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More than 140 PhD students work as part of our research teams, investigating important questions in medical research. We enroll students in our PhD program as the Department of Medical Biology at The University of Melbourne.

Our PhD program

Our PhD students benefit from a program of study that includes world-class research training, as well as opportunities to develop diverse career skills. 

How to apply

The Institute offers a number of student research projects each year. Prospective students should explore the projects and contact your proposed supervisor to discuss the research program. Our Education team are available to advise and assist students with their application.


Local and international students accepted for a PhD position at the Institute must apply for scholarship funding. In addition to scholarship support, all PhD students are eligible to receive an Institute top-up scholarship of $2000 per annum (full time; or part-time pro rata equivalent).

Frequently asked questions

Projects, scholarships, applications and selection criteria – what do you need to get a PhD position at the Institute?

Meet our students

Our students explain the benefits of studying at the Institute and what PhD students do at the Institute. Find out why they chose to study with us.

PhD student Julia Marchingo has won a 2014 Picchi Award for Excellence in Cancer Research.