Launch your research career

These scholarships are funded by the Commonwealth Government to provide assistance for living costs to domestic students during completion of a PhD. Scholarships are offered for projects which are aligned with recently awarded Category 1 project grants. Work with leading researchers, and learn to conduct research independently and think critically, while contributing to large projects of national significance. 

Scholarship value: Living allowance of $27,082 (2018 rate), indexed annually. Tuition fees do not apply.

Closing date: As these scholarships are offered in responsive mode, there is no closing date.

Commencement: Enrolment in the PhD program is in research quarters and commencement in a research quarter is fixed to a specific period. Recipients of these scholarships may commence in any research quarter.

Eligibility and how to apply

View details of available projects below.


Chief Investigator

Grant type

Project title

Project description

Preferred educational background

Associate Professor Antje Blumenthal



Innate immune signalling in Mycobacterium tuberculosisinfection

This project investigates the functions of a new innate immune receptor in the host response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection using a range of molecular, cell biological, biochemical and immunological approaches.

Cell Biology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics.

Associate Professor Antje Blumenthal



Enhancing host defence mechanisms in severe bacterial infections

New options to treat bacterial infections are needed because of the rapid increase in antibiotic resistance. One very attractive strategy is to boost the body’s own defence mechanisms against bacteria. Using molecular, cell biological and in vivo techniques, this project defines host cell molecular mechanisms that can be manipulated to better control bacterial infections.

Research area: Health*
Immunology, Microbiology, Cell biology

Dr Andrew Brooks



HLA-G/H2-Bl is Critical for Regulating Inflammation in the Liver The key factor to induction of liver fibrosis, progression to cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma is inflammation. Liver transplant and liver regeneration following liver resection are also dramatically impaired by elevation of inflammation. We have identified a potent anti-inflammatory protein, HLA-G, that is critical for regulating post-surgical inflammation in the liver. We will determine if HLA-G can reverse and/or block liver fibrosis and modify HLA-G for improved clinical potential. Molecular Biology, animal handling and surgery, immunology.

Dr Xiaowen Liang



Visualisation and early prediction of ROS-mediated treatment response in liver cancer by a novel nanoplatform Change of tumour microenvironment has potential to serve as an early predictor of drug efficacy. This proposed project aims to develop a new technology to accurately measure tumour microenvironment during treatment, and to explore the correlation between this potential predicator and tumour growth. This technology would significantly improve the patient prognosis by revealing non-response to chemotherapeutics early and allowing the timely administration of alternative therapies. Biomedicine and Biological Science /pharmacology

Dr Jatin Patel

ARC DECRA Defining the biology of vascular stem cells for tissue regeneration This project aims to understand the fundamental biology of vascular stem cells by defining their in vivo niche and molecular identity. Further, this project will delineate the important role vascular stem cells play in regenerating the circulatory system and their potential use as a cell therapy in treating cardiovascular disease. The ideal candidate will have a BSc (Hons), with courses in biomedical science, animal handling, cell/molecular biology and cardiovascular anatomy

Professor David Evans

NHMRC Project Development and application of a Mendelian randomization framework aimed at dissecting the biological basis of complex disease The aim of this project is to identify genes and molecular biomarkers (i.e. gene expression and gene methylation) that causally affect risk of complex disease using a combination of genome-wide association studies and Mendelian randomization approaches. Epidemiology, Statistics, Genetics, Psychology
NHMRC Project Using Methods in Genetic Epidemiology to Elucidate the Relationship Between Viral Infection and Risk of Autoimmune Disease Autoimmune diseases occur when the body's natural defense mechanisms attack healthy tissues by mistake. It has long been thought that viral infections might play a role in triggering autoimmune disease. This project aims to find genes that influence the body's response to viral infection and subsequently whether the same genes are involved in autoimmune disease pathology. Epidemiology, Statistics, Genetics,  Psychology

Dr Gabriel Cuellar Partida

ARC DECRA Development of bioinformatics methods and applications aimed at dissecting the basis of complex traits and diseases The aim of this project is to develop bioinformatics methods that integrate genotypic, DNA methylation and gene expression data to investigate the role of genomic imprinting on complex traits and disease. Bioinformatics, Software engineering, Genetics, Statistics, Epidemiology