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Fulbright Scholarship

Fulbright Program is the flagship foreign exchange scholarship program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship foreign exchange scholarship program of the United States of America, aimed at increasing binational collaboration, cultural understanding, and the exchange of ideas. These prestigious scholarships are awarded across senior, professional, postgraduate and postdoctoral categories in a broad range of disciplines, including science, arts, law, health and leadership.

Born in the aftermath of WWII, the program was established by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946. Since its establishment, the Fulbright Program has grown to become the largest educational exchange program in the world. Since its inception in Australia in 1949, the Fulbright Commission has awarded over 5,000 scholarships, creating a vibrant and interconnected network of Australian Alumni.

The Co-Chairs of the Australian American Fulbright Commission are the Australian Prime Minister and the US Ambassador to Australia.

Go to the Australian American Fulbright Commission to find out more.

Fulbright NT Scholarship

In 2010 the Northern Territory became the last jurisdiction in Australia to join the Fulbright Scholarship Program, with a sponsored NT scholarship supported by Charles Darwin University, Blackboard Australia and the NT Government.

The Fulbright NT Scholarship is only open to Northern Territory residents (all Fulbright Scholarship applicants must be Australian citizens) and can be awarded in any scholarship category – Postgraduate, Postdoctoral, Senior or Professional.

Applicants must apply online on the Fulbright website. In the first round of the selection process applicants are assessed and shortlisted by the Northern Territory Fulbright Selection Committee. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by the Committee in Darwin, NT, the Committee will then make recommendations to the Fulbright National Selection Committee on the preferred candidate/s. Shortlisted NT Fulbright applicants are also automatically considered in the national Fulbright Scholarships pool.

Applications open

Applications for Fulbright Scholarships to work and study in the USA in 2024 are currently open and close on 5 July 2023.

Fulbright NT Scholarship Sponsors

Fulbright NT sponsors

NT Fulbright Alumni

2023 - Christina White

Christina White

Home Institution Charles Darwin University
Host Institution TBC
Award Name

Fulbright Northern Territory Scholarship,

Funded by Charles Darwin University, NT Government and Blackboard Inc.
Discipline Law
Award Year 2023
Christina White

Christina is a criminal defence lawyer at the Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons)/Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Sydney. She has also worked as a Tipstaff at the Supreme Court of New South Wales and as a Senior Solicitor at the Crown Solicitor’s Office in New South Wales.

With her Fulbright Scholarship, Christina will pursue a Master of Laws (LLM) specialising in criminal justice. She will examine the criminalisation of mental health issues and solutions to mass incarceration. Her research will focus on the nexus between mental illness and intoxication in criminal law.

2022 - Dr Katarzyna Golebiowska, Sarah Davis

Dr Katarzyna Golebiowska

Home Institution Charles Darwin University
Host Institution Emory University
Award Name Fulbright Professional Coral Sea Scholarship (Business/Industry)
Discipline Migration studies, Entrepreneurship
Award Year 2022
 Kate Golebiowska

As a Fulbright scholar, Kate will explore and experience the Emory University Goizueta Business School’s business accelerator for immigrant and minority micro-entrepreneurs, most of whom are women.

This program is delivered in partnership with place-based organisations. Kate will leverage the insights from Goizueta’s business accelerator model to design a framework for establishing a similar initiative for immigrant women micro-entrepreneurs in Darwin. She will develop new collaborative research networks that will advance our mutual understanding of immigrant women’s entrepreneurship.

Kate plans to utilise her newly acquired knowledge to contribute to conversations in Australia about how university-led partnerships in acceleration can promote immigrant women’s empowerment and inclusion through micro-enterprise and positively impact communities.

Sarah Davis

Home Institution PwC Indigenous Consulting
Host Institution Stanford University
Award Name

Fulbright Northern Territory Scholarship, funded by Charles Darwin University, NT Government and Blackboard Inc.

Discipline Science Policy
Award Year 2022
Sarah Davis

Sarah graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelors of Advanced Science with First Class Honours and Arts with Distinction.

During university, Sarah undertook research at the Garvan Institute and worked and studied in China and Singapore. After this, she was a consultant where her work focused on strategy and reform in the public sector.

She is passionate about social equity and currently works in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory where she has created the first high school STEM mentoring program for the NT.

Sarah believes strongly in Australia’s potential as a modern, 21st century scientific society and she will use her Fulbright scholarship to explore public and private sector mechanisms to accelerate the capture and translation of scientific and technological advances from the laboratory to Australian society.

