2018 Australian-American Fulbright Commission Annual Report

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AUSTRALIAN-AMERICAN FULBRIGHT COMMISSION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Honorary Co-Chair (Australia) The Hon Scott Morrison Prime Minister of Australia

Honorary Co-Chair (U.S.) James Carouso U.S. Chargé d’affaires to Australia

Peter de Cure, Chair Chairman, Gifford Hill Pty Ltd; Non-Executive Director, Variety, The Children's Charity SA Bettina Malone, Treasurer (until July 2018) Minister–Counselor for Public Affairs U.S. Embassy, Canberra Gavin Sundwall, Treasurer (from July 2018) Minister–Counselor for Public Affairs U.S. Embassy, Canberra Laura Anderson Chair SVI Global, Melbourne Christian Bennett Head of Government Relations & Industry Affairs Woolworths Limited, Melbourne Rachel Cooke (from July 2018) U.S. Consul General U.S. Consulate General, Perth

Professor Barney Glover Vice Chancellor and President Western Sydney University Dr Varuni Kulasekera Consultant Scientist Hobart Larry Lopez Partner Venture Consultants, Perth Frankie Reed U.S. Consul General U.S. Consulate General, Melbourne Karen Sandercock Group Manager, International Group, Australian Government Department of Education Greg Wilcock Assistant Secretary, U.S. Branch Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade



Thomas Dougherty Executive Director

Lauren Bullman Scholarships Officer

Mark Hardy Business Manager

Karen Coleman Scholarships Officer/Executive Assistant

Tara Hawley Scholarships Manager

Rebecca Combs-Sullivan Scholarship/Administrative Assistant

Dr Pablo Jiménez Alumni Relations Manager

Karen Goedecke Finance Officer

Alex MacLaurin Communications Manager

Katie Mitrovica-Basha Philanthropy/Fundraising Officer

CONTENTS ABOUT US 05 Note from the Board Chair/Executive Director


PROGRAM 07 2018 At A Glance 08 Fulbright Selection Committees 10 Program Highlights 11 PARTNERSHIPS 20 Fulbright Scholarship Sponsors 21 New Awards 23 2018 FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS 24 Australia 25 U.S. 28 PROFILE 30 Fulbright Event Highlights 31 Scholarship Enrichment 32 Fulbright Specialist Program 34 Alumni Highlights 36 Publications 38 Fundraising 39 ADMINISTRATION 40 Financial Statements 41



J. William Fulbright, Prospects for the West

"The preservation of our free society in the years and decades to come will depend ultimately on whether we succeed or fail in directing the enormous power of human knowledge to the enrichment of our own lives and the shaping of a rational and civilized world order. It is the task of education, more than any other instrument of foreign policy to help close the dangerous gap between the economic and technological interdependence of the people of the world and their psychological, political and spiritual alienation." 4

ABOUT USUS ABOUT THE FULBRIGHT PROGRAM The Fulbright Program is the flagship foreign exchange scholarship program of the United States of America, aimed at increasing binational collaboration, cultural understanding, and the exchange of ideas. Born in the aftermath of WWII, the program was established by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946 with the ethos of turning ‘swords into ploughshares’, whereby credits from the sale of surplus U.S. war materials were used to fund academic exchanges between host countries and the U.S. Since its establishment, the Fulbright Program has grown to become the largest educational exchange program in the world, operating in over 160 countries. In its seventy-year history, more than 370,000 students, academics, and professionals have received Fulbright Scholarships to study, teach, or conduct research, and promote bilateral collaboration and cultural empathy. THE AUSTRALIAN-AMERICAN FULBRIGHT COMMISSION The Fulbright Commission encourages binational collaboration and knowledge-exchange between Australia and the United States through a program of competitive, merit-based scholarships. The Australian program is unique, thanks to a diverse list of sponsors from the higher education, not-for-profit, government, and private sectors. This generous funding enables students, professionals, and academics of all disciplines to study, conduct research, and collaborate on projects of significant global import. Since its inception in 1949, the Fulbright Commission has awarded over 5,000 scholarships to Australian and American candidates, promoting individual and institutional interconnectivity, fostering cultural empathy, and creating countless enduring bilateral linkages. OUR VISION As the leading scholarship program between Australia and the United States, the Fulbright name is synonymous with academic excellence, thought leadership, and mutual understanding, and reflects the uniquely deep relationship between Australia and the United States. •

When people hear the term “Fulbright Scholar”, they will associate it with academic and professional excellence.

The term “Fulbright Scholar” will be recognised as shorthand for thought leadership.

The Fulbright Scholarship Program will invoke a strong and productive relationship between Australia and the United States.

Future leaders will see Fulbright as a pathway to excellence and recognition, a conduit for cultural exchange, and an opportunity to make a lasting contribution to the Australian-American relationship.


Promote academic and professional excellence


Foster strategic relationships to maximise sponsor opportunities


Advance Fulbright’s influence and impact


Cultivate best practice


FROM THE BOARD CHAIR The Fulbright story in Australia is the story of opportunity, achievement and contribution. It is the embodiment of Senator Fulbright’s ambition and it is delivered by thousands of our best and brightest. In 2018 we were saddened by the passing of Jill Ker Conway AC. Jill, a Fulbright Scholar in 1960, was a celebrated author, a renowned academic and trailblazing feminist icon. She was equally at home on the dusty plains of Outback Australia as she was in the mahogany-lined boardrooms of corporate America where her Directorships included Colgate-Palmolive, Nike and Merrill Lynch. Our work at the Fulbright Commission is inspired by the achievements and contributions of scholars like Jill. We strive to create and facilitate exchange programs that underwrite the future success of our scholars and profoundly contribute to the relationship between Australia and the United States.

Our programs are delivered thanks to the generosity of our funders and sponsors. Transformational and incredibly generous funding from The Kinghorn Foundation has allowed us to double the number of Australian Fulbright Scholarships on offer in 2019. The new ‘Fulbright Future Scholarships’ will create new collaborative linkages in a wide range of key practical, forward-thinking fields of research that will benefit the lives of Australians. The first cohort were selected in 2018, for study and research exchanges to the United States in 2019. We are grateful for the support of the Australian and U.S. governments, our scholarship sponsors, our university partners, corporate donors, and Fulbright alumni. Their unflagging support has enabled the Fulbright Commission to offer the transformative experience of academic and cultural exchange. Thank you to my fellow Board members for their ongoing leadership and support. To Tom Dougherty and the entire team thank you for your hard work in 2018. The Board looks forward to continued success in 2019, the 70th anniversary of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission. Peter de Cure Chair, Australian-American Fulbright Commission Board of Directors

FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Seventy years ago, the first cohort of Australian Fulbrighters were named, and the 27 students and scholars in that inaugural group set sail for the U.S. on an academic and cultural exchange program that transformed their lives. In the seven decades since, more than 5000 additional Australians and Americans have been afforded similar transformative experiences that have resulted in immeasurable contributions to both countries. As we look forward to the next seventy years, we recognize that the benefits of people-to-people exchanges are as critical now as they were when the Fulbright program was first envisioned by Senator Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II. The Commission is fortunate to have an excellent team as well as outstanding partners who together have enabled the Fulbright program to thrive and expand. To commemorate our 70th anniversary in 2019, we have been working closely with Australian state governments and all Australian universities to increase the endowments of the state scholarships to ensure that Fulbright awards are sufficiently funded for candidates from all socioeconomic backgrounds. The Commission is also actively engaged in a fundraising drive to establish a 70th anniversary scholarship in honor of alumna Jill Ker Conway.


At Fulbright’s 2018 presentation dinner, former U.S. Ambassador to Australia and now Chair of the worldwide Fulbright Board Jeffrey Bleich was our keynote speaker. As we look to the next seventy years, Ambassador Bleich’s comments at Parliament House on February 27 capture the essence of the Fulbright program: “Understanding is often born of crisis. The U.S. and Australia had no bilateral treaty before we fought two terrible wars together. Fulbright was our first. The ANZUS Alliance only came later. Before we would enter an alliance to declare war, we first formed an alliance to create peace. This was our pact to fight the conditions that would make future wars likely… “Fulbright wrote: ‘Educational exchange is not merely one of those nice but marginal activities in which we engage in international affairs, but rather, from the standpoint of future world peace and order, probably the most important and potentially rewarding of our foreign policy activities. “Today, 70 years later, the pillars that make Fulbright such a tremendous force for peace are all being rocked, and we feel the shockwaves around the world. There has never been a more important time to rededicate ourselves to this mission.” Thomas Dougherty Executive Director Australian-American Fulbright Commission



James Hill 2018 Fulbright Queensland Scholar

The Fulbright Program has an outstanding global reputation, owing to our high standard for applicants, our enduring history of social impact, and our 70-year commitment to facilitating life-changing exchange opportunities to scholars from all academic backgrounds. What sets Fulbright apart from other exchange programs is our commitment to facilitating academic and professional exchanges that specifically address issues of bilateral impact and foster meaningful collaboration between Australia and the U.S. 7

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Scholarships Awarded 8 15 8 5 21 1



34 Australians

Distinguished Chair Senior Scholar Professional Postdoctoral Postgraduate


24 Americans




Home / Host Institutions

Australian Scholar - Home / Host U.S. Scholar - Home / Host





Funding towards bilateral study / research exchange

AWARDEE DISCIPLINES Medical Sciences / Psychology: 20.68% Social Sciences / Humanities / Arts / History: 18.91% Life Sciences:


Policy / Political Science:


Physical Sciences:




IT / Computing:






AWARDEE DISTRIBUTION United States Arizona: 1 Connecticut: 2 Colorado: 1 DC: 2 Indiana: 2 Kentucky: 1 Louisiana: 1 Maine: 2 Massachusetts: 1 Michigan: 1 Missouri: 1 Montana: 1 New York: 2 North Carolina: 1 Ohio: 1 South Carolina: 1 Rhode Island: 1 Texas: 1 Utah: 1 Australia Australian Capital Territory: 1 New South Wales: 11 Northern Territory: 2 Queensland: 8 South Australia: 2 Tasmania: 2 Victoria: 4 9 Western Australia: 4

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Professor Brigid Heywood (Chair) The University of Tasmania

