Support Chemistry

We gratefully acknowledge and thank the benefactors partnering with us to advance research and scholarship of the highest level.

Why support chemistry?

Chemistry is the central science. The School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne provides a stimulating environment to study a broad range of chemistry topics and to carry out research with great depth to solve both fundamental and applied scientific problems that address many grand challenges we face today.

Many of our student awards are supported by private bequests and gifts as well as donations from industry. We hold an awards night once a year to celebrate the achievements of our students and thank our generous donors.

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We gratefully acknowledge and thank our current partners and sponsors for helping us advance research and scholarship of the highest level.

Ways you can support us

There are many ways you can support the School of Chemistry. All donations, regardless of size, make a difference in helping us to create opportunities for our students, academics and the wider community.

Establish a new gift

There are many opportunities to support research, scholarships for students, or early career researchers which we would like to discuss. Please contact us by email or call +61 (0)3 8344 3792.

Contribute to the Masson Fund

Sir David Orme Masson
Sir David Orme Masson

The Masson Fund supports research, teaching and engagement activities relating to chemical sciences in the University of Melbourne.

The fund welcomes donations and bequests to fund activities such as:

  • Scholarships to foster opportunities for outstanding students and postdoctoral fellows in chemistry
  • Establishment, support and endowment of positions and teaching and research initiatives to attract outstanding scholars
  • Support for academic staff, particularly women, to establish and sustain vital research programs
  • Purchase of equipment and facilities to establish and sustain outstanding research facilities and laboratories.

Donate to the Masson Fund

Established in July 2018, the fund is named in honour of Sir David Orme Masson (1858–1937), Professor of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne from 1886 to 1923. A teacher and researcher, he contributed greatly to Australian scientific and public life. Masson was instrumental in the establishment and governance of many important bodies, including the organisation that later become the CSIRO. He is commemorated by the Masson Theatre and Masson Road at the University of Melbourne, in addition to a mountain range and island in Antarctica.