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Dr Liz Klein Distinguished Chair

Home InstitutionOhio State University
Host InstitutionFlinders University
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Applied Public Policy (Democratic Resilience), Funded by Flinders University
DisciplinePublic Health
Award Year2021

Liz is an associate professor in the Ohio State University College of Public Health. She is a behavioral epidemiologist dedicated to tobacco control research. Her research centers around how the relationships between people and their environments can be used to find strategies to reduce tobacco use or promote quitting among youth and vulnerable adult populations. Liz has employed biobehavioral methods to better understand how to help current users quit.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Liz will be using eye-tracking technology to study the potential effectiveness of new stop-smoking images and messages designed for pregnant women and those of reproductive age. She hopes these results will help to build stronger messages and campaigns to promote smoking cessation among this vulnerable population, eventually improving the health of both women and their children.

Professor Bradley Carter Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Southern Queensland
Host InstitutionUniversity of Louisville/NExScI/University of Colorado/University of California, Berkeley
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineAstronomical and Space Sciences
Award Year2021

Brad is Professor of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland, and Director of its Centre for Astrophysics in the Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences. His research interests include stellar astronomy and planetary systems as well as astronomical and space instrumentation.

For his Fulbright Future Scholarship, Brad will work with researchers at the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute and the University of Louisville on using stellar activity surveys to advance understanding of the activity extremes of our local star, the Sun. In addition, Brad will collaborate with researchers at the University of Colorado on designing novel compact lightweight instrumentation for future space telescopes, and work with scientists at the University of California Berkeley on the translation of astronomical research techniques into improved space-based remote sensing for early panoramic detection of wildfires and bushfires.

Professor Jolyon Ford Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionAustralian National University
Host InstitutionUniversity of California, Berkeley
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award
DisciplineLaw
Award Year2021

Jolyon works on the regulation of responsible business and financial activity. Before re-joining the Australian National University law school in mid-2015, he worked in range of sectors including the federal public service, an intergovernmental organisation, academia, civil society, the private sector and a think-tank. He holds law degrees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), Cambridge, and the ANU. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, he became an Australian citizen in 2010.

Jolyon will use his Fulbright award to develop sustained research collaboration and networks with scholars and practitioners around the Centre for Responsible Business at the University of California, Berkeley. The focus of this work is comparative Australian-US perspectives on building effective models for regulating how corporations (and financial institutions) show transparently that they are managing the risk that their global supply chains may potentially contribute to patterns of forced labour and human trafficking (‘modern slavery’).

Associate Professor Donna Hancox Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionQueensland University of Technology
Host InstitutionCenter for Arts in Medicine, University of Florida
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award
DisciplineArts and Social Impact
Award Year2021

Donna is part of the School of Creative Practice in the Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. She is an international leader in creative community engagement and arts-led social change projects. Her research focuses on the potential for arts, culture and creativity to foster healthy and resilient communities, and the co-creation of innovative methods for under-represented groups to share their lived experiences and agitate for positive community-led change. Donna has led research projects collaborating with rural and remote communities, culturally and linguistically diverse groups and First Nations peoples. In 2013 Donna was a Leverhulme Visiting Fellow at Bath Spa University and a 2017 Smithsonian Research Fellow at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum.

Donna’s Fulbright Scholarship will explore large scale collaborations between universities, industry and community partners to progress the role of arts and culture in global public health.

Dr Mat Hardy Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionDeakin University
Host InstitutionUniversity at Albany (SUNY)
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award
DisciplinePolitical Science/Education
Award Year2021

Mat is a Senior Lecturer in Middle East Studies at Deakin University. As a means of building deeper student understanding of a very complex region of the world, Mat makes significant use of online role plays in his teaching.

With the COVID 19 pandemic having generated a seismic shift towards a greater reliance on digitally delivered higher education, Mat will use his Fulbright Scholarship to create pathways for capitalizing on this change. Building on over 10 years’ of his research into online simulations, Mat’s goal during his time in the U.S. is to create networks with other Political Science academics who utilize role plays in their teaching. This collaboration will develop best practice guidelines for designing and assessing these activities, with a specific focus on how to mitigate gender and other inherent biases in online role-plays and simulations.

