Peter Meyer Fund


Schizophrenia is a devastating illness that targets young people in their prime. Those promising young people who have had much to offer society, and much to look forward to. 

Peter Daniel Meyer was no exception.  He was born in 1964, and was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 1987 at the age of twenty two. Despite twenty unbelievably difficult years when he lived with the debilitating symptoms of this illness – when he imagined his enemies lurked at every corner, and a dreadful band of Nazis was about to target his precious eyesight – he managed to complete his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Sydney University, a media writing and editing course at RMIT, and during the last year of his life he worked hard to produce some significant drawings and paintings at St. Georges TAFE. Peter was a student of Sydney Grammar.

On the 1st January 2003 Peter Meyer took his own life because of the torments of schizophrenia. He was 38 years old. Within days of his death his parents Rosalind and Bob Meyer set up the Peter Meyer Fund, through the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW. The aim of the Fund is to offer small grants to young researchers working specifically in the field of schizophrenia.

The Peter Meyer Fund was established with some very generous donations from family and friends. Rosalind Meyer has also written two books. The first - A window into schizophrenia, was published in 2004 and highly commended. It featured Peter’s drawings and some of his essays. Her second book Rosie’s War – escape from Singapore 1942 is about the Japanese attack on Singapore. The proceeds from both books have gone to support the Peter Meyer Fund.

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Peter Meyer Fund Grants

The first grants were made in 2010 and grants will continue to be made every year or second year. The Trustees call for submissions on an annual or biennial basis. The call for applications is posted on the Fellowship’s website and sent out to universities and researchers.

Any kind of research into mental illness qualifies for consideration for funding, provided it is conducted in NSW and satisfies criteria set out by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

The Fellowship's Peter Meyer Fund is registered with the Australian Taxation Office as a charity for which donations are tax deductible.

To donate off-line to the Peter Meyer Fund please click here to download and complete the PDF form.

To donate on-line to the Peter Meyer Fund please click here to go to the on-line donation form

Call for Research Funding Applications from Schizophrenia Fellowship NSW Inc

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The Peter Meyer Fund of the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW invites applications from researchers for the 2017 Peter Meyer Research Grant of $10,000.

Aim of the Peter Meyer Fund

To offer small grants to young researchers working specifically in the field of schizophrenia.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Researchers must be based in NSW
  • The project must address the research objectives
  • The project must be completed within 2 years
  • Joint funding with other funding organisations would be considered
  • The researcher is under 35 years of age


Only one application from any one organisation will be accepted.

Closing date – 5.00 pm Sunday 31st August, 2017
Late applications will not be considered.


All enquiries and applications should be forwarded to

Rob Ramjan AM, CEO
Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW
Locked Bag 5014 Gladesville  NSW 1675
Email –        Ph –  02 9879 2600 

Application Format

Applications must specify:-
• Aims
• Background
• Research methods
• Expected outcomes
• Significance
• Budget

The submission length must be no more than 4 A4 pages in a minimum of 12pt font.

In addition please submit Curriculum Vitae of all investigators and a list of publications in NHMRC format.

Successful applicants will be required to

• Present their findings at the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Annual Symposium in Sydney
• Acknowledge the Fund in any publication originating from research funded by this grant


• The decision of the trustees is final and not subject to negotiation
• Funding must be used for the purpose stated in the application
• Organisations are required to submit an annual report 12 months after receiving funding
• GST incurred by a recipient organisation will not be funded by the Fund


Reports are required by the 1st September of each year.  These reports will be used for public relations and to assist the Research Committee if further funding is sought. A final and/or annual report is to be submitted on completion of the project or grant period.