The Premier’s Science Fellowship Program (Fellowship Program) aims to attract Premier's Science Fellows (distinguished researchers and leaders of international prominence) and Premier's Early to Mid-Career (EMC) Fellows (supporting EMC researchers) to Western Australia.
The intention is that each round of the Fellowship Program will appoint a Premier's Science Fellow and a Premier's EMC Fellow in an area of need/opportunity (Area of Research) within a different State Government science priority area or that cuts across State Government science priority areas, subject to the availability of funding.
Appointed Fellows will be expected to increase Western Australia’s capabilities and capacities in the Area of Research; deliver benefits and opportunities to the State; improve collaboration; enhance engagement with industry and other end-users; attract research funding; and be ambassadors for science in Western Australia, including for the general public.
Applications have now closed for the 2018 Round of the Fellowship Program, which will provide funding support for a package of a Premier's Science Fellow and a Premier's EMC Fellow to address the following Area of Research in Western Australia:
Automation; robotics; artificial intelligence; and/or machine learning.
Western Australia has existing strengths in the Area of Research and associated applications, particularly in the resources and energy industries. These include autonomous haulage trucks operating in mines in the State's north and Rio Tinto's AutoHaul project, which will deliver the world's first fully autonomous, long-distance heavy haul rail network.
The 2018 Round offers the opportunity for Western Australia to build on the Area of Research and associated applications related to the resources and energy industries, and/or to grow the Area of Research and associated applications in other sectors, such as the agricultural and space industries.
See the 2017 Round page for more information.
For more information about the Fellowship Program, please contact:
Dr Ros Dilworth
Senior Policy Officer
Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
Phone: +61 8 9222 0741