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. The next application round will open in late 2018.

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. PhD scholarships are also available from the University of Melbourne, philanthropic organisations and government bodies.

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 tuition fee offset. 

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

Please note applications for the International PhD Scholar Initiative are not currently being accepted. The only applications currently accepted are for specific research opportunities

The following information is provided as a guide only to potential future applicants; please note application requirements may change in 2018.

To apply for the International PhD Scholar Initiative students must meet the academic entry requirements for PhD study at the University of Melbourne; identify preferred research areas and motivations; and provide academic documentation. Shortlisted candidates are interviewed by videoconference, and selected scholars will be assisted to locate a supervisor and project.

Applications are currently closed. The next application round will open on 1 October 2018 and close on 30 November 2018.

All international students need to consider Australian student visa requirements as part of their application. For students with a confirmed laboratory placement, our People and Culture team can assist in visa arrangements. 

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.


Ms Kerry Ko
Scientific Education Administrator



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