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More than half of all PhD graduates in medical research are women, yet only 16% are professors.

The number of women in medical research decreases at progressive career stages in Australian universities, research institutes and hospitals.

Why is there a gender gap? 

The main two reasons are, firstly the need to balance career/research with family commitments, and secondly the recognised bias in STEMM funding, grants and fellowships.

The solution

We invite you to support HMRI to help recruit, retain and develop talented female researchers to become leaders in medical research by providing mid-career fellowships.

These mid-career fellowships will enable the next generation of female researchers to build their own teams by providing guaranteed funding directly to them at a crucial stage in their career.

It will attract and support the best and brightest female minds to further their research careers here in the Hunter New England region. 

HMRI’s Women in Medical Research Fellowships cover the salary (and on-costs) for a mid-career researcher, giving her financial security for three, five or ten years. Uniquely these fellowships allow both full-time and part-time commitment to research and include research support grants for the recipient’s own research project.

To support women in medical research please contact HMRI Donor Relations to discuss your gift options on 1300 993 822 or donate online today!


Rebekah Wilson HMRI

Rebekah Wilson

Senior Philanthropy Manager


As a young researcher, I can’t say enough about how important a Fellowship was to me at this point of my career. At a time when financial support is scarce, it gave me certainty and the confidence to continue my cancer research, focussing on better treatments for patients.

Dr Nikola Bowden Recipient of the Vanessa McGuigan HMRI Research Fellowship in Ovarian Cancer for 10 years.