The Forrest Research Foundation

Research for a better world

About the Foundation

The Mission of the Forrest Research Foundation is to create a world-leading collaborative centre of research and scholarship in Western Australia.  

The Foundation supports over 60 PhD scholars and postdoctoral fellows and their families, who bring their talents and creativity from all parts of the world to Western Australia to conduct ground-breaking research. 

Our researchers pursue everything from ‘blue sky research’ to projects focused on commercialisation and policy.

We have no defining theme but draw researchers from across disciplines. Our essential selection criteria are excellence, engagement and curiosity.

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Foundation opportunities

Forrest PhD Scholarships – for the brightest minds, the best research, the biggest impact. We attract ambitious, enthusiastic, and curious minds from around the world to conduct bold and exciting doctoral research at any of Western Australia’s five universities.
Forrest post-doctoral fellows are more than just intellectually brilliant. They are adventurous, curious, and open to new ideas. We embrace unusual and innovative approaches to problem-solving and take risks that others may not. We encourage our fellows to break from convention, pursue new frontiers, be intellectually generous, and collaborate to improve outcomes for the community and the world.
Creative Fellowships
The Forrest Research Foundation Early-career Creative and Performance Leadership Fellowships are designed to offer a new route through which to nurture the creative talents and research leadership skills of those working in the creative and performing arts sector. Embedded within the broader Foundation community, our Creative Fellows work to cross the arts/science divide through collaboration, engagement and innovative approaches to their practice.


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16 Apr 2024
Study finds imagining self-harm linked to increased risk
A new study from The University of Western Australia has found vividly imagining self-harm is related to increased urge to self-harm and the future likelihood of an individual acting on...
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28 Feb 2024
Forrest Creative Fellowships announced
A musician and a writer have been awarded 2024 Forrest Research Foundation Creative and Performance Leadership Fellowships. After working in England and Berlin oboist Dr Niamh Dell will return to...
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18 Dec 2023
Forrest scholarships attract top early career researchers
The Forrest Research Foundation has announced six new prestigious Forrest Scholarships to pursue research in Western Australia at three of the State’s universities. The Foundation’s mission is to bring together...
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14 Feb 2023
Welcome new PhD Scholars commencing in 2023
Forrest Research Foundation is proud to announce the 2023 PhD Scholars.
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14 Feb 2023
Forrest Research Foundation welcomes new PhD Scholars commencing in 2023
Forrest Research Foundation is proud to announce the 2023 PhD Scholars. The successful applicants were selected from a group of outstanding candidates from around the world as part of the...
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17 Dec 2021
Inaugural recipients of Forrest Creative and Performance Leadership Fellowships announced
The Forrest Research Foundation is proud to announce that Ms Elham Eshraghian-Haakansson and Dr Jo Pollitt have been named inaugural recipients of the Foundation’s Creative and Performance Leadership Fellowships. A...
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Dr Jane Goodall – Reasons for Hope Tour
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I have always been driven by a child-like curiosity to understand the world around me, complemented by a conviction that it is our duty to apply the knowledge gained for the betterment of humanity. My curiosity is easily piqued, and this has manifested in a large range of research interests; before starting my PhD, I have worked in neuroecology, genetics, bioimaging, and physiology labs. Nevertheless, these research interests have a common over-arching theme: to understand how organisms work.
Dr Grace Goh
Dr Grace Goh