Outstanding new Australian Laureate Fellows will receive a total of $46.4 million in funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) to lead new Australian research endeavours.
ARC CEO, Professor Sue Thomas, welcomed the announcement by Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, naming the sixteen successful 2018 Australian Laureate Fellows through the ARC Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme.
“These prestigious fellowships, highly coveted in the Australian research sector, provide support to some of our best and brightest researchers to focus on their important areas of research, essential to expanding Australia’s knowledge base and research capacity,” said Professor Thomas.
“The Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme aims to attract and retain outstanding Australian researchers and research leaders of international repute, so they can undertake their ground-breaking, internationally-competitive research here in Australia.
“Australian Laureate Fellows also perform a vital role in nurturing excellent research training environments, to develop and mentor our early career researchers who will learn from their experience.
“Indeed, two of these Australian Laureate Fellowships are awarded to exceptional female researchers who—in addition to their successful fellowship awarded in their area of research—are provided with extra funding support to undertake a further ambassadorial role to mentor early career researchers, particularly women.
“The 2018 Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship for the humanities, arts and social science disciplines is awarded to Professor Marilyn Fleer at Monash University; and the 2018 Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship in science and technology is awarded to Professor Christine Beveridge at The University of Queensland.
“These two world-class researcher leaders clearly demonstrated their capacity to undertake ground-breaking, internationally-competitive research, as well as build Australia’s research capacity by promoting women in research and encouraging them to enter and establish careers in research in Australia.
“I extend congratulations to all of the exceptional Fellows announced today as they embark on their Australian Laureate Fellowships.”