Dr Paul Mcgreevy Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of New England
Host InstitutionColorado State University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineEquine Behaviour and Welfare
Award Year2021

Paul McGreevy is a veterinarian and ethologist. With expertise in learning theory, animal training, animal welfare science, veterinary behavioural medicine and anthrozoology, he is a co-founder and honorary fellow of the International Society for Equitation Science, an academic group that promotes evidence-based equestrian practice to advance horse welfare and rider safety. Paul and his team recently launched Equine Behavior Assessment and Research Questionnaire (E-BARQ), an ongoing global database of domestic horse behaviour, designed to reveal how horses’ training and management interact with their behaviour. Beyond immediate and direct research outcomes, E-BARQ promises profound benefits to horse owners, riders and trainers.

Paul will use his time at Colorado State University to ensure that US horses and their humans obtain maximal benefit from the EBARQ initiative.

Dr Adelle Sefton-Rowston Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionCharles Darwin University
Host InstitutionAuburn University
Award NameFulbright Northern Territory Scholarship Funded by Charles Darwin University, NT Government and Blackboard Pty Ltd
DisciplineLiterature and Creative Writing
Award Year2021

Adelle is a senior lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing at Charles Darwin University. Her research project is entitled: Ywrite: a prison arts education program for the Northern Territory and aims to measure the emotional and psychological impacts of prison arts education, particularly the well-being and self-efficacy of incarcerated students. The creative and critical analysis of artwork and creative writing from within prison will assist her in better understanding issues related to mass incarceration, and how to impact prison transformation through the arts. Adelle will use her Fulbright scholarship to teach literature and creative writing across fifteen correctional centres in Alabama under the auspice of Kyes Stevens, who is director of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project at Auburn University. Her goal is to develop a state of the art prison education program that addresses literacy and voice poverty through an accessible and online rehabilitation program.

Professor Amanda Ullman Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Queensland/Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Host InstitutionThe University of Pennsylvania/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePaediatric Healthcare
Award Year2021

Amanda is the inaugural Professor and Chair in Paediatric Nursing, conjoint between the University of Queensland and Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service. As a paediatric nurse and researcher, Amanda believes that children should be able to receive medical treatment in hospitals, without harm. Her program of research focusses on the most common invasive procedure in healthcare – the insertion of an intravenous (IV) catheter. Amanda spent many years working in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, supporting critically ill children and families at their most vulnerable. Her goal is to prevent IV associated harm, such as infections and blood clots, for critically ill children, globally.

Within her Fulbright program she will work U.S. experts based at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania to develop novel technologies, practices and tools to improve IV practices across all Australian Paediatric Intensive Care Units, and into the wider healthcare community.

Professor Andrew Walter Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Melbourne
Host InstitutionSchool of International Service (SIS), American University
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award
DisciplineInternational Political Economy
Award Year2021

Andrew’s research explores how politics influences the governance of capital flows at national and global levels. He has worked in international banking and previously held tenured academic positions at the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Recently, Andrew’s award-winning research has shown how the accumulation of household wealth over the past century has transformed the management and political consequences of financial crises. His current interdisciplinary research project, supported by the Australian Research Council, explores the nature, causes and consequences of the securitisation of foreign investment in politically sensitive sectors, critical infrastructure and data assets.

Andrew will use his time at SIS in Washington, D.C. to investigate foreign investment policy in the United States and to develop research and policy networks that will be invaluable resources for his research team.

Tim White OAM Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionWestern Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University
Host InstitutionUniversity of California at San Diego
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award
DisciplineMusic Performance
Award Year2021

Tim is Head of Classical Music at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, where he also directs the percussion and orchestral programmes. Tim was Principal Percussionist of the WA Symphony Orchestra for 28 years, and is passionate about contemporary percussion performance practice and education – fields which have grown exponentially in size, imagination and creativity in recent years.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Tim will spend three months at the University of California at San Diego. He will collaborate with the leading international scholar/ practitioner Professor Steven Schick and with UCSD’s red fish blue fish percussion ensemble in an exploration of the roles of expressivity, gesture and theatricality in percussion performance. Tim’s goals are to create new percussion repertoire and performance practices, build links between the USA and Australia in the field of music, release a DVD of newly-commissioned works, and present an international percussion festival (co-directed with Schick) in Perth in 2023.