2021 - Dr Adelle Sefton-Rowston

Dr Adelle Sefton-Rowston

Home Institution Charles Darwin University
Host Institution Auburn University
Award Name Fulbright Northern Territory Scholarship Funded by Charles Darwin University, NT Government and Blackboard Pty Ltd
Discipline Literature and Creative Writing
Award Year 2021
Adelle Sefton-Rowston

Adelle is a senior lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing at Charles Darwin University.

Her research project is entitled: Ywrite: a prison arts education program for the Northern Territory and aims to measure the emotional and psychological impacts of prison arts education, particularly the well-being and self-efficacy of incarcerated students.

The creative and critical analysis of artwork and creative writing from within prison will assist her in better understanding issues related to mass incarceration, and how to impact prison transformation through the arts. Adelle will use her Fulbright scholarship to teach literature and creative writing across fifteen correctional centres in Alabama under the auspice of Kyes Stevens, who is director of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project at Auburn University.

Her goal is to develop a state of the art prison education program that addresses literacy and voice poverty through an accessible and online rehabilitation program.

2020 - Dr Sarmad Akkach
Dr Sarmad Akkach

Dr Sarmad Akkach

Fulbright Future and Northern Territory Postgraduate Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)

Sarmad, a surgical trainee and researcher with expertise in Aboriginal eye health and rural eye care delivery, is dedicated to the global eradication of preventable blindness. He holds a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) from the University of Sydney. Since graduating, he has worked in Alice Springs, Broken Hill, and Melbourne and is involved in regular outreach work in Myanmar, Ethiopia, and Vanuatu. As a Fulbright Scholar, Sarmad will undertake a Master of Public Health, where he will conduct research into novel methods of eye care delivery in rural and low-resource settings. Sarmad remains optimistic that the solution to ending cataract blindness is within reach and, through his research in the U.S., hopes to identify and work towards the most effective means of achieving this.

2019 - Dr Renee Bartolo, Dr Benedict Scambary, Professor James A. Smith
Home Institution Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist, Department of the Environment and Energy
Host Institution National UAS Project Office, United States Geological Survey
Award Name Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Discipline Environmental Assessment
Award Year 2019
Dr Renee Bartolo

Dr Renee Bartolo - Senior Scholars

Renee is a Principal Research Scientist with the Supervising Scientist Branch, Department of the Environment and Energy, and is currently the Team Leader of the Ecosystem Restoration and Landform Group. The Supervising Scientist Branch is responsible for providing independent science advice on the rehabilitation of Ranger Uranium Mine, including the development of environmental standards and monitoring programs. Renee has established a leading practice drone program to undertake these activities.

Renee will use her Fulbright Scholarship to develop guidelines for the effective use of drones in environmental assessment and monitoring in collaboration with the National Unmanned Aerial System Project Office, United States Geological Survey, with a view to establish a long-term exchange of capabilities and knowledge. This project aims to address the gap between research and development in the application of drones and their operational use in measuring and monitoring the environment, particularly in government agencies.

Home Institution  Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority
Host Institution  Columbia University
Award Name    Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship
Discipline               Indigenous Land Rights
Award Year 2019
Dr Benedict Scambary

Dr Benedict Scambary - Postdoctoral Scholars

Ben is an anthropologist with nearly 30 years’ experience working with Aboriginal people in Australia’s Northern Territory. He has an extensive background in land claims, native title claims, cultural heritage protection, dispute mediation and agreement making, particularly in the context of mining and resource development in Australia’s remote north. Ben is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority, and is responsible for the protection of sacred sites in the Northern Territory.

Ben will use his Fulbright scholarship to continue his research on livelihoods, aspirations, identity, and modes of alternate economic engagement in the context of treaties between American First Nations and the state with a focus on natural resource development projects.  He will be based in the Anthropology Department at Columbia University in New York. He intends to forge research and collaboration opportunities as the Northern Territory embarks on the negotiation of a Treaty.

