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inspiring women fellowships criteria
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The veski inspiring women fellowships are open to female researchers and scientists in the fields of science and innovative technology, primarily in the areas of:
Applications outside of these fields may be considered on a case by case basis.
Recipients of other professional, state, national or international awards are eligible to apply.
To be eligible to apply, applicants must:
- be planning for1, experiencing, or returning from a career break;
- have primary family/carer commitments or other compounding reasons that have prevented or may prevent research outcomes being met, limiting the candidate’s competitiveness in their field2,
- if applicable, provide details of the youngest child who must be a maximum of age 12/grade 6 at primary school;
- be a full-time or a part-time employee at a Victorian academic or research institution at the commencement of the fellowship;
- have Australian citizenship or permanent residency;
- have at least 3 years of continuous full-time professional post-doctoral scientific reaserch experience in their field, up to a maximum of 7 years. The 3-7 years of post-doctoral experience may have been worked at less than 1.0 FTE prior to the fellowship application closing date3 (in this instance post-doctoral experience may then exceed 7 years, but may not exceed FTE equivalent of 7 years).
Assessment and key criteria
Applications will be screened for eligibility on the basis of status at the time of application. All eligible applications for the veski inspiring women fellowships will be considered by the selection panel.
The selection panel will be drawn from the veski’s connected community which comprises members industry and academia from Victoria’s science, technology and innovation sectors.
The selection panel may, from time to time, draw advice and seek assistance from appropriate specialists in the fields of application.
The selection panel will assess applications against the following key criteria:
- demonstrated achievements and impact in the field including outcomes relative to opportunities;
- demonstrated leadership or potential as a future leader for women in STEM, with the ability to enhance cultural change as a promoter, supporter and mentor of scientists across the State of Victoria;
- quality of the research plan & use of funding for time prior to/during/following career break for family/carer responsibilities or other compounding reasons;
- potential impact of the fellowship on the candidate’s capacity for long-term research contributions, career development and restoring/enhancing competitiveness in their field;
- capacity as an ambassador to disseminate knowledge across Victoria; the use of the fellowship to foster a culture of innovators and future leaders, enhance Victoria’s knowledge economy and contribute to public benefit;
- strength of the three referee reports; &
- the Victorian academic or research institute’s statement of support.
The selection panel may request to interview applicants. All applicants may be required to attend face-to-face interviews in the Melbourne CBD. An agreed date is to be determined in early December 2016. Details of these interviews will be advised following the initial review of applications.
It is anticipated that applicants will be notified of the status of their application no later than 16 December 2016.
Obligations of recipients
Successful applicants should note that in the event of an offer and acceptance of a veski inspiring women fellowship, a description of their research may be publicised.
veski inspiring women fellows will be required to include the 2016 veski inspiring women fellowship award in their curriculum vitae, professional biography, publications, presentations and media releases for a period of 10 years from the commencement of the fellowship.
The recipients of the veski inspiring women fellowships may be required to attend an Award Ceremony and be available for any associated media and communication activities.