The University of Queensland (UQ) has partnered with the American Australian Association to provide fellowships for advanced research and study in Australia. UQ provides two fellowships each year: one to support an American to undertake research at UQ, and another to support a UQ student or graduate to undertake research in the USA.

The fellowships are valued at up to USD$40,000 each, and are intended to support part of the costs of one year of research or study. Applicants may apply for a fellowship in any field of study.

Information for Australian Applicants

  • Applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia, and either be a current student or an alum of UQ.
  • Applicants must be accepted into a program either to complete research or study at the graduate level in the USA.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply to research or study at one of UQ’s partner institutions in the US.

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Information for American Applicants

  • Applicants must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Applicants must either be accepted for full-time graduate study at UQ, or be offered a visiting academic or researcher position.
  • All qualified applications will be considered. Researchers or students at UQ’s partner institutions are encouraged to apply.

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An online application and further details on how to apply for these fellowships can be found on the American Australian Association website.

2018 UQ-AAA Fellows

Cara Nolan, 2018 University of Queensland American Fellow

Cara will be undertaking a Master of Development Practice (MDP) at the University of California, Berkeley.  Her Undergraduate degree from the University of Queensland was a Bachelor of Science with Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Diploma in Global Issues. 

Viha Parekh, 2018 Northrop Grumman Scholar

Viha graduated from UQ with a Bachelor of Engineering (mechanical and aerospace) with honors in 2015. She is an aerospace professional with experience spanning commercial, defense and academic organizations. Viha will be based at Purdue University, where she will undertake study and research in space systems engineering. On return, she plans to contribute to the growth and long-term sustainability of Australia’s emergent space industry.

2017 UQ-AAA Fellows

Jenny Allen, 2017 University of Queensland American Fellow

Jenny is completing her PhD with the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on cultural transmission in humpback whale song, examining song structure in the east Australian and New Caledonian populations. She holds a B.Sc. from the University of Miami and Masters from the University of St Andrews.

2016 UQ-AAA Fellows

Jacob Coffey, 2016 University of Queensland Australian Fellow

Jacob will be undertaking research for 12 months at MIT. Jacob is a biomedical researcher at UQ’s Austrailan Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) who utilizes surface chemistry and microfabrication to engineer biomaterials that treat and diagnose diseases in ways not possible with current medicine. His particular interest is developing in-vivo medical devices to target areas of the body where effective access has traditionally been limited.

Oluseun Aremu, 2016 University of Queensland American Fellow

Oluseun is a GEM Fellow and M.Sc. graduate from Carnegie Mellon University. His PhD research will address mining’s occupational hazards and environmental impacts by leveraging Prognostics Health Management approaches to enable machines to predict, detect, and communicate their Remaining Useful Life, critical system faults, and state of health.

2015 UQ-AAA Fellows

Matthew Herington, 2015 University of Queensland Australian Fellow

Matthew will be undertaking research on energy poverty at Washington University in St Louis. Matthew’s interests are motivated by the role that energy systems play in poverty alleviation. His PhD research, strengthened by a partnership with Washington University in St Louis, examines the drivers of social change among the energy impoverished. Matthew is a University of Queensland graduate with an energy policy background.

Stephen Young, 2015 University of Queensland American Fellow

Stephen is currently undertaking his PhD in Law at the University of Queensland’s TC Beirne School of Law. His research investigates the international regulatory pressures on mining projects to address indigenous peoples’ concerns with a primary focus on acquisition of indigenous peoples’ free and informed consent prior to development. Stephen is a graduate of the University of Colorado.

David Wang, 2015 Chevron Fellow

David is an ARC-Discovery Early Career Research Award Fellow. David’s research focuses on the development and deployment of new inorganic membranes for water treatment and gas processing applications for the energy and chemical industries, with a particular emphasis on rapid thermal processing technology. He will undertake his research at The Ohio State University.

Emily Parisi, 2015 Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow

Emily will undertake research at The University of Queensland to develop a method for the production of novel and economical bioplastics, and a route for processing Australia’s abundant, native grasses in the synthesis of industrial-grade carbon fibers instead of using petroleum based raw materials. Emily is a graduate of California State University, Chico with a degree in sustainable manufacturing.

2014 UQ-AAA Fellows

Michael Bergin, 2014 University of Queensland Australian Fellow

Michael is a PhD student at The University of Queensland. His postdoctoral research with Associate Professor Maurice Smith at the Center for Brain Science, Harvard University will utilize robotics, computational modeling, and behavioral neuroscience to investigate the effect of movement variability on prediction-based motor learning. This research will aid in the development of more effective rehabilitation strategies for people after stroke.

