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Our Bright Sparks

education - student 6The purpose of Baker IDI’s Bright Sparks Program is to nurture early career scientists with post graduate scholarships through to Post-Doctoral Fellowship incentives.

The Bright Sparks Program is particularly relevant as we navigate our way through unparalleled global challenges. Never before has our need to encourage outstanding leadership been so great.

The cultivation of one generation of Bright Sparks frequently results in scientists who go on to train others. This is known as the ‘multiplier effect’ and can result in powerful changes and developments in scientific and medical fields.

Thanks to the Bright Sparks Program, scientists whose careers began at Baker IDI have become impassioned ambassadors of the Institute and are among the most significant voices in the global fight against cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

From a spark of inspiration come great discoveries...

The Bright Sparks Program has been designed to strategically progress gifted young scientists through the various stages of their academic careers.

Through the Bright Sparks Program, Baker IDI invests in gifted scientific talent by providing the following types of support annually:

Recipients of the Bright Sparks Program awards are selected under the aegis of the Baker IDI Research, Training and Education Committee (RTEC).

In addition to investing in Australian talent, we also recruit the best and brightest young scientists internationally.

Levels of support range from $1,500 to $150,000 per annum. Pledges may span over two or three years and include a variety of recognition opportunities.

Contributions to this program are, of course, tax deductible.


Investing in Scientific Talent

Support for Baker IDI's Bright Sparks Program facilitates our efforts to attract and retain the very highest calibre of post graduate students. Students who will conduct medical research of international standard and significance, with the ultimate goal of delivering therapeutic benefits to the people of Australia and beyond.

Thanks to the Bright Sparks Program, scientists whose careers began at Baker IDI have become impassioned ambassadors of the Institute and are among the most significant voices in the global fight against cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Through the Bright Sparks Program, Baker IDI invests in gifted scientific talent by providing the following types of support annually:

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowships.
  • Top-up Scholarships for PhD students.
  • Stipend for PhD students.
  • Travel scholarships and bursaries.
  • Individual career development grants.
  • Novel research project grants.

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Interested in spending a week in a research laboratory?

Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute can accommodate secondary school students for one week of work experience for placement any time throughout the year, where places are available. Applications for work experience are open between January and February each year.

We have filled all available places for work experience in 2016.

Please return to our website after 1 January 2017 to apply for a placement in 2017.

Please note, in 2016 places filled quickly so we would advise lodging your application as early as possible.


Contact details

To discuss how you may also nurture and encourage our most talented researchers through the Bright Sparks Program please contact:

Bobbie Renard
Community Relations Manager
T: 03 8532 1141 (Mon–Thurs)
E: bobbie.renard@bakeridi.edu.au 

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With the rising number of Australians affected by diabetes, heart disease and stroke, the need for research is more critical than ever.

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