Support for Indigenous students and researchers

Support for Indigenous students and researchers

Illuminate newsletter index page, March 2020
March 2020

2020 CareerTracker students
2020 Career Trackers students L-R: Bridget Dorizzi,
Naomi Jones, Megan Kent, Lilly Backshell and
Wayne Cawthorne.

In its inaugural year, our new Indigenous Visiting Research Fellowships program provides funding for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander researchers to advance their work at the Institute.

New fellowships program

The fellowships will enable early-to mid-career researchers in any aspect of biomedical science to leverage the expertise of an Institute laboratory, and associated research infrastructure, to develop their research, scientific skills and experience.

Successful applicants will join the Institute for a period of three to 24 months, with the fellowship start date flexible between September 2020 and September 2021.

The program supports the career development and progression of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers and is just one aspect of the Institute’s commitment to reconciliation.

Find out how to apply at

CareerTrackers – opportunities for Indigenous students

In its fifth year, the Institute’s partnership with the CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program is going from strength to strength. The initiative offers multi-year internships to undergraduate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students.

One of our five 2020 CareerTrackers students is Bridget Dorizzi, a descendant of the original people of Trowernna (Tasmania) and a proud member of the Lia Pootah Aboriginal community.

Bridget has just finished her summer internship studying the drivers of cancer.

“Coming from a small public school on the outskirts of Melbourne and being the first in my family to attend university, I never could have imagined this experience,” Bridget said.

“My eyes have been opened to what I can achieve, and I feel so determined to do the best that I can. Research is definitely something I want to pursue in the future.”

Institute director Professor Doug Hilton said both programs provided an opportunity to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in scientific research.

“Supporting Indigenous researchers is important to the Institute and the future of Australia’s scientific workforce,” he said.

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The Institute takes a holistic approach to reconciliation, striving to embed our commitment across all aspects of Institute life and our place in the community.