Sustainability and Environment?

    Yes, Fellowship proposals may align with more than one of these areas.

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

    If you are invited to prepare a detailed application, you will have the opportunity to submit such materials.

  • What does the $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 for the Fellowship year.

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

    An amount up to $30,000 will be available to each Fellow to cover expenditure associated with the Fellowship such as renting an office space, travel, convening, or purchasing of external expertise. Applicants invited to prepare a detailed application will be asked to include an estimated project budget.

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

    We will not generally support professional development as part of the Fellowship unless is it will materially affect the development of the Fellow’s project.

  • Can the Fellowship be undertaken 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.

  • What is the expected output of the Fellowship?

    Applicants are asked to identify outputs and outcomes expected from their Fellowship as part of the detailed application process.

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

    Fellows will have access to a Support Panel of experts, an individually matched mentor and specialist training in relevant areas. They will have access to The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund’s networks, support from program staff and the use, by arrangement, of our board room.

  • What obligations do Fellows have to The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund?

    The main responsibility of each Fellow is to develop the various aspects of their project. We ask Fellows to commit to the Support Panel meetings and trainings offered and to provide collegiate support to each other where possible during their tenure. Upon completion we ask Fellows to participate in an alumni event and to respond to a short completion survey.

  • What are the reporting requirements for the Kenneth Myer Innovation Fellowships?

    Fellows will be expected to provide a mid-term report to the Kenneth Myer Innovation Fellowships Committee via a personal presentation, and to provide a completion report the Directors of The Myer Foundation, Trustees of the Sidney Myer Fund and the Kenneth Myer Innovation Fellowship Committee via personal presentation.

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