Professor Peter Coaldrake (Chair) Queensland University of Technology

Professor Deborah Hodgson The University of Newcastle Professor Andrew Abell The University of Adelaide Professor Rick Ziolkowski University of Technology Sydney Andrew Riplinger U.S. Embassy, Canberra U.S. DISTINGUISHED CHAIR IN SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION (funded by CSIRO) Ms Anne Baly PhillipsKPA Mr Tom McGinness NSW Department of Industry Mr Mike Bowerbank U.S. Embassy, Canberra


Professor Deb Hodgson University of Newcastle Professor Jen Webb University of Canberra Professor Jenny Corbett The Australian National University DISTINGUISHED CHAIR/ SENIOR SCHOLAR Professor Dharmendra Sharma (Chair) University of Canberra Professor Susan Howitt The Australian National University Dr Jennifer Hendriks The Australian National University

U.S. DISTINGUISHED CHAIR APPLIED PUBLIC POLICY (funded by Flinders University / Carnegie Professor John Leslie Kansas State University Mellon University-Australia) PROFESSIONAL Professor Don Debats Flinders University

Ms Fatima S. Reyes Carnegie Mellon University Australia

Ms Erin Flaherty (Chair) Origin Foundation Mr Sean Barrett Origin Foundation

U.S. DISTINGUISHED CHAIR AND SCHOLAR AWARD (Arts, funded by Deakin University)

Professor John Leslie Kansas State University

Professor Brenda Cherednichenko (Chair) Deakin University

Professor Rod Hill (Chair) Charles Sturt University

Mr Aaron Kadkhodai U.S. Embassy, Canberra Professor Rae Frances The Australian National University Professor Min Gu RMIT University U.S. POSTGRADUATE Professor Calum Drummond (Chair) RMIT University Professor Sharon Bell The Australian National University Professor Valerie Hudson Texas A&M University Ms Rebecca Gardner U.S. Embassy, Canberra U.S.ANNE WEXLER Professor Veronica Taylor The Australian National University LCdr. Richard Adams UNSW Canberra Ms Lisa Andonovski U.S. Embassy, Canberra Mr Craig Richardson

10 Department of Education and

Training, Australian Government


Professor Margaret Thornton The Australian National University Ms Anne Baly The Australian National University Professor Andrew Young CSIRO Professor Larissa Hjorth RMIT University POSTGRADUATE/STATE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY Professor Frances Shannon (Chair) University of Canberra Professor Ian Petersen UNSW Canberra Professor Toni Makkai The Australian National University Professor Gabriele Bammer The Australian National University Professor Sharon Bell The Australian National University Ms Tara Hawley (State Secretary) Fulbright Commission




Professor Lesley Hitchens (Chair) University of Technology Sydney

Professor Kate Wright (Chair) The University of Western Australia

Professor Marie Sierra University of New South Wales

Dr Jonathan Paget Edith Cowan University

Professor John Pluske Ms April Palmerlee American Chamber of Commerce Murdoch University Professor James Arvanitakis Western Sydney University

Professor Tim Dolin Curtin University

Ms Jordi Austin (State Secretary) University of Sydney

Ms Rachel Cooke U.S. Consulate, Perth

Ms Allison Hymus (State Professor Ned Pankhurst (Chair) Secretary) Murdoch University Griffith University QUEENSLAND

Professor Sandra Harding James Cook University Dr Caitlin Byrne Bond University Professor Kaye Basford University of Queensland Professor Ian Turner Queensland University of Technology Ms Susan Gasson (State Secretary) Queensland University of Technology NORTHERN TERRITORY Dr Kevin Gillan (Chair) Northern Territory Government Dr Steve Morton Charles Darwin University (Alice Springs) Professor Alan Cass Menzies School of Health Research Mr Allan Christie Blackboard International Professor Sue Carthew Charles Darwin University Professor Maryann Bin-Sallik Charles Darwin University (retired) Ms Maryanne McKaige (State Secretary) Charles Darwin University SOUTH AUSTRALIA Professor Pascale Quester (Chair) University of Adelaide Professor Anthony Maeder U.S. Consulate, Melbourne Associate Professor Pat Buckley University of South Australia Associate Professor Kate Douglas Flinders University Professor Jennifer McKay University of South Australia Ms Rosie Wilkes (State Secretary) University of Adelaide


Professor David Sadler (Chair) University of Tasmania Professor Kit Wise University of Tasmania Dr Varuni Kulasekera Consultant Scientist Professor Brigid Heywood University of Tasmania Ms Jacqui Allen Tasmanian Government Ms Tanya Adrych (State Secretary) University of Tasmania VICTORIA Professor Brenda Cherednichenko (Chair) Deakin University Professor Simon Evans University of Melbourne Professor Diane Kirkby La Trobe University Dr Paul Beckett RMIT University Debra Lee (State Secretary) University of Melbourne FULBRIGHT SPECIALIST PROGRAM Professor Simon Bronitt (Chair) University of Queensland Mr Michael Bowerbank U.S. Embassy, Canberra Dr Pablo Jiménez Fulbright Commission



FULBRIGHT FUTURE SCHOLARSHIPS The Commission announced the new Fulbright Future Scholarships program, funded through an extraordinarily generous $10 million donation from The Kinghorn Foundation. The scholarships are designed to improve the health, well-being, and prosperity of Australians by funding innovative, impact-focused research. The first cohort of Fulbright Future Scholars was selected in 2018 and will be announced in 2019. Their study and research projects aim to advance cutting-edge applied science, facilitate innovative business collaborations that foster the creation of new jobs, and further the development of impact-driven emergent technologies. The awards cover travel and living expenses, as well as the full tuition costs or visiting researcher fees at any U.S. university.


I am forever grateful for the opportunity to be a Fulbright Scholar. The experience has changed my perceived trajectory of life - it has opened doors to me on a global level that I never knew existed.” Mary Ajamian, 2015 Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar

MINISTERS ATTEND PRESENTATION DINNER The Commission was honoured to host Australian Federal Government Ministers and MPs at the 2018 Fulbright Presentation Gala Dinner, as well as U.S. Chargé d'Affaires James Carouso and a crowd of high profile delegates from higher education, industry, and the Fulbright community. The Hon. Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs opened the proceedings, and Minister for Education, the Hon. Simon Birmingham delivered remarks on behalf of the Prime Minister. The event was held at Parliament House in Canberra, and featured a keynote speech from Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Chairman and former U.S. Ambassador to Australia, the Hon. Jeffrey Bleich.

FULBRIGHT EAST ASIA PACIFIC / EUROPE CONFERENCE The U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in coordination with the Institute of International Education, organised a week-long conference for Fulbright Program and Finance staffers from across the Asia-Pacific and European regions. Over a hundred Fulbright staff gathered in Washington, DC to network with colleagues and discuss best-practice operational policy for scholarship and financial management

'FULBRIGHT 70' PROMOTIONAL VIDEO PRODUCTION The Commission launched a contest in early 2018, inviting Australian film students to submit pitches for a promotional video to celebrate Fulbright's 70-year history, with the winning entry receiving funds to create the video, as well as an opportunity to work with Fulbright contacts at the University of Southern California. Three students from the Queensland University of Technology submitted the winning pitch, and began video production with Fulbright alumni at the end of the year. The video will be debuted at the Fulbright Presentation Gala Dinner in February 2019.






The Fulbright Distinguished Chair Scholarships are the most prestigious awards within the Fulbright Scholar Program. All awardees are recognised as eminent figures in their fields, with world-leading research and professional credentials. The Australian-American Fulbright Commission currently administers seven of the approximately forty Distinguished Chair Scholarships on offer around the world.

"Ground Zero" for Nuclear Waste Disposal Discussions Professor Allison Macfarlane, Distinguished Chair in Applied Public Policy Home: Sponsor/Host: Field:

George Washington University Flinders University / Carnegie Mellon University Australia Nuclear Waste Disposal

The Fulbright program has been an excellent opportunity for me to begin a new research project that could only be completed here in Australia. It provided me a chance to interact with a variety of Australian scholars, government officials, and members of the public. I brought my family with me and for all of us, it’s offered a chance to see the world through different eyes. It has been enlightening seeing how universities work in Australia, and to learn about how the government works at both the state and national levels. For me as a scholar, the Fulbright fellowship has provided me with muchneeded time and space to begin a new research project without all the many encumbrances of academic life in the U.S. Senior scholars like myself often have many administrative responsibilities and to have a semester free of them was invaluable. This was my first experience having time to focus on my own research project since I was a post-doctoral fellow. For my own work, it reinvigorated my desire to do new research projects. South Australia was an excellent location for my project, as it is “ground zero” for nuclear waste disposal discussions and siting in Australia. When I applied for the fellowship, the state government was actively considering the potential to import other countries’ spent nuclear fuel to dispose of it in a deep geologic repository in the outback. The South Australian Premier at the time, Jay Weatherall, established a Royal Commission to consider the potential for South Australia to take advantage of aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle, especially since the state has a long history with uranium mining. The Royal Commission finished their report in 2016 and followed the report with a relatively brief public engagement process. In the end, the government decided against pursuing the development of a geologic repository for international nuclear waste. What I didn’t realize when I applied for the fellowship was that the Commonwealth of Australia had begun (again) an effort to site a nuclear waste disposal facility for lowlevel nuclear waste and a storage facility for intermediatelevel nuclear waste. These wastes are owned by the Commonwealth as a result of nuclear medicine use, and industrial and research use of nuclear materials. By the time I had arrived, the Commonwealth had selected two sites for further consideration, both in South Australia. As a result, I have been able to look at both the Royal Commission process as well as observe domestic nuclear waste disposal facility siting “live.” 12

To carry out my research, since very little has been written on these topics in the academic literature, I have spent the majority of my time in Australia interviewing a wide range of people involved in both nuclear waste processes: the Royal Commission process and the Commonwealth siting process. I have talked with government officials at the state and Commonwealth levels, scholars, public engagement specialists, members of the public who were involved in both processes, members of the business community and industry, and politicians. I have visited Commonwealth nuclear facilities, relevant agencies, and given talks at universities in Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne. In the process I have developed a deeper understanding of the issues at play in both processes and these insights will provide the basis for both theoretical work and policy suggestions about the siting of nuclear waste. My position as Distinguished Chair in Applied Policy required me to work at two universities: Flinders University and Carnegie Mellon University, both in Adelaide, South Australia. The folks at both universities have been very helpful in making contacts with relevant parties for me to interview. Frankly, I don’t think there would have been a better place to do this kind of research. I have made many excellent contacts in Australia through my research here and hope to continue to draw on them in the future.

