The Fellowships are awarded each year by our distinguished jury. Current members of the jury are:

Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble

Margaret Brimble is the Director of Medicinal Chemistry and a Distinguished Professor at the University of Auckland where her research program focuses on the synthesis of bioactive natural products, antimicrobial peptides and peptidomimetics. She has published 390 papers, 50 reviews, holds 26 patents, won the 2012 RSNZ Rutherford Medal, the 2010 RSC Natural Products Award, the 2007 L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science laureate in Materials Science for Asia-Pacific and conferred the Queen’s Honour CNZM. She is President of IUPAC Organic and Biomolecular Division III, Chair of the Rutherford Foundation RSNZ, an Associate Editor for Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry and Past-President of the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry.

Professor John Carroll

Professor Carroll's research focus is on the cell biology of the mammalian oocyte with a view to understanding its role in establishing a healthy pregnancy. His current work is directed toward understanding why eggs become less fertile as maternal age increases. John has spent most of his academic career at University College London (UCL) where he was Head of Department of Physiology before being appointed Associate Dean and Director of the UCL Division of Biosciences. Professor Carroll joined Monash University in September 2012 where he is Director of the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute and Dean of Biomedical and Psychological Sciences. John was inaugural Chair of the Faculty Gender Equity Committee and now Chairs the Athena SWAN gender equity team at Monash University.

Dr Cathy Foley

Dr Foley commenced as Australia's ninth Chief Scientist in January 2021. Dr Foley was appointed to the role after a lengthy career at Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO; she was appointed as the agency’s Chief Scientist in August 2018, the second woman to hold that role.

Dr Foley’s career in physics began with her PhD at Macquarie University on the semiconductor indium nitride. She and her colleagues were one of the first groups to carry out pioneering research that examined the properties of indium nitride in light-sensitive devices, the best-known application being white light emitting diodes used for household low energy lighting.

While working at CSIRO, Dr Foley made significant contributions to the development of a patented high temperature superconducting Josephson junction, a nanosized structure that is the critical component of the most sensitive detector of magnetic fields. She and her team have used these junctions in devices used for measuring magnetic fields, terahertz imaging (like superman vision), array antennas and high frequency communications receivers. Dr Foley and her team’s most successful application is the LANDTEM™ sensor system used to locate valuable deposits of minerals deep underground, such as nickel sulphide, silver and gold. This has led to mineral discoveries worth more than $6 billion.

Dr Foley’s scientific excellence and influential leadership have been recognised with numerous awards and fellowships, including being elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2020, along with an Order of Australia for service to research science and to the advancement of women in physics. She was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering in 2008 and was elected as an honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics in 2019. She was awarded Agenda Setter of the Year in the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards in 2019, the Australian Institute of Physics Medal for Outstanding Service to Physics in 2016, and the Clunies Ross Medal of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering in 2015. In 2014, she was awarded the International IEEE Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions to Applied Superconductivity, and in 2013 she was named `Woman of the Year’ by the NSW Government.

At CSIRO, she led the development of a Quantum Technology Roadmap for Australia in 2020 championed emerging areas of scientific research, and has been a high-profile commentator on the opportunities presented by science and technology for Australia’s economic recovery and future resilience.

Dr Foley has a passion for advancing scientific research and has held various roles, including member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, President of the Australian Institute of Physics, President of Science and Technology Australia, Editor-in-Chief of Superconductor Science and Technology journal and Council Member for Questacon. Dr Foley is an inspiration to women in STEM across the globe and is committed to tackling gender equality and diversity in the science sector. Throughout her career she has strived to create an environment that embraces the full human potential of both men and women for wellbeing and economic benefit and for equality.

Distinguished Professor Jenny Graves

Jenny Graves is an evolutionary geneticist who works on Australian animals, including kangaroos and platypus, devils (Tasmanian) and dragons (lizards). Her group uses their distant relationship to humans to discover how genes and chromosomes and regulatory systems evolved, and how they work in all animals including humans. Her laboratory uses this unique perspective to explore the origin, function and fate of human sex genes and chromosomes, (in)famously predicting that the human Y chromosome will disappear. Jenny has received many honours and awards, including the Academy’s Macfarlane Burnet medal in 2006 and an AO in 2010. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and was on the Executive for 8 years, first as Foreign Secretary, then as Education Secretary with responsibility for the Academy's science education projects. She is 2006 L’Oreal-UNESCO Laureate for Women in Science. 

Professor Kerrie Wilson

Kerrie is the Executive Director of the Institute for Future Environments (IFE) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).  Before joining QUT in January 2019, Kerrie was the Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions and an ARC Future Fellow at The University of Queensland. Kerrie has two decades of experience leading and conducting research into the science, strategy and policy of conservation. Her research has been published in high impact journals such as Nature and Science and she has received numerous national awards, including the Prime Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, the Australian Academy of Science Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science and an Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Young Researcher. Kerrie is the Australian Natural Sciences Commissioner for UNESCO and holds a Bachelor in Environmental Science from UQ and a PhD from The University of Melbourne.

