Commemorative Fellowships
Audrey Harrison Commemorative Fellowship

Allanah Hunt holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Central Qld University, excelling in her chosen field of Creative Writing and Literary Studies. She is currently enrolled in a PhD in Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University, UK 9formerly the Cambridge School of Art) that involves the production of a work of creative writing in addition to a thesis.  Her focus is the role of affect and the dehumanisation of race and gender through the social lenses of media and politics.

Freda Freeman Commemorative Fellowship

Simone Maurer completed a BMus (Hons) in Flute Performance, followed by a MPhil in Music Studies at the University of Cambridge (UK). She has chosen to combine both musicology and music performance at the University of Melbourne. Her thesis focuses on the impacts of body movements in flute performance, taking a music psychology approach.


Commemorative Fellowships

Fiona Russo

Laya Matindoost

Sarah Kilcoyne


Freda Bage 3-year Fellowship

Hila Dafny received Magna Cum Laude for a Bachelor of Nursing from Hebrew University, Jerusalem and also has a Masters in Public Health from the same institution. She has just started a PhD at the University of Southern Queensland. While working as an ICU nurse in Jerusalem, Hila became aware of levels of verbal and physical violence that are directed at nurses by both patients and visitors. This experience has led her to develop a PhD study of how violence towards nurses affects their ability to interact with patients, visitors and colleagues. Despite worldwide recognition of violence against nurses, there has been little research in the Australian context. Hila’s mixed-methods study thus has the potential to influence workplace practice for nurses and raise public awareness of this issue. Hila plans to use this study as a basis for directly influencing public health policy and to develop an academic career.

Molly Budtz-Olsen 3-year Fellowship

Levon Blue has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo, Canada and an MA in Training and Development from Griffith University. She is currently enrolled in a PhD at the School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University. Through her history in financial services and as a consultant on managing financial resources, Levon has become a passionate advocate for better practices in Financial Literacy Education (FLE). Her thesis critically examines the role of FLE in a First Nation Community in Ontario Canada (of which she is a member) to explore the ways in which culture may influence financial decision making, and how an understanding of this may lead to better practices in FLE in general. Levon’s aim is to give back to her own community in an area in which she is both passionate and knowledgeable, to develop the field of FLE, and to influence policy makers, especially in developing Financial Literacy strategies for Indigenous peoples more generally.

Commemorative Fellowships

Hillary Nye

Hillary Nye is a J.S.D. candidate at New York University School of Law, where she also received her LL.M. in legal theory, in 2011. She gained her LL.B in 2008 and B.A. in 2009, with majors in philosophy and political science, from the University of Queensland. Hillary works primarily at the intersection of the disciplines of philosophy and law. In particular, she is interested in methodological questions about the way in which we put forward and defend positions in legal philosophy. Her work questions the dominant place of conceptual analysis in answering jurisprudential questions, and draws on philosophical pragmatism for new ways to approach the core questions in the field. Her doctoral project uses this critical methodological approach to explore the connection between the Rule of Law, autonomy, and law. Her work has been funded by NYU, as well as the Institute for Humane Studies, which twice awarded her a Humane Studies Fellowship. The Rosemary Venton Commemorative Fellowship will enable her to focus full-time on finishing her dissertation and preparing to enter the academic market. 

Jacqueline Murdoch

Jacqueline Murdoch is a junior doctor who has worked most recently in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. She has a BSc/BA (2004) and MBBS (Hons.) (2010) from the University of Queensland and is currently undertaking a Master of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Jacqueline is enrolled in the Health and Social Behaviour concentration and is particularly interested in community women's health interventions and gender-based violence prevention. Her achievements at UQ include being awarded the Ben Adsett Memorial Prize for Community Health and the Eric W Peet Memorial Prize for Medical Ethics. She intends to return to Australia to complete general practice and public health training and to combine a clinical and academic/policy career. The fellowship will contribute to Jacqueline's tuition fees at Harvard.

Nisha Yadev

Nisha Yadev - The potential to use one’s knowledge for improvement and benefit of community, country and individual is the greatest significance of Education. My educational aspirations consist of Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics under guidance of the international researchers of University of Queensland. On the other hand, my career vision is to one day be able to deliver contribution towards improving global public health. I am a hardworking and passionate student and this passion for studies have always help to excel in my academics. I was among the top 5% students of my university during my bachelors however I topped my university for scoring highest score in my masters. I am also the few students who have qualified the national level entrance exam for masters. I have number of seminar, conferences and publications to my credit. After my masters, I started working as a Research Executive in Research and Development organization involved in development of novel drug delivery systems. During my Master’s research and job, I have come to imbibe the virtues of determination and perseverance required in research. This desire and determination aroused my interest towards the ongoing research work at the University of Queensland. However being an international student, finance to take care of expenses during my study programme was biggest hurdle of my dream path. At that stage, I heard of Fellowship Fund Inc. (FFI) through an Australian scholarship website and applied for it. Although it is very competitive, the support and experienced personnel’s of FFI made this competition very easy. Today I must say that my dream and hope are saved by Commemorative Fellowship offered by FFI. I am grateful to find opportunities like the one that Fellowship Fund Inc. is providing to women students like me who are so passionate and dedicated to receive an education. The kind of work FFI is doing is Nobel in real sense and is playing a crucial role in women empowerment. Hats Off….

