Our partnership with Museums Victoria

The McCoy Project is a joint initiative between the University of Melbourne and Museums Victoria. It fosters innovative and high impact research projects that leverage the strengths of the two partners.

The University of Melbourne and Museums Victoria have a history of collaboration that stretches back to the mid-1850s. At the heart of this history is the remarkable and controversial Sir Frederick McCoy (1823–1899): polymath, professor, museum builder and the project’s namesake.

The aims of the McCoy project are to:

  • Create an environment where scholarship based on Museums Victoria’s collections can flourish.
  • Develop and deliver quality collaborative projects that will have significant impact.
  • Bring scholars from different disciplines to work together to develop innovative and inspiring projects.
  • Develop the next generation of research communicators.

Participants who share common interests are drawn from the University of Melbourne and Museums Victoria to take part in the McCoy Project.


The McCoy Seed Fund is a joint fund comprising contributions from both the University of Melbourne and Museums Victoria to support the development of collaborative research projects between Museums Victoria and the University of Melbourne.

The McCoy Project also offers two PhD scholarships for commencement in 2018. Find out how to apply for these scholarships on the McCoy PhD Scholarships page.


If you’d like to find out more, you can contact Caterina Marino, Project Manager - Strategic Cultural Partnerships, at caterina.marino@unimelb.edu.au or call on +61 3 8344 3996.

If your enquiry is in regard to other business or grants, you can contact Sian Jackson-Findlay, Business and Grants Manager at Museums Victoria, at sfindlay@museum.vic.gov.au or call on +61 3 8341 7583.