Guidelines for applicants


The primary aims of the International Museums and Collections Award are:

  • To enrich the Award recipient's studies by providing access to museums and collections, expertise and resources in a new environment.
  • To strengthen the student's academic and professional skills through international collaboration and research. The Award also offers the opportunity to present study interests externally and network internationally.
  • To enhance the student's skills and broaden their study experience through gaining an insight into university collections and museums in an international context.
  • To facilitate collaboration, networking and partnerships between the museums and cultural collections across U21 institutions.
  • To raise the profile of the museums and collections in the U21 network.

Nature of the Award and Eligibility

You should note that:

  • The exchange is for one month to the University of Birmingham (UoB), in the United Kingdom.
  • This Award is only open to students currently enrolled at the University of Melbourne.
  • A maximum of AU $5500 will be granted from the University Library and the University of Melbourne's U21 Office (Melbourne Global Mobility) to contribute to travel costs (eg. airfares) and full board accommodation on/near the Birmingham campus. All other living expenses are the responsibility of the student.
  • Accommodation will be sourced and provisionally booked with details confirmed once selection of the Award recipient has been made. Further details about accommodation options are available on request.
  • One student from Birmingham and one student from Melbourne will participate in the 2019 Program (the exchanges will not necessarily happen concurrently).
  • The Award is open to all enrolled undergraduate students and all enrolled postgraduate students.

Application procedure

Applicants should:

  • Outline the nature of their current studies and a brief synopsis of any areas of research interest.
  • Indicate the main reasons for wanting to undertake an exchange to the University of Birmingham and express how this will be advantageous.
  • Be aware that the timing of your visit will be determined by the host university's academic year, which is different from that of your own university. For the Melbourne student the placement in Birmingham will commence in mid-January 2020.
  • Provide a statement of support from an academic supervisor. This should include discussion of your personal qualities and academic standing; and your capacity to act in an ambassadorial role on behalf of the University.
  • A panel of staff from your own university will consider all applications. If short-listed, you will be required to attend an interview in early September 2019.

The offer of the Award

The successful applicant will be contacted with the following information:

  • The exact total of funding accompanying the award.
  • How the award will be paid (normally directly into a personal bank account).
  • Further project details will be determined in consultation with the UoB once the successful applicant has been chosen.
  • The expected time frame for the exchange to be completed.

If you accept the award you will be expected to:

  • Confirm acceptance in writing within a week of being notified.
  • Notify your supervisor and U21 destination contacts as soon as possible.
  • Be responsible for your own travel itinerary. Book travel arrangements yourself, including possession of a valid passport and travel insurance.
  • Act as an (informal) ambassador of the University of Melbourne during your visit. You may be called upon to undertake minor additional duties as a representative of your University and in the spirit of Universitas 21 cooperation.

Following your visit you will be expected to:

  • Write a brief report outlining your stay (approximately 1500 words).
  • Give a presentation to relevant stakeholders, collections staff, academics and students.
  • Allow details of your visit to be published in relevant forums to promote the International Museums and Collections Award to future students, the University and wider communities.

Contact details

If you have any questions on the Award or require further clarification on the application procedures please contact:

Helen Arnoldi
Museums and Collections Projects Program Coordinator
University of Melbourne

T: 8344 3103