International Visiting Fellowships


Background

The RMIT Foundation was established in 1994 to encourage and support the philanthropic development and advancement of RMIT.

The RMIT Foundation International Visiting Fellowships have been established to support portfolios, schools and research centres/groups in attracting international leaders in their field to visit RMIT and present lectures, seminars or other activities relevant to teaching, learning and research. The maximum grant sought is not to exceed $10,000.

Portfolios, schools and research centres/groups applying for the grant are encouraged to match the value of the grant dollar for dollar preferably through external funding sources such as corporate or industry sponsorship or grants from another Trust or Foundation.

The RMIT Foundation grant must be used primarily to cover the cost of travel, accommodation and per diem or honorarium. Any use of the grant outside of these areas may only be done with the prior consultation and approval of the Trustees of the RMIT Foundation. Funding for seminars, lectures and other activities may be funded by the portfolio, school and research centre/group directly or by utilizing additional external funding obtained through corporate or industry sponsorship or grant from another Trust or Foundation. All applicants should ensure that they have developed an accurate costing for all proposed activities.

The visit must include a lecture or seminar (of interest and open) to the wider community which could attract publicity. This should be staged at one of RMIT’s lecture theatres. RMIT Marketing and Communications will provide assistance in promoting the visit, and Alumni and Advancement Services can promote to alumni.

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Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for an RMIT Foundation International Visiting Fellowship, applicants must be a member of RMIT University's academic staff and hold a continuing or fixed-term appointment for the duration of the Fellowship program. Prospective applicants who were recipients of RMIT Foundation Awards in 2015 or 2016 are not eligible to apply.

At the closing date for applications (Monday 6 March 2017) applicants must not have any overdue progress and/or final reports for external or internal research grant funding. Applications which do not meet this criterion will be ruled ineligible.

Applicants are strongly advised to check the status of their reports by logging on to MyResearch@RMIT prior to submitting their applications. (Please contact postaward@rmit.edu.au if your records need updating.)

Preference will be given to applications where evidence of matching external funding has been secured.

Proposed Fellows are generally expected to be of the highest calibre in their field and have an international standing. Preference will be given to proposed Fellows whose research aligns with RMIT’S Enabling Capability Platforms (ECPs). Applicants are strongly encouraged to develop their applications in consultation with the relevant Director(s) of the following ECPs:

  • Advanced manufacturing and fabrication
  • Advanced materials
  • Biomedical and health innovation
  • Design and creative practice
  • Global business innovation
  • Information and systems (engineering)
  • Social change
  • Urban futures

Successful Fellows who are visiting RMIT will be required to participate in promotional activities regarding their visit. The visit to RMIT must include a lecture or seminar (of interest and open) to the wider community which could attract publicity.

All proposed visits should commence after 6 March 2017 but must have begun by 6 March 2018. Please note: visits that take place in 2018 will only be approved where the research funds can be demonstrated to be expended by 31 December 2017.

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External Funding

Portfolios, schools and research centres/groups are encouraged to secure a commitment of external funding, equivalent to that requested from the RMIT Foundation, through industry or corporate sponsorship or a grant from another external funding body.

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Duration of Visit

Ideally each Visiting Fellow will be at RMIT for a minimum period of five days. In some exceptional circumstances, where candidates are leading internationals in their fields and have a large number of professional commitments, shorter visits will be supported.

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The Grant

The RMIT Foundation grant must be used primarily to cover the International Visiting Fellow’s cost of travel, accommodation and per diem or honorarium as applicable. Any use of the grant outside of these areas may only be done with the prior consultation and approval from the Trustees of the RMIT Foundation (via the Research Office) .

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Applications and Submission

Applications must be made on the prescribed form (DOCX 37KB 2p) (as a cover sheet) and must include all applicable attachments. Applications close 9am Monday 6 March 2017. In fairness to other applicants, no late submissions will be accepted.

Completed applications must be emailed as one pdf file to researchdevelopment@rmit.edu.au.

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Selection

Applications will be shortlisted by the respective College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) and forwarded to Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Capability, who will convene a selection panel including:

  • Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Capability, or nominee (Chair)
  • Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship, or nominee
  • an ECP Director, appointed by the Chair
  • a past recipient of an RMIT Foundation International Fellowship, appointed by the Chair.

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Reporting

Recipients must submit a written report to the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Capability, (via the Research Office), within 60 days of the end of the visit, summarising its outcomes and how the grant was spent.

The research funds must be expended by 31 December 2017. No carry forwards into 2018 are permitted.

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Management of the Award

This award will be managed and promoted by the Research and Innovation Portfolio on behalf of the RMIT Foundation.

Please direct all queries to researchdevelopment@rmit.edu.au.

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Acknowledgements

The successful portfolio, school, research centre/group will acknowledge the RMIT Foundation and the International Visiting Fellowship in all relevant presentations, publications and media releases as appropriate.

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