A partnership between the Australian-American Fulbright Commission and RMIT has created two new scholarships, strengthening binational educational collaboration between Australia and the US.
The Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is for a US citizen to work at RMIT for 6 months, with particular focus on innovation and entrepreneurship.
The new Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship is for an Australian citizen from any academic background to conduct study or research in the US for 10 months.
RMIT will also offer the successful postdoctoral candidate a three-year Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship upon their return from the US, to further consolidate the relationship between the University and the host US institution.
Dr Tangerine Holt, Executive Director of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, was excited about the future of this new collaboration with RMIT.
“RMIT University is one of Australia’s most renowned institutions for entrepreneurship and innovation, and Melbourne is a fantastic environment to foster new binational collaborations in this area,” Holt said.
“We hope that this new partnership will contribute to Australia’s burgeoning Knowledge Economy, and further solidify RMIT’s reputation as a leading, internationally recognised educational think-tank.”
Professor Calum Drummond, RMIT Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President, said the partnership would offer exciting opportunities for collaborative research that creates knowledge and makes a real impact.
“As a global university of technology, design and enterprise, RMIT is delighted to partner with the Fulbright Commission and deepen our research links with leading US institutions,” he said.
“Investing in a research scholarship program that focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation will build new expertise in this critical area, stimulating interest and building capability for both Australia and the US.”
The new agreement was formally signed at a ceremony at RMIT last month.
Story: Gosia Kaszubska