Misha Zelinsky Professional Scholars

Home InstitutionAustralian Workers' Union and Cbus Super
Host InstitutionAlliance for Securing Democracy (German Marshall Fund)/Center for Strategic Budget Assessments
Award NameFulbright Professional Scholarship in Australian-U.S. Alliance Studies (AUSMIN Indo-Pacific Scholarship)
DisciplineForeign Policy and National Security
Award Year2021

Misha Zelinsky is the Assistant National Secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union, Australia’s oldest blue-collar trade union. He is a director of Cbus Super, an industry superannuation pension fund with $60 billion under management. Misha is a lawyer, economist and public policy expert with a Master of Public Administration from the London School of Economics. He is the host of the foreign policy podcast ‘Diplomates – A Geopolitical Chinwag’ and regularly features in Australian print and electronic media. His book ‘The Write Stuff: Voices of Unity on Labor’s Future’ was released in late 2020.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Misha will research the insidious problem of political warfare conducted against democracies by hostile state actors; including political interference, misinformation, bribery, elite capture, coercive economic practices and even physical attacks with non-official military assets. The project will promote steps that allied democracies must take individually and collectively to safeguard their democratic and public institutions from political warfare – and fight back.

Dr Nathan Eva Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionMonash Business School
Host InstitutionUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
Award NameFulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship Funded by Monash University
DisciplineManagement
Award Year2021

Nathan works within the Department of Management at the Monash Business School on Boon Wurrung Country. His research changes the conversation with respect to how people lead, challenging profit-first paradigms of leadership through demonstrating credible follower-first leadership approaches that deliver organisational performance combined with inclusive and supportive workplaces. In addition, he examines non-prototypical leadership development showing that all people can engage in leadership that has profound and lasting positive effects on followers, teams, and communities.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Nathan will collaborate with experts at the University of Illinois to analyse the asymmetrical pressures on and contrasting implications for women and men in engaging in follower-first leadership. Expected outcomes include an examination of the counterintuitive phenomenon where leaders sacrifice their own wellbeing and career progression by putting their followers first. The project should provide significant benefits including the organisational changes required to support leaders in developing the next generation.

Dr Jonathon P. Fanning Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Queensland
Host InstitutionJohns Hopkins University/University of Pennsylvania
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineMedicine
Award Year2021

Jonathon is a specialist anaesthetist, intensive care physician and cardiovascular/stroke researcher who is passionate about improving the quality of clinical care for vulnerable patients in operating theatres and intensive care units.

The Fulbright Scholarship will provide access to cutting-edge infrastructure, world-class expertise and rich datasets that will build on his previous research and allow refinement of brain monitoring strategies in unconscious patients. These strategies allow physiological changes to be detected before any injury occurs. The results generated will advance the development of novel non-invasive technology that will help to personalise and guide clinical care, thereby minimising complications and improving outcomes for patients. Jonathon also hopes to use this opportunity in the US to begin a formal and enduring collaborative partnership, which, in conjunction with current collaborators in the UK and Europe, will create a truly international network of leading experts in this field.

Dr Hayman Lui Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionGriffith University/Ipswich Hospital
Host InstitutionCentre for Regenerative Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineOrthopaedic Surgery/Regenerative Medicine
Award Year2021

Hayman is a young doctor and scientist who is passionate about using regenerative medicine to revolutionise the way we tackle long-standing problems in orthopaedic surgery. As part of her doctoral thesis, she was awarded an Australian Government Endeavour Research Fellowship in 2016 and a BioMedTech Horizons Program Grant in 2018 to develop a scaffold for reconstructing a commonly torn wrist ligament using 3D-printing and stem cells.

As a Fulbright Scholar, she will build on this knowledge and work with top researchers and surgeons at Mayo Clinic, a world-leading hospital in translational medicine. She will investigate the use of tissue-engineering approaches to prevent and mitigate the formation of excessive scar tissue, as seen in debilitating diseases such as Dupuytren’s Disease. Hayman will learn more about Mayo Clinic’s healthcare model and aims to use this to guide her future pursuits in establishing a Centre of Excellence for hand surgery to make cutting-edge translational research accessible to more Australians.

