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University hosts future scientific leaders

4 October 2018

International fellows

Cardiff University is bolstering its strategic partnerships with leading institutions around the world by playing host to a series of prestigious fellowships aimed at creating the scientific leaders of the future.

A total of eight researchers from Australia and Brazil met up at the University this week to begin an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship at the University thanks to funding from Universities UK International.

The fellowships will help the researchers to establish a strong, independent research programme with the support of leading Cardiff academics in their particular field, and to take part in a number of training activities to further their career development.

Over the course of three months, the University’s Systems Immunity Research Unit will host five fellowships from Monash University - one of Australia's leading universities that ranks among the world's top 100.  

A total of three 12-month fellowships will be hosted by the University’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences for researchers from the University of Campinas - a public research university in the state of São Paulo, Brazil that is ranked among the top universities in Brazil and Latin America.

A grant of £150,000 was allocated to the University to support the fellowships, and was one of only 17 distributed across UK universities.

Professor Nora de Leeuw, Cardiff University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for International and Europe, said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to welcome the fellows to Cardiff and to learn more about the wide-ranging research projects in which they are engaged.

“The Ernest Rutherford Fellowships are an excellent opportunity for us to forge long-lasting relationships with some of the world’s leading academic institutions and to seek out opportunities to develop research networks and potential collaborations.”

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