Community Fellows Program: Applications now open

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What could you do with University of Melbourne research mentoring, funding and facilities? Apply now for the Melbourne Social Equity Institute’s Community Fellows Program.

What’s involved?

The Melbourne Social Equity Institute Community Fellows Program helps community organisations to conduct research-related projects. These projects should be relevant to the work of the community-based organisation and aim to promote social equity in various aspect of social life, including health, education, housing, culture, work and transport.

Projects could involve:

  • a scoping report
  • literature review
  • data analysis
  • research-informed tools and resources.

As a Community Fellow, you will be assigned an academic mentor with relevant expertise. You will spend time at the University of Melbourne to develop your research skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in a range of academic and professional development activities.

Over the year-long fellowship, Fellows are also provided with:

  • a grant of $A5000
  • a temporary University email address
  • support to conduct and write up your research
  • access to library and internet facilities.

Read more about the Community Fellows Program.

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Who can apply?

The Community Fellows Program welcomes applications from people who work for small to medium-sized organisations that have limited capacity to conduct research.

Fellows do not need to have prior research experience, although some Community Fellows may have worked on other research projects or have some research-related qualifications.

A total of at least ten Fellowships are available, to start in early 2021. Fellowships can align with any aspect of social equity research.

In addition to general fellowship opportunities, six specific Community Fellowships are available:

  • Two Fellowships for people who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • One Fellowship for a person with lived experience of disability
  • One Fellowship in the area of environmental and social sustainability and resilience
  • Two Fellowships for people with African backgrounds.

Information session

Thank you to everyone who attended the online information session on 3 September. A recording of the session is available to view.

  • Get an overview of the Community Fellows Program
  • Discover some of benefits for your organisation
  • Understand eligibility requirements
  • Hear the experiences of previous fellows.

Watch the Community Fellows Program information session

Find out more and apply

Applications for the Community Fellows Program are open until Friday 23 October 2020.


Apply now


If you have any questions about the Community Fellows Program or the application process, contact Charlene Edwards at charlene.edwards@unimelb.edu.au or visit Community Fellows Program.

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