Home Institution Menzies School of Health Research
Host Institution Gender and Health Research Lab, School of Social Work, University of Michigan /Center for Research on Men’s Health, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Vanderbilt University
Award Name Fulbright Northern Territory Scholarship Funded by the Northern Territory Government, Charles Darwin University and Blackboard Ltd.
Discipline Public Health.
Award Year 2019
Professor James A. Smith

Professor James A. Smith - Senior Scholars

James is a Father Frank Flynn Fellow at Menzies School of Health Research, and holds honorary academic appointments at the University of Sydney, Curtin University, Charles Darwin University and the University of Saskatchewan. His applied research interests have spanned alcohol harm minimisation, Indigenous health/education, health literacy, and men’s health. James is a Fellow of the Australian Health Promotion Association, current Editor-in-Chief of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia, and an Editorial Advisory Board member of the International Journal of Men’s Social and Community Health.

James’ Fulbright project will focus on synthesising global evidence to improve health promotion strategies aimed at reducing health inequities among young black men. This will involve learning from recent achievements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male health in Australia, and comparing these with strategies adopted in African-American and Native American men’s health contexts in the U.S. This work will enhance international men’s health policy discourses.

2018 - Dr Anna Ralph, Dr David Crook and Amy Dennison
Home Institution Menzies School of Health Research
Host Institution School of Medicine, University of California San Francisco
Award Name Fulbright Northern Territory Scholar
Discipline Medicine
Award Year 2018
Dr Anna Ralph

Dr Anna Ralph - Senior Scholar 

Anna is Associate Professor at the Global and Tropical Health division at Menzies School of Heath Research, a specialist in Infectious Diseases at Royal Darwin Hospital, and Clinical Director of Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia. Anna’s research goals are to improve outcomes for people with diseases of disadvantage, focusing on tuberculosis and rheumatic fever. Her research has led to health system strengthening for better tuberculosis control in eastern Indonesia; new knowledge on host responses to tuberculosis infection; research capacity building in Australian Aboriginal communities; and improved understanding of the diagnosis and management of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.

This opportunity will allow Anna to draw on world-class implementation research skills at UCSF to develop a comprehensive strategy for the elimination of rheumatic heart disease as a public health problem. Skills gained will also strengthen the Menzies tuberculosis research program, and will build important valuable ties.

Home Institution  Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University
Host Institution  Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Award Name    Fulbright Professional Scholarship
Discipline               Fisheries Research
Award Year 2018
David Crook

David Crook  - Fulbright Professional Scholar

David is a Principal Research Fellow at the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University in Darwin. He has more than 20 years of experience in fish ecology research, primarily focussing on the significance of fish migration for ecosystem connectivity, aquatic food web structure and function, threatened species conservation and sustainable fishery management.

David will use his Fulbright scholarship to undertake collaborative research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts and Oregon State University and the U.S. Forest Service in Corvallis, Oregon. Analyses of fish otoliths (earstones) will be used to quantify the transport of assimilated energy and nutrients across ecosystem boundaries by migratory fish, using barramundi from tropical Australia and Pacific salmon from the temperate USA as case studies. The project will help support sustainable fishery management and provides an opportunity for ongoing collaboration among fisheries scientists in Australia and the U.S.

Home Institution Northern Territory Government
Host Institution TBC
Award Name Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy
Discipline Public Policy
Award Year 2018
Amy Dennison

Amy Dennison - Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship

Amy works for the Northern Territory Government in energy and environment policy. She is interested in how government and industry can ensure the ecologically sustainable development of non-renewable resources. Amy has a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering with first class Honours and the University Medal and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales. She placed first and received the Dean’s Medal for her Master of Laws in Mineral Law and Policy from the University of Dundee in the UK. Amy has worked as an environmental engineer in India, a corporate lawyer in Sydney and New York, and with traditional Aboriginal owners as land rights and native title lawyer in the Northern Territory.

Amy will use the Fulbright Scholarship to undertake a mid-career Masters of Public Affairs at a leading Public Policy school in the United States. Her long-term goal is to lead the development of policies and laws that will ensure the sustainable development of energy and resource projects in Australia.

2017 - Professor Timothy A. Carey
Home Institution Flinders University
Host Institution Center for Behavioural Health Innovation, Antioch University New England
Award Name Fulbright Northern Territory Senior Scholarship
Discipline Clinical Psychology
Award Year 2017
Professor Timothy A. Carey

Professor Timothy A. Carey - Senior Scholar

Tim is the Director of the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs. He is a clinical psychologist researcher and clinician and is particularly interested in improving patients’ control in health care settings in terms of the way in which services are designed and delivered, as well as how patients are able to access these services. Patient control is especially important in remote settings where access to services is compromised and health outcomes lag unacceptably behind the health enjoyed by urban citizens.

