The John Monash Foundation Leadership Academy offers a collaborative grants program for our Scholars, who can apply for grants on an annual basis. This funding wouldn't be possible without the legacy gift from the much loved former Deputy Prime Minister, the late Honourable Tim Fisher AC.
Each year we award grants to a select handful of Scholar’s projects so they can ‘take flight’ in circumstances where they otherwise may not have been able to do so.
Providing this funding for collaborative grants supports our Scholars to connect across disciplines, develop their leadership skills and give back to the community.
John Monash Foundation Leadership Academy 2021 Collaborative Grant Projects –
Called To Serve, A Work for SATB Choir
Embodying the spirit of General Sir John Monash, Michael Grebla (2016 Zelman Cowen John Monash Scholar) and Ben Mylius (2014 Murray-Darling Basin Authority John Monash Scholar) are composing music and writing lyrics for music that aims to heal and inspire all of us through the current COVID-19 Pandemic. Michael has a Masters of Music Composition from the New England Conservatory of Music and Ben has a PhD in Law and Political Science from Yale and then Columbia University. Together, they are trying to figure a way to help put the world back together.
A Treatment for Oesophageal Atresia
Michaela Taylor-Williams (2019 Woodside John Monash Scholar) and Dr Brendan Jones (2019 Chairman’s Circle John Monash Scholar) are working on a treatment for Oesophageal Atresia which is a deadly birth defect that occurs when a child is missing the organ that connects their throat to their stomach. Oesophageal Atresia causes feeding problems, severe reflux and an increased risk of cancer. Michaela is currently completing her Scholarship for a PhD in Physics at the University of Cambridge. Brendan is currently completing his PhD in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine at University College London. Together, they are working to develop multispectral endoscopic imaging of engineered oesophageal tissue.
The politics of anti-corruption reforms in Southeast Asia
Dr Jacqueline Baker (2004 John Monash Scholar) and Dr Sarah Milne (2005 John Monash Scholar) have come together to ask the question – how can best practice anti-corruption reforms go wrong? They are using Cambodia’s 10-year anti-corruption regime as a case study that will aim to paint a broader picture of what is happening across Southeast Asia. Studying corruption (abuses in power) is difficult because there is currently little research and data. However, corruption underpins how things work in this region as countries rely heavily on illicit financial flows.
Boy on Fire - A Short Film
Alies Sluiter (2015 Australian Cultural John Monash Scholar) and Tom Williams (2015 Woodside John Monash Scholar) are creating a short film entitled Boy on Fire. The film is written and directed by Alies, and draws on her experiences working in a juvenile detention center whilst attending Columbia University where she studied a Master of Fine Arts and Filmmaking with her Scholarship. Tom, who has attended China Europe International Business School for a masters in Asia and Entrepreneurship is the producer. This film explores themes of atonement, the cycle of victimhood and the psychology of forgiveness.
Get involved in some of the amazing work that the John Monash Scholars are doing by supporting our next round of collaborative grants.