Sep 07, 2021

MedTech Actuator Menzies Fellowships now open

MedTech Actuator Menzies Fellowships now open

Are you a high-potential scientist or researcher working with MedTech, BioTech or HealthTech innovations? Are you interested in exploring entrepreneurship and commercialisation? Do you have a research project with market translation potential?

Applications are now open for 2022 MedTech Actuator Menzies Fellowships. Two high-potential medical or scientific researchers will each receive a tailored MedTech Actuator experience. This includes mentorship from industry experts, networking opportunities, exclusive industry events, and a $20,000 stipend.

Apply now for 2022 MedTech Actuator Menzies Fellowships!

The MedTech Actuator Menzies Fellowship exposes senior researchers to entrepreneurship, commercialisation and the startup ecosystem to unlock the potential of Australia’s world-class research.

“We know that there is great work being done by researchers in Australia – particularly in the areas of human health and medicine. We want to support this talent by giving researchers access to commercialisation expertise so that they can share their work with the people who need it most – patients and clinicians,” says MedTech Actuator CEO, Dr Buzz Palmer.

“The MedTech Actuator Menzies Fellowship will provide high-potential scientists with a strong grounding in the elements of commercialisation. Most importantly, it will provide access to founders and our extensive ecosystem of partners – a network that spans hospitals, product development firms, multinational MedTech corporations and investors,” says Dr Palmer.

The MedTech Actuator Menzies Fellowship is a partnership between the Menzies Foundation and MedTech Actuator, which supports the scientific community’s commercialisation capacity by facilitating knowledge transfer from industry to researchers. 

“We are passionate about investing in our country’s future science leaders and giving them the runway to ensure that their research has an impact in the world. We look forward to sharing their entrepreneurial journey,” Menzies Foundation CEO Liz Gillies said.

How it works

Initially, Fellows will embark on 6 months of mentorship – working with experts within the MedTech Actuator focusing on both technology and personal development. 

During the second 6-month phase, Fellows will take part in a tailored version of our flagship, industry-led accelerator. They’ll learn how to navigate key inflection moments in the commercialisation journey, from developing regulatory and reimbursement strategies to product development, approaching investors and building a team. Importantly, they’ll learn with – and from – other MedTech, HealthTech and BioTech founders from across Asia Pacific.


To be eligible researchers must be working in a senior position in areas of health, medical or biotechnology research at an Australian university or institution. Applicants must also have 15+ years of experience across research and scientific positions.

Fellows must have employer approval to be absent for:

  • Approx. 10 hrs during the first 6-month phase 2022 (Jan – June, 2022).
  • Approx. 2-3 days per month during the second 6-month phase (July – Dec, 2022).
The MedTech Actuator Menzies Fellowship can be undertaken while working.

Key dates

  • September 6 – October 15, 2021: MedTech Actuator Menzies Fellowship applications open
  • November 11, 2021: MedTech Actuator Menzies Fellowship selection interviews
  • July – December 2022: MedTech Actuator – Asia Pacific’s MedTech accelerator – sessions on commercialisation (first week of every month)
  • December, 2022: Wrap up of the Fellowship

The MedTech Actuator Menzies Fellowship is supported by the Menzies Foundation as part of their Entrepreneurship in Science mission in partnership with the MedTech Actuator.

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If you are a career researcher or if you know someone who might be interested, find out more about the Fellowship and transform your research potential today!

Apply now