Tim will use his time on the Fulbright Scholarship to develop research training for practicing health professionals in conjunction with colleagues at the Center for Behavioural Health Innovation at Antioch University so that health professionals in remote and other underserved communities can evaluate and improve the programs and services they offer for the benefit of the patients they serve.

2016 - Professor Ruth Wallace, Hichem Demortier, Monique Hurley

Home Institution: Charles Darwin University
Host Institution: Kansas State University
Award Name: Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences, Sponsored by Kansas State University
Discipline: Agricultural Science (Biosecurity)
Award Year: 2016

Professor Ruth Wallace

Professor Ruth Wallace
Ruth Wallace is the Director of the Northern Institute, the social and policy research institute at Charles Darwin University.

Her research interests relate to the links between identity, marginalised learners and the development of effective learning and workforce development pathways.

Her work is situated in regional and remote areas of northern Australia, and predominantly undertaken with Aboriginal people in remote and regional areas. Her critical thinking is driven by informed debate on the multifaceted issues that present in the unique political and geographic frontiers of northern Australia.

Professor Wallace has extended this work to examine approaches to enterprise development in regional and remote areas of Eastern Indonesia. Her work incorporates areas of economic and social change through working with Indigenous land and sea managers undertaking key biosecurity and economic development roles.

The Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences Scholarship will allow Professor Wallace the opportunity to go beyond these northern borders to develop distinguished professional networks with a view to developing future collaborations.

Ruth was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy by Charles Darwin University in 2011. Her research focused on marginalized learners’ identities and the intersections with educational systems in regional areas. Ruth’s academic career started when she was awarded at Bachelor of Education (Primary) at the Queensland University of Technology, and she has gone on to postgraduate studies in Adult Education, Research Management and Mathematics. Ruth holds key leadership roles nationally and in northern Australia to improve research integration and utilization, particularly in remote areas. She leads the Workforce Development research theme and focuses on collaborative approaches with community, governments and industry that are sustainable and scalable. Ruth is committed to utilizing research’s potential to improve social, cultural and economic outcomes for marginalized people and works closely with Aboriginal researchers and community groups in regional and remote areas to support engaged and effective policy and enterprise development systems.

The Biosecurity Policy at the Margins Project is a major opportunity to build on research in northern Australia and focus on engaging regional and marginalized communities in biosecurity identification and response systems, at a national and local scale. Professor Wallace will work with researchers at the Research and Extension Division at Kansas State University to understand and articulate the ways that remote communities can contribute to, and partner in, the effective delivery of plant biosecurity surveillance through engaging a wide range of decision makers and knowledge systems. The project will contribute to understanding the processes that underpin priorities and decision making in policy networks and policy implementation.

Home Institution: National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre
Host Institution: Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Award Name: Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership, Sponsored by the Origin Foundation and Supported by the Australian Scholarships Foundation
Discipline: Humanitarian Aid
Award Year: 2016

Mr Hichem Demortier

Mr Hichem Demortier

Hichem is currently Director of Strategy and Corporate Services at the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC), the government agency responsible for Australia’s health emergency response.

As the child of a French public servant and an Algerian Muslim mother who worked as a teacher and social worker, Hichem has developed a strong social conscience and a belief that respect and curiosity can reconcile people.

After his Masters in Management from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP- Europe), Hichem worked in audit and mergers and acquisitions, before shifting to the not-for-profit sector in 2000. He first worked for the French Development Agency for five years, and then joined Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) from 2004 to 2006. During this period, he coordinated and evaluated development and emergency projects in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Hichem then returned to France as Deputy Director of a large social enterprise. In 2009, he came to Australia and continued his not-for-profit journey in structures supporting Indigenous health and employment, before joining the Global and Tropical Health division of Menzies School of Health Research.

In addition to his current role with the NCCTRC, Hichem is also a director of the board of MSF Australia, a representative of MSF Australia on several international platforms, and contributes to impact investment projects in France.

Hichem will use his Fulbright not-for-profit scholarship to spend four months at Harvard University and will establish a formal partnership between the NCCTRC and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. This partnership, as well as the existing partnership with the World Health Organisation, will position the NCCTRC and Northern Australia as the regional centre for health emergency response in the Asia-Pacific region.

