The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, the honourable Senator Kim Carr, has provided funding for six John Monash Scholarships for 2010. The Scholarships support Australians with outstanding academic, leadership, and community capabilities to study for postgraduate qualifications at leading overseas universities. Applications for the Scholarships (eight are offered) are open, and the winners will be announced in December. Scholarship winners will commence their postgraduate studies in 2011.
The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research supports a variety of scholarships enabling Australians to obtain skills and qualifications at all levels, as part of its nation-building role. The John Monash Scholarships are among the most prestigious and valuable of these. John Monash Scholars are already making important contributions to Australia in medical research and public health, engineering and sustainability, science and the humanities, and policy and law. In offering the funding, Senator Carr commented:
“This is a fine program that gives some of our best young minds amazing opportunities. Thanks to this support, Monash Scholars will be among the leaders in their chosen fields into the future. I look forward to their pioneering advances, which will benefit the whole community”.
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John Monash Scholars making their mark include: Dr Mark Dawson, leading a team of cancer researchers in Cambridge; Dilani Kahawala, working on a team of leading particle physicists with the Large Hadron Collider; Andrew Hudson, an international human rights advocate; Dr Katherine Daniell, driving water policy development at the Centre for Policy Innovation in Canberra; and Lara Olsen, running an energy efficiency enterprise in Melbourne.
Chairman of the General Sir John Monash Foundation, Ms Jillian Segal AM, thanked the Minister and praised the vision of his Ministry:
“The Commonwealth has been a consistent and substantial supporter of the John Monash Scholarships since inception in 2004. We are grateful for Senator Carr’s leadership and contribution”.