Influence of Work and Retirement on Brain Function Professor Ross Andel, Distinguished Chair in Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences Home: Sponsor/Host: Field:

University of South Florida (USF) The Australian National University (ANU) Gerontology

My Fulbright project was centered around a collaborative effort between the University of South Florida and The Australian National University to learn more about the influence of work and retirement on brain function in older adulthood. Most adults spend large amounts of time at work and retirement is a major life transition. Therefore, these two factors are likely to contribute significantly to the overall mental and physical health as people enter and go through older adulthood. Understanding the influence of work and retirement on brain function specifically is important because our ability to think and remember is central to who we are. ANU was very appealing because it houses a dataset that perfectly suited for this type of work—the PATH Across Life Project. This project has followed hundreds of adults from middle to older adulthood, while tracking that job, time of retirement and brain function through thorough assessments every four years. I have learned a great deal from these rich data and I feel fortunate to be able to share some of the findings through conference presentations, a talk organized by TEDxFulbrightCanberra, and publications in scientific journals. Being a Fulbrighter has been a life-changing experience for me personally. I have realized that there was a gap between all the interesting research I get to do as part of my work and how much of this knowledge I actually share with my family, friends and other acquaintances outside of academia. The Fulbright experience opened my eyes regarding how to connect with people, how to explain what I do in terms that are accessible to a wider audience. This, in turn, has helped me connect with colleagues who do research that is similar to mine. Now, at the end of my Fulbright stay, I feel rejuvenated, ready to take on new challenges, and I look forward to continuing on the journey towards improving our understanding of how to ward off cognitive problems and dementia as long as possible.

"The Fulbright experience opened my eyes regarding how to connect with people, how to explain what I do in terms that are accessible to a wider audience."





Professor Moeness Amin, Distinguished Chair in Advanced (Defence) Science & Technology Home: Villanova University Sponsor/Host: Defence Science & Technology Group (DST) Field: Radar Systems My Fulbright Journey began in January 2018 at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). I spent a month in Sydney collaborating with Professors in the school of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, collaborating with Dr Elias Aboutanios on dual function radar communications systems. The outcome of this short collaboration could not be more humbling. We submitted two joint Australian Research Council proposals, tilted “Coexistence between Radar and Communications through Dual Function Systems,” and “Cubesats as Antenna Array Elements.” We also submitted a co-authored paper to the Digital Signal Processing Journal. At the end of January, I traveled to Adelaide and began immediately discussing the research project with the Fulbright host, Defence Science and Technology (DST). I gave a one-hour seminar the first day I arrived, and held regular meetings and discussions with DST technical staff throughout my appointment. The timing of my Fulbright scholarship could not have been better. My research into dual function radar was very much in tune and in line with a major and recent undertaking by DST on multi-function systems. At DST, I collaborated with five members of the technical staff at both Edinburgh and Sydney facilities. Out of these collaborations, we presented four papers at two different conferences. I was also presented with the 2018 IEEE Harry Rowe MIMNO Best Paper Award for my article ''Signaling strategies for dual-function radar-communications: An overview,'' which was published in the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, November 2016. The extension and generalization of the proposed algorithms introduced in this paper were the foundation of my Fulbright research project.

Professor Johan Wiklund, Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship & Innovation Home: Syracuse University Sponsor/Host: RMIT University Field: Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Mental Health My task was to conduct a survey of Australian entrepreneurs about mental health and entrepreneurship. It has been very successful. Actually, better than expected. Over 1,000 entrepreneurs responded. The data are collected, and I will analyze them going forward, but so many more things were accomplished during this time: Entrepreneurship and mental health is a new research area. As far as I know, this topic was discussed nowhere in Australia, neither among academics, nor among the wider society. Because of this and because I believe it is an extremely important topic, I have given numerous presentations of this research to universities around the country, to groups of entrepreneurs around the country, to other RMIT employees, and also to other audiences. Moreover, RMIT has been very receptive to these ideas. I’ve had meetings with the Vice Chancellor and other decision makers to discuss the possibility of starting an entrepreneurship and well-being center at RMIT, and for me to continue being involved at RMIT. I believe my Fulbright scholarship has been extremely rewarding to me personally, to RMIT, and hopefully to entrepreneurship in Australia more generally. I’m very thankful for being offered this opportunity. Interactions with the Australian entrepreneurship community have been particularly rewarding.I learned a lot about similarities and differences compared to entrepreneurs I have engaged with on other continents. I was invited to deliver the keynote at the Entrepreneurship Research Exchange Conference, and present at various institutions including RMIT University, the University of Western Australia and the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship.


Professor Jean Lau Chin, Distinguished Chair in Cultural Competence Home: Adelphi University Sponsor/Host: National Centre for Cultural Competence (NCCC), The University of Sydney Field: Cultural Competence Overall, the Fulbright Scholarship experience was positive and impactful. There was a positive exchange between my work on global and diverse leadership and the NCCC goals to develop knowledge and build capacity in cultural competence to be inclusive, to address differences, and to be relevant to the needs of all students. I made multiple presentations within the university on Global and Diverse Leadership and consulted with university units/staff that contributed and brought stature to the work of the NCCC. The goal of the NCCC is to lead thinking for organizational, systemic changes that are genuinely transformational. Its Culturally Competent Leadership Program positions Indigenous cultural competence as a defining factor at the university—that requires the ability to develop inclusive, respectful leadership capabilities sensitive to Indigeneity, diversity and difference. Through an immersive program that challenges dominant world views and incorporates different ways of knowing, being and doing, the CCLP enables participants to think about and articulate what being ‘uniquely Australian’ could mean to them in their work and lives. My interest and expertise in leadership and diversity provided a nice intersection and alignment with NCCC and CCLP goals. We shared mutual interests in promoting transformational and systemic change using leadership to promote the university as an inclusive, diverse, and culturally competent institution. The benefits to my project was that the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sample expanded and diversified the sample of the International Leadership Network. I learned much about the experience and history of Australia’s indigenous populations, and its parallels with the history of indigenous populations in the United States.

Professor Armin Moczek, Distinguished Chair in Science, Technology & Innovation Home: Indiana University Sponsor/Host: CSIRO Field: Evolutionary Biology I had the privilege to work and live in Canberra, Australia for 6 months as part of my Fulbright experience. Doing so allowed me to break from the usual frantic pace of my academic life in the U.S. and instead to focus on a select set of challenging academic objectives. This in turn allowed me to get both a good overview of how what I sought to work on fits within the larger whole of my field of study and at the same time deep insight into what it is we truly know, merely suspect, or alternatively really do not understand at all. In so doing it set the stage to inform the focal areas of my work going forward in coming years. At the same time, my Fulbright experience introduced me to scientists and other professionals in Australia with whom I share many interests, yet who pursue these interests from rather different angles. I first and foremost conduct basic research, but I do so on organisms who in this country hold great agricultural value for the ecosystem services they provide, and working with CSIRO personnel helped me better appreciate this perspective. Likewise, my unplanned but deeply enjoyable collaboration with QUESTACON on Science Communication introduced me to the challenges science educators face in Australia, many of which parallel what I experience in the U.S., suggesting that our respective insights may be reciprocally informative and useful.





Dr Kathryn Gilbey, Postdoctoral Scholar in Cultural Competence, Funded by the National Centre for Cultural Competence at The University of Sydney (Gender & Indigenous Studies) University of Southern Queensland to California State University, Northridge "The Fulbright experience will remain as one of the most fulfilling and enlightening times of my life. I learnt a lot about myself and the world. I marveled at the beauty of the country, My project saw me going to places outside of the typical tourist routes. The majesty of the Northern Sierras the stillness of Joshua Tree or the grandeur of Arizona, Nevada and the Grand Canyon will remain with me forever."

Dr Flavia Di Pietro, New South Wales Postdoctoral Scholar (Neuroscience) University of Sydney to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital "My experience was overwhelmingly positive. When I went over to the U.S, my supervisor and I had an idea of what we wanted to achieve, and we had discussed the broad ways in which we wanted to investigate our main questions. From the moment I arrived we spent a lot of time refining our ideas, and along the way we ran into many challenges. I made the most of every opportunity in terms of meeting new people and forming far-reaching connections. Because the hospital was such a leader in the field, I was working not only with Americans, but also with other international clinicians and researchers."

Professor Tim Carey, Northern Territory Senior Scholar (Clinical Psychology) Flinders University NT to Harvard University "Being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship has, without a doubt, been the highlight of my professional career. It was wonderful to discover that the program was just as rewarding personally as it has been professionally. There are too many highlights to list, but experiencing a family Thanksgiving, trick-or-treating with friends, and waking up to snow on Christmas morning are standouts. We have had a wonderful time exploring New England and experiencing its pristine beauty. We have made good friends and have enjoyed learning about American culture and society."

Professor Margaret Barrett, Senior Scholar (Music Development & Childhood Learning) (The University of Queensland to the University of Washington) "The Fulbright has provided opportunity to establish strong working relationships with key scholars and archivists and forge connections with major institutions in the U.S. The experience has provided unique insights into the cultural and social history of the U.S. and the institutions, such as the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress that have shaped and supported the country."

Dr Stephan Fruehling, Professional Scholar in Australian-American Alliance Studies, Funded by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (International Relations) Australian National University to Georgetown University "Through my visit, I have been able to significantly expand my network amongst current and former U.S. officials working on Asia and Southeast Asia policy, and refresh a number of networks on other issues. I remain in contact with several of the people I met to explore specific possible cooperation, such as joint publications, organizing a joint conference, and exchanging draft publications for comment, and have little doubt that more will eventuate."


