Visiting Fellowship Grant

The La Trobe Asia Visiting Fellowship Grant provides funding to bring leading Asia-based researchers to La Trobe University to work on high quality research outputs, strengthen institutional research partnerships and foster research engagement with dynamic Asia-based research institutions.


2017 recipients

School of Psychology and Public Health (SHE)

Associate Professor Emiko Kashima, School of Psycology and Public Health was successful in obtaining a grant to bring Professor Shihui Han, the Director of Culture and Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at Peking University, PRC, to La Trobe University in June.

Research theme: Examining modulations of racial ingroup bias in empathic responses to dynamic pain expressions with Chinese and Australian participants.

School of Languages and Linguistics (ASSC)

Dr Ian Woolford, Lecturer in Hindi Language, was successful in obtaining a grant to bring Professor Abdul Bismallah, Department of Hindi, Jamia Millia Islamia (New Delhi) to La Trobe University in the first semester of 2017.

Research themes: “Marginalization and Recovery of Folksong in Hindi Fiction”: A jointly-authored article on Prof. Bismillah’s relationship with the performance traditions in North India, for publication in an academic journal such as Asian Music or South Asian Studies.

School of Life Sciences (SHE)

Professor Jim Whelan (AgriBio, the Centre for AgriBioscience) was successful in obtaining a grant to bring Professor Huixia Shou (College of Life Science, Zhejiang University) to La Trobe University in September/October 2017.

Research themes: Testing 300 ecotypes in the model system Arabidopsis thaliana for differential responses to plants nutrients and examine the feasibility of testing outcomes in rice.

School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (SHE)

Associate Professor Tomasz Kowalski, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was successful in obtaining a grant to bring Emeritus Professor Hiroakira Ono, Japan Institute of Science and Tech- nology (JAIST), Ishikawa, Japan, to La Trobe University.

Research themes: Semantic methods for establishing the analytic cut property.

School of Life Sciences (SHE)

Dr Dongchen Qi, Department of Chemistry and Physics, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, was successful in obtaining a grant to bring Professor Peter Kruger, Graduate School of Advanced Integration Science, Chiba University, Japan to La Trobe University in February/March 2017.

Research themes: Towards the Atomic-scale Understanding and Control of the Catalytic, Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Novel Metal-Organic molecular arrays on surfaces


2016 recipients

School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (SHE)

Dr Hossam Abuel-Naga, Head of Civil Engineering was successful in obtaining a grant to bring Dr Leong Eng Choon, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore to La Trobe in June and December.

Project Title: Role of matrix and osmotic suction in the mechanical behaviour of partially saturated soils

School of Psychology and Public Health (SHE)

Professor Cheryl Dissanayake, Director, Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) was successful in obtaining a grant to bring Dr Iliana Magiati, Department  of Psychology, National University of Singapore, Singapore to La Trobe in July and December 2016.

Research Theme 1: Assessment and understanding of anxiety and correlate behaviours in ASD

Research Theme 2: Infant temperament as an early predictor of later autistic traits/ASD symptomatology: bringing together findings from unselected, high-risk and clinical participants studies

School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (SHE)

Professor Philip Broadbridge, Department of Mathematics and Statistics was successful in obtaining a grant to bring Professor Kenji Kajiwara, Professor, Institute of Mathematics for Industry, Kyushu University, Japan in August/September.

Research Themes: Work on integrable discrete dynamical systems; discrete integrable systems to boundary value problems of practical interest in heat and mass flow; the ability to construct new solutions of the differential equations for scale-invariant curvature-driven evolving curves and scrolls

School of Life Sciences (SHE)

Dr Jan Strugnell, Associate Professor, Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution was successful in obtaining a grant to bring Dr Oleg Simakov, Postdoctoral scholar, Molecular Genetics Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan to La Trobe in September.

Research Theme: Presenting the genome of the highly toxic Blue-Ringed Octopus