The Rodney Wylie Eminent Visiting Fellowship program, which commenced in 2010, brings to the University a globally respected visitor to provide intellectual leadership and engage with the University and the community more broadly.

Nomination deadline for 2017 nominations is Monday 15 May 2017.


The Rodney Wylie Eminent Visiting Fellowship was created in 2009 through a gift from Mr John Wylie AM (Bachelor of Commerce Hons 1983). The Fellowship honours the donor's father, Rodney Wylie, who graduated from UQ with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1948 and a Bachelor of Arts in 1950. He went on to have a highly distinguished career as a leader in the Australian accountancy and non-executive company director professions.

John Wylie is a Special Advisor to Lazard Australia, having recently retired as its CEO. Mr Wylie co-founded Carnegie, Wylie & Company in 2000, a corporate advisory and private equity investment firm acquired by Lazard in 2007, and in the 1990s was Australian Chairman of investment bank Credit Suisse First Boston.  In these roles, Mr Wylie has advised companies and governments globally for over 25 years.  He now owns and is principal of investment firm Tanarra Group.

Mr Wylie is President of the Library Board of Victoria, a Trustee of the Rhodes Scholarship Trust at Oxford University, a Director of the Melbourne Stars Big Bash League cricket team, and a member of the Melbourne Grammar School Finance Committee.  He was formerly Chairman of the Melbourne Cricket Ground Trust, a position he held for 14 years.  In that role chaired the MCG Redevelopment Steering Committee for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

He is a former board member and Honorary Treasurer of the Howard Florey Institute for Neuroscience and a former Director of CSR Limited.  Mr Wylie holds a Master of Philosophy degree from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland.  He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2007 for services to business and the financial sector.

Mr Wylie was appointed to the Australian Sports Commission Board on 10 September 2012 and is also Chair of the ASC Governance and Executive Performance Committee.

Mr Wylie is married to Myriam Boisbouvier, who was appointed France’s honorary consul in Victoria in 2011.

Previous Rodney Wylie Eminent Visiting Fellows
  • 2010: Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in Economics
  • 2011: Sharon Strauss, Professor in Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis
  • 2011: David Carpenter, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Albany, New York
  • 2014: Jean-Charles Rochet, Swiss Finance Institute Professor of Banking in the Banking and Finance Institute at Zürich University
  • 2015: Manuel Pinho, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Duration and funding

During their period at the University, Fellows will be expected to present a substantial public lecture, may lecture students, attend as a guest of honour at major UQ events, and should contribute to the intellectual program at the University generally.

The Fellowship will be granted to a worthy recipient in any field of study. It is anticipated that up to two awards will be made each year. Each Faculty/Institute may only submit two nominations.

It is expected that the duration of most Fellowship proposals will be between four and eight weeks, but a shorter period will be considered if that is all the time that can be given by particularly eminent individuals. Longer periods will also be considered.

The actual value of the award will depend on the proposed length of stay, the cost of the airfare, and associated expenses, however it is envisioned that the value of each award will not exceed $25,000 with a proportion retained to support promotion of the public lecture, as well as a dinner and/or reception following the lecture.

Emmanuel College ( has offered to accommodate Rodney Wylie Eminent Fellows, at no cost, for between one and four weeks. Fellows residing at the College would be expected to participate in the life of the College to the extent that they can, and to speak at one of the College’s formal dinners and/or a meeting of the Senior Common Room.  Fellows wishing to utilise this support should discuss these arrangements with the Principal.

It is expected that the allocated funding will be expended within 12 months of the award being granted.

Assessment and reporting

Nominations will be considered based on the pre-eminence of the proposed Fellow and the value of the proposed Fellow’s visit and contribution to the University. It is also important that the public lecture appeals to the University and the wider community.

Fellows should be of exceptional international distinction in a field of study of interest to the University. They should reside outside Australia.

Fellows are expected to contribute to the academic, intellectual and cultural life of the University during their stay, and the proposed activities of the nominated Fellow comprise an important part of the selection criteria. Consideration also needs to be given to the title and description of the proposed public lecture to ensure its appeal is aimed at the University, alumni and wider community.

Impact report

Following the visit, a report of the impact of the Fellow should be prepared by the hosting unit for the donor and for inclusion in various publications, including the donor report. The report should be forwarded to the Director of Advancement, BEL Faculty.


Nominations should be submitted on the 2017 Rodney Wylie Eminent Visiting Fellowship Nomination form. Nominations must be approved by the relevant Executive Dean/Institute Director; this includes confirmation that appropriate space and access to facilities will be provided by the Faculty/Institute during the stay of the Fellow.

The following information is required (and should be provided in the nomination form):

  • a brief statement about the distinction of the proposed fellow;
  • a title and brief summary of the proposed public lecture;
  • a clear outline of the Fellow's proposed activities;
  • a current curriculum vitae; and
  • a detailed budget.

The budget must include the following information as outlined in the nomination form:

  • cost of the airfare
  • cost of accommodation
  • other associated expenses (if applicable)
  • $10,000 is to be reserved from the grant to support promotion of the public lecture, as well as a reception following the event.

Submission requirements

Faculties/Institutes must submit nominations to the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law:  

  • 1 original signed application must be submitted in hard copy attention of Director of Advancement.
  • An electronic copy should also be forwarded to

Application deadline

Applications close on Monday 15 May 2017. Any nominations received after this date will not be eligible for consideration.

Executive Dean/Institute Director Support

Each Faculty/Institute may only submit two nominations for consideration. It is requested that the Executive Dean/Institute Director provide a covering letter with the nominations that provides a short justification for the nominees proposed. This letter should include information on the value of the proposed Fellow’s visit to the University and confirmation that the working and office space is available.


Anthea Barry
Director of Advancement (Acting)