Clinician PhD

WEHI offers PhD research training for clinicians. Our clinician PhD students tackle important questions in cancer, immune and infectious diseases, developmental disorders and age-related conditions.

Around 25 medically trained students work within our research teams. After graduation many of our clinician PhD students take on senior clinical roles at tertiary hospitals in Australia or internationally, or become clinician-scientists at leading research organisations.

Benefits we offer clinician PhD students

  • Work on important translational research questions, with internationally recognised clinician scientists and researchers at the forefront of their fields
  • Support from our purpose-built Clinical Translation Centre, enabling the translation of science into clinical medicine
  • Local and international research collaborations with hospitals, universities and pharmaceutical companies
  • Clinical translation staff to assist and advise with Human Research Ethics Committee approval support, tissue sample collection and processing, mentoring and peer support programs.
  • Clinician session support for selected applicants when other funding options are not available. This scheme, funded by WEHI, considers the value offered to the applicant and their host laboratory from the proposed clinical engagements.
  • Flexible study options in order to maintain clinical appointments

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Find out more about our PhD program

How to apply

  1. Investigate our student research projects, or contact a laboratory head about a diseaseresearch field or research technology that interests you. Our Clinical Translation Centre can also assist you in locating a suitable laboratory, organising a tour or answering your queries.
    Prospective students can also attend our Student Open Days to discuss their opportunities with supervisors and our Clinical Translation team. Our 2023 Student Open Days will be held on Tuesday 5 September in-person at WEHI and Thursday 14 September as a virtual event.
  2. Email education@wehi.edu.au regarding your interest in applying to study, and to discuss your funding opportunities
  3. Apply for admission to our PhD program to the University of Melbourne or an agreed alternate university

Find out more

You can find out more about studying with us at events such as:

Prospective students can also contact our Clinical Translation Centre to organise a tour, or join our clinician opportunities mailing list to be advised of upcoming events and opportunities.


Our clinician PhD students are supported by scholarships from external bodies, including:

WEHI also offers PhD scholarships or philanthropic funding for selected students. Please check scholarship closing dates as these vary throughout the year.

Our Research Grants Office can discuss potential funding sources for your PhD study – email grants@wehi.edu.au


Clinical Translation Centre:

Student and academic administration:
Scientific Education Office, education@wehi.edu.au

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