Thirty two elite Australian scholars from among the 2016 Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship and Research Fellowship recipients are being honoured at a gala dinner at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra tonight.
Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the annual Endeavour Programme had achieved outstanding success since it began in 2003.
“The programme helps exceptional Australian scholars study or undertake research overseas and also funds scholars from other countries to study in Australia,” Senator Colbeck said.
Of the 698 scholarship and fellowship recipients, 198 are Australians and 500 are citizens of other countries.
“The awards extend invaluable experience to our best and brightest, who might otherwise miss out on the career opportunities that international exposure offers.
Senator Colbeck paid particular tribute to Dr Katherine Benfer for helping Bangladeshi children at risk of cerebral palsy, and Emma Lee, an Indigenous researcher whose expertise in parks and wildlife management is achieving great results.
“The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships strengthen Australia’s reputation for education excellence and support valuable research collaboration between institutions,” Senator Colbeck said.
“The areas of research are diverse, ranging from managing environmental risks to influencing health strategies, and their work has regional and global significance.
“The Australian Government supports international student mobility through a range of scholarships, grants and loan programmes to promote ongoing connections between Australia and the world.”