In order to foster and support high-quality research collaboration and knowledge exchange between the University of Newcastle and international institutions, th

2013 DVCR&I International Visitor Scheme

In order to foster and support high-quality research collaboration and knowledge exchange between the University of Newcastle and international institutions, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) is offering the International Visitor Scheme. This scheme supports the NeW Directions Strategic Plan 2013 -2015, which states the University will "increase the world standing of our research through new collaborative arrangements with first-rate international partners". 

Through the scheme, University of Newcastle researchers are invited to apply, through their Faculty Assistant Dean (Research), for funding to support the short-term visit of an international research scholar of high professional standing to undertake quality engagement with local researchers, including: 

  • Establishment of a new research collaboration
  • Development and submission of a research publication
  • Development of a significant grant proposal

During the course of the visit, the international visitor would be expected to participate in ongoing research project(s) and/or undertake detailed planning of a new collaborative research project(s) and to contribute to the development of the research group(s) hosting the visit through discussions of research and research directions with students and staff. Additionally, they would be required to present a least one discipline-based research seminar or public talk under the auspices of the University of Newcastle during the course of their stay. 

Travel must be completed in the calendar year for which the grant is awarded, therefore funding for 2013 must be fully spent before 1 December 2013

Visitors must spend a minimum of one week at the University of Newcastle. A grant that is not taken up in the calendar year, for which it is awarded, cannot be postponed. 

The standard award will not exceed $10,000. Funds can be used as a contribution towards the total cost of the activity and can include any (or all) of the following:

  • A direct return economy (not premium economy) airfare for the visitor only, by the most direct route. The cost of any stopovers, if not included in the airfare, and any variation from the direct route, must be met by the visitor.
  • Visa fees levied by the Australian Government. For visits of less than 3 months duration the visitor should apply for an Electronic Travel Authority / Business Visa (Sub-Class 956, 977 or 456).  The application forms are available from: For visits of 3 months or more (up to a maximum of 12 months) the University is required to nominate the Visitor and the Visitor is required to apply for Sub-Class 419 Visiting Academic Visa.  Details of the nomination process and application forms are available from the Human Resource Services Immigration section.
  • Accommodation
  • Direct costs associated with the proposed research collaboration (bench fees, materials and other related expenses).

Funds cannot be used for salaries (applicant, collaborator, research assistants or consultants). 




When an international visitor is identified, a completed Application Form, including signatures should be emailed to


Guidelines (194KB)

Application Form (142KB)


Should you require any further information, please contact Elianne Renaud, Manager, Strategic Research Grants, on x17308 or via