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Peter Howson Research Fellowship


The Peter Howson Research Fellowship aims to support important, innovative clinical and scientific research with the potential to directly benefit patients with deafness. 

A range of project areas and methodologies are considered, but work that aligns with the strategic aims of The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the Deafness Foundation will be given priority. These include:

  • disease-based research
  • population health studies
  • investigations relating to service delivery for hearing impaired and Deaf people. 

The aim of the fellowship is to provide support for either a clinician interested in pursuing a research program or a relatively inexperienced researcher looking to generate a track record that will make them eligible for large-scale national and international competitive grant funding (NHMRC, ARC, NIH etc).



The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the Deafness Foundation jointly fund the Peter Howson Research Fellowship.

Funding: $50,000
Term: 2 years


Applying for the fellowship

Applications for the 2018-19 fellowship closed in October 2017. The fellowship will reopen to applications in 2019.

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Read how to apply.


About Peter Howson

The Fellowship is named after the late Peter Howson in recognition of his efforts to minimize the impact of hearing loss in our community.

Peter Howson was a founder and the first President of the Deafness Foundation and was also a long serving Chairman of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. It was deemed fitting by both organisations to establish this clinical research fellowship in his name.

Read more about Peter Howson.


Peter Howson Research Fellows

2017 - Dr Caitlin Barr

2015 - Dr Kerryn Saunders

2013 - Ms Jessica Vitkovic

2011 - Ms Dani Tomlin