The Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, has announced 209 Future Fellowships totalling $151 million.


"This round of fellowships will bring 12 Australian researchers back home to undertake their research in Australia," Senator Evans said.


"It also brings 23 international researchers to our shores to experience the great research opportunities we offer here and to share their knowledge with Australian researchers.


Amongst projects funded by Future Fellowships are:

  • Advance the understanding of key mechanisms promoting unstable breathing in sleep and ill health and functioning from disturbed sleep;
  • Explore the effects and benefits of the Gold Coast Rapid Transit rail project - the biggest public transport project in Australia;
  • Focus on the health and wellbeing of adolescents in the Northern Territory, 40 per cent of whom are Indigenous, to provide an evidence base to inform health policy, identify transformative life skills and the ways to translate these into practice; and
  • Investigate how animals are responding to extreme climatic events and understand if their response is fast enough for them to avoid extinction.


The Future Fellowships scheme began in 2009, to increase the opportunities for highly qualified mid-career researchers to work in Australia, rather than overseas.


For more information on the 209 new fellows and their research, visit