Community Fellows Program

Applications for 2017 have now closed.

Melbourne Social Equity Institute’s Community Fellows Program aims to meet the research needs of community organisations to conduct small research-related projects in collaboration with university-based researchers.

Through the Community Fellows Program, we aim to support research that will lead to positive outcomes such as improved service delivery, the development of new services, improved ability to advocate effectively or the improved capacity to undertake future research projects.

Community Fellows will be able to spend time at the University of Melbourne to develop research skills. Projects should be relevant to the work of community-based organisations and aim to promote social equity. Projects could involve conducting a scoping report, literature review, data analysis or a small research project.

The initiative is targeted at small to medium-sized community-based organisations (up to 200 employees) that currently have very limited capacity to conduct research. Projects should be small, tightly focused and address an issue of relevance to the organisation. Key objectives for the Community Fellows Program are to generate quality research outcomes, meet community-based needs for research and to foster community–academic collaborations.

Each Community Fellow will be assigned an Academic Supervisor with relevant expertise. The Melbourne Social Equity Institute and the Academic Supervisor will work with the Fellow to design a feasible project and the supervisor will meet with the fellow 2 – 3 times over the course of the project. A Mentor will also be available to support the Community Fellows while they conduct and write up their research.  

During their placement, Community Fellows will have opportunities to participate in a range of academic and professional development activities. Community Fellows will also be provided with desk space at the University, a computer to work on, a temporary email address and access to library and internet facilities.

Depending on the size of the project, a grant of up to $5000 will be available to the community-based organisations to compensate them for the time that Community Fellows spend working at the University. A Memorandum of Understanding will be created specifying project details, levels of financial support and expected outcomes.

A total of eight Community Fellowships are expected to be offered in 2017. Of these, we aim to support at least one Community Fellowship in each of the following areas:

  • Disability and inclusion;
  • The prevention of violence against women;
  • Indigenous issues.

Download the Information Kit for Applicants (PDF)

* Please contact us if you require information in an alternative format

Expressions of Interest closed at 5pm on Monday 27 March 2017.

If you have any questions about the Community Fellows Project or the application process please contact:

Dr Richard Williams
+61 (3) 9035 8066