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Professor Marcia Zug, Senior Scholar, Funded by the University of Canberra (Indigenous Legal Rights) University of South Carolina to the University of Canberra "The Fulbright experience has been amazing. I have made wonderful professional connections, but I think it has been the personal connections that have been the most meaningful. I came here with my family, including my two daughters and I think that allowed us to quickly immerse ourselves in Australian life. Together we celebrated Anzac Say, went camping in Tathra, skied the Snowy Mountains, were invited to Sunday roasts, ate numerous Pavlovas, saw kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. My kids even have Australian accents now. Most importantly, we have made friendships that will last a lifetime."

Professor Stefan Paula, Senior Scholar, funded by the University of Newcastle (Biochemistry / Drug Discovery) Purdue University to The University of Newcastle "Having found [UNewcastle Professor] Adam McCluskey as a collaborator has had a tremendous impact on my professional goals. As a computational biochemist, collaborating with a synthetic organic chemist is an ideal match since our areas of expertise perfectly complement each other. I had the opportunity to work with Adam, a highly accomplished and eminent researcher who has the expertise, clout, and the resources to take on topics that are challenging, competitive, and rewarding."

Professor Amal Trivedi, Senior Scholar (Public Health) Brown University to University of Melbourne "The Fulbright has been an incredible experience. It provided the opportunity to forge collaborations with a talented group of Australian colleagues with shared interests in improving health equity. There is no substitute for the networking opportunities that an extended fellowship can provide. All health systems are to some degree grappling with improving the quality, access, equity, and fiscal sustainability. Therefore, there is great value in sharing lessons and insights across countries and learning from alternative approaches."

Dr Amy Hessl, Senior Scholar (Geography / Paleoclimate) University of West Virginia to University of Tasmania "Australia and its people made a tremendous impression on me, most importantly Australian attitudes about work-life balance and a common cultural identity that is currently missing from the U.S. experience. Australian scientists lead a more relaxed lifestyle relative to their U.S. counterparts, working fewer hours but appearing equally productive. While Americans maintain a fierce independence, Australians remain in solidarity with each other seeking the greatest good for the greatest number. I am eager to share these observations with other Americans and to incorporate relaxation and respect for my countrymen into my own life."

Professor Seth Rasmussen, Senior Scholar (Materials Chemistry) North Dakota State University to The University of Newcastle "The Fulbright experience has allowed a significant advancement of a collaborative research project that realistically would not have been as fruitful if the two respective principal investigators were not working in the same laboratory. In terms of impact on my life, it has allowed me the freedom to once again work in a research lab full time, without the day-to-day responsibilities for a full-time faculty position. As such, it has revitalized my love of science and the research process, while providing a new drive for future efforts."





Allison Whittaker, Indigenous Postgraduate Scholar, funded by the Australian Government, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Law) University of Technology Sydney to Harvard University "Fulbright has enabled me to do something I never thought I’d be able to — travel across the globe to learn from a comparative jurisdiction. Not only that, the personal cachet that comes from merely being in the Harvard environment as a Fulbright scholar with access to the resources of both, and the legitimacy that comes from being an alum of both is set to help me advance and develop my scholarship as an Indigenous woman while being taken seriously."

Tori Reynolds, Postgraduate Scholar (Biological Science) The University of Queensland to Emory University "Personally, this experience has been truly transformative to me as a person and scientific researcher, and for that alone, I will forever be grateful for this incredible opportunity. Not only have I met fantastic researchers, but also in my general day-to-day life I have made incredible friendships that will persist for the years to come. I not only learned more about American people and the American way of life, but I also learned a lot about who I am, and who I want to be. That personal development I value equal to my professional development, and I cherish that I have had the chance to grow in both of these aspects of my life."

James Riggal, Scholar-in-Residence (Entrepreneurship / IT Education) Bitlink to Bellevue College "I’ve been telling people that the Fulbright Program changed my life within my first week in the U.S. (which is true), but what that doesn’t capture is how much it has changed my life since then! This experience has enabled me to build a whole new professional network, make new friends, establish new long-term collaborative projects and has also given me a whole range of new cultural touchstones and experiences that have helped me gain new perspectives on my own work in Australia."

Dr Jessa Rogers, ACT Postgraduate Scholar, funded by the ACT Government (Indigenous Studies / Anthropology) Australian National University to Harvard University "When I commenced my Fulbright, I knew that was going to be challenging and exciting time. I couldn’t have prepared myself for how much I grew both professionally and personally. As an Indigenous studies scholar and also as an Aboriginal person, being based at the Native American program at Harvard University was an amazing experience. I met wonderful colleagues, amazing Indigenous scholars, and wonderful friends who I will have for life. My time visiting a native school also allowed me to learn so much more about the topic of my PhD, Indigenous girls in boarding schools."

Dr Eddy Thientosapol, Postgraduate Scholar (Medical Science) Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine & Cell Biology to Rockefeller University "The Fulbright experience has significantly benefited my future career in medical science research. To be able to join a top laboratory in my field of research has helped my understanding of somatic hypermutation and helped to develop collaborations with leading researchers in the field. The Fulbright Scholarship has improved my standing as an academic and will surely help my research career going forward. My partner and I had a great time in New York and we have made many friends. It was great to experience life in a grand and lively city like New York."





Millicent Cripe, Postgraduate Scholar (Public Policy) Yale University to The University of Sydney "I have been fortunate to forge many professional links throughout my time in Australia. I have met Indigenous leaders from across the country, indigenous activists, indigenous scholars, and have been able to be a part of centres whose focus is to promote Indigenous scholarship. In addition, I have been able to connect with philosophers from around the world."

Sean Reilly, Postgraduate Scholar (Environmental Science) Santa Clara University to James Cook University "The past ten months have been incredible and I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity. Aside from my personal growth as a researcher, learning about Australia and the Aboriginal culture while making many lifelong friendships has been an amazing experience. Coming into my Fulbright, I was nervous and apprehensive. I had never undertaken such extensive field work, nor been in complete control of a research project. As it turned out, everything went very well. I loved the work I did and I believe it will have a positive impact on the community. "

Noah Johnson, Postgraduate Scholar (Quantum Physics / Quantum Engineering) University of Wisconsin at Madison to University of New South Wales "The most notable opportunity the Fulbright program awarded me personally was the chance to share and learn what life and people are like from an enormous variety of different places on this planet. No other time in my life have I, on a daily basis, gained such a direct exposure to such a vast and global range of topics such as world politics, European history, Thai cuisine, German real estate, South African missionary work, Kiwi conservation, Australian birdwatching, and of course quantum computing."

Raechel French, Postgraduate Scholar (Education / Architecture) Cornell University to The University of Melbourne "The Fulbright experience allowed me to build relationships with the leaders in educational space research while also living in an amazing city. This year has been incredibly beneficial as I grow my career as a researcher and practioner. Living in Melbourne has shifted my expectations of what I want in a city and my day-to-day experiences and work-life balance. I have experienced how beautiful it is to live in a place in which I do not rely on a car for transport and how physical activity such as biking and walking can be so easily integrated into my day. I already know how I will be able to bus to my job back in Texas and plan to replicate as much as possible the more relaxed yet extraordinarily productive work-life balance I had in Melbourne."

Michael Raitor, Postgraduate Scholar (Biomedical Engineering) Stanford University to University of New South Wales "Fulbright has been the most impactful academic experience of my life. It gave me the resources and freedom to pursue academic and personal passions that will shape my lifelong trajectory. My time in Australia has dramatically affected my life through evolutions in my personality and daily habits. The continual cultural interaction and resulting self-reflection has helped me take note of the habits I have that are not aligned with my high-level goals of wanting to improve education and medicine for everyone, as well as my mid-level career goals and how I can shape my career to affect my high-level goals."





Fulbright Sponsors play a vitally important role in the Commission's long-term sustainablility. In order to advance Fulbright’s influence and impact, we must cultivate strong partnerships with our alumni, universities, current and potential sponsors, think-tanks and like-minded institutions, and the general public.





Universities Central Queensland University Australia

Fulbright Scholar Award

Charles Darwin University

Fulbright Northern Territory Scholarship (co-sponsor)

Deakin University

Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship

Florida Polytechnic University

Fulbright Scholar Award Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship

Kansas State University

Fubright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture & Life Sciences Fulbright Scholar Award

Monash University

Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship

RMIT University

Fulbright Postdoctoral (Vice-Chancellors Fellow) Scholarship

University of Tasmania

Fulbright Tasmania Scholarship (co-sponsor)

Federal Government Australian Government, Department of Education and Training

Fulbright Scholarship in Vocational Education and Training Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy

Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Fulbright Scholarship in Australia-United States Alliance Studies

Australian Government, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship

State Government Northern Territory Government

Fulbright Northern Territory Scholarship (co-sponsor)

Tasmanian Government

Fulbright Tasmania Scholarship (co-sponsor)

Private Organisations The Kinghorn Foundation

Fulbright Future Scholarships Program

Blackboard Pty Ltd

Fulbright Northern Territory Scholarship (co-sponsor)

Perpetual Ltd

Fulbright Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership (co-sponsor)

Origin Foundation

Fulbright Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership (co-sponsor)

Australian Scholarships Foundation

Fulbright Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership (supporter)




Universities Carnegie Mellon University Australia

Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Applied Public Policy (co-sponsor)

Flinders University

Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Applied Public Policy (co-sponsor)

Curtin University

Fulbright Scholarship in Resources and Energy

RMIT University

Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Australian National University

Fubright Distinguished Chair in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The University of Newcastle

Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Health Fulbright Scholarship in Health

University of Canberra

Fulbright Scholar Award

University of Technology Sydney

Fulbright Scholar Award

Western Sydney University

Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship

Federal Government Australian Government, Defence Science and Technology Group (DST)

Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Advanced (Defence) Science and Technology

Australian Government, Department of Education and Training

Fulbright U.S. Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Science, Technology and Innovation





