veski Fellowships allow Monash researchers to take their research to the world

Four Monash researchers have been recognised in the latest round of Victoria Fellowships, allowing them to undertake further study overseas to grow the impact of their research.

The fellowships - announced today by Victorian Minister for Innovation, Research & the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford - allow researchers to re-establish overseas networks lost during the pandemic.

Speaking at the announcement, Minister Pulford said: “Victoria is home to some of the world’s leading researchers and brightest minds. The Victorian Government is committed to nurturing our homegrown talent by making record investments in innovation and supporting researchers to turn their ideas into breakthroughs and products that improve and save lives here and around the world.”

Monash received four of the 12 grants announced by the Victorian Government.

Dr Faezah Marzbanrad from the Faculty of Engineering will use her fellowship to focus on developing telehealth technology to improve maternal and foetal health in rural and remote regions, particularly in South and East Gippsland.

She will travel to Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University in the United States and the University of British Columbia in Canada, as well as a remote community in Guatemala, where she will work closely with world leaders in tele-health for maternal and foetal care and observe the technology in practice in a rural setting.

Each recipient will receive $18,000 from the State Government to undertake a short-term overseas study mission to further their research.

The complete list of Monash recipients is as follows:

Victoria Fellowship Recipients in the Physical Sciences category
Dr Anna Lintern  Faculty of Engineering
Dr Faezeh Marzbanrad  Faculty of Engineering

Victoria Fellowship Recipients in the Life Sciences category
Dr Roshan SelvaratnamFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Dr Kallyanshis Paul  Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AC congratulated the Monash recipients, who now have the opportunity to develop their research into a commercial idea or undertake specialist training or career development not available in Australia.

“These fellowships provide a remarkable opportunity for our researchers to progress their projects and gain vital experience to bring their ideas to life,” Professor Gardner said.

“For our researchers to receive a third of the available Victoria fellowships demonstrates the quality of our researchers.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Rebekah Brown said: “Monash is a global university and we want our research to have a global impact. This investment recognises the excellence and global potential of this outstanding research.”

The full announcement from the Victorian Government can be found here.