Official news, updates and media releases on the Menzies Foundation activity are available here.

The convergence of gambling and gaming

27 July 2015

SallyGainsbury2014 webHaving represented the Australian Psychological Society at Science Meets Parliament earlier this year, and with her latest research on the convergence of gambling and gaming due to be released, Dr Sally Gainsbury is scaling the heights of professional success.

Getting the big picture in water management

21 July 2015

Engineer Mahala McLindin at LulworthMahala McLindin is the 2013 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholar in Engineering. She spent 2014 at the University of Oxford undertaking a masters in Water Science, Policy and Management. She will present her dissertation in Brisbane at the International Rivers Symposium in September this year.

Call for outstanding law graduates

15 July 2015


The Menzies Foundation is looking for outstanding law graduates who are shaping up to be the next generation of leaders and looking to do further postgraduate study overseas. Applications are open now for two scholarships valued at up to $75,000.

Life-changing experiences for a lawyer at Oxford

15 July 2015

David Heaton Graduation Oxford

Later this month, 2013 Menzies Scholar in Law, David Heaton, will come back to Australia to present part of his thesis at a Constitutional Law conference at the University of Melbourne.

As the Menzies Foundation puts out its annual call for the legal leaders of tomorrow to apply for our law and international law scholarships, David told us a bit about his experiences at Oxford.

No separation of medical and mental health

13 July 2015

Professor Adrian Liston

2005 NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellow, Professor Adrian Liston, is one of the researchers in an important study which provides new insights into the cause of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), underscoring the connection between psychological factors and the immune system.

Former Chief Scientist joins Menzies Board

18 June 2015

Dr John Stocker AOWith a distinguished career in pharmaceutical research and extensive experience in the commercialisation of research and development, former Chief Executive of the CSIRO, Dr John Stocker AO, has strengthened the research credentials of the Menzies Foundation board.

John has served in a number of pre-eminent science roles including the Australian Government's Chief Scientist, Chairman of the Australian Science and Technology Council and as a member of the Australian Research Council.

Menzies scholarship open for leading engineers

16 June 2015:

Menzies Engineering scholarship opensThe 2016 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Engineering, valued at up to $75,000 per year, is now open for applications.

The Menzies Foundation is looking for outstanding engineers who are shaping up to be the next generation of leaders and looking to do further postgraduate study overseas.

Allied Health scholarship deadline: 2 weeks

15 June 2015

Allied Health scholarship deadline: 2 weeksThere are two weeks remaining to submit an application for the $55,000 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship in the Allied Health Sciences.

The Menzies Foundation is looking for outstanding allied health researchers shaping up to be the next generation of leaders in their field, who are working to improve the health of Australians.

Menzies scholar leads HBS Women’s Student Association

10 June 2015

Angela Winkle HBS 2015Since arriving at Harvard Business School (HBS) last August, Angela Winkle has been taking advantage of the opportunity to take risks and get involved, including becoming a semi-finalist in the HBS New Ventures Competition and the Co-President of the Women's Student Association.

The 2014 Menzies Scholar to Harvard has learnt it's not enough to take the safe, successful path.

What do we know about natural killer cells?

4 June 2015

AIL symposium Dr Nick Huntington - photo credit Joanna Groom WEHIMRHow do specialised immune cells – known as natural killer (NK) cells – develop in our bodies and protect us from infection and cancer?

100 Australian and international specialists and students will come together next week to address these topics at the Walter + Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) for the First Australian Innate Lymphocyte Symposium (AILS2015) sponsored by the Menzies Foundation.

Dr Nick Huntington, Laboratory Head for the Molecular Immunology Division at WEHI and 2006 RG Menzies/NHMRC Fellow, is the chief organiser of this premier research symposium.

Three awarded RG Menzies Scholarships to Harvard

21 May 2015: 

Patrick Mayoh, one of three awarded RG Menzies Scholarships to Harvard A Mandarin-speaking future foreign minister, a budding social entrepreneur and a leader with a fierce determination to address rising inequality in Australia are heading to Harvard University.

The three outstanding performers in their respective fields have been awarded this year’s RG Menzies Scholarships to Harvard.

The scholarships valued at US$60,000 each are Australia's most prestigious national awards for postgraduate study in the United States and are jointly awarded by the Harvard Club of Australia, the Australian National University and the Menzies Foundation.

Bone stem cell breakthrough

7 May 2015

Bone stem cells - Dan WorthleySouth Australian gastroenterologist, cancer research fellow and 2009 NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellow, Dr Daniel Worthley, is making his mark in stem cell research. 

Potential treatments to prevent osteoarthritis and osteoporosis and treat cancer could result from research conducted by Dr Worthley and his colleagues at Columbia University Medical Centre.

Published recently in one of the world’s leading science journals, Cell, the research found that bone stem cells regenerate both bone and cartilage in adult mice. Researchers also discovered that osteochondroreticular (OCR) stem cells contributed to bone repair when they were transplanted to a fracture site.

Demonstrating our impact

4 May 2015

Menzies Foundation Annual Report 2014Little did 2014 Menzies Scholar in Engineering, David Bowly, realise he would feature on the front cover of the new-look Menzies Foundation annual report when he and his fellow walkers took on the Snowdonia National Park in Wales.

David’s leap into the unknown perhaps reflects some of our adventurous and tenacious scholars who are featured in the Menzies Foundation Annual Report 2014.