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We invite talented third year undergraduate students from selected universities in China to apply for a research internship and collaborate with our scientists.

Our International Student Program in Research Experience (InSPIRE) provides an opportunity for students at leading Chinese universities to gain research experience in a high performing laboratory, working in areas such as cell signalling, epigenetics, immunology, bioinformatics or structural biology.

We have been making scientific discoveries since 1915 and are consistently ranked at the top of Australian research institutes.

We aim to improve the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of many diseases and make significant impacts on immune disorders, infectious diseases and cancer.

Program partners

This program has been made available through partnerships with universities including:


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 have revolutionised thinking around the immune system, advanced drug development and improved our use of technology.

Internship opportunity

Fully-funded internship places are available for students from program partner universities in China.

Students will have the opportunity to:

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

Our internship program is supported by the City of Melbourne. Students will also have the opportunity to meet the Melbourne Lord Mayor and undertake a tour of the city.


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

Students are requested to provide:

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

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

Applications should be completed in English and emailed to


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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. 


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Australia is one of the world’s most diverse, cultural countries. Nearly 60 per cent of Melbourne residents were born overseas and 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.

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A community of researchers, students and professional service staff working in an environment that develops engaged and productive members.

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