Peter Howson Clinical Research Fellowship

2018-19 Scholar Applications Open

Applications are now being received for the Peter Howson Clinical Research Fellowship for the 2018-19 period.    Applications close on 30 September, 2017.   Applications are to be forwarded electronically to

PH Fellowship Application Form 2018-19

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the Deafness Foundation are now accepting applications for the Peter Howson Deafness Fellowship which will begin in January 2018.

The Eye and Ear and the Deafness Foundation jointly fund the Peter Howson Deafness Fellowship in the field of Hearing Science.


The purpose of the Fellowship is to support important, innovative clinical and scientific research with the potential to directly benefit patients with deafness.

The aim of the Fellowship is to support either a clinician interested in pursuing a research program, or an early career researcher looking to generate a track record that will make them eligible for large-scale national and international competitive grant funding (NHMRC, ARC, NIH etc).


A range of project areas and methodologies will be considered, but work that aligns with the strategic aims of the Eye and Ear and the Deafness Foundation will be given priority. These include disease-based research, population health study and investigation relating to service delivery for hearing impaired and Deaf people.

The award must be used to support clinical or public health research projects.

Applicants who currently hold a major research grant (>$200,000 AUD) are ineligible.

Download the application form for more details.

How to apply

Send your application form, CV and referee contact details to

The closing date for applications is Friday 6 October.

The Peter Howson Clinical Research Fellowship was established in 2011 to support clinical research in the field of hearing science. The award is supported by the Deafness Foundation (The Foundation) and Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital (RVEEH).

The Fellowship is named after the late Peter Howson in recognition of his efforts to minimize the impact of hearing loss in our community. Peter Howson was a founder and the first President of the Deafness Foundation and was also a long serving Chairman of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. It was deemed fitting by both organisations to establish this clinical research fellowship in his name.

The Fellowship is for a period of two years and is designed to support clinical research in areas that will benefit the deaf or hard of hearing communities and which otherwise falls within the broad charters of both the Foundation and RVEEH. The Fellowship provides funds of $50,000 per year to the successful candidate.

For further details, please contact the Executive Officer at Deafness Foundation on (03) 9738 2909.

A summary of the three awardees research and outcomes is available here:

Peter Howson Clinical Research Fellow Outcomes

Peter Howson Clinical Fellowship Awardees

Ms Danielle Tomlin – 2011
d-tomlinThe impact of Auditory Processing Disorder on Aboriginal Children
September 2011 to September 2013

Attached is the Paper published as a result of the Fellowship.

Long-Term Hearing Deficits After Childhood Middle Ear Disease by Dani Tomlin and Gary Rance.



Ms Jessica Vitkovic – 2013
jessicaThe Contribution of Hearing to Balance Control
October 2013 to October 2015

Attached is a presentation made by Peter Howson Fellow Jessica Vitkovic on the findings of her research.

Presentation – Jessica Vitkovic


Dr Kerryn Saunders – 2015

kerryn-saundersEarly Identification and Management of Congenital CMV Hearing Loss / A New Clinical Model
November 2015 to October 2017

This research is currently underway.