International Museums and Collections Award

20th Jul 2018
17th Aug 2018
Study level
Undergraduate, Honours, Graduate coursework, Graduate research
Enrolment status
Current student
University Trust Record


Study Area

Art History and Art Curatorship, Arts and Cultural Management, Conservation


Students from the University of Melbourne and the University of Birmingham are invited to participate in a unique international exchange program where a successful candidate from each university will work for one month on museum and collection projects, hosted by the partner university.

The Award recipient will work on a selection of collection management projects each with set objectives to be completed during the month long placement at the host institution. As part of the Exchange, the recipient will also have the opportunity to be exposed to other aspects of collections work through activities such as attendance at meetings and seminars and working with other museum and collections staff across the university, including curators, collection managers, archivists and conservators. This broadening experience will enhance the Award recipient's understanding of the different issues currently facing university collections and museums and collections more broadly.


$5,500. The amount available for this award is approximate. It will be confirmed at the time of awarding and determined by the committee according to the terms of the award.


Please note that:

  • The exchange is to the University of Birmingham, in the United Kingdom
  • This Award is only open to students currently enrolled at The University of Melbourne
  • A maximum of AU $5500 will be granted from the University Library and The University of Melbourne's U21 Office (Melbourne Global Mobility) to contribute to travel costs (eg. airfares) and full board accommodation on/near the Birmingham campus. All other living expenses are the responsibility of the student
  • Accommodation will be sourced and provisionally booked with details confirmed once selection of the Award recipient has been made. Further details about accommodation options are available on request
  • The Program is open to all enrolled undergraduate students approaching their final year of study and all enrolled postgraduate students

Application process

Applicants should:

  • Outline the nature of your current studies and a brief synopsis of any areas of research interest. Indicate the main reasons for wanting to undertake an exchange to the University of Birmingham
  • Express how this will be advantageous to you
  • Be aware that the timing of your visit will be determined by the host university's academic year, which is different from that of your own university. For the Melbourne student the placement in Birmingham will commence around (TBC).
  • Provide a statement of support from an academic supervisor. This should include discussion of your personal qualities and academic standing; and your capacity to act in an ambassadorial role on behalf of the University

A panel of staff from your own university will consider all applications. If short-listed, you will be required to attend an interview.

Visit the Cultural Collections Projects Program Museums and Collections Award web page for more information.