Grant success for leadership-building programs

26 April 2012

The University of Sydney has received more than $3 million in grant funding through 15 successful applications under Round 11 of the Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Fellowships program.

ALA Fellowships are designed to develop leadership, address regional development issues and build linkages between Australian organisations and partners in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East.

The largest grant, worth more than $805,000, will provide training in HIV prevention and management for 23 fellows from Botswana, Cambodia, India and Zambia. The application was submitted by Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar from the Sydney Medical School and is designed to provide nominated fellows with short-term opportunities for study, research and professional attachment programs in Australia.

Other major grant recipients include: Professor Bruce Robinson and Rhonda Glasson (Hoc Mai Foundation/Medicine) who receive more than $586,000 to bring 25 health professionals from Vietnam to Australia; Professor Lee Burns (Law), receives $305,000 to bring 15 Vietnamese fellows for an international tax enforcement program; and Melissa Burney (Law) receives $303,000 for a legislative drafting program for 10 fellows from Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda.

ALA Fellowships are administered by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) under the Australia Awards for Development.

The University achieved a 100 per cent success in a round that AusAID reports has seen the largest number of applications of any round to-date.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence said: "This is an outstanding result for the University that will enable 155 international fellows to come to Australia for study and professional development, building expertise and leadership in parts of the world where it is vitally important."

Professor John Hearn, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor International, said ALA Fellowships are an invaluable way of strengthening the University's links with key organisations in developing countries. He congratulated the International Development team led by Danielle Somers and David Boyd for their work in preparing and guiding applications from across the University.

ALA Fellowships Round 12 opens on 14 May for programs starting in January 2013 onwards. For more information visit the AusAID website.

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