Hichem will use his time at Harvard University to create new professional networks in the humanitarian field, to consolidate his humanitarian expertise and will study leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Home Institution: North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency
Host Institution: New York University (TBC)
Award Name: Fulbright Northern Territory Postgraduate Scholarship
Discipline: Law
Award Year: 2016

Monique Hurley

Monique Hurley

Monique holds a Bachelor of Laws (First class honours) and Bachelor of Arts (Politics) from Monash University.  During her university studies, Monique interned at the Parliament of Victoria, the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and Justice Connect (formerly the Public Interest Law Clearing House). Monique went on complete her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with the College of Law and was admitted to practice in December 2012.  She worked for two years as a lawyer at Clayton Utz, working across the firm’s corporate, litigation and administrative law practices.  She went on to spend one year working as an Associate to the Honourable Justice Sloss at the Supreme Court of Victoria.  Monique has volunteered as a lawyer with the Homeless Person’s Legal Clinic, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Mental Health Legal Centre and Prahran Citizen’s Advice Bureau.  She has also co-authored a report on the methodology used by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to assess the age of minors in immigration detention, which was published by leading civil liberties organisation, Liberty Victoria, in September 2015.  Monique currently works as a solicitor for the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in Katherine where she travels to remote communities to provide civil law advice and representation to Aboriginal clients.  Monique advises clients on a diverse range of areas, including employment and discrimination matters, the applicability of statutory compensation schemes, complaints against the police and health care complaints.  She also represents clients in adult guardianship, child protection and alcohol mandatory treatment proceedings.  Outside of work, Monique is an avid supporter of the Geelong Football Club and enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with family and friends.

For her Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, Monique hopes to study a Masters of Law (LLM) in America. She would like to build on her previous studies and practical legal experience by focusing her overseas LLM studies on international and human rights law.  Monique would like to learn from the American and international experience at a leading university to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of how the law can be used as a mechanism to help empower disadvantaged individuals and groups of people.

2015 - Dr Robert Marshall
Dr Robert Marshall

Dr Robert Marshall is a doctor at the Royal Darwin Hospital who plans to use his Fulbright Scholarship to further his medical training and gain specialist knowledge in the field of health policy. This includes public health programs and services administered and delivered by governments and other providers to improve health outcomes within society and reduce inequity.

Dr Marshall will undertake a Masters program in public health policy in the USA and intends to return to Australia to contribute to better solutions for health delivery and administration, particularly as they relate to Indigenous health. In the long term Dr Marshall’s goal is to work in international research to improve health care globally.

2011 - 2014


Professor Peter Kell

Professor Peter Kell

Professor Peter KellProfessor Peter Kell was awarded the Fulbright NT Scholarship for 2014 to pursue his project Reaching out to the Globe: Internationalising Masters Postgraduate Learning in Education. During his time at University of Illinois from late 2014, Profesor Kell, who is currently Head of School of Education at Charles Darwin University, will investigate how professional and postgraduate programs in the Northern Territory can be internationalised to enable the learning experience of students in Education to develop a global dimension.

Professor Kell's project will address key questions in development of a Master of Education (International) program, in particular how an international consortium of Higher Education providers should be organised and governed, what processes and structures are appropriate for transnational online postgraduate teaching and learning and how new technologies of learning can promote and facilitate international professional engagement.


Dr Rod Kennett

Dr Rod Kennett

A researcher with the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance, Dr Rod Kennett was hosted for six months by The Nature Conservancy based in Anchorage Alaska for his Fulbright NT Scholarship.

His work to study Indigenous conservation-based livelihoods involved engagement with a wide range of organisations and individuals to  understand the key conservation and resource management issues and the geographical and historical context of Alaska, gain an understanding of the scope and scale of Indigenous and non-Indigenous conservation and management issues in Alaska and share knowledge gained through his own experience in Indigenous natural and cultural resource management in Australia. Dr Kennett also established productive partnerships with individuals and organisations to explore opportunities for ongoing collaboration in Indigenous livelihood research.


Dr Claire Gordon

Dr Claire Gordon

Dr Claire Gordon is an Infectious Diseases Registrar at the Royal Darwin Hospital. In 2012 Dr Gordon undertook research and a Master of Science in Epidemiology at Columbia University New York as part of her Fulbright NT Scholarship. Dr Gordon worked on two research projects, one on immune factors involved in cytomegalovirus reactivation in organ transplant recipients and the other on pathogen discovery in organ transplants.

