UNE law grad awarded $70,000 Canadian fellowship

Published 25 October 2011

law_booksA UNE graduate in law has won a prestigious international fellowship valued at at $70,000 per year, for two years.

Dr Mark Lewis Shepheard, a PhD graduate from the University of New England, is one of 70 inaugural Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients.

“The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships is a prestigious new program to attract and develop the world’s best and brightest postdoctoral researchers in Canada,” according to a media statement from the High Commission of Canada.

“The program aims to develop their leadership potential and position recipients as research leaders of tomorrow,” the statement goes on to say.

Dr. Shepheard is one of only two Australian recipients of the highly competitive fellowships, and an equal number were awarded to US and UK researchers.

“This demonstrates the high quality and calibre of postdoctoral researchers from Australia,” the High Commission statement says, adding: “The two Australian researchers are looking forward to undertaking their research in Canada and the opportunity the Banting Fellowship presents.”

Dr Shepheard will undertake his research at McGill University in Montreal. It will centre on legal challenges of sustainable water management.

Dr Shepheard said: “Banting Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for me to further my academic career at McGill’s prestigious Faculty of Law. The Faculty offers a dynamic and supportive environment for interdisciplinary scholarship and innovative approaches to socio-legal research methods.”

He went on to say that staff at McGill were “experienced in working across disciplines, highlyconnected to a network of researchers in sustainable water development, law and society, and offer unique relationships with hydro electric crown corporations”.

“This will be invaluable as I develop and test my research ideas”.

Media contacts: Mary-Lou Hayman, Manager of Academic Relations/Education Marketing at the High Commission of Canada (cnbra.academic@international.gc.ca).