The Forrest Research Foundation funds high quality research with the potential to change the world. Since 2014, Andrew and Nicola Forrest have committed $130 million to the Foundation, establishing it as Australia’s largest endowment for doctoral and post-doctoral research.
The Foundation provides scholarships and fellowships to outstanding intellects from around the world to conduct research at one of Western Australia’s five universities – The University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and University of Notre Dame.
It also supports scholars and fellows to collaborate and support each other through Forrest Hall, a scholar’s residence with 45 apartments built on the banks of the Swan river, adjacent the University of Western Australia. The Kerry Hill designed building also has a library, lounge and lecture rooms, and regularly hosts talks, workshops, policy forums and roundtables to promote the exchange of ideas.
Forrest scholar applicants must have a bachelor’s degree of First Class Honours standard or equivalent, such as a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.8/4.0. Applicants will typically be in the top five per cent of students in their graduating class.
The average GPA of current Forrest Scholars is greater than 3.95/4.00. Forrest scholarship applications usually open in September each year, while Forrest fellowships are usually opened in March.