Building on her virology and viral immunity research and observation in clinical practice, Dr Gordon expanded her expertise through her Fulbright studies and research to be at the forefront of technological advances in her field, with great potential benefits for management of organ transplants in the future. 


Professor Michael Douglas

Professor Michael Douglas

Professor Michael Douglas was one of two recipients of the Fulbright Northern Territory Scholarship for 2012. A professor at Charles Darwin University's Research Institute for Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL), Professor Douglas used his Fulbright Scholarship to collaborate with researchers at the University of Maryland and Oregon State University to establish a shared understanding of integrated catchment management between Australia and the United States as a basis for developing a new research framework for river and coastal management in northern Australia.

With the many threats to the North Australian river systems such as weeds, feral animals and land degradation, and demands from increasing development, informed river and coastal management will be essential to ensure sustainable use. Professor Douglas' work will help to solve critical threats to Australia's tropical aquatic ecosystems.


 Dr Steven Tong

Dr Steven Tong

Dr Stephen Tong was awarded the inaugural Fulbright NT Scholarship for 2011 to further his ground breaking research into the super-bug, golden staph. A Charles Darwin University PhD graduate and now Research Fellow with CDU's Menzies School of Health Research, Dr Tong spent seven months at the Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina, one of the world's leading centres for staphylococcal research, to examine the relationship between golden staph and infection of the lining of the heart muscle. Dr Tong also assessed the virulence of a certain strain of golden staph to assist with management of infections from this bacterium. 

Dr Tong's work in the USA will have benefits both for the medical profession generally and for the Top End in particular, where Menzies is establishing an internationally and nationally recognised role in golden staph research

American Fulbright Scholars in the NT

Katherine Lacksen
Katherine Lacksen

Ms Katherine Lacksen spent 2013 at Charles Darwin University working with Fulbright alumnus Professor Michael Douglas (2012 Fulbright Australian Scholar) on research into protecting tropical rivers from nutrient pollution.

Ms Lacksen’s research focused on the Daly River in the Northern Territory, which is renowned for its barramundi fisheries and conservation values, but it is also the focus of increasing agricultural development. Through her research Ms Lacksen’s sought to contribute to knowledge on the potential effects of nutrient pollution from agricultural development in northern Australia on tropical rivers to inform sustainable development.

Israel Del Toro
Israel Del Toro

“To better understand and predict the consequences of global environmental change on biodiversity, we must first understand the current state of natural communities and how community composition can change across broad geographic gradients, including latitude and elevation.”

In 2012 Israel Del Toro, a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and recipient of a CSIRO sponsored Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, spent 12 months working with Dr Alan Andersen at CSIRO’s Tropical Ecosystems Research Centre in Darwin Northern Territory exploring the role of ants as environmental indicators of climate change.

Global climate change threatens ecological communities by shifting species distributions and altering how species assemble into communities. Ants are key functional members of terrestrial ecosystems, particularly in Australia, and account for much of the diversity on the planet. Mr del Toro’s research looked at how assemblages of ants vary along environmental gradients in the seasonal tropics of Northern Australia, and how dominant and abundant species may respond to climate change. He said that ants are excellent model organisms because their species diversity is high and generally well understood, they are sensitive to environmental stressors, and are widely used as indicators of environmental change.

Professor Tim Berra
Professor Tim Berra

Tim Berra, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at Ohio State University in the USA, and recipient of three Fulbright Awards to Australia (1969, 1979 and 2009), is also a Professorial Fellow at Charles Darwin University.

His third and most recent Fulbright award was in 2009 as a Fulbright Senior Specialist, when he visited Charles Darwin University as a keynote speaker at the Charles Darwin Symposium commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.

An ichthyologist (fish scientist), Professor Berra is also recognised as a leading scholar of Charles Darwin the man. He has visited CDU and the NT on a number of occasions since 2001, other than for his Fulbright award, where he has furthered his research on a unique and elusive species the Nurseryfish. The males of this species carry their eggs on a hook on their head.

Professor Berra was quoted in the Fulbright Commission’s 65th Anniversary booklet as saying “I owe my career to the Fulbright program. The exchange absolutely fosters mutual understanding between US and Australia. It shows that the way things are done in the US is not the only way of doing things. It makes one realize that different is not inferior, and sometimes different is superior.”


For further information about Fulbright events in the Northern Territory or the Fulbright NT Scholarship please contact:

Maryanne McKaige
Fulbright NT Secretary
T: 0428 899 500

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