Ten early- to mid-career researchers have been awarded Rutherford Discovery Fellowships that support them to accelerate their research careers in New Zealand.
The awarded Fellows’ research programme spans a wide variety of interesting questions such as how best to manage whale stranding by determining factors that influence animal stress and survival, understanding potential longer-term social impacts of traumatic brain injuries (concussions), exploring how to support refugee integration in Aotearoa, and the development of minimally-invasive methods to detect gastrointestinal disorders.
The fellowships seek to attract, retain and grow New Zealand’s most talented early- to mid-career researchers and support their career development by helping them to establish a track record for future research leadership. A few of the new fellows will be returning from overseas to take up these fellowships.
Chief Executive of Royal Society Te Apārangi, Dr Andrew Cleland FRSNZ, says it will be exciting to watch the career paths of these researchers, who are in disciplines as diverse as philosophy, bioengineering, ecology and astrophysics.
“The Fellowships support them to explore the area they are most interested in and potentially build a team around them. It allows them to build on their skills and networks to establish themselves as world class research leaders based in New Zealand.
“While selected entirely on merit, it is pleasing to see that this year six of the 10 fellowships have been awarded to females.”
The Rutherford Discovery Fellowships receive government funding of $8 million per annum, and award $800,000 over five years to each Research Fellow. There are at least 50 Rutherford Discovery Fellows supported at any one time.
Royal Society Te Apārangi manages the fellowships programme on behalf of government.
For 2018, the Rutherford Discovery Fellowship recipients are: