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We invite third year undergraduate students from selected universities in China to apply for a fully-funded, 10-week internship to work with some of Australia’s leading scientists at the Institute and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

International Student Program in Research Experience (InSPIRE) students will experience our high performing laboratories and work in a range of research fields, such as:

Internship opportunity for Chinese students

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

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Undertake a fully-funded 10-week program, from July to September
  • Work in two laboratories with diverse research interests
  • Attend weekly lectures provided by scientific leaders
  • Gain support from other Institute students and participate in social activities 

InSPIRE 2016

Here’s what our 2016 InSPIRE students had to say about their time in Melbourne:


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. 

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute 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.

Application process

The internship program is open to students interested in all aspects of biomedical research, including computational biology, biological imaging and biochemistry.

Students are requested to contact their course co-ordinators to express their interest and provide:

  • Academic record
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Cover letter: with scientific or research interests and motivations for joining this program (maximum 200 words)

Internships are currently open to students in their third year of undergraduate study at Tsinghua, Nanjing, Fudan, Nankai, Zhejiang and Jinan Universities only.

Applications must be completed in English and emailed to


University of Melbourne logoUniversity of Melbourne

The Institute is the Department of Medical Biology of The University of Melbourne, Australia’s top ranked university. We deliver Honours and PhD research training opportunities through the university. 

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre logoPeter MacCallum Cancer Centre

The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is a world leader in cancer research and cancer patient care and will be co-hosting InSPIRE students as part of the program.


City of Melbourne logoLiving and studying in Melbourne

Australia is one of the world’s most diverse, cultural countries and nearly 60 per cent of Melbourne residents were born overseas. The most common language spoken other than English, is Mandarin.

Melbourne is a major centre for business, cultural and sporting activities. The Economist Intelligence Unit ranked our city 'the most liveable city' for the fifth year running in 2015.

The InSPIRE program is supported by the City of Melbourne. Students have the opportunity to meet the Melbourne Lord Mayor.

ACEF logoAustralian China Education Foundation

The InSPIRE program is supported by Australian China Education Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that supports education programs in China and promotes joint education initiatives between Australia and China.

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