Peter Howson Clinical Research Fellowship

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.

The Fellowship aims to support important, innovative clinical and scientific research with the potential to directly benefit patients with deafness. A range of project areas and methodologies will be considered, but work that aligns with the strategic aims of RVEEH and the 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 may not be used to support basic science or laboratory-based projects.

The aim of the Fellowship is to provide support for either a clinician in pursuing a research program or a researcher with less experience building their track record to enable them to be eligible for large-scale national and international competitive grant funding.

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

The successful applicant must obtain ethics approval for their project from the RVEEH Human Research & Ethics Committee prior to taking up the Fellowship, or must submit an application for the first quarterly meeting after appointment.

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.