Education Fund Program: July 2014 Interviews for AUS to US Fellowships
The American Australian Association embarked on its most ambitious interviewing program to date over a four-day period in July this year. It was an extensive timetable for the Judges, interviewing 39 excellent candidates in Sydney and Melbourne locations.
The Education Panel of Judges:
It is with pleasure to introduce the esteemed panel of Judges in Australia, who adjudicate applications for American Australian Association Fellowships. These individuals invest a considerable amount of time in the review of applications, ranking of candidates, and panel interviews with the successful shortlisted candidates. The interview process is comprehensive in its execution.
Australia to United States of America Program
Mr Malcolm Binks AO Chairman, American Australian Association
Mr Mark W Baillie Deputy Chairman, Folkestone Limited
Ms Patricia Cross Current Non-executive Director Aviva plc, Non-executive Director at Macquarie Group & Director at Grattan Institute
Dr Graham Macdonald AM Former Director, Medical & Scientific Affairs, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Australia
Dr Jim Peacock AC CSIRO Fellow and Strategic Advisor Science/ OCE Scheme, Distinguished Professor, University of Technology, Sydney
Dr John W Stocker AO former Australian Chief Scientist, current Principal Foursight Associates
The Association would like to acknowledge the contribution of Professor Sinclair as our guest Judge this year to assist in the evaluation of the candidates being considered for the Morgan Stanley Pediatrics Fellowship.
Professor Andrew Sinclair Associate Director of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Principal Research Fellow, and an honorary fellow at the Department of Pediatrics, University of Melbourne.
The Corporate Sponsor for the Interviews: PricewaterhouseCoopers
The Association would like to take the opportunity to thank Mr Rod Dring (PwC Partner) for the generous sponsoring of the 4 days of the interview program in Sydney and Melbourne. The support of his team Dianne Foster (Sydney) and John Poulter (Technical in Melbourne) enabled the program to run to schedule and seamless video streaming of candidates. The excellence of the PwC facility allows the Judges to meet and interview the candidates in an ideal setting. The Association is extremely grateful.
The excellent depth of candidates spanned the fields of Medicine; Sciences; Engineering; Technology; Sustainability and Business. The top 39 candidates were advised they had been successful to progress through to panel interview phase with the Judges. They shared with the Judges their journey to date; elaborating on career goals; a detailed review of the research work they are to undertake in the US; the institute of choice; and the relevance of the work to both countries, often at the forefront of the discoveries in the field. The fields of interest covered were broad ranging across many disciplines, as representative of the marvelous corporate sponsorship that underpins this truly exceptional education program.
The Corporate Sponsors of the AAA Fellowships for 2014:
• Amgen Fellowship
• American Political Science Association
• Ausart Fellowship in Fine Arts
• Bechtel Fellowship
• Chevron Fellowship
• ConocoPhillips Fellowship
• Folkestone Fellowship
• The Dow Chemical Company Fellowship
• Merck Company Foundation Fellowship
• Morgan Stanley Pædiatrics Fellowship
• Northrop Grumman Fellowship
• QANTAS Fellowship
• University of Queensland Fellowship
• Westfield Group Fellowship
• Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowships
The list of the successful candidates for appointment as AAA Fellows for the AUS to US 2014 Program are currently being finalised! We look forward to bringing you the outcome in our next Newsletter!
Nikki Alekna – General Manager Melbourne Office