Macquarie University

Major Sponsor

The University of Queensland

Platinum Sponsor

The University of Melbourne

Gold Sponsor

The University of Newcastle

Gold Sponsor

University of Canberra

Gold Sponsor

Deakin University

Gold Sponsor

Monash University

Gold Sponsor

The Australian National University

Gold Sponsor

Central Queensland University Australia

Gold Sponsor

Perpetual Ltd

Silver Sponsor

The University of Western Australia

Silver Sponsor

University of Tasmania

Bronze Sponsor

University of Notre Dame

Bronze Sponsor

University of New England

Bronze Sponsor



LAUNCHED IN 2018 Fulbright Future Scholarships, Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation The Fulbright Future Scholarships (funded by The Kinghorn Foundation) opened in 2018 for Australian students, scholars and professionals whose programs have the potential to improve the health, well-being and prosperity of Australians. The program is our most generous program ever, including full tuition and visiting researcher fees. In 2018, 28 recipients were selected and will begin their programs in 2019. Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Australia-U.S. Alliance Studies (100 Years of Mateship) Funded by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. State Department Commemorating the centenary of the Battle of Hamel, the Australian and American governments funded four “Next 100 Years of Mateship” awards. Two Australian and two American recipients will begin their research in 2019 Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship, Funded by Deakin University Two American recipients were selected for the Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship (funded by Deakin University) in 2018 and will begin their research in 2019. Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship, Funded by Western Sydney University Four Australian recipients were selected for Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarships (funded by Western Sydney University) in 2018 and will begin their research in 2019. LAUNCHING IN 2019 Fulbright Scholar Award, Funded by Central Queensland University The Fulbright Scholar Award (funded by Central Queensland University Australia) will fund one American professional or academic to conduct 3-4 months research at one of CQUniversity Australia’s regional or metro campuses. Fulbright Scholar Award and Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, Funded by Florida Polytechnic University One Australian postgraduate student will be funded to undertake a 1 or 2-year master’s program, and one scholar will conduct 3-4 months of research and teaching at Florida Polytechnic University. The University specialises in engineering, science, technology and mathematics. Fulbright Scholar Award, Funded by the University of Wyoming One Australian scholar will be funded to undertake up to 6 months research and teaching at the University of Wyoming. Focus areas include public policy, political science and environmental science. RENEWED FOR 2019 Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership, Funded by the Australian Scholarship Foundation and Perpetual Ltd The Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership was renewed for three additional years to fund one Australian in the non-for-profit space per year to conduct 3-4 months research/ training in the U.S. each year. Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences and Fulbright Scholar Award, Funded by Kansas State University The scholarship program funded by Kansas State University was renewed for an additional five years, allowing both a full professor and an associate professor to undertake research at Kansas State University for periods of 5-6 months (Distinguished Chair) and 3-4 months (Scholar Award). Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Australian-American Alliance Studies, Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade The Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Australian-American Alliance Studies, funded by DFAT, was renewed for an additional three years. The scholarship annually funds an academic or professional to conduct 3-4 months research in the U.S. related to the Australian-American Alliance. 23

Sarah Boyd 2018 Fulbright Victoria Scholar

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Alison Whittaker 2017 Fulbright Indigenous Postgraduate Scholar




Professor Geoffrey Cockfield

Dr Elham Sayyad Abdi

Professor Jeremy Davey

Professor Amanda Keddie

Award: Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture & Life Sciences

Award: Fulbright Scholar-inResidence

Award: Fulbright Senior Scholarship

Award: Fulbright Senior Scholarship

Sponsor: Kansas State University

Home: Queensland University of Technology

Sponsor: Kansas State University

Home: Deakin University

Home: Queensland University of Technology

Host: University of Pennsylvania

Home: University of Southern Queensland Host: Kansas State University

Host: University of the Pacific Field: Information Science

Field: Agricultural Policy

Host: Kansas State University

Field: Education

Field: Psychology/Sociology


Professor Anne Pender

Dr Anna Ralph

Professor Maggie Walter

David Crook

Award: Fulbright Senior Scholarship

Award: Fulbright Northern Territory Senior Scholarship

Award: Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship

Award: Fulbright Professional Scholarship

Sponsor: Charles Darwin University, NT Government, Blackboard Inc

Sponsor: Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet

Home: Charles Darwin University

Home: University of New England Host: Harvard University Field: Literary and Theatre Studies

Home: Menzies School of Health Research

Home: University of Tasmania

Host: UC San Francisco

Host: Arizona State University

Field: Medicine

Field: Sociology

Host: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Field: Fisheries Research

Gordon Duff

Dr Jed Duff

Dr Anitza Ana Geneve

Dr David Ireland

Award: Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership

Award: Fulbright Professional Scholarship

Award: Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Vocational Education & Training

Award: Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership

Sponsor: Origin Foundation and Australian Scholarships Foundation Home: National Disability Services Host: Human Services Research Institute, Boston Field: Non-Profit Leadership

Home: The University of Newcastle Host: University of Iowa Field: Nursing

Sponsor: Sponsor: Australian Government, Department Origin Foundation and Australian Scholarships of Education & Training Foundation Home: TAFE Queensland

Host: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Field: Vocational Education

Home: The University of Queensland Host: Stanford University Field: Interdisciplinary Studies




Dr Joshua S. Mylne

Amy Salapak

Dr Aiden Warren

Dr Andrew Gardner

Award: Fulbright Professional Scholarship

Award: Fulbright Professional Coral Sea Scholarship (Business/ Industry)

Award: Fulbright Professional Scholarship in AustralianAmerican Alliance Studies

Award: Postdoctoral Scholarship

Home: Curtin University

Sponsor: Host: Australian Government, Department Harvard Medical School of Foreign Affairs & Trade Field: Home: Neuropsychology RMIT University

Home: The University of Western Australia Host: University of Minnesota

Host: Rutgers University

Field: Biochemistry

Field: Business

Home: The University of Newcastle

Host: Arms Control Association Field: International Relations

Dr Felicity McCormack

Dr Sean Martin

Dr Harley Scammell

Dr Anna Urbanowicz

Award: Fulbright Tasmania Scholarship

Award: Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship

Award: Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar

Home: University of Tasmania

Home: The University of Adelaide

Award: Fulbright Postdoctoral (Vice Chancellor's Fellowship) Scholarship

Host: University of California, Irvine

Host: New England Research Institutes

Field: Antarctic Science

Field: Epidemiology

Home: University of New South Wales Host: Harvard University Field: Theoretical Physics

Sponsor: RMIT University Home: The University of Queensland Host: Portland State University Field: Autism Research


Sarah Boyd

Amy Dennison

Lily van Eeden

Hannah Etchells

Award: Fulbright Victoria Scholarship

Award: Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy

Award: Fulbright New South Wales Scholarship

Award: Fulbright Western Australia Scholarship

Sponsor: Australian Government, Department of Education & Training

Home: The University of Sydney

Home: The University of Western Australia

Home: University of New South Wales

Field: Human-Wildlife Conflict

Home: The Gender Agency Host: Harvard Kennedy School Field: Public Policy / International Relations


Host: Harvard Kennedy School Field: Public Policy

Host: The University of Washington

Host: University of California Berkeley Field: Fire Ecology


Anna Evans

James Hill

Dr Ashley Kras

Jessica Kretzmann

Award: Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy

Award: Fulbright Queensland Scholarship

Award: Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship

Award: Fulbright Western Australia Scholarship

Home: Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

Home: The University of Western Australia

Host: Harvard Medical School

Host: University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Home: Sponsor: Australian Government, Department The University of Queensland of Education & Training Host: University of Michigan Home: The University of Newcastle Field: Chemistry

Field: Health Informatics

Dr Giri Krishnan

Peerce McManus

Karri Neldner

Dr Sriram Rao

Award: Fulbright South Australia Scholarship

Award: Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship

Award: Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship

Award: Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship (W.G. Walker)

Home: The University of Adelaide

Home: The University of New South Wales

Home: The University of Queensland

Home: The University of New South Wales

Host: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Field: Public Policy

Host: Stanford University Field: Head and Neck Surgery

Host: Harvard Law School

Host: National Center for Chimpanzee Care

Field: Law / Social Justice

Field: Psychology

Dougal Robinson

Hayden Wilkinson

Award: Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship

Award: Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship

Home: The University of Sydney

Home: The Australian National University

Field: Polymer Chemistry / Nanotechnology

Host: University of Pennsylvania Field: Cardiology

Host: Host: Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Princeton University Field: Public Policy

Field: Philosophy



Dr Rob DeSalle

Dr Michael Hendryx

Professor Renee Newman Knake Professor William Schonberg

Award: Fulbright 70th Anniversary Distinguished Chair

Award: Fulbright Distinguished Chair

Award: Award: Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship & Innovation Advanced Science & Technology

Sponsor: CSIRO Home: American Museum of Natural History Host: Australian National University Field: Evolutionary Biology

Sponsor: The University of Newcastle Home: Indiana University Host: The University of Newcastle Field: Environmental Health

Sponsor: RMIT University Home: University of Houston Host: RMIT University Field: Law

Sponsor: Australian Government, Defence Science & Technology Group (DST) Home: Missouri University of Science & Technology Host: DST Field: Engineering


Professor Donald S. Shepard

Professor Brian Silliman

Professor Ray Taras

Dr Cindy L. Bethel

Award: Fulbright U.S. Distinguished Chair in Applied Public Policy

Award: Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Science, Technology & Innovation

Award: Fulbright Scholar Award

Sponsor: Flinders University and Carnegie Mellon University Australia (CMUA)

Sponsor: CSIRO

Award: Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Home: Brandeis University


Home: Tulane University

Home: Skidmore College Host: UTS

Field: Marine Ecology

Host: ANU

Marianne Boruch

Dr Douglas Boyd

Dr Mary Burrows

Professor Kevin Robert Gurney

Award: Fulbright Scholar Award

Award: Fulbright Scholar Award

Award: Fulbright Scholar Award

Award: Fulbright Scholar Award

Sponsor: University of Canberra

Home: University of Kentucky

Home: Montana State University

Home: Northern Arizona University

Home: Purdue University

Host: National Library of Australia

Host: University of Melbourne

Host: University of Canberra

Field: Library Science

Host: South Australia Research and Development Institute (SARDI)

Host: Flinders University / CMUA Field: Public Policy

Field: Poetry


Home: Duke University

Sponsor: The Australian National University (ANU)

Sponsor: University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Field: Political Science

