The Kenneth Myer Innovation Fellowships program seeks exceptional leaders from all types of professional and cultural backgrounds and across all sectors (private, public and non-profit). They are looking for the powerful combination of a breakthrough idea and individuals with the capacity to bring it to fruition.

They seek ideas that are:

  • High impact: likely to produce results in the areas of Poverty and Disadvantage, Sustainability and the Environment, and/or Human, Civil and Legal Rights
  • 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

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.

Fellows will each receive $120,000 for their 12-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 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 12 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 subject areas of Poverty and Disadvantage, Sustainability and the Environment, or Human, Civil and Legal Rights
  • Have been in development for not longer than three years.

Expressions of Interest close: 16 August 2020

For more information or to apply for this grant please see the Sidney Myer Fund & The Myer Foundation page.