Dontas Family Travelling Fellowships

The Greek/Australian International Legal & Medical Conference
invites applications for


Professor Anastasios Dontas
Fellowship for Medicine

Professor John Harber Phillips
Fellowship for Law

to attend the 15th Greek/Australian International
Legal & Medical Conference
to be held in Thessaloniki, Greece
31st May - 6th June 2015

Applicants should be graduates in Law or Medicine and entitled to practice or registered, under 40 years of age at the time of the Conference and currently enrolled in post-graduate study within either Faculty. The successful applicants will be required to present a learned paper of some 30 minutes duration at the Conference. Papers that address the Conference theme and/or Greek Australian relationships are encouraged. The Conference has no objection to subsequent publication of any part of the paper in a thesis by the applicant.

The Fellowships, one to a graduate in Law, one to a graduate in Medicine are in the form of a grant which will include a return Economy Class airfare from Australia to Greece (Athens), Conference registration and the cost of accommodation at the Conference venue for the duration of the Conference. The Fellowships offer participation in a high level educational opportunity with social and professional interaction with Australian and International leaders in both law and medicine.

Selection of the successful applicants will be made by a distinguished legal and medical panel, on the basis of Curriculum Vitae and a 1500 word abstract of the paper.

Applications, by submission of the application form, Curriculum Vitae and an abstract, will close on Friday 11th July 2014. The successful applicants will be required to submit the full text of the completed paper by Friday 17th April, 2015.

The inaugural fellowships were awarded in 2001.

Winners to date are:

  Legal Medical
2001 Ms Natalie Stoianoff Dr Marinis Pirpiris
2003 Mr Dan Svantesson Dr Spiri Katsenos
2005 Dr Jacqueline Horan Dr Vinay Rane
2007 Dr Danielle Andrewartha Dr Revindran Nair
2009 Ms Ronli Sfiris Dr Lanny Bochsler
2011 Mr Piers Gooding Dr Danielle Freeman
2013 Miss Vanessa White Dr Vincent Ho

For further details please contact:

Jenny Crofts, Conference Secretariat
41 Davison St, RICHMOND, VICTORIA, 3121
Phone: (03) 9429 2140
Fax: (03) 9421 1682

Professor Anastasios Dontas and his family have been strong supporters of the Conference since its inception. Now retired, he was one of Greece's most eminent physicians. As an academic and clinical practitioner in both Greece and the USA with over fifty years of experience, he has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the medical profession. He was the Founder and Director of the Centre for Studies of Age Related Change in Athens and has been actively involved with the Conference since its inception; he is the official Conference Patron in Greece.

The Medical fellowship named in his honour is in recognition of his contribution to the professional development and understanding between professional groups and his commitment to cultural understanding between nations.

Professor The Hon. John Harber Phillips AC, former Chief Justice for Victoria and Provost of the Sir Zelman Cowan Centre at Victoria University was chairman of the Conference's Professional Programme for close to 20 years. On his retirement from this role he was appointed Patron of the organization in recognition of his service to the Conference and also his contribution to both the Law and Greek Australian relations and he carried out this role with distinction until his death in 2009. The Legal Fellowship bears his name as one of the Dontas Family Travelling Fellowships.

From 2013 two new awards will be made. These awards are made as a gesture of support for Greece in challenging times by Australian friends. These awards will be known as the Dr Eugenia Dontas Fellowship for Medicine and the Mr John Pasias Fellowship for Law & Business.

Dr Eugenia Dontas, as part of the Dontas Family has been a strong supporter of the Conference since its inception and is in her own right a medical pioneer within Greece and the international community establishing cytology services are research and demonstrating a strong commitment to professional development and understanding between professional groups and his commitment to cultural understanding between nations.

Mr John Pasias, was born in Greece and migrated to Australia as a child. He was a highly respected accountant, business leader and partner in the Australian firm PKF and honorary Treasurer to this Conference until his untimely death in 2010.

The fellowships will provide the opportunity for young post graduate researchers to attend the 15th  Greek/Australian International Legal & Medical Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece in June 2015.

The Dr Eugenia Dontas award for Medicine in 2013 was made to Ms Vaitsa Giannouli PhD candidate School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, for her presentation entitled “Elders and judicial determination of capacity: Reliving the myth of Aeneas and Anchises in Greek courts”. No suitable applications were received for the John Pasias Award for Law and Business on this occasion.

Download an application form for the
Travelling Fellowships (in PDF format).

Download a flyer with details about the
Travelling Fellowships (in PDF format).