There are a number of scholarship options available to students that are based on academic ability. Students are encouraged to explore funding options at an early stage.

Internal scholarships

The University of Queensland (UQ) offers a variety of scholarships to international and domestic students. For further information, visit the UQ Graduate School website.

External scholarships

A number of external parties offer scholarships such as the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Cancer Council Queensland. Other external scholarship can also be found at Nature, and PhdSeek.

Honours Scholarships

In 2018, The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute will be offering Honours Scholarships for new or continuing students enrolled in an Honours program at The University of Queensland for the 2018 Academic year (students enrolled mid-year in 2017 will also be considered).

The primary objectives for Honours Scholarships are to:

  • Encourage students of high academic ability to take the first step in their career path as a biomedical translational researcher.
  • To build research capacity in high priority areas related to biomedical translational research.


  • Diamantina Institute Honours Scholarships: 3 at $3,250 each
  • Otto and Joan Hirschfeld Memorial Honours Scholarship in Immunology: 1 at $6000

Duration: scholarship awards will be paid fortnightly over the duration of enrolment in 2018. 

Application Deadline: 5pm, 13th March 2018

Honours Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and personal attributes such as leadership and creativity.

The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute (UQDI) is a modern research facility where clinical and basic science are used to study diseases such as cancer, immune disorders, chronic diseases and infection. The Institute has a vibrant community of over 300 researchers, students and support staff. We have delivered global, world-changing discoveries to humanity, such as the world’s first cervical cancer vaccine.

Based at the Translational Research Institute beside the Princess Alexandra Hospital, UQDI has strong clinical interactions and world-class facilities that enable researchers to be at the forefront of their fields. UQDI's position within the TRI allows for a much greater collaborative research environment, allowing our researchers to focus their efforts on turning their scientific discoveries into better treatments for diseases including a variety of cancers, osteoporosis, arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.

The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute focuses on bringing the discoveries of basic science to the patient. Over recent decades, the gap between the laboratory and medicine has widened as science has become increasingly complex.  The UQDI therefore aims to translate the greatest opportunities for research discoveries into the cause, mechanism, prevention and treatment of major disease.

UQDI Key Research Themes

  • Blood Cancer
  • Skin and Skin Cancer
  • Immunotherapy
  • Immunity and Inflammation
  • Genomic Medicine


  • You must have completed or expect to complete an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline
  • Your Grade Point Average is greater than 5.0 out of 7, or equivalent
  • You must be enrolled through any enrolling school or Faculty at The University of Queensland
  • You must have a staff member of UQDI supporting your application as your Principal Supervisor
  • The majority of the project must be undertaken at UQDI
  • You must not hold any other Honours Scholarships


  • Recipients must maintain full-time enrolment.


  • This scholarship cannot be deferred.

Application Process

  1. To apply, please email to the following documents:
    • Cover letter highlighting previous research experience and interests, stating career aims and ambitions. Please also specify if you would like to be considered for the Otto and Joan Hirschfeld Memorial Honours Scholarship in Immunology.
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • A supporting statement from the project Supervisor
    • Certified copy of Academic Transcript (UQ students may attach a pdf of their studies report, which will be verified by UQDI); original documents will not be returned.
  2. All fully completed applications must be received by UQDI Undergraduate Administration before the closing date (5pm, Tuesday 13th March 2018).  Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.

Assessment of Applications

Applications will be reviewed by the UQDI Research Training Committee and ranked based on the information provided within the application.  The ranked list will be forwarded to the Director of the Institute for review. Assessment of applicants will be based on:

  • Academic success including prior academic record, prizes and awards
  • Prior research experience including presentations and publications
  • Involvement in academic and non-academic leadership roles

Scholarships will be announced at the 2018 Honours afternoon tea on 27th March at 3pm in the Level 7 Staff Lounge at the TRI.

For further information, please contact UQDI Undergraduate Administration on (07) 3443 7018 or email