Dr Yee-Fui Ng Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionMonash University
Host InstitutionNew York University
Award NameFulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship Funded by Monash University
DisciplineLaw
Award Year2021

Yee-Fui is a Senior Lecturer in Law and Deputy Director of the Australian Centre of Justice Innovation at Monash University. She researches at the intersection of public law and politics, focussing on executive accountability.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Yee-Fui will undertake research at New York University’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, focussing on the Digital Welfare State and Human Rights Project. She will investigate successful policies in the United States and identify optimal and rights-protective strategies for regulating automated government decisionmaking in Australia. Her project will contribute significantly to the accountability, efficiency and robustness of automated government decision making, which is integral to Australia’s system of administrative justice.

Dr Sara Morón Polanco Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Sydney
Host InstitutionCalifornia Institute of Technology
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineGeosciences
Award Year2021

Sara is an Earth-Scientist at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on understanding how and why rivers evolve through time and space. Decoding the dynamic evolution of rivers provides fundamental information to mitigate the risk of natural hazards and to sustainably manage water resources.

For her Fulbright program, Sara will work with Prof. Mike Gurnis at Caltech. She will use the Mississippi and Murray-Darling river systems as natural laboratories and cutting-edge software to unravel the controls and interactions that drive the dynamic evolution of river networks, which in turn will help reveal the deep structure and connectivity of ancient river deposits. The outcomes of her research will significantly advance our understanding of river network evolution, improve our management of groundwater resources and help us prepare for future environmental change.

Kathryn Willis Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Tasmania
Host InstitutionUniversity of Washington
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineMarine Socio-ecology
Award Year2021

Kathryn is a marine socio-ecologist who is particularly interested in how communities can establish best practice conservation management strategies in marine systems, and in doing so, maximise their environmental and social impact. Kathryn recently completed a PhD at the University of Tasmania, where she studied how Australian local governments can effectively manage plastic pollution.

For her Fulbright Scholarship, Kathryn will spend 10 months working with Professor Julia Parrish at the University of Washington. Kathryn will compare how effective different waste management strategies are at reducing plastic pollution in both Australia and the United States. Kathryn’s goal is to then apply this knowledge to establish best-practice waste management strategies in communities around the world and reduce the harms of plastic pollution.

Yazan Arouri Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Adelaide
Host InstitutionStanford University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineEnergy Resources
Award Year2021

Yazan is a current PhD candidate at the Australian School of Petroleum and Energy Resources in The University of Adelaide. He is passionate about improving human life through increasing access to affordable and sustainable energy resources. His research area focuses on developing and implementing optimization techniques for the sustainable and economical field development of natural resources, including oil and natural gas. Yazan’s research has garnered interest and enthusiasm from government and industry bodies, culminating in two prestigious scholarships.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Yazan aims at providing the technological innovations needed to shape the future of the Australian resource industry. Yazan will accomplish this by leveraging knowledge obtained through binational collaborations with world-class researchers in the area of field optimization at Stanford University. Yazan also hopes to forge new avenues for collaboration with his home and host institutions.

James Barrett Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionAustralian National University
Host InstitutionHarvard Law School
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineLaw and Justice
Award Year2021

James is dedicated to the pursuit of justice, particularly as it affects young, socio-economically disadvantaged, and Indigenous Australians. James’s formative experiences in the law and social justice have included his time at the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory and as an Aurora Native Title Intern. He pursued his passion for legal theory and constitutional law as Senior Associate to Justice Edelman of the High Court of Australia. He also enjoys teaching, which runs in his family, and has taught law at the Australian National University.

As a Fulbright Scholar, James will pursue a Master of Laws at Harvard Law School. James believes that insights gained from his diverse, global classmates and teachers at Harvard University will enhance his ability to contribute to law reform and public life in Australia.

Dr Edward Cliff Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe Royal Melbourne Hospital
Host InstitutionHarvard University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineNutrition and Obesity Policy
Award Year2021

Edward is a medical registrar at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, with a passion for public health policy, particularly in nutrition, obesity and non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. An aspiring physician scientist, Eddie completed his MBBS (Hons) at Monash University, and his Bachelor of Medical Science with first class honours at the University of Oxford, studying the physiology of neonatal diabetes. He has previously worked on policy locally, nationally and globally, including on the national executive of the Australian Medical Students’ Association and for NCDFREE, an NGO, in areas from mental health to primary care.

Eddie will undertake a Masters of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to hone his technical public health and policy skills. Eddie hopes to combine this knowledge with his experience treating patients, to research and advocate for improved, evidence-based health policy, in order to better prevent and treat obesity, diabetes and other non-communicable diseases.

