University of Wollongong recipients awarded more than $770,000 for overseas study

CUTTING EDGE APP: Breanna Shuttlewood, Jessica Buster and Stuart Johnstone from UOW's School of Psychology. Picture: Robert Peet
CUTTING EDGE APP: Breanna Shuttlewood, Jessica Buster and Stuart Johnstone from UOW's School of Psychology. Picture: Robert Peet

China beckons for University of Wollongong Associate Professor Stuart Johnstone after being awarded the Endeavour Executive Fellowship.

This comes on the back of the university being awarded $773,500 in mobility funding as part of the 2018 Australia Awards – Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships.

Assoc Prof Johnstone is one of five UOW recipients who have been offered a place to undertake professional development, study or research overseas.

He will travel to Peking University in 2018 thanks to the Endeavour Mobility Grants program, which fosters the development of ongoing research relationships at an institutional and individual level across the world.

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Eden Barrett (Epidemiology) and Patrick McCosker (Chemical Sciences) were both awarded Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarships and will travel to the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and Friedrich-Alexander University, Germany respectively.

Vivian Pham (Engineering and related technologies) and Dr Sheng Yan (Biomedical Engineering) were awarded Endeavour Research Fellowships to undertake at the University College London, United Kingdom, and McGill University, Canada in 2018.

In addition, 10 international students and researchers have been awarded funding to visit UOW under the program.

UOW Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy) Alex Frino, described the scholarships outcomes as a significant win for UOW.

‘’UOW has seen a significant increase in Endeavour Mobility Grant funding for 2018, with a 31 per cent increase compared with the 2017 round,’’ Professor Frino said.

‘’The number of grants awarded has also increased by 22 per cent compared to last year.

‘’This is a very positive outcome that supports our ongoing efforts as a global institution to maximise opportunities for UOW students to have an overseas study experience.’’

Almost 700 Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships were offered in the 2018 round nationwide, valued at $43.4 million over the life of the scholarships and fellowships.