Equity Fellowships

The Equity Fellowships are an integral component of the University's Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. An initiative of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) andEquity and Diversity Strategy, the fellowships are one of a number of initiatives promoting inclusion and diversity at the University. They are recognised across the University as providing significant benefit to outstanding academic research staff.

The Equity Fellowships are designed to enable up to eight of our academic staff to focus on their research, to sustain and accelerate their careers and to address the professional impacts caused by career and life disruptions, such as caring responsibilities and disability.

The Equity Fellowships scheme offers three types of fellowships:

Mary Elizabeth Brown Brown Fellowship
The Brown Fellowships seek to assist university researchers whose careers have been interrupted by the undertaking of sustained primary caring duties. These fellowships are open to carers irrespective of gender. The Brown is named after Mary Elizabeth Brown, one of the University's first female graduates.
Matt Laffan Laffan Fellowships
The Laffan Fellowships seek to assist university researchers who have a significant disability, or have experienced a significant disability. The Laffan is named after prominent disability activist, and alumnus, Matt Laffan.
Isola Florence Thompson Thompson Fellowships
The Thompson Fellowships recognise that women are significantly under-represented at senior academic levels and aim to specifically offer women, presently at Levels C and D, opportunities to develop and strengthen their research, preparing them to apply for, and assume, roles at Levels D and E in the near future. The Thompson is named after Isola Florence Thompson, one of the University's first female graduates.

Presentation slides for 2017 Equity fellowship applicants

Information from 2015 session

Download an audio recording (MP3) of last year's session:

What makes a strong application?

Based on previous rounds, a guide to writing a strong equity application has been put together.

What makes a strong:

Previous recipients

Stacy Carter

"It has allowed me to move my career into an area where work is needed...I am now one of a small handful of people in Australia who is focusing primarily on public health ethics".
Stacy Carter

David Price

"The equity fellowships are possibly the best thing this university has ever done for equal opportunity for staff".
David Price

Alexandra Sharland

"The Thompson really tipped the balance for me: from a person with good ideas who was almost successful to someone actually achieving success."
Alexandra Sharland