Field: Plant Pathology

Field: Social Robotics

Field: Global Biogeochemistry


Dr Lois R. Lupica

Dr. Wayne D. Pennington

Madelyn Shaw

Dr Michael J. Socolow

Award: Fulbright Scholar Award

Award: Fulbright Scholar Award

Award: Fulbright Scholar Award

Award: Fulbright Scholar Award

Home: University of Maine

Sponsor: Curtin University

Home: Smithsonian Institution

Sponsor: University of Canberra

Host: University of Melbourne

Home: Michigan Technological University

Host: Griffith University

Home: University of Maine

Field: Social and Cultural History

Host: Monash University

Field: Law

Host: Curtin University

Field: Physics

Field: Geophysics


Dr Dan Ventura

Paige Lerman

James F. Peyla

Nikita Roy

Award: Fulbright Scholar Award

Award: Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship

Award: Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship

Award: Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship

Home: Columbia University

Home: College of Charleston

Sponsor: Western Sydney University

Host: Monash University

Host: University of Adelaide

Home: University of Connecticut

Field: Anthropology

Field: Marine Biology

Host: Western Sydney University

Home: Brigham Young University Host: University of New South Wales Field: Artificial Intelligence

Field: Public Health

Kaleigh Rusgrove

Jared Russell

Stanley Gibson Schwartz

Daniel Sherrell

Award: Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship

Award: Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy

Award: Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship

Award: Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship

Home: University of Connecticut

Sponsor: Australian Government, Department of Education and Training

Home: Cedarville University

Home: Brown University

Host: The Australian National University

Host: University of Adelaide

Host: Western Sydney University Field: Visual Arts/Photography

Home: Colorado College Host: University of Melbourne Field: International Law

Field: History

Field: Literature




Professor Anne Pender 2018 Fulbright Senior Scholar

Fulbright Scholars are, by definition, thought leaders and cultural ambassadors. In order to advance Fulbright’s influence and impact, we must highlight the success stories of our awardees and alumni to showcase the contributions they make to their fields, and the wider community. We aim to achieve this through diverse, engaging events and high-quality publications.





2018 Fulbright Scholar Gala Presentation Dinner, 27 February, Parliament House, Canberra

Fulbright Victoria Reception, 2 May, U.S. Consul General's Residence, Melbourne

TEDxFulbright Canberra, 24 May, Questacon - The National Science & Technology Centre, Canberra

Fulbright Northern Territory Reception, 7 June, Charles Darwin University, Darwin

TEDxFulbright Perth, 23 August, The University of Western Australia, Perth

Indigenous Entrepreneurship Panel, 18 October, University of Technology, Sydney




OZ TO OZ PROGRAM The Oz to Oz Program is a unique enrichment opportunity offered to all current Australian Fulbright Scholars by Kansas State University. Scholars are invited to submit proposals for collaboration with any relevant faculty at Kansas State University during their stay in the U.S, with all travel and accomodation expenses taken care of by the University. In 2018, nine Fulbrighters travelled to Kansas State University via the Oz to Oz Program. Scholar


Oz to Oz Host


David Crook

- Charles Darwin University - Oregon State University

Biology, Fish & Wildlife Research Unit; Professor Martha Mather

Using Natural “Timekeepers” to Quantify Material Transport by Migratory Fish

Anitza Geneve

- TAFE Queensland - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Curriculum & Instruction; Professor Deepak Subramony

Addressing the Digital Literacy Needs of Learners Undertaking Competency-Based Training

David Ireland

- University of Queensland - University of Pennsylvania

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification; Professor Vara Prasad

Designing an SDG Innovation Platform

Amanda Keddie

- Deakin University - University of Chicago

Educational Leadership; Professor Susan Yelich Biniecki

Gendered Violence: Changing the Story Through Education

Joshua Mylne

- University of Western Australia - University of Minnesota

Biochemistry; Professor Phil Klebba

Cutting to the Core: The Structural Basis for Enzymatic Functions and Inhibitor Resistance

Amy Salapak

- Curtin University - Rutgers University

Management; Professor Diane Swanson

How Do We Foster Ethics in Business? – The Carrot or the Stick?

Margaret Walter

- University of Tasmania - Arizona State University

Educational Leadership; Professor Alex Red Corn

Sharing and Building Knowledge on Indigenous Children’s Education

FEATURED OZ TO OZ PROGRAM: Amy Salapak During my Fulbright Program, I had the incredible privilege of being invited to attend Kansas State University as part of its Oz to Oz Program. It was a real honour to be the first visiting Fulbright Scholar to be hosted by K-State's College of Business Administration. I was impressed by the widespread coverage, interest and support from the University in respect of my visit. I was grateful to have spent time with various members of the university faculty and executive, as well as a number of other Fulbright Scholars being hosted by K-State. I also had the opportunity to meet with various staff from the College of Business Administration and conduct interviews for the purposes of my research. One of the most enriching aspects of my time at K-State was a targeted interactive research session with members of the College of Business Administration faculty. It gave me an opportunity to share my research, and to learn further about research being conducted at K-State. I was provided with helpful suggestions, insights and new ideas in terms of my research. Other highlights of my visit included taking part in a radio interview with K-State Radio Network and presenting a seminar to the College of Business Administration's staff and students on "The Need to Foster Business Ethics in Australia." This gave me an opportunity to share my research, the background and relevance of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry to business ethics, my career path, and aspects of the Australian culture. I explained to staff and students that in 2016, I was invited to a Western Australia Fulbright chapter dinner. At the dinner I was seated next to a previous Fulbright Scholarship recipient, who with his wife and children, spent their time in Kansas being hosted by K-State University. They told me what a 32 fantastic time they had in Kansas, and encouraged me to apply for a Fulbright Scholarship.

Two years later, in a very fortunate stroke of serendipity, I found myself in the position of not only being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship but also to be so graciously hosted by K-State as part of the Oz to Oz Program. I am very appreciative of the thought, care and attention that went into planning my itinerary. I was exposed to a diverse range of interesting people who were able to add a depth and different perspective to my research, from data analytics, to finance, to organisational behaviour, and management. Since leaving K-State I have been in contact with various members of the College of Business Administration faculty, arranging follow-up research interviews and establishing new associations. My experience at K-State was by far the highlight of my Fulbright experience. I enjoyed getting the opportunity to see America's first land-grant university, and Manhattan. It was also interesting to learn more about K-State's international and on-line educational programs, and see its college pride. I will not forget the warmth, genuine hospitality, interest and support for my research as well as the various faculty and university staff who so generously made time to share with me their knowledge, experience and the University culture. I particularly wish to thank Professor Diane Swanson, for so thoughtfully hosting me, sharing her expertise in the area of business ethics and corporate social responsibility, and for assisting and encouraging me in my ongoing research.

LOIS ROTH ENDOWMENT The Lois Roth Endowment was established in 1986 to honour the life and work of Lois Wersba Roth. The aim of the award is to promote and encourage dialogue across national, linguistic, disciplinary and cultural boundaries. The Endowment commemorates the life of Lois Roth by supporting individuals who work in the places and fields of enquiry that she loved, which include humanities, visual and performing arts, and social sciences. Since the mid-1990's the Endowment has been awarded annually to a Fulbright U.S. Postgraduate student who is undertaking a program in Australia. 2018's Lois Roth Endowment was awarded to Victor Anthony Lopez-Carmen, Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar at Western Sydney University. Barbados, Dominica and Beyond, Victor Anthony Lopez-Carmen On October 12th, I traveled from Cairns to Barbados, where I was met by hereditary Chief of the Lokono-Arawak Tribe, Damon Gerrard Corrie. He took me to the gravesite of Princess Marian, the last Matriarch of the Lokono-Arawak Tribe. The British Governor of Guiana in the colonial 1920's called her 'an Arawak Princess' when he introduced her to the then-visiting Prince of Wales, because she was Tribal royalty (being the daughter of a Hereditary Chief; the last Eagle Clan ruling Hereditary Chief in fact), so they continue to honor her with this title even though there is no word for Prince or Princess in the Lokono-Arawak Language. Princess Marian was born in Guyana in her father’s Chiefdom in 1879, immigrated to Barbados from Guyana with her non-Amerindian husband in 1925, then died in Barbados and was buried in Westbury Cemetery in 1928. Her grave is the only known burial site of a Lokono-Arawak Royal in the Caribbean, and it is the only grave stone in the world written in both the Lokono-Arawak and English languages. I was the first North American Indian to visit her grave-site and pay traditional respects to her. The Chief also explained to me that she grew up traditional and naked in the jungle around her father’s Chiefdom 115 miles up the Demerara River, and her first name was a traditional Lokono-Arawak one -"Shoko-Laliwa" (which means 'small yellow butterfly'). After a short trip in Barbados, I took a flight to Dominica on October 15th, where I conducted most of the work I set out to do. On the flight, I sat next to a woman, who turned out to be the sister of Dominica’s Prime Minister. I invited her to lunch because we made good conversation, and at the time I was unaware of her connection to the PM. However, when Irvince Auguiste, a Chief of the Kalinago Tribe, the Indigenous community of Dominica, picked me up, he informed me that she was locally famous.

Images: (Left) Amy Salapak engages with students and faculty during a lecture on business ethics; (above right) Victor meets with Kalinago youth groups in Barbados; (above) Victor helped paint the house of Irvince Auguiste, Chief of the Kalinago tribe; (right) Lois Wersba Roth.

When it came time for our lunch, I invited the Chief to come with us. We spoke on various topics, but the woman was so inspired that she organized a meeting between the Chief me, and Dominica’s Prime Minister. The Chief and the Prime Minister then made plans for future work in terms of supporting the Kalinago community. In addition to becoming connected to Dominican politics, I spent most of my time in remote community health clinics in the Kalinago village, and the major Dominican hospital. In the remote clinic, I assisted nursing staff, including a nurse practitioner, in treating and diagnosing patients. In an effort to help raise awareness, I also spoke on the national Dominican radio channel and was interviewed by one of their reporters. I spoke of the Kalinago and how Indigenous Peoples around the world face similar issues. I spoke of the need for schools in the Kalinago villages so Kalinago youth are not forced to travel so far to attend school. I also spoke of how Kalinago youth can become advocates for their community, and how Dominica could better support its Indigenous population. Speaking to to Indigenous youth from each of the eight Kalinago villages was another highlight. I primarily spoke to the youth about how they could get involved at the United Nations, delivered a training on how to apply to attend the UN, and spoke with the Kalinago government and how they can access the UN for their community’s benefit. During my time, I also created a video in order to support and raise awareness about the Kalinago people and the challenges they face, especially having to do with the aftermath of hurricane Maria, which devastated their community. Finally, I spent the rest of my time exploring, attending community events, and painting the Chief’s house. 33



FULBRIGHT SPECIALIST PROGRAM (FSP) The Fulbright Specialist Program was established in 2001 by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Participating foreign host institutions benefit by: •

The program is a field-driven initiative in which foreign host institutions conceptualise and design projects of interest within an eligible discipline that represent a priority for their respective organisations.

gaining global perspectives from experienced U.S. academics and professionals;

executing projects that require a rapid response or flexible timeline through short-term, year-round exchanges; and

building sustained relationships with individuals and institutions in the U.S.

