Monash graduate wins inaugural Quad Fellowship

Monash medicine graduate and adjunct research associate, Patrick Walker, has secured one of 100 places in the inaugural 2023 Quad Fellowship, a first-of-its-kind scholarship designed to spur interdisciplinary scientific and technological innovation while building ties among and empowering the next generation of STEM leaders.

A joint initiative of the governments of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States of America, 100 fellows from the four countries will receive access to unparalleled benefits including funding, cross-cultural exchange, cohort-wide trips, mentorship, and participation in regular virtual and in-person workshops on various themes, including the intersection of STEM and society, ethics and innovation, and emerging technologies.

Patrick is a doctor and global health researcher passionate about health equity. Since graduating with first-class honours from Monash University in 2018, he has conducted a number of healthcare intervention research projects in low-resource settings, most recently trialling a world-first oxygen automation system for preterm infants in Nigeria.

As a 2023 Quad fellow, he will pursue a Master of Public Health at Harvard University, focusing on reducing neonatal mortality by improving newborn care where it matters most.

Patrick is one of only 25 students in Australia selected from 3,200 applications. Over 100 professors across 15 STEM disciplines in four countries evaluated the applications on four main criteria: academic excellence, a passion for STEM and society, an ability to build connections between individuals of different cultural socio-economic and professional backgrounds, and a track record for producing tangible results in academic, professional and personal projects.

He is also the chief editor of the Doctus Project, a not-for-profit health journalism organisation offering an online platform for intelligent commentary, where he leads an editorial team spanning two universities and a small network of hospitals in Melbourne.

Outside of work, Patrick is a keen musician and can often be found seated at his piano or playing gigs around Melbourne.

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About Monash University

Monash University is Australia’s largest university with more than 80,000 students. In the 60 years since its foundation, it has developed a reputation for world-leading high-impact research, quality teaching, and inspiring innovation.

With four campuses in Australia and a presence in Malaysia, China, India, Indonesia and Italy, it is one of the most internationalised Australian universities.

As a leading international medical research university with the largest medical faculty in Australia and integration with leading Australian teaching hospitals, we consistently rank in the top 50 universities worldwide for clinical, pre-clinical and health sciences.

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