Dr Jordan Cory Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe Royal Melbourne Hospital
Host InstitutionHarvard University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePublic Health, Minority Health Policy, and Surgery
Award Year2021

Jordan is a surgical doctor committed to ensuring greater health equity within our society, particularly for Indigenous Australians; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. As an Aboriginal woman, Jordan has a broad construct of health with experience in advocacy, policy, and governance in the not-for-profit sector. Beyond her clinical work in metropolitan Melbourne and in remote outreach, she is passionate about the intersection between surgery and public health; ensuring equitable access to emergency and essential surgical services across the globe. Locally, Jordan is completing research with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in order to better define and ameliorate health inequities experienced by Indigenous Australians.

As a Fulbright scholar, Jordan hopes to translate academic research into effective health policy to improve the health outcomes of First Nations and underserved populations.

Kailin Graham Postgraduate Students

Kailin Graham
Home InstitutionThe University of Queensland
Host InstitutionMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineEnergy/Environment
Award Year2021

Kailin is passionate about combatting climate change through sustainable solutions in the energy sector. Graduating with 1st Class Honours from a Bachelor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at the University of Queensland, Kailin aims to use his technical background to inform meaningful public policy, and currently works as a Policy Officer at the Association for Decentralised Energy in London, UK.

As a Fulbright Future Scholar, Kailin aims to develop the knowledge, network and leadership skills to drive change in Australia’s energy system and support ambitious Australian action on climate change. Kailin will study in MIT’s Technology and Policy Program, where his research will focus on using technical methods to address policy challenges in the energy and environment space.

Michael John Gvozdenovic Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Sydney
Host InstitutionColumbia University
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineCompetition and Antitrust Law
Award Year2021

Michael is a lawyer with a particular interest in competition and antitrust law. These laws are designed to maintain Australia’s competitive markets and improve Australia’s welfare. After graduating with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Economics from The University of Sydney, Michael worked as an Associate at the Federal Court of Australia and in various research positions. He is presently an Associate at an international law firm and a Sessional Academic at Sydney Law School. He has also published various articles, including a forthcoming two-volume edited collection on current issues in competition law.

Michael will use his Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a Master of Laws at Columbia Law School. He hopes that by understanding how the U.S. regulates, enforces, and adapts to developments in antitrust law, including specifically in relation to digital platforms (such as Google and Facebook), he can better contribute to this burgeoning area in Australia.

Dr Dean Hayden Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionMonash University
Host InstitutionHarvard University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePublic Health
Award Year2021

Dean is a resident doctor with a passion for neonatal, child and adolescent public health. He holds a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) and a Diploma of Liberal Arts from Monash University, as well as a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) undertaken at the University of Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. Over the past several years Dean has conducted research on the ethics of newborn resuscitation, specifically focusing on the question of how clinicians in resource-poor settings should triage and treat extremely preterm infants. Working with colleagues in the Philippines and the UK, Dean’s research has been incorporated into the development of the first National Consensus Guidelines on the resuscitation of preterm infants in the Philippines – the first guideline of its kind in any low or middle-income country.

As a Fulbright scholar, Dean will study a Master of Public Health at Harvard University, with the aim of further developing his public health and research skills. Upon finishing, Dean will return to Australia and focus his career on enacting systemic change to reduce healthcare inequities and improve outcomes for young and newborn Australians.

Danielle Hill Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionAustralian Rivers Institute, Griffith University
Host InstitutionThe Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, University of Georgia
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineEcotoxicology
Award Year2021

Danielle is passionate about improving our knowledge of the effects of pollution on aquatic organisms and ecosystems. Understanding the effects of waste from traditional (coal) and alternative (nuclear) power generation is essential to make sure water quality guidelines are suitable for all aquatic life. Danielle’s PhD focusses specifically on amphibians and aquatic insects that go through metamorphosis and may be particularly vulnerable to these contaminants.

In collaboration with researchers at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Danielle will investigate the effects of contaminants on frogs and insects in a field case study. The Savannah River Site provides a unique opportunity to study contamination from multiple sources and will help address critical knowledge gaps in our understanding of the effects these have on an organism throughout their life cycle. This research will help inform remediation practices and water quality guidelines in the United States and Australia to ensure our aquatic ecosystems thrive.

Dr Bethany Holt Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Queensland
Host InstitutionHarvard University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineGlobal Health
Award Year2021

Beth is a doctor who wants to contribute to health equity in Australia and the Asia Pacific by strengthening primary health care systems and improving the social determinants of health. Having graduated with the University Medal in Medicine, she continues to practice clinically in emergency departments across Australia whilst pursuing a public health career. Beth is currently working in philanthropic strategy at the Paul Ramsay Foundation, an organisation with a mission to break cycles of disadvantage and previously worked in public, healthcare and social sector strategy with McKinsey & Co. Her global health experience includes disaster program management with the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office, research on health systems and childhood malnutrition in the Solomon Islands, and primary care delivery and health workforce capability building in Timor-Leste.

Beth will undertake an accelerated Masters of Public Health at Harvard, specialising in global health systems. She plans to use the valuable experiences and networks to make a difference to the health of the most vulnerable groups in our community.

John Kuot Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionDepartment of Family Fairness and Housing (Homes Victoria)
Host InstitutionColumbia School of International & Public Affairs
Award NameFulbright Victoria Scholarship/Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy Funded by the Department of Education, Skills & Employment
DisciplineEconomic Policy Management
Award Year2021

John is the Principal Project Engagement Advisor for Homes Victoria and is responsible for leading the Engagement Strategy across the Homes Victoria $5.3 Billion Public and Social Housing development. He also recently finished the Williamson Community Leadership Program (WCLP), a 9-month long program run by Leadership Victoria. John is a former refugee to Australia, co-founder of the youth-led charity organisation South Sudanese Australia Youth United (SSAYU).

As a Fulbright Scholar, John will study MPA in Economic Policy Management at Columbia School of International Affairs (SIPA). The program provides leading policymakers and professionals with the skills to effectively design and implement economic policy in market economies, emphasising the economic problems of developing countries. John hopes to apply this learning to understand the intersectionality of social and economic policy, which will help shape the future of Australian humanitarian policy. John hopes to improve humanitarian migration policy and the economic empowerment of multicultural communities through policy upon his return to Australia.

Michael Lucas Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionGriffith University/University of Queensland
Host InstitutionUniversity of Arizona
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineIndigenous Studies
Award Year2021

Michael is an anthropologist and engineer whose interests and passions has led to his work in remote areas of the Northern Territory and north-west Queensland on Indigenous development projects, including sacred site protection, land use agreements and traditional knowledge intellectual property protection. Michael completed his engineering and anthropology studies at the University of Queensland, where he also served as the President of the Student Union. Michael also completed a Master of Global Development at Griffith University in 2020.

Michael will use his Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a PhD in American Indian Studies focussing on comparative Indigenous social and economic policy. His work will involve researching natural resources agreements within Australia and the United States and designing best practice guidelines on what has worked for First Nations people – what will close the gap, yield true reconciliation, and make a lasting difference to their lives culturally and economically.

Beth Madsen Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Queensland
Host InstitutionAlaska Pacific University, University of Alaska Anchorage
Award NameFulbright Queensland Scholarship
DisciplineEducation
Award Year2021

Beth is a Murri PhD Candidate from the University of Queensland. She is passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education outcomes, and her current research is looking at funding as a form of policy enactment. After teaching in both rural and urban classrooms, Beth is also interested early career teacher training, and enjoys working with the pre-service teacher cohorts at UQ.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Beth will travel to Alaska to research their education policies, practices and outcomes for their First Alaskan peoples. She hopes to also learn how Alaskan Higher Education institutions ‘infuse’ their courses with First Alaskan knowledges, in order to better understand how this could be done in an Australian context with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges.

Dr Jamie Maraj Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Western Australia
Host InstitutionColumbia University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePublic Health
Award Year2021

Jamie is a dentist who received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Western Australia in 2020. Throughout his time in dental school, Jamie gained a unique insight into how dental care can relieve chronic pain, restore self-esteem and empower people to fully participate in their communities. During this time, he also witnessed how limited access to affordable dental care drives oral health inequality. This fostered a passion for public health and a desire to improve the way in which we deliver dental care in Australia.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Jamie plans to pursue a Master of Public Health, with a focus on health policy at Columbia University. He hopes to gain a greater understanding of the public policy challenges underpinning unequal access to dental care. He eventually aspires to affect large scale policy changes that produce more equitable oral health outcomes in Australia.

