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The Leslie Rich Scholarship for Research into Dementia

Administered by the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund

The Leslie Rich Scholarship for Research into Dementia was established in 2013 by a bequest to the University of Sydney from the Estate of Mrs Hermina Rich to honour her late husband, Leslie Rich who had suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease. It was a condition of the bequest that the scholarship be established and administered by the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund and that it should support dementia research.

The Scholarship is available for a student enrolled at the University of Sydney in a Masters degree by research or a doctoral Program. It is expected that the student will be working on a project related to dementia and will be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia.

The Scholarship provides up to $10,000 towards travel, conference, or laboratory costs, to pursue or enhance their project.

Preference is given to applications where the proposed expenditure would allow the applicant to bring new techniques to bear on their project.

One Scholarship is offered annually. Call for applications is advertised each year.

The 2018 scholarship recipient is Ms Kathryn Mathews , a current PhD Candidate in the Kathryn is a PhD student in the School of Medical Sciences, Brain and Mind Centre and Discipline of Biomedical Sciences for her project entitled “Neurogenesis gradients in the human hippocampus.”

Read more about Ms Mathews Project here.

Ms Kathryn Mathews
2018 Leslie Rich recipient

The inaugural scholarship (2014) was awarded to Ms Cecilia Minogue, a doctoral candidate in the School of Psychology, USYD for a project is entitled Cognitive decline in Older Aboriginal People: Is education protective?

More details of the award to Ms Minogue can be found here.

The 2015 scholarship recipient was Ms Claire O’Connor, a doctoral candidate, in Faculty of Health Sciences, Aging Work & Health Research Unit for a project entitled, Understanding behaviour and function in frontotemporal dementia: developing better assessments and intervention approaches.

More details of the award to Ms O’Connor can be found here.

The 2016 scholarship awardee was Ms Isabella Leung, Sydney Medical School for a project entitled Detecting Hippocampal Subfield Response to Computerised Cognitive Training in Older People with Documented Cognitive Decline.

Read more about Ms Leung's project here.

The 2017 scholarship recipient is Ms AN Truong , a current PhD Candidate in the Regenerative Neuroscience Group at the Brain and Mind Centre, School of Medicine for her project entitled “MIGRATORY CHARACTERISTICS OF SKIN-DERIVED NEURAL PRECURSORS AS A NOVEL REGENERATIVE THERAPY FOR ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE.”

Read more about Ms Truong's Project here.

Enquiries and Application Forms


Yifat Oron
Development and Administrative Officer
Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund
Department of Anatomy
University of Sydney F13
NSW 2006 Australia

Phone: (02) 9351 6558
Mobile: 0450 122 412
Fax: (02) 9351 6647