Kick-starting promising careers

Kick-starting promising careers

Illuminate newsletter index page, March 2019
March 2019

Bodhi Education Fund members and supporters of
InSPIRE on a visit to the Institute.

The Institute is committed to nurturing the talents of the next generation of up-and-coming scientists. We run several programs that provide a diverse range of opportunities to our undergraduates.

CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship

The Institute has also partnered with CareerTrackers, a national non-profit organisation that creates multi-year internship opportunities for high-performing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students. Through the program, promising scientists and professional services interns become a part of the Institute and gain insight into a career in medical research.

Metcalf Scholarships

Regarded as the ‘father of modern haematology’, renowned Institute researcher Professor Don Metcalf passed away in 2014. In honour of Don and his great contribution to science, the Institute established the Metcalf Scholarship program. This year, $6000 will be provided to each of our nine outstanding Metcalf scholars. These undergraduates will gain early research experience in labs tackling important questions in cancer, immunology and infectious diseases.


International Student Program in Research Experience (InSPIRE) internships attract top third-year undergraduate students from leading Chinese universities to gain experience in our high-performing laboratories. The ten-week program allows students to collaborate with scientists working in areas such as cell signalling, epigenetics, immunology, bioinformatics and structural biology. The program is supported by the Australia-China Council, Australian China Education Foundation, China Construction Bank, Skysea Home Loans, City of Melbourne and Bodhi Education Fund.

Super Content: 
Scientist pipetting at a lab bench

Our internship program provides an opportunity for students to gain research experience in high performing laboratories.

Media in the lab

Find out about our latest research outcomes and scientific achievements.