In November 2017, ARC Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellows, Professors Mahananda Dasgupta (The Australian National University) and Nalini Joshi (The University of Sydney), held their inaugural Mentoring and Guidance in Careers (MAGIC) Workshop.

To participate in the workshops, participants had to be early career researchers (0–7 years post-PhD) who were female or of diverse gender identity, with a PhD in mathematical or physical sciences.

The 2017 workshop provided the opportunity to explore the many facets of forging a career in academic, government or industry settings, and to discuss how to create building blocks for success and resilience in careers.

Professors Dasgupta and Joshi played a significant role over the five days of the workshop—imparting their advice garnered during their distinguished careers. They also invited many leading researchers to share their expertise, with session topics including: building a long term perspective in research; writing successful grant applications; strategies for career development; public speaking and promoting research results; and leadership skills, collaborations and building networks.

Building on the success of the inaugural workshop, MAGIC 2018 will commence on 29 October 2018 with a new cohort of early career researchers.

To be considered for these named ARC Australian Laureate Fellowships, candidates must first be selected as an Australian Laureate Fellow. Only candidates who can clearly demonstrate their capacity to promote women in research, mentor early career researchers, particularly women, and encourage them to enter and establish careers in research in Australia are awarded an ARC Georgina Sweet or Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship. Recipients receive additional funding of $20,000 per year over five years to undertake their ambassadorial activities.

ARC Georgina Sweet and Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowships are prestigious fellowships awarded to highly ranked female Australian Laureate Fellow candidates—from the science and technology disciplines (Georgina Sweet) or the humanities, arts and social science disciplines (Kathleen Fitzpatrick)—to undertake an additional ambassadorial role to promote and support women in research.

Image: Australian Laureate Fellow, Professor Nalini Joshi.
Image credit: The University of Sydney.

Image: Australian Laureate Fellow, Professor Mahananda Dasgupta.
Image credit: The Australian National University.