The WLIA Research Fellowship supports innovative research and related activities that challenge the stereotypes, norms, biases and organisational barriers that prevent women from having equal opportunity to achieve and lead.

The WLIA Research Fellowship funds the professional time of an individual or team who are trailblazers in the promotion of gender diversity. The Fellowship can only be awarded with the support of an appropriate research institution. The recipient of the Fellowship will be supported to pursue their stated pursuits.

The Fellowship is a Women’s Leadership Institute Australia initiative.

The recipient of the inaugural WLIA Research Fellowship for 2016 – 2017 is Dr Cordelia Fine, Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at the The University of Melbourne. 


cordeliafinehrProfessor Cordelia Fine is an academic psychologist and writer.

She has been described as “that rare academic who’s also an excellent writer” (Library Journal), a “cognitive neuroscientist with a sharp sense of humour and an intelligent sense of reality” (The Times), “a brilliant feminist critic of the neurosciences” (Times HES), “a science writer to watch”(Metro) and a Myth Busting Hero (CARE).

Cordelia’s book, Delusions of Gender was short-listed for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the Best Book of Ideas Prize 2011, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2010 and the biannual international cross-genre Warwick Prize 2013. She is a regular contributor to the popular media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Monthly and New Statesman. She is also the author of A Mind of Its Own, and wrote the introduction for the Britannica Guide to the Brain.

RexCordelia’s latest book, Testosterone Rex has been described as a “fascinating, greatly contemplative discussion of sex and gender and the embedded societal expectations of both” (Kirkus Reviews).

Cordelia studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, followed by an M.Phil in Criminology at Cambridge University. She was awarded a Ph.D in Psychology from University College London. Between 2002 to 2011 she held research positions at Monash University, the Australian National University, and Macquarie University, and then was an ARC Future Fellow from 2012-2016 with the University of Melbourne.

She is currently Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne.

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