These projects are then paired with a highly qualified U.S. academic or professional, who shares their expertise and assists with strengthening linkages between U.S. and foreign host institutions.

In 2018, six Fulbright Specialists with diverse academic backgrounds ranging from insect taxonomy to philosophy of ethics travelled to institutions across Australia via the FSP.

Applicant Institution

Host Institution Representative

Fulbright Specialist

Main Affiliation


The University of Melbourne

Andrew Holmes

Paul Sanberg

University of South Florida

Business Administration

Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)

Danielle Cave

Elsa Kania

Center for a New American Security

Computer Science

The University of Adelaide

Molly Dragiewicz

Mark Wynn

Mark Wynn Consulting

Social Work

East Asian Bureau of Economic Research

Wayne Hein

David Dorman

North Carolina State Public/Global Health University

Deakin University

Emma Kowal

Karen Barad

University of Science & Society California, Santa Cruz

James Cook University

Silvia Tavares

Charles Wolfe

Seeing Better Cities Group

Urban Planning

FEATURED SPECIALIST PROGRAM: Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) / Dr Elsa Kania

ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre conducts original, empirical research to identify, track and explain the most important cyber developments with a focus on the AsiaPacific. They engage with policy makers and the public both in Australia and overseas and produce constructive recommendations for adapting to changes just around the corner. Dr Elsa Kania helped inject an American perspective into Australian and regional public discourse at a time when many governments and research institutes are heavily focused on cyber developments in Asia, and particularly, in China.


The United States has a more cyber-mature environment than Australia. The visit added immense value to ASPI’s stable of cyber policy and technical experts. Importantly, it provided ASPI with a greater depth of understanding of new and emerging cyber developments in the US – from cybersecurity, to the Internet of Things to Artificial Intelligence – and insight into how these developments might impact the Asia-Pacific region.

FEATURED SPECIALIST PROGRAM: James Cook University / Charles R. Wolfe

'Urban diaries' help promote urban livability through the acknowledgement and understanding of the uniqueness of each place. Charles Wolfe was in Cairns as part of his Australia-wide speaking tour, and was a keynote speaker for the launch event of James Cook University’s Tropical Urbanism and Design Lab (TUDLab). As part of the TUDLab launch activities Mr. Wolfe also led a masterclass to demonstrate the power and utility of his urban diary methodology and potential policy, planning and regulatory implementation.

The visit enabled the Specialist to return for a longer, more meaningful, and dedicated engagement with the university and TUDLab team, besides allowing for a wider engagement with community and local government through his participation in the UN-WUC. The UN-WUC events happened in Cairns and Townsville, which are unique cities in their landscape and climate. While these are expanding tropical cities, they are located far away from main urban centers, meaning they need attention in order to foster positive change that will produce good quality urban environments.

FEATURED SPECIALIST PROGRAM: Deakin University / Professor Karen Barad

Through the Science and Society Network, science and technology studies scholars are trained in the arts, humanities and social sciences, allowing them to effectively work across disciplinary boundaries. Globally, leading science and technology scholars are making critical contributions to global science, from developing guidelines on gene editing to safeguarding environmental data. Australia has little institutional infrastructure for science & technology studies, despite the increasing importance of the Asia-Pacific region in scientific innovation as funding lags in the U.S. and Europe.

With unique environmental challenges, a vibrant scientific research sector, and recognition of Indigenous knowledges, Australia has much to gain from strong and diverse science and technology studies discipline, and much to contribute to the field internationally. As a Fulbright Specialist, Professor Karen Barad provided crucial advice and support as the Deakin Science and Society Network develops a national research training program focussed on collaborative research practices between arts, humanities, social sciences and science scholars. She delivered a number of public lectures, and a keynote address for Anrthopocene Campus Melbourne entitled After the End of the World: Transmutation of the Elements, Radioactive Refugeeism, and Alchemical Wanderings. 35




Tony Weiss (1984, University of Sydney to Stanford University) was awarded the Order of Australia for service to science in the field of biotechnology, as an academic, researcher, author and mentor, and through executive roles with scientific institutions.

Johannes Drielsma (1991, University of Tasmania to Yale University) was appointed to the Order of Australia for significant service to the commercial forestry industry, to sustainable management practices and certification programs, and to professional bodies.

Robert Park (2010, University of Sydney to United States Department of Agriculture) developed a new DNA test that can quickly detect and help farmers deal with wheat rust; a devastating disease affecting wheat crops in Africa and Europe. His team's findings were published in Science.

Elizabeth Berry (2009, Washington and Lee University to Queensland Institute for Medical Research) published an article in the British Journal of Dermatology finding that pigmented lesions on the iris ('iris freckles'), are associated with a 45 per cent increased risk of melanoma.

Kristen Walker (1997, University of Melbourne to Columbia University) was appointed to the post of Solicitor-General for Victoria.

Jessica Mar (2003, the University of Queensland to Harvard University) was awarded a $50,000 Metcalf Prize to expand her research and introduce the next generation of stem cell researchers to the power of ‘centenarian studies’.

Briony Swire-Thompson (2015, University of Western Australia to Massachusetts Institute of Technology) was a guest speaker at the Making Democracies Resilient to Modern Threats seminar, organized by Fulbright Finland in cooperation with the Finnish Government and U.S. Department of State, and hosted by the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

Lachlan Philpott (2014, Victorian College of the Arts to The American Conservatory Theatre) was nominated for the Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting (NSW Premier's Awards) for Little Emperors; a play that explores China's one child policy.


Noel Cressie (1972, Flinders University to Princeton University) was named a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science for his contributions to research on pollution monitoring, climate prediction, ocean health, soil chemistry, and glacier movement, as well as groundbreaking innovations for 'big data analytics' for remote sensing and climate change.

Alec Tzannes (1977, University of Sydney to Columbia University) received the Australian Institute of Architects' 2018 Gold Medal."Alec has executed an exceptional body of work across a broad spectrum of architectural practice. He has given exemplary service and leadership within the profession, academia and related fields."

Andrew Kemp (1971, Australian National University to Duke University) was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia "for significant service to medicine, and to medical education, in the field of paediatric allergy and immunology as a clinician, academic and researcher."

Calum Drummond (2016, RMIT University to Massachusetts Institute of Technology) was awarded the 2018 Ian Wark Medal by the Australian Academy of Science, recognised for "outstanding contributions to advancing the fundamental understanding of the key factors governing molecular assembly, and particle and surface interactions in liquids."

Carolyn Evans (2010, University of Melbourne to American University / Emory University) was appointed as the new Vice Chancellor of Griffith University.

Hamish Graham (2012, Alice Springs Hospital to Johns Hopkins School of Public Health) was the winner of the inaugural CSL Florey Next Generation Award for top PhD candidate in health and biomedical sciences, for his research into the use of targeted oxygen therapy to save children’s lives.

William Feeney (2015, University of Queensland to University of Delaware and University of California, Berkeley) published an article on the symbiotic relationship between sea anemones and clown fish in the November issue of Ecology Letters.

Christopher Lawrence (2008, Australian National University to Howard University) launched a new app, #ThisIsMyMob, dedicated to connecting Indigenous people, their families, and their communities.


P U B L I C A T I O N S FULBRIGHT MINDS & HEARTS In 2018, three 'focus issues' of Minds & Hearts were published as part of a communications strategy to highlight and schowcase Fulbright Scholar and alumni contributions to various, broadly defined disciplines. The first issue looked at scholars in the STEM fields, with feature articles on quantum computing, gravitational waves, and virtual reality. The August issue focussed on 'Life Science', with articles about marine biology, ecology, and entomology. The final issue of the year showcased creative works from scholars and alumni in arts and design. Issue 04 | April 2018

S T E M SPOTLIGHT Gravitational Waves Quantum Computing Virtual Reality B i o m e c h a n i c s


F U N D R A I S I N G The Australian-American Fulbright Commission gratefully acknowledges the generosity of all individuals, corporations, foundations, academic institutions who donated to support our work in 2018. Every donation makes a vital contribution. Philanthropic support enables us to offer a greater number of scholarships to outstanding scholars and professionals. It strengthens our position as the flagship educational exchange program in Australia. 70TH ANNIVERSARY SCHOLARSHIP DRIVE A fundraising drive was launched in 2018 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright program in Australia. The scholarship is in honour of 1960 alumna Jill Ker Conway, who passed away in June 2018. Conway’s impact in both Australia and the United States was profound, and her Fulbright experience at Harvard played a crucial role in her career. Contributions of over $50,000 have already been received from Colgate-Palmolive, the Knight Foundation, and the John F. Kennedy Library in appreciation of Conway’s service on their boards of directors. The Commission will continue its fundraising campaign in 2019 to obtain corporate and private sector support for the scholarship. STATE SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENTS Since 2008, Australian states and territories have awarded an annual postgraduate or postdoctoral scholarship to an outstanding applicant from one of their universities. As part of the 70th anniversary fundraising drive, the Commission is working with Australian state governments and universities nationwide to increase the endowments of the state scholarships to ensure that Fulbright awards are sufficiently funded for candidates from all socioeconomic backgrounds. The fundraising campaign will continue through 2019. In 2018, the state governments of New South Wales and Victoria contributed a total of $450,000. The following universities have thus far contributed a total of $335,000: Australian Catholic University, Griffith University, La Trobe University, Monash University, Queensland University of Technology, RMIT University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Notre Dame, The University of Queensland, University of Southern Queensland, and University of the Sunshine Coast. Additional universities and state governments intend to contribute in 2019. GOOGLE ADGRANT The Commission successfully applied for a philanthropic in-kind grant from Google Adwords, providing a significant amount of monthly credit for advertising the Fulbright Program, and improving the search engine optimisation of our website on the Google search platform. 2018 FULBRIGHT ALUMNI DONORS The Commission would like to thank Australian and American Fulbright alumni who contributed over $20,000 in 2018: Anonymous

