Application FAQs

Q1. Are New Zealanders working in Victoria eligible to apply?

New Zealand citizens are eligible to apply as long as all other eligibility criteria are met.

Q2. Can I apply for the AFRAN Associate Award (previously AFAS) ?

If you are planning a Study Mission to France, you are eligible to apply for an Australian-French Association for Research and Innovation [AFRAN] Associate Award [previously AFAS]. Apply and explain why a visit to a French research institution to facilitate science and technology innovations will mutually benefit Victoria and France. Recipients can receive up to $5,000 to assist with this trip.

If your planned Study Mission is to a European country, you are also encouraged to apply for an AFRAN Associate Award and incorporate a visit to a French research institution to facilitate science and technology innovations to mutually benefit Victoria and France.

For more information on the AFRAN Associate Award click here.

Q3. As a Victoria Fellowship applicant, when am I able to travel for my study mission?

It is understood that 2021 Victoria Fellow’s study missions, due to commence in 2022, may be affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

Due to the disruption to global travel, the period for approved travel has been extended to allow 2021 Victoria Fellows to travel between 1 January 2022 and 30 June 2023.

Q4. How many Referees do I require in support of my application?

Applications require TWO supporting Referees Reports for the submission to be deemed eligible. Referee Reports form an important part of the assessment process. The Referee Report is confidential.

Following the submission of a Victoria Fellowship application, nominated Referees will receive an email ‘Victoria Fellowships in 2021 – Referee Report Requested’ containing a link to an online form.

Q5. Can a referee be from the organisation or institution I intend to visit should my application for a Victoria Fellowship be successful.

No.  Referees must not be from the organisation or institution you intend to visit.  It is strongly recommended that referees are from outside your institution.

Q6.  Can my Head of Department act as a referee?

A.  No, your Head of Department cannot be act as a referee for your application for a Victoria Fellowship.

Q7. What if my nominated Referee is unable to submit a Referee Report?

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure Referee Reports are submitted by the due date in order for the application to be deemed eligible.

Q8. If I am successful, do I have to attend the Awards Ceremony?

Yes. If you are selected as a recipient of a Victoria Fellowship – you are expected to attend the Awards Ceremony.

Updates regarding the Awards Ceremony will be communicated directly to recipients.

Q9. What duration does ‘short-term’ refer to in regards to a Victoria Fellowship study mission?

A short-term study mission refers to no longer than 4 months.

Q10. What is my Referee required to provide within the referee form?

Your referee must provide up to 180 words addressing each of the following;

  • Calibre of applicant and the quality of their work to date
  • How the applicant’s study mission would contribute to their career development
  • The applicant’s potential to contribute to the development of an industry sector (if not applicable, please write NA)
  • The public benefit of the study mission and the knowledge they will bring back to Victoria
  • Brief details of your professional collaborations or associations with the applicant