Centenary Fellowships

Centenary Fellowships

Michael Low working in a lab

In 2015, we celebrated our centenary and reflected on 100 years of discoveries for humanity. These discoveries include:

  • Professor Don Metcalf’s identification of CSFs (colony stimulating factors) – a discovery that has helped more than 20 million patients worldwide recover from chemotherapy.
  • The development of the procedure for growing the influenza virus in sufficient quantities to produce the flu vaccine.
  • Identifying that the immune system can attack the body’s own tissue, causing autoimmune diseases. Autoimmunity is now universally accepted as the cause of diseases such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease.

We are also looking to the future by inviting our donors to support our best and brightest young researchers. It is these researchers who will make key discoveries in the next decade.

What is a Centenary Fellowship?

A Centenary Fellowship provides $100,000 per annum for five years to an early career researcher undertaking research here at the institute.

Why do these young researchers need our support?

The early career stage is a defining period in the life of a medical researcher, and one that is becoming increasingly difficult to survive.

Fewer than one in five scientists succeed in securing federal funding for their medical research yet more than half of all applications are deemed worthy of funding.

Younger researchers have to compete against senior researchers for increasingly limited funding, and their lack of an established track record is a significant barrier to success.

Why support our best and brightest young scientists?

By funding a Centenary Fellowship, you will be helping us attract and retain the most promising young researchers from Australia and overseas.

Together we can make sure that future generations of Australians continue to benefit from the latest medical knowledge and world-class treatments.

What recognition can we offer you?

As thanks for your remarkable support of our Centenary Fellowships, it is our pleasure to offer:

  • Recognition on the honour wall and in the discovery timeline at the institute.
  • Acknowledgment on our website and in our annual report.
  • An invitation to an annual dinner with the chairman, board, director and fellowship recipients for an update on research progress.
  • An invitation to become an institute member.
  • An opportunity to join an exclusive study tour in 2020, led by our director, to visit our leading collaborators in the United States (travel costs to be borne by interested donors).

Your gift will directly support a promising young male or female researcher

Direct your gift to support an institute-named Centenary Fellowship:

  1. Dora Lush Centenary Fellowship for an outstanding young female scientist.
  2. Eddie Brownstein Centenary Fellowship for an outstanding young male scientist.

Who were Dora Lush and Eddie Brownstein?

Is my support of a Centenary Fellowship tax deductible?

Yes, any donation of more than $2 to the institute is tax deductible.

How can I find out more about funding a Centenary Fellowship?

If you would like to discuss funding a named Centenary Fellowship or a fellowship in a particular area of research, please contact Head of Fundraising Susanne Williamson on 03 9345 2962 or williamson.s@wehi.edu.au for a confidential conversation.