New WA Child Health Researcher Fellowships Program Announced Supporting Early Career Researchers

BrightSpark Foundation is pleased to be partnering with the Western Australian Government’s Future Health Research and Innovation Fund in co- sponsoring the recently established Early-Career Child Health Researcher (ECCHR) Fellowships.

The Program encourages and supports WA based early career researchers to pursue a career in child health research (CHR).

This new Program offers Fellowships for up to three years and immediately increases the opportunities for WA based researchers who are passionate about a career in medical research and improving the health outcomes for our children – said BrightSpark Chair Graham Dowland.

These fellowships provide a more defined and secure career pathway for WA based researchers, who are near completing or have recently completed their doctorate and are early- stage researchers, thereby enhancing their research career prospects and expanding the capabilities and capacity of our research institutions to investigate and solve child health problems” said Mr Dowland.

Today the Hon. Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Medical Research announced the launch of the ECCHR Fellowships Program.

The 2023 ECCHR Fellowships round opened for applications on 4th July 2023 with the fellowships to commence in 2024.

The ECCHR Fellowship funding, combined with the minimum gap contribution from the fellow’s research entity, will provide salary support for the fellow undertaking CHR, as well as contribute to direct research costs up to a combined total of $120,000 per annum.

About BrightSpark

For more than 45 years, the BrightSpark Foundation has supported over 200 researchers in WA (alumni) and distributed more than $8.75 million in CHR funding. Since 2015 the Foundation has collaborated with Raine Medical Research Foundation (Raine) to co-fund annual priming grants to emerging researchers for WA based CHR projects assessed on a competitive basis.

These new Fellowships complement the existing Raine/BrightSpark Priming Grants fellowships program for mid-career researchers undertaking CHR.

This ECCHR Fellowships Program is being administered by BrightSpark. Details are available on its website and applications are now open. Enquiries may be directed to

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