Dr Marlon Perera Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionAustin Health, University of Melbourne
Host InstitutionMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineUrology/Surgery
Award Year2021

Marlon is a urological surgeon accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He completed his medical degree through The University of Melbourne and Urological training in Queensland. Marlon has an interest in uro-oncology and minimally invasive and robotic surgery. He actively participates in clinical research and has recently submitted a PhD (Urology) through the University of Melbourne. Marlon has published extensively in prostate cancer and several publications have been featured in the major authoritative guidelines, including the European Urologic Association (EUA) and the American Urologic Association (AUA) guidelines for the treatment of prostate cancer.

As a Fulbright scholar, Marlon will spend his time at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York to progress continuing research in imaging in prostate cancer. Marlon aims to further advance technologies of PSMA PET imaging in advanced prostate cancer.

Dr Louis Stevenson Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionRoyal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
Host InstitutionHarvard University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePublic Health
Award Year2021

Louis is an ophthalmology trainee at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital with an interest in public health. After completing his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Tasmania he studied a Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) at the University of Sydney. Louis’ research interests include epidemiology and clinical ophthalmology and he has published significantly in these areas. Having worked across remote Western Australia with Lions Outback Vision, a mobile outreach ophthalmology service, he has seen the significant inequalities that exist in healthcare across Australia.

He will use his Fulbright Scholarship to study a Master of Public Health with a special focus on health economics. By incorporating these skills with his existing research interests, Louis will strive to optimise the delivery of health services in Australia to achieve a more equitable and sustainable system.

Tandee Wang Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe Australian National University
Host InstitutionUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Award NameFulbright ACT Scholarship (funded by the ACT Government)/Fulbright W.G Walker Scholarship
DisciplineAsian American Studies
Award Year2021

Tandee is committed to the critical study of race and ethnicity, particularly in relational, comparative and transnational modes. He graduated from the Australian National University with first class honours and the University Medal in 2020, where his thesis examined Chinese migration at the time of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Since 2019, Tandee has been a researcher at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), drawing on critical Indigenous scholarship to inform policymaking. His mission is to build the emergent field of Asian Australian Studies, believing that it holds radical potential to transform how we conceive of and address injustice and inequality in Australia and abroad.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Tandee will undertake an MA/PhD program in the History Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, specialising in the comparative history of race and ethnicity, and working closely with the Department of Asian American Studies.

Natasha Wood Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionFlinders University
Host InstitutionCenter for Genomic Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineBehavioral Epigenetics
Award Year2021

Natasha is a Provisional Psychologist and PhD candidate in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, Flinders University, South Australia. Her PhD research uses epigenetics (biological mechanisms that modify gene expression without modifying the genetic code) to explore how kinds of childhood stress affect mental health.

As a Fulbright Future Scholar, Natasha will work with the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She will investigate sensitive periods in epigenetic development and participate in an innovative study investigating the use of baby teeth as epigenetic biomarkers for early life. Her research will contribute to existing knowledge on the developmental origins of disease. Ultimately, she hopes that her research contributes to the development and implementation of both preventative and therapeutic measures, which could alter our approach to managing mental health across the lifespan.

Diana Zhang Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionUniversity of New South Wales
Host InstitutionBoston University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineChemistry/Computer Science
Award Year2021

Diana is completing a PhD in Chemistry under the supervision of one of Australia’s leading analytical chemists, A/Prof. Alex Donald. Her PhD is on developing more sensitive and accurate analytical methodologies and instrumentation for disease diagnosis, with a particular focus on Parkinson’s Disease. In essence, her research involves obtaining chemical ‘fingerprints’ produced from volatile (or ‘smelly’) chemicals found at the surface of skin.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Diana will spend 4 months with A/Prof. Vijaya Kolachalama, a renowned computer scientist and expert in developing machine learning algorithms for disease diagnosis. There, she will develop an advanced machine learning method that can diagnose Parkinson’s Disease from a chemical ‘fingerprint’. The outcome of this research could enable early diagnosis and provide hope and prosperity to the Parkinson’s community. Upon her return, she will continue to support bilateral research collaborations through exploring the integration of machine learning and analytical instrumentation in precision medicine.