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

Dr Amanda Barnard

Dr. Amanda Barnard is an Office of the Chief Executive (OCE) Science Leader, and head of the Molecular & Materials Modeling lab at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO); joining as an Australian Research Council Queen Elizabeth II Fellow in 2009.  She received her Ph.D. (Applied Physics) in from RMIT in 2003, followed by a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory (USA), and the prestigious senior research position as Violette & Samuel Glasstone Fellow at the University of Oxford (UK) with an Extraordinary Research Fellowship at The Queen's College. Dr Barnard is a member of numerous Boards and national Committees, and regularly Chairs scientific conferences and symposia in Australia, Europe, USA and Asia. In 2016 she was promoted to Senior Associate Editor for Science Advances (AAAS) and continued her term on the Nature Index Panel (Nature Publishing Group). For her work she has won the 2009 Young Scientist Prize in Computational Physics from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, the 2009 Mercedes Benz Environmental Research Award, the 2009 Malcolm McIntosh Award from the Prime Minister of Australia for the Physical Scientist of the Year, the 2010 Frederick White Prize from the Australian Academy of Sciences, the 2010 Distinguished Lecturer Award from the IEEE South Australia, the 2010 Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, the 2014 ACS Nano Lectureship (Asia/Pacific) from the American Chemical Society, and the 2014 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology (Theory) from the Foresight Institute, being the first woman to do so in the history of the award.

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 Erika Cretney

Dr Erika Cretney’s interest lies in ferreting out the function of genes, proteins and cell types in the immune system, and identifying the roles they play in cancer. Over the past 20 years she has worked in research laboratories at The University of Melbourne, Austin Research Institute, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI). She has also worked in the private sector, assessing the commercialisation potential of scientific technologies for Genscreen, a pharmaceutical development company. Erika has won numerous accolades including a 2008 L’Oreal for Women in Science Fellowship, Victoria Fellowship and a Premier’s Award for Medical Research. She has published over 40 manuscripts and in the past 8 years has been a named investigator on research grants worth more than 9 million dollars. Erika is a passionate science educator and science communicator with vast experience advocating for biomedical research and science education. She has been heavily involved in advancing the women in science agenda within WEHI and more broadly throughout Australia and overseas. Most notably, she advocated for women in science as part of Governor General Quentin Bryce’s official delegation to China to promote Australian science. Erika currently works in the Education Teams at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and WEHI.

Dr Cathy Foley

Dr. Cathy Foley is the Deputy Director and Science Director of CSIRO Manufacturing. Previous to her current appointment, Cathy was Chief of the Division of Materials Science and Engineering. Her research is in superconducting devices and their application. Cathy has been involved in developing superconducting systems for mineral exploration, detection of metal for quality assurance in manufacturing, terahertz imaging, UXO detection and low noise wide bandwidth receivers. The most successful application has been LANDTEM™ which has assisted in unearthing over $6B in mineral worldwide.

Cathy was awarded a Public Service Medal on Australia Day in 2003. In the same year, Cathy won the Eureka Prize for the promotion of science. In 2009 Cathy was the NSW and National winner of the Telstra Women’s Business Award for Innovation. Cathy was also the recipient of the AUSIMM MIOTA award for LANDTEM™ as a mineral exploration tool. In 2013 she was awarded the NSW Premier's Award for Woman of the Year and in 2014 she was awarded the IEEE Council on Superconductivity Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions to the Field of Applied Superconductivity. Cathy and her team were awarded the prestigious Clunies Ross award for innovation and commercialisation for their invention, LANDTEM, in May of this year. Cathy has been an advocate for women in science, for the communication of science and science education over the last 30 years.

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 Doug Hilton

Professor Hilton is the sixth Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, and head of the Department of Medical Biology in the Faculty of MDHS at the University of Melbourne. He is best known for his discoveries in four distinct areas of molecular haematology: leukaemia inhibitory factor, cytokine receptor family, suppressors of cytokine signalling, and identification of haematopoietic regulators through a large-scale forward mutagenesis screen. As Institute Director, he introduced mentoring programs for staff at WEHI, and formed a Gender Equity Committee to help alleviate problems faced by women scientists who are combining research with family responsibilities. His generosity and enthusiasm in mentoring was awarded the Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers and a key reason he was invited to become a Victorian Male Champion of Change.  Doug was also awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2016.

