VESKI Innovation Fellowship

Up to $50,000 is available from VESKI to bring outstanding international scientists or researchers to Victoria and develop life-changing treatments and technologies.

VESKI Innovation Fellowship

VESKI Innovation Fellowship

The Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation (VESKI) Innovation Fellowship brings outstanding international scientists and researchers, typically in the top five percent of their respective fields, to Victoria. It is open to Australian and non-Australian researchers and scientists in the fields of science and innovative technology, specifically in the areas of:

  • biotechnology;
  • biomedical;
  • advanced manufacturing including food science and bioengineering;
  • environmental and energy technologies; and
  • the enabling sciences.



Since 2004, 23 VESKI Innovation Fellows have brought their research to Victoria covering semiconductors, epigenetics, audiology, optic and nano technologies, enzymes, dengue, malaria, cancer, inflammatory diseases, musculoskeletal health, geothermal energy and obesity, schizophrenia and high fidelity simulation.

VESKI actively encourages applications from individuals with an industrial track record and/or proven collaborations with industry or who intend to foster stronger industry engagement to deliver innovative solutions through a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving.



Successful individuals may receive up to AUD$50,000 per annum for a maximum of three years to undertake their research in Victoria. Host organisations are required to match the veski funding with a cash and in-kind component. The cash component from the host organisation must be over and above any salary contributions.

In the case of exceptional senior candidates, additional funds and an extended duration of the proposed fellowship may be considered.


Eligible Projects

The VESKI science committee will assess applications against the following key criteria:

  • outstanding achievement in their field;
  • international recognition and standing in their peer group;
  • outcomes relative to opportunities;
  • potential to contribute to fostering a culture of innovators across the State of Victoria;
  • potential benefits to Victoria’s knowledge economy;
  • potential to develop relations with an industry sector;
  • ability to contribute to public benefit; and a
  • capacity to disseminate knowledge and develop a skills base across Victoria

These criteria could be met, for example, by demonstrating:

  • linkages to Victoria’s innovation & knowledge base or technological strengths;
  • plans for collaboration, translation and implementation of planned work or research program; and
  • potential for engaging and fostering the next generation of innovators across Victoria.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • provide proof of citizenship;
  • have worked outside of Australian shores for the past 12 months, and be domiciled outside of Australia at the time their submission is lodged;
  • organise matched funding (or be able to organise) from a host organisation [Victorian academic or research institution]. The host organisation must be prepared to provide annual financial [cash] funding and in-kind support; both matching the value of the fellowship and with a cash component over and above salary costs;
  • provide a signed statement of support from the host organisation setting out these arrangements. The candidate, if offered an innovation fellowship will have an agreed timeframe to finalise host organisation arrangements. It is anticipated this will be no more than 30 days from notification of the offer;
  • provide evidence of outstanding achievement and capabilities in the fields of science and innovative technology;
  • nominate three referees1 who can be contacted for reference (applicants should ensure that each referee has been provided with a copy of their application);
  • complete a full submission no longer than 23 pages (including publications) demonstrating why they should receive a veski innovation fellowship; how they would use the fellowship to enhance their research endeavours and what contributions and benefits this would bring to the State of Victoria. The format of this application is set out in the veski innovation fellowships application form; and
  • be able to take up the veski innovation fellowship within one year of the fellowship offer.



Submissions can be lodged throughout the year.


More Information


Media Release

One of the world’s best cancer researchers working to accelerate future treatments through DNA repair has received support from the Andrews Labor Government and veski to undertake research here in Victoria.

Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis today announced Dr Vihandha Wickramasinghe as the 2016-17 veski Innovation Fellowship recipient. Dr Wickramasinghe recently joined the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre as the Head of the RNA Biology and Cancer Laboratory.

The Fellowship has helped attract the best Australian and international scientists and researchers to Victoria to make ground breaking discoveries and develop new cutting-edge technologies.

The Fellowship will support Dr Wickramasinghe to lead a new area of research in cancer biology based on his world-first discovery of DNA repair while at the University of Cambridge.

Dr Wickramasinghe will lead a team of cell biologists and translational researchers at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, that is now part of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC), to develop anti-cancer therapies that control the development of cancer cells.

The team will work closely with the state’s other globally-renowned cancer experts at the forefront of life-changing discoveries at the VCCC that are helping more cancer patients beat the deadly disease.

The Labor Government has long supported the veski Innovation Fellowship, which drives innovation, skills, knowledge and research across key areas of the state’s economy including medical technology, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, food science, new energy technologies and bioengineering.

Dr Wickramasinghe is the 24th Fellow supported through the veski Innovation Fellowship program since 2004.   Active Innovation Fellows have secured more than $68 million in research income to date with each Fellow delivering around $1.2 million to the economy each year.

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