Professor Andrew Steer

Professor Andrew Steer is a paediatric infectious diseases physician at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne; Director of the Infection and Immunity Theme, and Group Leader of the Tropical Diseases Research Group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; and Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne. Andrew’s main area of research is global child health and public health control of neglected tropical diseases. Andrew directs the World Scabies Program, co-chairs the Strep A Global Vaccine Consortium and is President of the Lancefield International Society for Streptococci and Streptococcal Diseases. Andrew is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and was the inaugural winner of the Jian Zhou Medal from the Academy in 2020.

Professor Kate Buchanan

Kate Buchanan is Professor in Ecology and Animal Behaviour within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences and Centre for Integrative Ecology, Deakin University. She is a behavioural ecologist with a longstanding interest in the impact of early life conditions on for adaptive developmental programing in birds. She has published over 130 peer reviewed papers, employing a range of songbird species to ask questions about vocal learning in birds and the relevance of environmental conditions both within and across generations. She completed a PhD at the University of London on the song behaviour as an advertisement of individual condition and went onto two UK research council-funded postdoctoral positions at the University of Stirling, UK. Kate then held a personal research fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 at Cardiff University 2001-3 before starting a lectureship at Cardiff University 2003-2008. In 2008 she relocated to Deakin University and in 2015 was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, which she currently holds part time. She has been Editor in Chief for BirdLife Australia’s journal Emu Austral Ornithology since 2009. Kate has organised various national and international conferences for her scientific community and in 2018 Kate was Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the International Ornithological Congress. Since 2008 Kate has worked part time to provide caring support for family members.

Professor Eva Segelov

Professor Eva Segelov was appointed as the Professor and Director of Oncology at Monash Health and Monash University in February 2017. She is an Honorary Associate of the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, Sydney Medical School and previously Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales and Senior Medical Oncologist at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. She is a recognised national and international expert in the fields of gastrointestinal cancer, including neuroendocrine tumours, and breast cancer, with a 20 year history of management of patients in a multidisciplinary setting.

Professor Segelov is an active member of the Australian Gastrointestinal Trials Group (AGITG), as a Board Member and Convenor of the Annual Scientific Meeting. She is Chair of the Gastrointestinal Group of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA). In 2016 she was nominated as a European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) faculty member for the CUP, Endocrine Tumours, and Others group. She is an Associate Editor of Journal of Global Oncology (ASCO);  Editorial Board member of JoVE Cancer Research; ESMO 2019 Scientific Sub-Committee member for Neuroendocrine cancer; co-Track Chair of Gastrointestinal Cancer for the 2017 ESMO Asia Annual Scientific Meeting and co-founder of the Commonwealth Neuroendocrine Tumour Society (CommNETS), an international research collaborative

Professor Segelov has led multiple national and international oncology clinical trials, including investigator-initiated studies. Her research interests relate to translational studies of targeted therapies in defined subpopulations to increase benefit and reduce the toxicity of cancer treatments. She has published over 80 articles, expert reviews, and book chapters and is a frequent invited speaker at national and international conferences. Professor Segelov has a particular interest in professional development using innovative learning techniques and has developed the Seminal Advances Preceptorship in Cancer courses, now being run through Monash University. She was awarded the UNSW Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence in 2006.

Dr Emma Burrows

Dr Emma Burrows is neuroscientist at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Her team work with preclinical models of complex brain disorders to understand how these disorders arise and how to treat them. Emma is passionate about advancing gender equity in science and leads local and national efforts to change the culture of academia to one where more people can thrive.

Professor Leann Tilley

Leann Tilley is a Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Pharmacology at The University of Melbourne. Professor Tilley’s group, based at the Bio21 institute, undertakes research in the areas of cell biology and drug development related to the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, which kills more than 600,000 people each year. After postdoctoral fellowships in the Netherlands and France, Leann became an independent lab head at La Trobe University; and she then joined the University of Melbourne in 2011. Leann served as Deputy Director and then Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coherent X-ray Science. She was awarded a Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council (2015-2020), to measure and model malaria parasites. Leann is committed to supporting women in STEM, including through establishing Georgina Sweet Awards for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Science.

Dr Robin Olds

Robin originally trained in medicine, with specialist qualification in Pathology (FRACP 1988). After completing a PhD at the University of Otago he then undertook research into the molecular genetics of haemostatic disorders at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford. He returned to the University of Otago after five years and was appointed to the Chair in Pathology, then as Head of Department, and later Deputy Dean of the Dunedin School of Medicine. In 2007, Robin became the Chief Executive of the Health Research Council of New Zealand, a role he held until 2014. Since then, he was worked independently providing advice and support around research across the whole of the science and innovation sector to a range of universities, research institutes, government agencies, and private sector organisations.



The Jury considers the following when reviewing applications:

1. Intellectual merit of Applicant

Taking into account academic records, ability to plan and conduct research, ability to interpret and communicate research findings, evidence of originality, initiative and productivity, and strong recommendation in reference letters.

2. Clearly articulated research proposal

Taking into account the relevance of the research and its impact, the originality of the research proposal, and whether it is presented in a clear and compelling way.

3. Evidence of research communication, involvement in research projects and leadership