Prof Ann McGrath and Prof Michelle Coote wins prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowships

Congratulations to one of our members, Professor Ann McGrath, who has been awarded the prestigious Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship for a project to create a big picture history of Australia by including epic Indigenous narratives alongside new scientific evidence.

This project will transform the scale and scope of history. Australia's epic Indigenous narratives will be analysed alongside relevant new scientific evidence, to create a big picture history of Greater Australia. Fresh periodisations and understandings will reorient this history in its wider global context. Critiquing the evolution of disciplines, especially the world history/prehistory divide and the Cambridge training nexus, we will develop future oriented transdisciplinary techniques for researching the deep human past. A diverse generation of early career scholars will join top international networks and be trained in digital research techniques and delivery platforms for researching this exceptional human history.

The Gender Institute also congratulates Professor Michelle Coote, who was awarded the prestigious Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship for science and technology for a project to establish a new approach to chemical catalysis.

Using a combination of theory and experiment she hopes to establish a game-changing approach to controlling chemical reactions, while training the next generation of chemists in the principles of computer-aided chemical design. "I am particularly pleased to receive the Georgina Sweet Fellowship and see this as an outstanding opportunity help address long-standing gender inequities in chemistry and STEM disciplines generally," Professor Coote said. "We are at an exciting point in history where the need for change has finally been embraced, and I am proud be at forefront of developing strategies for effecting this change."


The prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme supports outstanding Australian and international researchers and research leaders to build Australia’s research capacity, undertake innovative research programs and mentor early career researchers. In 2010 the ARC introduced the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship awarded to a highly ranked female candidate from the humanities, arts and social science disciplines and the Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship awarded to a highly ranked female candidate from the science and technology disciplines. 

These named Laureate Fellowships are awarded to exceptional female researchers who will also undertake an ambassadorial role to promote women in research and to mentor early career researchers, particularly women, to encourage them to enter and establish a career in research in Australia. 




ANU, Gender Institute

Date posted

Monday, 5 June 2017

Updated:  7 November 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute