Guelma Alexander Clinical Fellowship in Neuroscience - applications open


The Guelma Alexander Clinical Fellowship has been made available via an endowment made possible by a generous donation by Elizabeth Anne Alexander AM, the 21st Chancellor of the University of Melbourne (2011 - 2016). The fellowship will be used to support an Early Career Clinician Researcher undertaking a project of significance in clinical translational neuroscience. Elizabeth Anne Alexander has named the fellowship in honour of her mother, Guelma Alexander.

These funds will be used on an annual basis to build capacity in the space between clinical research and fundamental science. By directly supporting research costs, the Melbourne Neuroscience Institute will be able to attract and/or retain top fellows from around the world.

The fellowship will provide project support to an early career clinician-researcher who is up to 3 years post PhD (by research), to enable continuation of a neuroscience-related research project that is of demonstrated significance in the translational neuroscience domain.


One fellowship of $23,000 is available over a one-year period. The fellowship shall be made available for research to be conducted in 2019. It is intended to help grow independence for a post PhD clinician researcher as they further develop a translational research project in to the clinic. Examples of projects that may be supported include:

  • Development of imaging modalities that have a direct clinical or diagnostic benefit
  • Enabling screening of a promising drug compound developed during the applicants PhD research.

The fellowship may be used to fund travel to further the aforementioned aims.


  • You must be a clinician-researcher who graduated with a PhD after 1st January 2016 or will graduate before 31st December 2018.
  • You should be employed or affiliated* with the University or be an academic visitor of a Department of the University of Melbourne at the time of the award.
  • Certified as a registered health care professional (AHPRA) who is currently undertaking clinical practice.

(*) The term ‘affiliated with’ the University when pertaining to an individual has a special meaning and applies to a member of a formally affiliated body, whereby the affiliated body has entered in to an affiliation agreement with the University and, the staff member of the affiliated body on recommendation of its Head and approval of the University, has been appointed an Honorary position. See the University’s REGULATION 9.60.R1 – AFFILIATED BODIES


The fellowship may be suitable for an applicant who is drawing an income as a clinician post PhD completion, but needs to advance an established translational neuroscience (RHD) project prior to commencing post-doctoral studies overseas.

Guelma Alexander Fellowship guidelines

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