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ACU Fellowships

Theme: Supporting research

ACU Fellowships facilitate collaboration at a distance and the creation of valuable new partnerships between member universities in different countries. From climate action to engineering, the ACU Fellowships cover a range of different topics and disciplines. This funding is intended for virtual collaboration only and will fund virtual exchange activities. 

What does the fellowship include?

The maximum value of each fellowship is GBP 5,000. Previously, ACU Fellowships have been available in the following fields:

  • Accountancy
  • Agriculture, Forestry & Food Science Fellowship
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology and Computer Science Fellowship 
  • Climate Action
  • Education
  • Health and related social sciences
  • Information technology and management
  • STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects
  • Sustainable development
  • University development and management

How to apply

Applicants must first identify and approach a collaborator at another ACU member university in a country other than the one where they are employed. 

As part of the application form, applicants must summarise the work they plan to carry out during their fellowship, and how the collaboration will benefit the project.

Applications have now closed. 

Meet our Grantees

Prof Francis Tam

Professor Francis Chi-Yung Tam
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor Francis Chi-Yung Tam is an Associate Professor specialising in climate predictions. Francis will use his ACU Fellowship to collaborate with The University of Exeter to study unprecedented extremes of the South China summer monsoon, based on very large datasets generated by numerical models. The collaboration will help generate a deeper understanding of extreme monsoon probabilities, and lead to a better assessment of the climate risks posed to societies.

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Dr Sarah Gerson
Cardiff University in Wales

Dr Sarah Gerson is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Psychology at Cardiff University in Wales, UK. She studies how children learn about their social worlds and wrote this fellowship application in order to merge her interests and expertise with Professor Jessica Sommerville at the University of Toronto. Together, they will explore how the errors children make when learning with and from others during social interactions change across development using converging, multi-methodological techniques.

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Dr Omar Islam
Queen's University, Canada

Dr Omar Islam, Head of Department of Diagnostic Radiology specialising in Neuroradiology. The Department has initiated a Global Health Partnership with the Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiation Medicine at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. This will assist the two Departments in strengthening a permanent online International Education Exchange program to improve the quality of medical education, to build capacity in specialty medical education and provide avenues for professional development.

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Dr Fiona Lavelle
Queen's University Belfast, UK

Dr Fiona Lavelle is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's University Belfast. Specialising in behavioural sciences and meal preparation behaviours, Fiona applied for this fellowship to expand her research into a new target population, enhance collaborations with scientific leaders in Australia and help her transition to independence. She will conduct a qualitative exploration of culinary behaviours and perceptions around convenience food in women in their reproductive years, as well as pregnant women to provide insights for targeting interventions.

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Dr Sreetheran Maruthaveeran
Universiti Putra Malaysia

Dr Sreetheran Maruthaveeran, is a Senior Lecturer specialising in envionmental behaviour. Sreetheran applied the ACU Fellowship to collaborate virtually with Associate Professor Dr Bin Jiang from Hong Kong University on home garden usage during the COVID-19 Pandemic and its association with mental well-being. This will be an opportunity for Sreetheran to enhance his research network with other international researchers and learn about the latest developments in his field to aid his research.

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Dr Monica Singhania
University of Delhi, India

Dr Monica Singhania is Professor of Management Studies (FMS) who specialises in accounting. Her current research interests include sustainability accounting and reporting, the environmental, social and governance (ESG) framework, sustainable investing, and finance. Monica applied for an ACU Fellowship to undertake research on accounting for climate change and sustainability. This will help Monica to expand her research footprints, learn about emerging trends in climate accounting and learn about the latest developments in her field.

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Dr Olugbenga Ogidan
Elizade University, Nigeria

Dr Olugbenga Ogidan is a Research Fellow specialising in Systems Automation and Control. Olugbenga applied for Swansea Fulton Climate Action Fellowship to develop a solar-based smart irrigation system for rainfall and planting period prediction. He is collaborating with Dr Yunqing Xuan, expert in hydrometeorology from Swansea University, UK. This will enable him to work with experienced researchers from a different university, discipline and culture leading to an exchange of ideas and greater bonds between both universities and nations.

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Dr Chinwe Victoria Ogunji
Alex-Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike, Ebonyi State, Nigeria (AE-FUNAI)

Dr Chinwe Victoria Ogunji is a researcher specialising in social studies with an interest in climate change education. This fellowship will provide the opportunity to train secondary school teachers and students in Ebonyi State, Nigeria to become change agents through climate actions. The fellowship will aid collaboration and positively impact her community. 

Dr Anandhakumar Sundaramurthy
SRM Institute of Science and Technology, India

Dr Anandhakumar Sundaramurthy is an Associate Professor with expertise in nanomaterials synthesis and their applications in biology. Anand is looking for ways to manipulate the photothermal conversion efficiencies of developed nanozymes for cancer chemo-photothermal therapy at Heriot-Watt University, UK with an ACU Fellowship. The collaboration will help Aaand develop theranostic nanomaterials and learn more about global perspectives and various developments in the field of cancer therapy.


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Dr Khin Wee Lai
University Malaya, Malaysia

Dr Khin Wee Lai in a Senior Lecturer specialising in machine learning in healthcare analytics. Dr Lai applied for a fellowship to collaborate with SRM Institute of Science and Technology in India to explore the risk of hospital readmission among the recovered COVID-19 patients. This fellowship will help to build a predictive model to mitigate the risk of another new wave of COVID-19 outbreak due to reinfection.


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