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The Myer Innovation Fellowship program aims to support breakthrough solutions to Australia’s most pressing social and environmental challenges and bring new talent to the social sector. Fellows are offered the unique opportunity to take twelve months away from their current role to pursue a big idea that has the potential to achieve positive outcomes.

The Myer Innovation Fellowships provide recipients with time and support needed to develop their ground-breaking idea into a sustainable plan for action. Fellows will each receive $100,000 for their twelve month commitment to the program and an additional $30,000 will be available to each Fellow for approved expenses such as work space, rent, travel and contracting of external expertise.

The program seeks exceptional leaders across all sectors (private, public and non-profit) and from all types of professional backgrounds. Both quality of the break-through idea and the capacity of the applicant to implement this idea will be considered when assessing applications.

The Fellowship seeks ideas that are:

  • High impact: likely to produce results in the areas of Education, Poverty & Disadvantage, and/or Sustainability & the Environment
  • Unique: different from existing approaches
  • Scalable and sustainable: the potential to scale up quickly and be sustainable over time

And leaders who are:

  • Experienced and entrepreneurial: a proven track record of achievement in their field and an appetite for risk-taking
  • Passionate and connected: a genuine commitment and passion for their cause and the network to make it happen

What is offered?

This program will provide these outstanding individuals with freedom from their day jobs to:

  • Open productive new lines of inquiry
  • Ask provocative questions
  • Challenge conventional wisdom
  • Develop new ideas, approaches, and strategies.

Eligibility

The applicant must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Reside in Australia for the majority of the Fellowship period
  • Be prepared to take a sabbatical from their current role for twelve months
  • Have a proven track record of risk-taking, out-of-the-box thinking
  • Have an ability to turn ideas into action
  • Have well-developed networks within an area of the proposed project.

The proposed project must:

  • Be based in Australia
  • Be aligned with one or more of the three The Myer Foundation’s and Sidney Myer Fund’s program areas of Education, Poverty and Disadvantage, and Sustainability and the Environment
  • Have been in development for not longer than three years.

Closing date: 8 October 2017

More information and to apply

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