Julia Mueller, 2014 USA University of Queensland American Fellow

Julia’s PhD research is based on developing a waste-to-resource technology for the conversion of carbon dioxide into methane, using waste water as the energy source to simultaneously improve water quality. The outcomes expected include techno-economic evaluations for scale up and investigation of the intermediates during biochemical conversion. She is a graduate from The Ohio State University.

Anita Murray, 2014 Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow

Anita will be studying veterinary sciences at The University of Queensland. Anita’s PhD research combines animal communication and signal design theory to explain the elaborate structure of song in whales. She uses recordings to investigate if whale song is composed of simple phrases used for long distance communication with males and females, as well as, complex phrases used for short distance communication with nearby females. Anita is a graduate of Columbia University.

Maggie O’Haire, 2014 Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow

Maggie will be studying human-animal interaction at The University of Queensland and LaTrobe University. Maggie’s research program focuses on the unique and pervasive relationships that humans have with animals, and how these relationships influence human health, development, and well-being. In collaboration with two Australian universities, she will engage in both research and course development related to human-animal interaction, particularly for children with autism spectrum disorder. She is a graduate of Vassar College in New York.

2013 UQ-AAA Fellows

Matthew Thompson, 2013 University of Queensland Australian Fellow

Matthew Thompson is currently a PhD Candidate within the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland. His research interests are in forensic expertise and medical diagnosis. He will undertake a postdoctoral position at Harvard Medical School, where will research the judgments of forensic and medical experts and the accuracy of their decisions. Outcomes will inform policing and increase the value of expert testimony in the courtroom. Matthew holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in information technology and science from the University of Queensland.

Jenny Giles, 2013 Australia to USA Fellow

Jenny Giles, who is currently completing her PhD at UQ, will be undertaking postdoctoral research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Seattle, in conjunction with the University of California, Davis. Jenny’s project builds on her research interest in the application of forensic genetic methods to enforce and monitor the international shark fin trade, and will specifically examine methods to increase detection rates of prohibited shark species in U.S. imports.

Jason Ross, 2013 University of Queensland American Fellow

Since graduating from the University of Colorado, Jason has been exploring the feasibility of creating tissue engineered trachea at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. While at the University of Queensland Ochsner Clinical School, he will be continuing his research with Professor Justin Cooper-White and the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.

Robert Hoelzle, 2013 Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow

Robert is a PhD student in chemical engineering at The University of Queensland’s Advanced Water Management Centre. He is researching the mechanisms that anaerobic microbes use to mediate electron flow in energy metabolism and how these mechanisms can be exploited to direct biochemical production from waste water fermentation. Robert is a graduate of The Ohio State University.

2012 UQ-AAA Fellows

William Hatleberg, 2012 University of Queensland American Fellow

William is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Maine, where his research focused on the evolution and phylo-genetics of deep-sea annelid worms. At The University of Queensland, William will study marine sponge genomics to understand the evolution of the developmental processes associated with body plan formation and the origins of animal complexity.

Caroline O’Brien, 2012 University of Queensland Australian Fellow

Caroline’s postdoctoral research at the Harvard-MIT Biomedical Engineering Center will employ a state of the art computational framework to demonstrate that near-wall blood flow is a measurable predictor of clinical outcome in endovascular interventions. Her research will lay the foundation for powerful predictive and integrative models of individual clinical outcomes following stent implantation. Caroline earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Engineering at UQ in 2008.

2011 UQ-AAA Fellows

Ashley Moon, 2011 USA to Australia Fellow

Ashley graduated from Johns Hopkins University and worked on reproductive health education and program support before starting medical school at The University of Queensland. Her research focuses on alternate vaccine delivery methods for the HPV vaccine designed as an immuno-preventive measure against cervical cancer in developing countries.

Samantha Duncan, 2011 Australia to USA Fellow

Samantha will examine private-sector financing solutions for sustainable grassroots development in emerging markets while based at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. While at SAIS, Samantha will investigate innovative solutions to blend private financial capital with social incentives and better create win-win partnerships between capital-rich investors and capital-poor emerging market entrepreneurs. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from The University of Queensland.

Fiona Soper, 2011 Australia to USA Fellow

Fiona’s doctoral research will investigate plant traits that enable the encroachment of trees into savannahs and grazing lands. She will be based at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. By quantifying nutrient inputs during this process and the potential creation of greenhouse gases, she aims to contribute to better understanding and management of this widespread ecological issue in Australia and elsewhere. Fiona earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from The University of Queensland.