The Fellowship recognises excellence in research, innovation and leadership, and is designed to support high-quality Melburnian research projects and the next generation of potential Club Melbourne Ambassadors.
The five finalists include:
- Dr Janet Bray - Monash University
- Associate Professor Dominique Cadilhac - Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
- Dr Fernando Guimaraes - Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
- Dr Megan Lim - Burnet Institute
- Dr Colin Scholes - The University of Melbourne
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) Senior Manager of Club Melbourne and Business Development, Katie Tinetti said the calibre of finalists is a great example of why Melbourne is so highly regarded internationally for its research and development.
“These finalists are an elite group of Melburnians you want to keep your eye on! The impressive nature of their research is what has landed them a finalist spot, and we have no doubt their brilliant minds and passion will see them exceed even further,” Ms Tinetti said.
As well as gaining access to the prestigious Club Melbourne network, the Fellowship includes research funding of $10,000 to support attendance at international conferences to enable new research opportunities for their project.
“This Fellowship is an invaluable opportunity for these researchers in the midst of their careers. The financial contribution is far outweighed by the access and opportunity they are given to connect with Melbourne’s most influential and brightest minds – the ones truly changing the world – that makes this Fellowship unlike any other and far more valuable.
“Our Ambassadors judging the Fellowship have a hard task at hand. Each of our finalists would be a worthy recipient, and we are already looking forward to welcoming the winning recipient into our program for a year and supporting their research endeavours,” Ms Tinetti added.
The winning recipient will be announced at Club Melbourne’s 12th Anniversary Dinner, held at MCEC on Friday 16 June 2017.
Owned and led by MCEC, with collaboration and support from the Melbourne Convention Bureau and the Victorian State Government, Club Melbourne has delivered over 125 international conferences worth over $700 million to become one of the world's most influential Ambassador programs.