Martha Farrell Memorial Fellowship open for applications

Martha Farrell Memorial Fellowship open for applications

Published on 09 March 2016

The ACU is proud to announce the launch of the Martha Farrell Memorial Fellowship, an ACU Titular Fellowship specifically aimed at combatting sexual harassment on campus.

Dr Martha Farrell (1959-2015) was director of the gender programme at Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA).  She campaigned tirelessly for women’s rights, gender equality and adult education. In 2015, while in Afghanistan to lead a gender training workshop, she was among fourteen people killed in a Taliban attack. The Martha Farrell Foundation was set up in her memory to continue her work.

The new fellowship, hosted and kindly co-funded by the Martha Farrell Foundation in New Delhi, India, will provide training and support for a fellow from an ACU member institution in Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Singapore or Sri Lanka to introduce an effective anti-sexual harassment initiative at their home university.

The fellow will submit an action plan for the initiative as part of their application, will receive hands-on training and input while on award, and will then later submit a report to demonstrate how their work to combat sexual harassment on campus has been put into effect at their home institution.

Ensuring the rights of all staff and students to full and safe participation in university life is a key priority for the ACU and we are very happy to be working with the Martha Farrell Foundation to offer this fellowship to our members.

ACU Titular Fellowships, funded by the Association of Commonwealth Universities' Development Fellowships Fund, aim to enable the universities of the Commonwealth to develop the human resources of their institutions and countries through the interchange of people, knowledge, skills and technologies. Titular Fellowships are open to the academic and professional staff, or the nominees, of ACU member universities.

Applications close 15 May 2016 and more information can be found here.