Metcalf Scholarships

Metcalf Scholarships

Metcalf Scholarships
Metcalf Scholarships support outstanding undergraduate students to get a taste of research. 

Metcalf scholars work within our leading research groups tackling important questions in cancer, immunology, infectious diseases, developmental disorders and age-related conditions. 

Metcalf Scholarships provide funding worth $8000 for undergraduates ($1000 awarded to the student, $7000 transferred to the lab for research costs). This scholarship is on top of the casual salary paid to undergraduate students at WEHI. Metcalf Scholarship winners also receive a commemorative medallion. 

The scholarships are made possible by the Metcalf Scholarship Fund, established in honour of beloved WEHI researcher Professor Don Metcalf, who passed away in 2014. 

Program application 

Applications for the 2023 Metcalf Scholarship program have now closed.  

It is not formally required, but we encourage students to contact supervisors to discuss specific projects for the Metcalf scholarship at the application stage.    

Most Metcalf scholars will commence their placement during the mid-year break, working in the lab full-time during vacation periods and approximately a day a week during semester (but not exam time). 

Eligibility and selection criteria 

Undergraduate students are eligible to apply for Metcalf Scholarships if they: 

  • Are in the second or third year of their undergraduate course (or equivalent for part-time or double degree students). First year students or students enrolled in an Honours year are not eligible. 
  • Have at least one full semester remaining at the time of application. Students in their final semester are not eligible. 
  • Are able to attend a potential event to be formally presented with the award and meet donors to the Metcalf Scholarship Fund. Typically, this would be WEHI's Annual General Meeting. 

Applicants for Metcalf Scholarships can, but do not need to, be current students at WEHI, and may receive support from other undergraduate schemes. 

Scholarships will be awarded based on subject marks from their previous completed semester and ability to effectively communicate their eagerness to undertake medical research in the application form and an interview.  

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview within three weeks after the applications close, with interviews to be held later in April (in-person or online as appropriate).  

How to apply 

To apply, you need to: 

1. Investigate WEHI’s research areas and scientific divisions to identify your research interests and indicate up to three preferred supervisors (it is not necessary but we encourage students to contact supervisors to discuss specific projects for the Metcalf scholarship at this stage)

2. Prepare and have ready to submit via the online application form:

  • Written statements describing your interest in medical research and your future career aspirations and why you will benefit from the Metcalf Scholarship Program (an unofficial statement of results will be accepted; a full official transcript may be requested at a future date)
  • Your CV as well as academic transcripts or statement of resultsill be accepted; a full official transcript may be requested at a future date)

3. Submit an online application form.

Please note: 

Applications will not be accepted if application form is incomplete or supporting documents are not uploaded  

Awarding is not dependent on your research interests, but the final lab placement will be dependent on supervisor availability. 

At WEHI we strive to ensure all our staff and students enjoy a great working environment. We value diversity and gender equity in our work force and promote flexible working arrangements to balance working requirements and personal needs. 


Scientific Education Office 

Professor Don Metcalf with staff and students

As a tribute to a scientist, known the world over as ‘the father of modern haematology’, the Metcalf Scholarship Fund has been established to support promising young researchers.

Professor Doug Hilton pictured with three Metcalf Scholars

Our inaugural Metcalf Scholars received scholarships to spend some of their undergraduate year working with research teams in the laboratory.