DERC is a global network and welcomes international researchers and PhD students to visit the Australian office.

As we have a rolling list of visitors we ask that you make contact with an appropriate DERC person in your field of research to ensure that the office can accommodate your visit. *Please note all visits are self-funded.



Find a Visa

Training and Research Visa



Melbourne Hotels

The Arrow on Swanston

The Ibis

Guest Royal Gardens

Rydges on Swanston

Jasper Hotel

Uni Lodge – 55o Lygon Street

Melbourne University – Graduate House


Longterm accommodation

Local areas we recommend are Melbourne CBD, Carlton, Fitzroy, Fitzroy North, North Melbourne, Brunswick

Air B&B 

Sabbatical Homes

12 month rentals



  • Make contact with a DERC academic and discuss your research interests and potential visit
  • Submit an expression of interest 
  • If your visit is approved by the DERC Executive (they meet every month), the DERC Cordinator will arrange an official RMIT letter of support to assist with your Visa application.
  • The DERC Coordinator will then need to obtain some personal information so you can be allocated an RMIT email address (this will provide you with a network login, security access, library access and printing services – this is best arranged prior to your arrival)


To contribute to the DERC community we would like all visitors to give a presentation on their research during their stay.

Please provide the following:

  • Presentation title
  • Subtitle/ context
  • Talk abstract (300 words)
  • Biography (200 words)
  • Social media/ contact information
  • Head shot 2000 x 2000 pixels
  • Image relating to presentation (3000 x 3000 pixels)
  • Consent form to record presentation

If you agree, we will film and record you doing your presentation so that we can create a video/ podcast of your talk. This presentation will be made available on the RMIT and DERC websites and social media streams (YouTube, Soundcloud, iTunesU, Facebook, Twitter). RMIT privacy guidelines

Please email the above content to with a copy of your consent form.

DERC Visitor Guide

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