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Applications Open for 2024 Centenary Fellowships

The best and brightest among Australian researchers are invited to apply for two awards worth more than $1 million over five years.

CSL Centenary Fellowships

CSL is accepting applications for the 2024 CSL Centenary Fellowships, a research funding program that the global biotech company has awarded to Australia’s top biomedical researchers since 2016.

Worth $1.25 million over five years, the awards support discovery and translational medical research. The Centenary Fellowship, established to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary, seeks applicants who are mid-career scientists (four to 10 years post-doctoral) interested in undertaking world-class medical research at an Australian not-for-profit institute.

Learn more about the Centenary Fellowship application process. This year’s deadline is July 31 and applicants will be notified by September 30.

CSL was first established in Australia and has since grown into a global biotech company with 32,000 employees worldwide that provides medicines in 100 countries. The company makes medicines for rare and serious diseases, as well as vaccines.

CSL leaders say the flagship fellowship program recognizes research excellence and demonstrates how CSL delivers on its promise to foster a thriving medical research community in Australia.

“Australia is home to CSL’s global hub for early research and translational medicine. We are honored to be able to support Australian scientists with these fellowships and contribute to the future success of Australia’s biomedical research community,” said Dr Andrew Nash, CSL’s Chief Scientific Officer and Head of Research.

The fellows’ work is wide ranging – probing key questions about fundamental biology, disease pathogenesis and new approaches to diagnosis and treatment. The 2023 fellows are Dr. Michelle Boyle, who is investigating improved vaccines against malaria, and Dr. Samuel Forster, who is researching potential new treatments for inflammatory bowel disease.

There are now 10 active CSL Centenary Fellows and four Fellowship alumni. Past and current fellows work at QIMR Berghofer Institute, the Queensland Brain Institute, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Monash University, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Menzies School of Health Research, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Burnet Institute, Hudson Institute of Medical Research and The University of Queensland.

The winners of the 2024 CSL Centenary Fellowships will be announced October 12 in conjunction with the annual conference of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.