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Inaugural Fernandes Fellows arrive at Warwick

Supported by a philanthropic donation to the University by Warwick alumnus – Rui Fernandes, the Fernandes Fellowships provide early career researchers at European institutions an opportunity to undertake a three-month visit to Warwick (possibly split over two or three visits) in order to develop long-term research collaborations. The University is delighted to welcome our first cohort of six Fernandes Fellows to Warwick.

Professor Seán Hand, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Europe) at the University of Warwick said:

“The Fernandes Fellowships have attracted a number of high calibre researchers to Warwick, which will help to catalyse long-term research collaborations between Warwick and institutions across Europe. This philanthropic gift is a testament to the integral role of philanthropy in helping to deliver our 2030 Strategy and we are very grateful to the donor - Rui Fernandes for his generous support.”

The researchers will work closely with the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS), their respective hosts and the wider research community. Professor Peter Scott, Director of the Warwick Institute of Advanced Study, commented:

“We look forward to welcoming more Fernandes Fellows over the coming years. It is essential that we attract the best researchers from all over the world, and we are grateful to the donor for his support of the University.”

Dr Alessia Maccaro is one of the Fernandes Fellows currently at Warwick, she is a philosopher with a PhD in bioethics. Dr Maccaro’s research explores the interconnections between medicine and religion with respect to the African cultural tradition. The Fellowship has enabled her to expand her field of research to medical devices.

Professor Seán Hand recently met Dr Maccaro, to find out more about her area of research and experience of Warwick so far, Dr Maccaro said:

“Since I’ve arrived at Warwick, I’ve been fully integrated into the biomedical engineer laboratory in the School of Engineering. As well as working with engineers, the lab is home to health economists, data scientists, and mathematicians from across the globe. I have had the opportunity to meet and discuss my ideas with scholars from the IAS, Engineering, WBS, WMS, Social Sciences and Law. This fellowship has provided me with a unique opportunity to establish myself as an international scholar, proactively involved in the scientific and political debate on relevant global challenges. This will facilitate my journey towards my dream career of establishing myself as a world leading academic with stable collaborations with NGOs and scientific societies, serving the civil society and policy-makers.”

Professor Seán Hand with Fernandes Fellow Dr Maccaro

Professor Seán Hand with Fernandes Fellow Dr Maccaro

The Fernandes Fellowships programme will run until December 2021 and in total 25 Fellowships are available over the three years. A second call for applicants will be announced in autumn 2019. For more information on the programme, Please visit the IAS website or please contact the Institute of Advanced Study at Warwick: Tel: 024 761 50565/Email ias at warwick dot ac dot uk