International PhD Scholar Initiative

International PhD Scholar Initiative

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Our International PhD Scholar Initiative enables outstanding international students to join our Medical Biology PhD Program. Applications are now open for commencement in 2019.

The International PhD Scholar Initiative selects students on the basis of their academic record, relevant experience and a videoconference interview. Successful applicants will then be connected with prospective supervisors to select a PhD project in the student’s field of interest.

International PhD scholarships

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute offers a number of dedicated scholarships to support International PhD Scholars. 

The Institute's International PhD Scholarships provide a living allowance equivalent to the current Melbourne Research Scholarship rate. In addition, all PhD students receive the Institute’s $2000 per annum scholarship top-up plus a relocation allowance, health insurance coverage, and a university tuition fee offset. 

International students who are expected to complete their current degree in mid-2019 are eligible to apply for the International PhD Scholar Initiative. 

PhD Program details

Our PhD students receive advanced, multidisciplinary medical research training through hands-on research within our leading scientific teams. Our Medical Biology PhD Program also equips students with the broader knowledge and skills to advance their careers. Find out more about the benefits of studying with us.

How to apply

Applications for the 2018 International PhD Scholar Initiative have closed. 

International PhD students should investigate research projects with individual supervisors and apply for specific research opportunities with us. 

Information for 2018 applicants

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted via email by January 2019 and invited to a videoconference interview between 21 January to 25 January 2019.

Institute International PhD Scholarships will be awarded to the successful students by February 2019. The Scientific Education Office will assist the selected scholars to finalise supervisors and PhD project for commencement in 2019.

Future applications

The 2019 application round is anticipated to open in October 2019.

The following information is provided as a guide only to potential future applicants; please note application requirements may change in 2019.

To apply for the International PhD Scholar Initiative in 2018, applicants were required to:

  1. Check that you meet the entry requirements for PhD candidature at the University of Melbourne.
  2. Investigate the current student project opportunities to identify your preferred research areas.
  3. Complete and submit an application form online: 
    You will be asked to nominate up to five titles of research projects or Institute supervisors who are in your research field or disease area of interest.
  4. Email your application supporting documents
    Please use the same email account as you have listed on the application form.
    Email Subject line: 2018 WEHI IPSI Application – YOURSURNAME

    (i) A cover letter that explains your research interests and motivation for doing a PhD
    (ii) Curriculum vitae
    (iii) Academic transcripts (include university grading scale and English translation if applicable).

Incomplete applications (including missing supporting documents) will not be considered.

At the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute we strive to ensure our students and staff enjoy a great working environment, and we value diversity and gender equity in our student body and workforce.


For any queries about this initiaitve:

Ms Kerry Ko
Scientific Education Administrator



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