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2005 Federation Fellowships the most valuable ever.

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Media Release


July 20, 2004 MIN 812/04

I am pleased to invite applications for the 2005 round of the Australian Government’s prestigious Federation Fellowships programme, administered by the Australian Research Council.

The most valuable publicly funded research positions in Australia, with an internationally competitive salary of around $240,000 for each of five years, the Fellowships are awarded to leaders in their fields who come from all over the world to conduct their groundbreaking work here in Australia.

This is the fourth year of the programme. There are now 73 Federation Fellows, including:

● nine researchers who have already come to Australia from the UK, five from the US,

three from Germany, one from Hong Kong, one from the Netherlands, and one from Sweden; ● five expatriate Australians who have returned home from Cambridge University,

and three who will return from Oxford University, in the UK; and ● two expatriate Australians who have returned from the prestigious Max Planck

Institutes in Germany.

The Fellows are world leaders in research areas including robotics, photovoltaic solar power, optical fibre technology, history, the history and philosophy of science, drug design, chemistry, physics, biology, engineering and genetics.

Under the programme, up to 25 Fellowships are awarded each year. Preference is given to early- to mid-career researchers who will play a leadership role in building Australia’s internationally competitive research capacity.

All Federation Fellows receive research support from their host institutions. In addition, for the first time this year, some applicants will be eligible to apply for a research project grant of up to $400,000.

The Federation Fellowships programme is a vital component of the Government’s Backing Australia’s Ability innovation policy, which is providing $8.3 billion to research and innovation in Australia over ten years.

Applications close on 15 October 2004. For more information, visit

Media Contacts: Dr Nelson’s Office: Ross Hampton 0419 484 095 Australian Research Council: Helen Cooper 0412 113 868