We invite third year undergraduate students from selected universities across Asia to apply for a fully-funded, 10-week internship to work with some of Australia’s leading scientists at WEHI, and at our partner institutions including Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, the Bio21 Institute, the University of Melbourne, the Peter Doherty Institute and CSL.

International Student Program in Research Experience (InSPIRE) students will gain research experience our laboratories working in a range of research fields, such as:

  • cell signalling
  • cancer biology
  • infectious diseases
  • epigenetics
  • immunology
  • bioinformatics
  • structural biology
  • medicinal chemistry

The InSPIRE program seeks to:

  • Strengthen Australian medical research ties throughout Asia
  • Promote and strengthen interaction and long-term collaboration with the brightest minds at top universities across Asia
  • Engage with the next generation of passionate young scientists
  • Promote Australian institutions and Australia as a location for cutting edge biomedical research

Internship opportunity for students across Asia

The internship is currently available to students from the following universities:

  • Tsinghua University
  • Nankai University
  • Nanjing University
  • Fudan University
  • Zhejiang University
  • Jinan University
  • Ehime University
  • Indian Institute of Science
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • National University of Singapore
  • Osaka University
  • Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Undertake a 10-week program with scholarship support
  • Attend weekly lectures provided by scientific leaders
  • Gain support from other Institute students and participate in social activities
  • Experience Melbourne and Victoria

Medical research in Australia

The Australian health and medical research industry makes significant impact internationally.

Australia produces more than 3% of world scientific publications yet accounts for about 0.3% of the world’s population. Discoveries made in Australia have revolutionised thinking around the immune system, advanced drug development and improved our use of technology.

WEHI is Australia’s oldest medical research institute. We are consistently ranked at the top of Australian research institutes for our work to improve the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of immune disorders, infectious diseases and cancer.

Support InSPIRE

We invite you to be a part of InSPIRE and invest in the next generation of scientific leaders.

The InSPIRE program is generously supported by the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations.

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Program supporters:

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