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

2016 International Research Visiting Fellowship Scheme

This scheme is currently closed

To foster and support high-quality research collaboration and knowledge exchange between the University of Newcastle 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 Directions Strategic Plan 2013 -2015, 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, University of Newcastle 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.

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 University of Newcastle research host would be required to organise and promote a research seminar or public talk under the auspices of the University of Newcastle at which the international visitor would present on the emerging collaboration and the key research topic that underpins it.

Whilst attracting international visitors to the University of Newcastle is the key focus of this scheme, the Selection Panel will consider requests for local 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 the University of Newcastle'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 2016 must be fully spent before 1 December 2016.

Visitors must spend a minimum of two weeks at the University of Newcastle (less duration will be considered only in exceptional circumstances). In the instance where Fellowship funding is allocated for travel to an international partner, University of Newcastle researchers must spend a minimum of 2 weeks engaged in active collaboration overseas.

The standard award will not exceed $10,000. Faculty co-funding is strongly recommended and will be a consideration of the Selection Panel. 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 and 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.

Key Dates

Applications for 2016 have closed. Successful outcomes will be listed soon.

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