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Dr Gavin Melles receives Global Initiative of Academic Networks fellowship

Will complete fellowship in India throughout 2019

The CDI would like to congratulate Dr Gavin Melles, who recently received a GIAN (Global Initiative of Academic Networks) fellowship for India to teach about designing social innovation. This award symbolises a global recognition of Melles’ expertise, resulting in his teaching of human-centred design at the National Institute of Technology Silchar, in the Indian state of Assam.

This award places both Dr Melles and Swinburne University of Technology on a global stage, highlighting the excellence that Swinburne has cultivated over a number of years. Locally, Dr Melles’ success represents one of few fellowships of similar prestige awarded to Melbourne universities in recent years and Swinburne’s second such award.

The National Institute of Technology in Silchar, India. (Image:


The Government of India developed the GIAN program in 2014, with an eye to “accelerating the pace of quality reform” and “elevating India’s scientific and technological capacity to global excellence.” It has focused on bringing global experts to India mainly in the areas of science and technology. 

Levels of international engagement with institutes of Higher Education in India have subsequently increased over the ensuing years, with a number of the world’s best academic and industry experts imparting their knowledge on those that will develop their local infrastructure.



This is not Dr Melles’ first honour of the kind, following a similar STINT grant in Sweden (at Linköping University) in 2012-13 and a global fellowship at Edinburgh University’s Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities (IASH) in 2016. His partner at NIT Silchar will be Dr Ray Avishek, whom Dr Melles met when they were both at IASH as fellows. He has also previously studied NGO and social enterprise impact assessment in New Delhi, funded by the Australia India Institute.



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