Australia-Harvard Fellowship is an initiative of the Harvard Club of Australia Foundation, a long-standing nationwide philanthropic organisation based in Sydney. It promotes learned exchange between Harvard University and Australia, and reinforces existing academic networks at mid-career and senior levels.
Begun in 2004, the A-HF program has already granted some 60 Fellowships derived from the Foundation’s contribution of more than a million dollars. The Fellowships are recognised as prestigious awards with substantial impacts on scientific discovery and career advancement.
The Australia-Harvard Fellowships are aimed at innovators who are normally based at Harvard and have a persuasive plan to collaborate with Australia’s best bioscience researchers and educators. The award also supports Australian researchers who wish later to follow up such joint initiatives at Harvard.
A Fellowship takes the form of a donation to a qualified Australian institution. It covers the cost of travel and subsistence, allowing an Australian researcher to bring a Harvard counterpart to this country for lengthy scientific collaboration. Fellowships are awarded annually and applications open in April of the preceding year and close in September. Winners are announced in January.