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

Research Advantage

2017 International Research Visiting Fellowship Scheme

To foster and support high-quality research collaboration and knowledge exchange between the University of Newcastle (UON) and international institutions, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) is offering the International Research Visiting Fellowship (IRVF) scheme. This scheme supports key research and innovation strategies in the NeW Futures Strategic Plan 2016-2025, including increasing the world standing of our research through new collaborative arrangements with first-rate international partners (UON targets international institutions <250 according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings).

Through the IRVF scheme, UON Early Career Researchers are invited to apply for funding to support the short-term visit of an international research scholar of high professional standing and profile to undertake intensive collaborative engagement with local researchers. Applications are also called to support short-term visits by researchers later this year (2016) who would be eligible and competitive to submit an ARC DECRA/Future Fellowship or NHMRC ECF/CDF next year.

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). Priority will be given to collaboration that leads to the development of a quality submission to a prominent international funding scheme (e.g., European Commission Horizon 2020 Program, National Institutes of Health, etc) however collaboration to support national funding application preparation, joint publications and RHD student exchange will also be considered. As part of the visit, the UON research host would be required to organise and promote a research seminar or public talk under the auspices of UON at which the international visitor would present on the emerging collaboration and the key research topic that underpins it.

Whilst attracting international visitors to UON is the key focus of this scheme, the Selection Panel will consider requests for UON researchers to visit a prominent overseas institution if they are able to demonstrate that the visit would be highly strategic and would likely lead to UON’s collaboration on an application for international research funding.

Travel must be completed in the calendar year for which the IRVF is awarded, therefore funding awarded for 2017 must be fully spent before 1 December 2017 unless the IRVF is supporting a potential ARC/NHMRC fellowship applicant in which case the funding is for a visit in 2016.

Funding not spent in the calendar year that it is awarded will be rescinded. Applicants are reminded that Visa application processes may take up to four months and should consider this when determining travel dates. For further information please contact your Faculty Human Resources Officer.

Visitors must spend a minimum of two weeks at UON. In the instance where Fellowship funding is allocated for travel to an international partner, UON researchers must spend a minimum of two weeks engaged in active collaboration overseas. A grant that is not taken up in the calendar year for which it is awarded cannot be postponed. In such circumstances the grant will be rescinded.

The standard award will not exceed $10,000. Budget requests greater than $10,000 will be ruled ineligible and the application removed from consideration. Any cash support provided from other sources (Faculty/School/Other) should be clearly itemised and detailed in the table provided in Q6 of the application form. 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 traveller 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 traveller.
  • Visa fees
  • Accommodation
  • Standard per diem
  • Related seminar/workshop costs

Funds cannot be used for salaries or honorarium (applicant, collaborator, research assistants or consultants), conference registration fees, or any research-related costs or consumables.

Applicants should note that funds must be expended in accordance with the approved application and Guidelines.

Key Dates

Scheme ClosesThursday 9 June 2016
RSG Assessment of Applications Friday 24 June 2016
Applicants notified of outcomes Friday 1 July 2016

How to Apply

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


Further Information

Should you require any further information, please contact the Research Grants Team on (02) 492 17733 or via