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2016 Myer Innovation Fellowships Open

Hey sharers and collaborative types!

Sitting on a great idea? How about nine months and $100,000 to make it hatch?

cross posted from The Myer Foundation web site

The Myer Innovation Fellowships will support Australia’s brightest, self-directed leaders to forge breakthrough solutions and articulate actionable ideas which compel our community to respond. Fellows will take nine months away from their current role to pursue a nascent idea that has the capacity to radically shift our approaches to the challenges facing the social and environmental sectors in Australia today.

The Myer Innovation Fellowships provide recipients with the unrestricted time and support needed to develop their ground-breaking idea into a plan for action. Fellows will each receive $100,000 for their nine month commitment to the program along with select administrative and operational support.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step outside the routine and rhythm of everyday life and chase down an answer to the great tests we face as a nation.

The Myer Innovation Fellowship program provides support to individuals rather than organisations. These individuals will have a proven track record of achievement in their field of expertise. This program will provide these outstanding individuals with freedom from their day jobs to:

  • open productive new lines of inquiry
  • ask provocative questions
  • challenge conventional wisdom
  • develop new ideas, approaches, and strategies.

Successful applicants will demonstrate exceptional vision in addressing their chosen challenge and be able to relate their problem-solving approach to The Myer Foundation’s and Sidney Myer Fund’s objectives in the areas of Education, Sustainability and the Environment, or Poverty and Disadvantage.

Each Fellow will receive $100,000. An additional $30,000 will be available to each Fellow for approved expenses such as work space, rent, travel and contracting of external expertise.

Successful applicants will be asked to take leave from their current role (if any) for the duration of the Fellowship.

Successful applicants with be able to articulate the expected outcomes of their nine month Fellowship in their application.


The applicant must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • reside in Australia for the majority of the Fellowship period
  • be prepared to take a sabbatical from their current role for nine months
  • have a proven track record of risk-taking, out-of-the-box thinking
  • have an ability to turn ideas into action
  • have well-developed networks within an area of the proposed project.

The proposed project must:

  • be based in Australia
  • be aligned with one or more of the three The Myer Foundation’s and Sidney Myer Fund’s program areas of Education, Poverty and Disadvantage, and Sustainability and the Environment
  • have potential to forge a breakthrough solution for a relevant issue
  • have been in development for not longer than three years.

Funding Exclusions

Through this program we will not fund:

  • benefits or fundraising events
  • capital or endowment campaigns
  • dissertation research
  • international projects
  • scholarships
  • sponsorships
  • specific diseases
  • medical research
  • creative arts projects
  • collaborations between a number of individuals
  • projects that have been in development for more than three years
  • organisations

Application Process

Expressions of interest for 2016 Fellowships are now open.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full application by 10 January 2016.

Applicants that are not shortlisted will be notified in mid-December 2015.

Finalists will be interviewed in early February 2016, with the selection process expected to be finalised in early March 2016.

The Fellows will be selected by the Myer Innovation Fellowship Committee and approved by The Myer Foundation Directors and Sidney Myer Fund Trustees, with the 2016 cohort of Fellows expected to commence the program in June 2016.

Three Myer Innovation Fellows will be selected each year.

Apply here – applications close 10 January 2016

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