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Frank Hansford-Miller Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Frank Hansford-Miller Fellowship is offered biennially by the Western Australian Branch of the Statistical Society of Australia as a way of fostering links between our society and the UK statistical society. Frank left a bequest to the WA Branch to finance and help foster such links between WA and the UK. Prior to retiring at the age of 65 he attended many meetings of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) of which he was a member, where he was known to take an active part in discussion of read papers as presented in the RSS. On retiring he came to Perth, Western Australia to be with his wife’s family, including three nephews. Frank subsequently took up tutoring statistics on a casual basis at UWA, and later at Murdoch University and the then Western Australian Institute of Technology before it became Curtin University. Frank also became an active member of the Statistical Society of Australia Western Australia branch. Frank’s passion was Applied Statistics and its relevance to society and to the life of the country that he was in, firstly in the UK, and secondly in his adopted country of Australia.

The Frank Hansford-Miller Fellowship supports the appointment of a fellow from the UK to come to Perth, usually for a period of two weeks, and present a talk to the WA Branch of the Statistical Society of Australia. The fellow is also encouraged to visit universities and/or institutes in Perth and present a workshop.

What is Expected of the Fellow?

It is expected that the appointed fellow will:

  • Deliver a talk on their stated area of expertise to the WA Branch of the Statistical Society of Australia.
  • Engage in collaborative activities such as: (1) meet with Early Career and Student Statisticians (e.g., informal dinner); (2) visit WA universities and/or research institutes.
  • Ideally present a workshop on their preferred topic to the WA statistical community.

Selection Criteria and Process

Candidates must be nominated by SSA WA branch members. Researchers in all areas of statistics are eligible to be nominated, however a background in Applied Statistics is preferred. The successful candidate will be:

  • able to visit Perth for a period of approximately two weeks in 2023;
  • currently based in the UK;
  • active in research;
  • interested in beginning or strengthening ties with WA.

Nominations should include a short description addressing the above criteria and include a two page CV from the candidate. Please note if the candidate will be attending a conference in Australia/New Zealand as part of their proposed visit.

What is Expcted of the Nominator?

Nominators must be WA Branch members and be prepared to

  • arrange with their university/institution for the researcher to be appointed as a visiting fellow/professor/scholar and provide documents to support their VISA application;
  • host the fellow during their stay ensuring they have an office, etc.

The FHM Committee can provide an example itinerary and will support the host with
arranging visa documents through their university or research institution.


The Fellow will receive up to A$6,000 to cover the cost of economy air fares, accommodation, a daily allowance, and travel insurance. It is important to note that no responsibility will be taken by the WA Branch of the SSA for medical costs incurred during the course of the visit or thereafter. The timing of payments and amounts will be discussed with the successful candidate.

FHM Subcommittee

The FHM Fellowship is overseen by a subcommittee of the WA Branch of the SSA:

  • Dr Brenton Clarke, Murdoch University (Chair)
  • Associate Professor Nicola Armstrong, Curtin University

Past FHM Fellows

  • 2023 Professor Guy Nason, Chair in Statistics, Imperial College London.
  • 2021 Dr Manuel Herrera, Research Associate in Distributed Intelligent Systems, University of Cambridge.
  • 2019 Professor Cathryn Lewis, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology & Statistics, King’s College London.
  • 2017 Dr Mark Girolami, Now Professor, University of Cambridge and the Alan Turing Institute.
  • 2015 Professor Adrian Bowman, Department of Statistics, University of Glasgow.
  • 2013 Dr Janet Godolphin, Royal Holloway College, University of London (Now Associate Professor, University of Surrey).

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