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Two Fulbrights for UniSA

Two UniSA PhD students are among 31 from across Australia who have been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship that will see them travel to America for up to 10 months to further their research.

Sadie HeckenbergSadie Heckenberg (pictured right) from the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research, won the Fulbright Indigenous scholarship which will see her study at the University of Hawaii Manoa, Honolulu, at the Centre for Oral History.

Sadie’s research aims to address the need to protect Indigenous spoken cultural language.

She says by developing her knowledge of Indigenous epistemologies of the Pacific, she will in turn build the depth and strength of research to take back to her home community, the Wiradjuri community in New South Wales.

“I am truly excited to be able to study with some of the best minds in the Indigenous oral history field,” Sadie says.

“The Hawaiian knowledge systems have been nurtured and maintained by wise Eldership reflected not only through the achievements of Hawaiian academic research but in society itself.”

Suzanne SchultzSuzanne Schultz (pictured right) from the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences won the Fulbright SA State Category Postgraduate scholarship which will see her study at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Massachusetts.

Suzanne’s research focuses on international and inter-sector collaboration in drug development. In particular, her research in the US will consider the impact and effectiveness of proposed models for identifying, developing and commercialising new, or reviving existing, antibiotics.

She says that as the largest clinical market for pharmaceutical drugs and a key regulatory environment, the US offers unparalled expertise and network opportunities.

“Contrasting and comparing the business models and ideas in facilitating antibiotic development with approaches in Europe and Australia will open new opportunities to work differently,” Suzanne says.

The Fulbright program is the largest and one of the most prestigious educational scholarship programs in the world. It operates between the United States and more than 155 countries worldwide.

It was established in Australia in 1949 through a binational treaty between the Australian and US Governments. It has supported almost 4800 scholarships.