International Museums and Collections Award 2014


Are you interested in a museum career? Would you like the opportunity to work for a month with diverse cultural collections and gain work experience from museum professionals? If you would like to receive funding to travel to Melbourne to take part in this exciting Universitas 21 initiative, then read on...

This prestigious opportunity will be awarded to somebody from the University of Birmingham who would like to gain vocational experience and useful skills working alongside museum professionals at the University of Melbourne. The placement will take place over the course of a month (July/August 2014) and may be used to enrich your academic studies as well as gaining professional skills to enhance your CV. The deadline for the 2013/2014 award has now closed, but you can read the blog of this year's University of Melbourne return recipient here for a taste of the Birmingham experience.


One successful candidate from will work for one month on a museum or collection project, hosted by the Melbourne University.The project undertaken will have set objectives to be completed during the one-month placement. The student will also be exposed to other facets of the cultural collections, through activities such as attendance at meetings, workshops or spending the day with other museums and collections staff from across the university, including curators, collection managers, archivists and conservators in order to get a more comprehensive picture of what their work entails. This broadening experience will also enhance the student’s understanding of the different issues currently facing university collections.

The projects may include (or be a combination of):

• Conservation/preservation

• Significance assessment

• Documentation and cataloguing

• Research

• Interpretation

• Exhibition development

As well as the assigned project and associated tasks, the student may include in their placement a period of self-directed study that engages with an aspect of the host institution’s collections that is of particular interest to them. The student will need to include this area of interest on the application form and it will be negotiated with the host institution. The placement will take place over the course of a month and may be used to enrich your academic studies as well as gaining professional skills to enhance your CV.

Elibility and how to apply

Please note that:

This award is open to College of Arts and Law students who are not currently in their final year of study.

It is open to both undergraduate and PhD students. The University of Birmingham International Office and the College of Arts and Law are jointly funding this award to contribute to travel costs and accommodation in Melbourne. Accommodation will be sourced and booked provisionally for the student. Details are available on request. 

For more information and details on the application process, please see here.

For further information please contact Matt Clulee, Universitas 21 Project Officer at 

Birmingham to Melbourne Case Study

Emily Millward, our 2012 Museums and Collections Award recipient.

Emily completed her placement at the University of Melbourne in July 2012. You can find further details of her experience on her blog.

The blog of our 2013 recipient, Chloe Lund, can be found here.


Listen to former recipients and Deputy University Curator Clare Mullett discussing the award