Horizons Program

The Horizons program is an internationalisation program designed to expand the horizon of career development imagination for graduate researchers.

About the program

The Horizons program is a pilot program, hosted by the Melbourne Centre for Cities, with support from the Researcher Development Unit, designed to support the internationalisation of researchers in a time of deep global disruptions and disconnections. The Centre will select a cohort of graduate researchers from across the University of Melbourne to share their research, knowledge and ideas on working internationally in the ‘cities’ domain.

The Horizons program aims to support graduate researchers through peer-learning opportunities and mentoring from experienced academics. Participation in the program will involve engagement with internationally focused scholars and organisations, as well as the fostering of critical skills that can inform the development of their own research and equip them in international career building. The program will have a particular focus on:

  • expanding participants' understanding of the modes, possibilities and challenges of international engagement when conducting cities research;
  • reviewing the changing landscape of key international career development processes for graduate researchers (e.g. overseas fieldwork, conferencing, visiting, joint degrees/supervisions, international funding sources, international career opportunities beyond academia) and;
  • building an inclusive community of practice and exchange that goes beyond one-directional training and expands the support system available for cities researchers to ‘think international’.

2022 Cohort

Our 2022 program is now underway. Click here to meet our cohort of 13 brilliant urban researchers from across the University of Melbourne.

Time commitment

The Horizons program is a six-month program running from late May to early November 2022 in conjunction with the Centres City Building series, designed exclusively for its doctoral researchers.

What does participation involve?

  • 2.5 hours attendance at six sessions (once per month)
  • 3 hours independent learning in preparation for each monthly session
  • Participation in a full day workshop (or two half days)

All sessions will be run in person at the University's Parkville Campus. It is not a requirement to be present for every session. However, regular participation is expected and candidates should only apply if they can attend at least 80% of the program.

Session details

Participants will attend the City Building series (required) followed a bespoke session which will include: a guided discussion of each of the monthly City Building themes with a focus on the international context and; a practical, skill building activity designed to further embed knowledge and understanding of different concepts.

What are the session times?

Sessions will take place on the first Thursday of every month from June to November 2022 (except for session 5 which will be on Wednesday 5 October to align with the Centres annual Research Symposium):

  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm City Building
  • 2pm - 3:30pm Horizon Program

What topics will be covered?

  • Session 1: Building research partnerships
  • Session 2: Building writing portfolios
  • Session 3: Building grants expertise
  • Session 4: Building knowledge exchange
  • Session 5: Building conference know-how
  • Session 6: Building your career

How to apply

Applications are now closed for 2022. Successful applicants will be notified by the second week of May 2022.

Selection Criteria

Applicants must be enrolled at the University of Melbourne and will ideally have completed their doctoral confirmation process. Applications will be reviewed by a selection panel (appointed by the Melbourne Centre for Cities) who will assess applicants against the following criteria:

  • Does the applicant’s research align with the core aims of the Melbourne Centre for Cities?
  • Has the applicant demonstrated ambition and plans towards engaging internationally in their research?

In determining successful applications, the Centre will seek to bring together a mix of students from a diverse range of disciplines.

Application Process

Applicants are asked to provide the following information via an online form. We strongly recommend that you prepare your answers offline (in Microsoft Word or similar) and save a copy for your own records.

  • Name, faculty and contact information
  • Thesis title or summation of core research project
  • Research progress and expected completion date / project timeline
  • Principal supervisor's name and contact information / Head of School or Department
  • Research Summary: Please provide a brief summary of your research and key research questions (up to 200 words)
  • Briefly outline how your research topic aligns with the aims of the Melbourne Centre for Cities (up to 200 words)
  • How do you expect your participation in the Horizons program will benefit your research?
  • Briefly outline how you engage internationally in your research (up to 200 words)
  • A current CV (upload attachment)
  • A letter of support from your supervisor, indicating their support for your participation in the program if accepted (upload attachment – a copy of an email is sufficient)