Leadership takes many forms - video released

26 May 2016

Premala Thiagarajan, 2004 Menzies Scholar in LawWhat do Australia’s highest profile neurologist researching treatment and prevention options for MND, researchers exploring safeguards to gambling addiction and improving treatment for glaucoma, a public lawyer who uses her legal skills to improve the relationships between people, and an architect who takes her design skills to disaster zones have in common?

Five Menzies Scholars from different disciplines are the stars of a new video production, ‘Leadership takes many forms’, which is being used to promote the Foundation’s work and encourage future leaders to apply for prestigious postgraduate scholarships named in honour of Australia’s longest-serving prime minster.

The Menzies Foundation decided the best way to illustrate the benefit of the Menzies scholarships and fellowships was to give the scholars the platform to tell their stories.

The new video features:

  • Youngest ever Australian Professor of Neurology, Bushell Chair of Neurology and Co-Director of the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney and Chair of Motor Neurone Disease Australia’s Research Committee, Professor Matthew Kiernan, 1998 NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellow in Medicine (Sydney)
  • Gambling and gaming researcher with the Gambling Treatment Clinic at the University of Sydney, Senior Lecturer at Southern Cross University and psychologist, Dr Sally Gainsbury, 2007 Scholar in Allied Health Research (Sydney)
  • Commercial and public lawyer with List A Barristers, Premala Thiagarajan, 2004 Menzies Scholar in Law (Melbourne)
  • Founder of Architects without Frontiers and Professor of Architecture at RMIT University, Professor Esther Charlesworth, 1993-94 Harvard Menzies Scholar (Melbourne)
  • Researcher with the Centre for Eye Research Australia and NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow, Dr Zhichao Wu, 2013 Menzies Scholar in Allied Health Research (San Diego, via Melbourne and Brisbane).
    The Menzies Foundation awards prestigious post graduate scholarships in law, engineering, medicine and allied health.

“We are looking for future leaders who are going to use their skills and expertise to benefit all Australians,” Menzies Foundation CEO, Sarah Hardy said.

“And we are keen to expand this suite of scholarships into the much needed areas of STEM and Innovation in coming years.”

As Professor Jonathan Crowston, Managing Director of the Centre for Eye Research Australia says in the video, “I think the best investment you can make is in someone who is early on in their career.”

Director of the Menzies Foundation and granddaughter of Sir Robert Menzies, Diana Menzies, also features in the video presentation at the University of Melbourne, where her grandfather studied law and was later Chancellor, speaking about what the Foundation looks for in scholars.

“What we look for is someone who has the capacity to inspire others. We want to see that vision for the future.

“My grandfather really was given the opportunities he had in life because he was given a scholarship as a young boy and I think he valued the opportunity to be the best that he could be. And he wanted that for all Australians regardless of their circumstances.”

The Menzies Research Scholarship in the Allied Health Sciences (valued at $40,000 per year for two years) is currently open for applications, with Engineering set to open on 1 June and Law and International Law scholarships opening in July.

As Menzies Scholar to Harvard, Professor Esther Charlesworth says “Anyone can have a go. It (the Menzies Scholarship) is not just open to a select elite.”

To support the work of the Menzies scholarship program visit: http://menziesfoundation.org.au/donate