Dr Di McCarthy

Dianne is the former Chief Executive of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and has over 20 years experience in various management and governance roles in the tertiary education, science and health sectors.   She is a Director of Powerhouse Ventures Ltd, the Cawthron Institute, and a member of the governance boards of the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies, and the Ageing Well and Healthier Lives National Science Challenges. She is a Trustee of the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research and the Deafness Research Foundation (NZ), and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Brain Research.   She was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education, a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand for services to science, and her qualifications include a BA, BSc, MSc (Hons) and PhD.

Professor Angela Moles

Prof Angela Moles leads the Big Ecology Lab in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at UNSW Australia. Angela’s research aims to understand the strategies plants have evolved to grow and reproduce in different environments. Her biggest project so far was the World Herbivory Project, in which she tested the hypothesis that plants in the tropics lose more of their leaves to animals than do plants in colder regions. To collect data for this project, Angela travelled for 2 years, establishing study sites in 75 different ecosystems including tundra in Greenland, Sweden and Alaska, savannas in Zambia, South Africa and Australia, rainforests in the Congo, Mexico, Panama, Peru and China, and deserts in Arizona, Israel, and Australia. Her findings have challenged many traditional theories about the factors that shape large scale patterns in ecology. Angela won the 2013 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, the 2011 Eureka prize for Outstanding Young Researcher, and a 2008 L’Oreal for Women in Science fellowship. 

Professor Ingrid Scheffer

Laureate Professor Ingrid Scheffer is a physician-scientist whose work as a paediatric neurologist and epileptologist at the University of Melbourne has led the field of epilepsy genetics over more than 20 years, in collaboration with Professor Samuel Berkovic and molecular geneticists. This resulted in identification of the first epilepsy gene and many more genes subsequently. Professor Scheffer has described many novel epilepsy syndromes and refines genotype–phenotype correlation. Her major interests are in the genetics of the epilepsies, epilepsy syndromology and translational research. She also has research projects in the genetics of speech and language disorders, autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability. She recently led the first major reclassification of the epilepsies in two decades as Chair of the International League Against Epilepsy Commission for Classification and Terminology. She has received many awards: 2007 American Epilepsy Society Clinical Research Recognition Award, 2009 RACP Eric Susman Prize, 2013 GSK Award for Research Excellence, ILAE Ambassador for Epilepsy Award, 2013 Australian Neuroscience Medallion, 2013 Emil Becker Prize for child neurology and the L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate for the Asia-Pacific region for 2012. In 2014, she was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and also elected as Vice-President and Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. She was a co-recipient of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science. She was awarded the Order of Australia in 2014.

Professor Suzanne Cory

Professor Suzanne Cory is one of Australia's most distinguished molecular biologists.  She was born in Melbourne, Australia and graduated in biochemistry from The University of Melbourne.  She gained her PhD from the University of Cambridge, England and then continued studies at the University of Geneva before returning to Melbourne in 1971, to a research position at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.  From 1996 to 2009 she was Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and Professor of Medical Biology of the University of Melbourne.  She is currently an Honorary Distinguished Professorial Fellow at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.  Her research has had a major impact in the fields of immunology and cancer and her scientific achievements have attracted numerous honours and awards.  She was President of the Australian Academy of Science from 2010 to 2014 and serves on a number of councils and boards in Australia and overseas.

Associate Professor Devi Stuart-Fox

 Associate Professor Devi Stuart-Fox is an international expert on animal coloration and colour change. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Queensland studying the evolution of colour signals in lizards. Having developed a fascination for how animals communicate with colour, she pursued her postdoctoral research at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa on colour change in dwarf chameleons. She spent four years in South Africa, then moved to Melbourne to take up an ARC fellowship and faculty position at the University of Melbourne. Her innovative work has been published in high-profile international journals, and was recognised by the award of a L'Oreal-UNESCO International Special Fellowship (2013), an honour awarded annually to a woman researcher who, in the 10 years since receiving an early-career fellowship, has demonstrated excellence in her pursuit of a career in research.

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