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.

The Metcalf Scholarships provide funding worth $6000 for undergraduates ($1000 paid to the student, $5000 paid to the lab for research costs). This payment is on top of the salary received by 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.

Applications now open

In 2017 six Metcalf Scholarships will be available, awarded to the applicants with the highest student marks from semester 2 2016.

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 may last longer than this. Flexibility will be offered to students with carer or employment commitments.

Applications close on Monday 3 April 2017, with the scholarships to be presented at the Institute’s Annual General Meeting on 11 May 2017.

Eligibility and selection criteria

Undergraduate students are eligible 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.

  • Have an agreement from a laboratory head at the Institute to host the student.

  • Are able to attend the Institute’s 2017 Annual General Meeting, 4:30pm Thursday 11 May 2017, to receive the award.

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

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

How to apply

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

  1. Contact the laboratory head that you would like to work with to agree on a project. This is essential – you cannot apply without the agreement of a host laboratory.
  2. Send the following to Dr James Vince,, by Monday 3 April 2017:
    • Your Semester 2 2016 university transcript (this can be from any Australian or overseas university)
    • The name of your confirmed supervisor

Opportunities for Metcalf Scholars

Metcalf Scholarship applicants are encouraged to contact a laboratory head at the Institute whose research interests align with the student's. It is recommended that your enquiry states (1) that you wish to apply for a position funded by a Metcalf Scholarship; (2) explains why the supervisor's work appeals to you, your career aspirations and how placement in their lab would help fulfil this goal; and (3) includes your academic transcripts.

Many research groups may be willing to accept a Metcalf Scholar; the following laboratory head have indicated they have a vacancy for a Metcalf Scholar:

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.

More information

Dr James Vince

Undergraduate Coordinator

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.