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Dr Joan Woodberry Postgraduate Fellowship Engineering or Bioscience (Rule 55)

The Late Dr Joan Merle Woodberry, AM, had a major influence on the lives of young Australians in her writing, in her teaching, and in the education of teachers. Through her advocacy of women's rights, her support for emerging writers and her involvement in a variety of community initiatives, she made a significant contribution to Tasmania in the second half of the 20th century.

Dr Woodberry bequeathed her estate to the University of Tasmania to make a fellowship available to talented women who wish to make a career in engineering or bioscience to enable them to pursue postgraduate studies in one of those areas at the University. In anticipation of that bequest, the University Foundation provided $165,000 to fund the fellowship from 2002.

The Academic Senate of the University has agreed to the establishment of a fellowship in the terms declared in these rules.


1. The amount of $165,000 provided by the University Foundation in 2001 and $400,000 from the Estate of the Late Joan Woodberry in 2011, plus any interest from time to time, forms the fund from which payment of a scholarship to be known as the "Dr Joan Woodberry Postgraduate Fellowship in Engineering or Bioscience" will be made.

2. The scholarship will be awarded to a talented female student who is an Australian citizen undertaking postgraduate study in the fields of engineering or bioscience at the University of Tasmania. Recommendation of eligible nominees for award who hold an Australian Postgraduate Award or equivalent will be made by the Office of the Dean of Graduate Research for consideration of this top-up scholarship.

3. The fellowship will be awarded by a selection committee made up of no less than three members made up of:

  • the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, or nominee/s
  • the Dean of Graduate Research, or nominee
  • Mr James Walker, executor of Dr Joan Woodberry’s estate, while he wishes to be involved
  • Dr Randy Rose while he wishes to be involved.

4. The fellowship will be tenable for three years, with a possible six month extension determined by the Graduate Research Office as per conditions of base stipend (APA or equivalent).

5. The Graduate Research Office and Office of the Dean of Graduate Research will determine all matters relating to the fellowship including the frequency of awards, advertising, application procedures, the method and time of payment and the performance criteria for recipients of the award.

6. The University of Tasmania Foundation will set the annual value of the fellowship from time to time, having regard to the income from the endowment.

Original Rules Made by Academic Senate on 19 October 2001.
Amended Rules made by Academic Senate on 3 June 2005.
Amended by Academic Senate on 2 March 2012.
Amended by Academic Senate on 5 November 2016.