Uzma Sehrish has a Mathematics degrees from the University of Punjab, Lahore and Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University, Quetta, Pakistan, where she lectured in Mathematics from 2006-2011.  Since 2011 she has completed a coursework MSc at QUT and is enrolled in a Masters of Applied Science (Research), which she plans to articulate to a PhD. Her research is at the interface of Mathematics and Biological Sciences and involves the mathematical modelling of growth factor delivery to cutaneous wounds. Her work thus aims to provide theoretical insights into the design of a drug delivery system to improve wound healing. On completion of her studies at QUT, Uzma plans to return to a University position in her home province, Balochistan, which is particularly deprived of tertiary educators. 

  Natalie Elms has a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from RMIT. After a number of years working in the international corporate sector, Natalie returned to study and is currently enrolled in an MA(Research) in Business at QUT, studying selection processes for corporate board membership. She has been accepted into a PhD program at the same institution to continue her research into behavioural corporate governance through a qualitative study of the barriers to womens’ participation on corporate boards. A PhD in this area will not only provide evidence for why women’s participation on corporate boards is so marginal, but also will enable Natalie to switch fully into an academic career.


Morenikeji Akinlotan
Morenikeji is a BSc Mathematics graduate from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma from the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences which attracts academically excellent students. She is enrolled in PhD in the Science and Engineering Faculty of QUT commencing in 2013. Her proposed research integrates mathematical modeling and epidemiology with the aim of improving understanding of the immune response to infections of Chlamydia Trachomatis.  Morenikeji is seeking support to cover tuition fees during her studies at QUT and intends to return to Nigeria to apply her research outcomes both in informing public health policy and identifying risk factors for preventative medicine. 2013 Freda Bage 3 year Fellowship.

Caitlin Goss
Caitlin is BA(Hons)/LLB(Hons) graduate of UQ who is currently completing her DPhil at Oxford University. She is researching the implementation of interim constitutions in countries during the peace-building process after conflict. This area of modern constitution-making has received little academic attention and her research will be highly regarded. She aims to work in an advisory legal capacity to bodies such as the UN supporting states in constitution building before returning to academia in Australia. Her outstanding academic record resulted in the award of a 2009 Rhodes Scholarship (Queensland) which fully funded the first three years of her MPhil/DPhil studies and now just covers tuition for the remaining time. Caitlin is seeking support for living expenses for the final year of her studies.

Jennifer Fox
Jennifer is graduate of both UQ (B Commerce, 1979 & PGCert Nursing, 2011) as well as QUT (B Nursing, 2009). She recently converted from a MSc to PhD (QUT) and is researching the processes and practices around the transition to palliative care for people living with metastatic melanoma. Her studies to date have identified significant gap in practice relating to this specific but common and aggressive form of cancer. Her studies examine the transition to palliative care from the perspectives of both the patients and the medical practitioners. Jennifer's personal journey catalysed her career change and provide her with unique experience and passion to succeed evidenced in her excellent academic record. The fellowship will enable her to focus on her studies full time.

Onanong Thippimol
Onanong is graduate of Thammasat University (Thailand) and is currently enrolled in a PhD at UQ studying the implementation of Shariah law in Indonesia. She is a skilled linguist which enables her to access government records in Indonesia and ultimately in Holland. Her research will provide valuable understanding in the processes of implementation fo Syariah law in the Thai context but also more widely in the context of Islamic law across the South East Asia region. Onanong is already a high regarded academic at one of Thailand's leading Universities and this research will enhance her expertise and status as an expert in Indonesian history and Islamic law. She has a scholarship from her University which covers tuition and basic living expenses, the fellowship will provide remaining living expenses and the support field work required to access government records for her research.

Anne Whittingham
Anne is the current 2012 Freda Freeman Commemorative Fellowship recipient, a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, she commenced an MPhil in Cultural Studies at UQ in 2012. Anne has a very strong academic record, strong linguistic skills and a background in Japanese literary studies and gender perspectives. She recently successfully converted to a PhD program which researching the appeal of 'boy's love manga' to female readers through analysis of graphic & semantic representations of dynamic relationships. The role of this form of manga in portraying themes related to sexuality has significance in social constructs. Anne is pursuing an academic career and the fellowship will contribute to international tuition fees and living expenses.