Metcalf Scholarships

Metcalf Scholarships

Metcalf scholars
Metcalf Scholarships support outstanding undergraduate students to get their first taste of research.

Metcalf scholars work within our leading research groups tackling important questions in cancer, immunology and infectious diseases.

Metcalf Scholarships provide funding worth $6000 for undergraduates ($1000 paid to the student, $5000 paid to the lab for research costs). This scholarship is on top of the salary paid to undergraduate students at the Institute. Metcalf Scholarship winners also receive a commemorative medallion.

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

Application process

The Metcalf Scholarship program is open for applications. Please be aware that due to the current COVID-19 concerns, the timing of the research placement unclear. This will be evaluated and we hope to be able to provide the research placement opportunity to awarded students later in the year.

It is not necessary for students to contact supervisors to discuss specific projects for the Metcalf scholarship at this stage.

In 2020 eight Metcalf Scholarships will be awarded to applicants with the highest subject marks from their previous completed semester.

Most Metcalf Scholars will commence their placement during the mid-year break, working in the lab ~8hrs/wk during semester (but not exam time) and full-time during vacations. Placements are expected to run for at least six months, but some students’ placements may last longer than this, as negotiated with the supervisor. Flexibility will be offered to students with carer or other employment commitments.

Information about the 2021 round of the Metcalf Scholarships will be released by early March.

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 the Institute's Annual General Meeting, but this event has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19.

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

Scholarships will be awarded to applicants with the highest subject marks from the previous completed semester. 

How to apply

If you would like to apply for a Metcalf Scholarship you need to:

  1. Investigate the Institute’s research areas to identify your research interests and preferred supervisors.
  2. Submit an online application form
    You will be asked to indicate up to three preferred Institute supervisors – please note that the final placement will be dependent on supervisor availability. 
  3. Email the following application supporting documents to
    Subject line: 2020 Metcalf Scholarships – YOURSURNAME
    Prefix all supporting documents with: YOURSURNAME_
    i) Current CV
    ii) Current academic transcript, including grading scale
    (An unofficial statement of results will be accepted; a full official transcript may be requested at a future date)
    Please note that applications will not be accepted if supporting documents are not received by the closing date.

Applications close Friday 27 March 2020.

At the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute 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.


Kerry Ko
Scientific Education Administrator



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.