Dr Abul Hashem

Professor Anton P. Middelberg

Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (AFAA)

Professor Thomas Hangartner

Mr Anthony D. Miller

Professor Alan Bittles AM

A/Professor & Mrs Robert & Helen Hewitt

Dr Mytoan Nguyen-Akbar

Mrs and Mr Anne & Jeffrey Howson

Dr Kenneth W. Ogden

Professor Peter Homel

Professor & Mrs Michael & Mary Overcash

Dr Alan M. Hopkins

Dr Harry G. Poulos

Dr Rod Kennett

Dr Neil A. Radford

Mr Charles J. Kuiper

Professor William Reinhardt

Professor Bruce Lagay

Lieutenant Michelle Rourke

Professor Murray Littlejohn

Professor Harry Scheiber

Professor Emeritus John Loeser

Ms Brigitte Smith

Dr Elizabeth Madin

Professor John Sturgul

Dr Gayle Maloney

Dr Malcolm J. Thompson

Dr Robert Mason

Mr John Turner

Professor Barry McGaw

Dr David E. J. Waddington

Ms Lynette McLennan

Professor Anthony Weiss AM

Professor Thomas McPoil

Professor Carol S Weissert

Emeritus Professor John Melville-Jones

Professor Robert Young

Professor Mark Boland Mr Lane Burt Dr Ray P Canterford Mr Harold Clough Professor Timothy Carey Professor Arthur Clark Ms & Mr Pamela Cook & Paul Gietzel Dr Eileen Doyle Dr Diana Dwyre Ms Janet Flint Professor Robert Fowler Professor Kimberley Frederick Dr Paul Gardner AM Dr Rodney Gould



Dr Malcolm Beazley AM 1982 Fulbright Scholar


The Fulbright Program can continue to thrive only if we leverage minimum resources to maximum effect. Operational and administrative procedures must be continually reviewed and refined, and our programs must be effectively monitored and managed. We must ensure that we have effective scholar selection and staff recruitment processes, that professional development be a priority, and that we are appropriately funded to achieve our core goals.





THEsubmit AUSTRALIAN-AMERICAN FULBRIGHT COMMISSION Your Board members the financial report of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission for the financial year ended 30 September 2017. Report on the Financial Report Opinion

Principal Activities Board Members We have audited the accompanying financial report, being a special purpose financial report of the Australian-American Fulbright

Commission (the Commission), which comprises the statement of financial position as at 30 September 2018, the statement of profit or loss

The principal of the Australian-American The names Board members throughout the year andand statement andof other comprehensive income, statement of changes in equity of cash flowsactivities for the year then ended, notes comprising a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information, and the certificate by members thepromote board. In oureducational opinion, Fulbright Commission areofto and at the date of this report are: the financial report presents fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of theexchange Australian-American Fulbright Commission at 30United cultural between Australia andasthe September 2018 and its financial performance for the year then ended in accordance with the accounting policies described in Note 1 to the States through the implementation of the Fulbright financial statements. • Mr Peter de Cure (Chair) program of selection, administration, management, Basis for Opinion • Ms Bettina Malone (Treasurer) We conducted our audit in accordance with Australian Auditing Standards.outreach, Our responsibilities under those and standards are further across described a range partnerships promotion in the Auditor’s Responsibilities for the Audit of the Financial Report section of our report. We are independent of the Commission in of scholarships and exchanges. • Mr Greg Wilcock (appointed 28 September 2017) accordance with the ethical requirements of the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board’s APES 110: Code of Ethics for • • • • • • •

Professional Accountants (the Code) that are relevant to our audit of the financial report in Australia. We have also fulfilled our other ethical Professor Barney Glover responsibilities in accordance with the Code. Significant Changes Ms Karen Sandercock (appointed 31 August 2017) We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion.

No significant change in the nature of these activities Mr Christian (appointed 12 May 2017) Report Thereon InformationBennett Other than the Financial Report and Auditor’s occurred during the year. The directors are responsible for the other information. The other information comprises the information included in the annual report for Ms Frankie Reed the year ended 30 September 2018 but does not include the financial report and our auditor’s report thereon. Our opinion on the financial

report does not cover the other information and accordingly we do not express any form of assurance conclusion thereon. In connection with Ms Laura Anderson our audit of the financial report, our responsibility is to read the other information and, inResult doing so, consider whether the other information Operating Dr Varuni Kulasekera is materially inconsistent with the financial report or our knowledge obtained in the audit or otherwise appears to be materially misstated. If,

based on the work we have performed, we conclude that there is a material misstatement thisthe other2017 information, we areyear required to report The surplus offor financial amounted to Mr Larry Lopez (appointed 19 January 2017) that fact. We have nothing to report in this regard. $3,225,015 (2016: $529,243) Directors' Responsibility for the Financial Report

Other Board members who served on the Board during The directors are responsible for the preparation of the financial report that gives a true and fair view in accordance with Australian Signed in accordance with a isresolution of the Accounting control as the Board determines necessary to enable the financial year:Standards – Reduced Disclosure Requirements and for such internal the preparation of the financial report that gives a true and fair view and ismembers free from material misstatement, of the Board. whether due to fraud or error. In preparing the financial report, the directors are responsible for assessing the ability of the Commission to continue as a going concern,

disclosing, as applicable, related to going concern and using the going concern basis of accounting unless the Board either intends Professor Don DeBats matters (Chair) (until 2 December to liquidate the Commission or to cease operations, or has no realistic alternative but to do so. 2016)

Ms Jessie Borthwick (until 3 December 2016) Ms Our objectives are to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial report is free from material misstatement, whether due Lucienne (until 28anSeptember to fraudManton or error, and to issue auditor’s report2017) that includes our opinion. Reasonable assurance Mr Peter de Cureis a high level of assurance but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in accordance with the Australian Auditing Standards will always detect a material misstatement when it Chair Ms Gath Patterson (from April 2017 to August 2017) exists. Misstatements can arise from fraud or error and are considered material if, individually or in the aggregate, they could reasonably be

• •

Auditor's Responsibility

expectedRussell to influence the economic of users2017) taken on the basis of this financial report. As part of an audit in accordance with the Professor Trood (untildecisions 3 February Australian Auditing Standards, we exercise professional judgement and maintain professional scepticism throughout the audit. We also:

• Identify and assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial report, whether due to fraud or error, design and perform audit procedures responsive to those risks, and obtain audit evidence that is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion. The risk of not detecting a material misstatement resulting from fraud is higher than for one resulting from error, as fraud may involve collusion, forgery, intentional omissions, misrepresentations, or the override of internal control. • Obtain an understanding of internal control relevant to the audit in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Commission’s internal control.

Ms Bettina Maloneestimates and related disclosures made • Evaluate the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting by the Board. Treasurer • Conclude on the appropriateness of the Board’s use of the going concern basis of accounting and, based on the audit evidence obtained, whether a material uncertainty exists related to events or conditions that may cast significant doubt on the Commission’s ability to continue as a going concern. If we conclude that a material uncertainty exists, we are required to draw attention in our auditor’s report to the related disclosures in the financial report or, if such disclosures are inadequate, to modify our opinion. Our conclusions are based on the audit evidence obtained up to the date of our auditor’s report. However, future events or conditions may cause the Commission to cease to continue as a going concern.


• Evaluate the overall presentation, structure and content of the financial report, including the disclosures, and whether the financial report represents the underlying transactions and events in a manner that achieves fair presentation. We communicate with the Board regarding, among other matters, the planned scope and timing of the audit and significant audit findings, including any significant deficiencies in internal control that we identify during our audit.

Shane Bellchambers, FCA Canberra, ACT Registered Company Auditor Dated this 30th day of November 2018 BellchambersBarrett



FY 2017

REVENUE United States Government base grant

$ 854,701

$ 879,851

Australian Government base grant

$ 772,065

$ 825,031

Government Sponsorship

$ 450,966

$ 639,328

Private Sector Sponsorships*

$ 2,007,250

$ 2,118,100

University Sponsorships

$ 968,625

$ 1,289,588

Presentation Event Sponsorship



Investment Income

$ 1,268,493

$ 930,477

Donations / Other





$ 206,271

$ 6,465,218

$ 6,956,646

Scholarship Program Direct Expenses

$ 2,242,999

$ 2,276,279

Scholarship Program Support Expenses

$ 375,952

$ 405,090

Office Operating Expenses

$ 1,005,796

$ 1,026,928

Financial and Other



TOTAL REVENUE from non exchange transactions EXPENSES


$ 3,564,851

$ 3,729,631

Excess of Revenue over Expenses

$ 2,900,367

$ 3,225,015

Funding Sources 2018

Funding Sources FY 2018

Notes: * Includes $2m philanthropic foundation donation received in FY 2017, and an additional $2m donation received in FY 2018. The donations are for use in FY 2019 and beyond.

1% 15%



1% 13% 7%


Private Sector Sponsorship


Investment Income 20% University Sponsorship 15% U.S. Government Base Grant


Australian Government Base Grant


Government Sponsorship


Presentation Event Sponsorship Other Income / Donations







FY 2017

ASSETS Current Assets Cash and cash equivalents


Financial Investments








Other current assets





Total current assets






$ 674,260

$ 588,236

Provisions - program related

$ 2,018,896

$ 1,906,205

Provisions - non-program related



Total Current Liabilities

$ 2,724,174

$ 2,524,234

Provisions - non-program related





Total Non-Current Liabilities









LIABILITIES Current Liabilities



Non-Current Liabilities


$ 2,732,176

$ 2,538,979




EQUITY Reserves Retained Surplus

$12,642,181 $ 6,060,012

$12,642,181 $ 3,159,645





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