Launch your research career

Work with leading researchers, and learn to conduct research independently and think critically, while contributing to large projects of national and international significance. These scholarships are funded by the Commonwealth Government to provide financial assistance to students during completion of a PhD. Scholarships are offered for 120+ projects which are aligned with recently awarded Category 1 project grants.

Scholarship value: Living stipend of $27,596 (2019 rate, indexed annually) and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).  Tuition fees do not apply.

Closing date: You can apply anytime - 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

Project title

Project description

Preferred educational background

Associate Professor Kiarash Khosrotehrani

k.khosrotehrani@uq.edu.au

Potency and activity of Meso-Endothelial bipotent progenitors in vivo in homeostasis and injury.

Blood vessels comprise an inner endothelial layer and surrounding mesenchyme. These vessels are integral to many organs and constitute a unique system connecting different parts of the body. Despite their importance, little is known about how they are maintained and how they contribute to the response to injury. Previous work from the team has described several populations of stem cell capable of self-renewal and repletion of the endothelium or the mesenchyme. This project will examine the potency of these different progenitors to give rise to each of these fates in homeostasis but also during sounding and bone formation. This will help define a unique population of stem cells capable of both vascular and mesenchymal repair.

Students will enrol through the Faculty of Medicine.

Science/Biomedical

*This project is available until December 2019 unless a suitable candidate is found prior.

  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.

Students will enrol through the Faculty of Medicine.

The ideal candidate will have a BSc (Hons), with courses in biomedical science, animal handling, cell/molecular biology and cardiovascular anatomy.

Associate Professor Raymond Steptoe

r.steptoe@uq.edu.au

Targeting antigens to DC for tolerance induction in a humanised mouse model.

This project will explore mechanisms of human immune cell development and or human immune cell function in rodents models carrying human immune systems. Techniques and areas may include hematopoiesis, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, gene therapy, immunology and therapy of type 1 diabetes.

Students will enrol through the Faculty of Medicine.

BSc(Hons I) or MSc

*This project is available until December 2019 unless a suitable candidate is found prior.

  Reducing toxicity of protocols for human hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

This project will explore new, non-toxic approaches for bone marrow transplant in humans. Techniques and areas may include hematopoiesis, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, gene therapy, immunology and therapy of type 1 diabetes.

Students will enrol through the Faculty of Medicine.

BSc(Hons I) or MSc

*This project is available until December 2019 unless a suitable candidate is found prior.

Professor Michael Roberts

m.roberts@uq.edu.au

Physiologically-based pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of therapeutic stem cells for liver disease.

Time course and targeting of stem cells to damaged livers as a result of liver disease.

Students will enrol through the Faculty of Medicine.

Background in science, medicine, pharmacy or related field with an interest in biochemistry, physiology, and possibly mathematical modelling.

Professor David Evans

d.evans1@uq.edu.au

Using Statistical Techniques in Genetic Epidemiology to Investigate the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD).

There is a well-documented observational relationship between low birthweight infants and increased risk of disease in later life (e.g. type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and many more). This inverse association was initially interpreted as resulting from developmental compensations to an adverse intrauterine environment, which in turn led to long-term changes to offspring physiology and increased susceptibility to disease. This theory was christened the “Developmental Origins of Health and Disease” (DOHaD) and has been one of the preeminent paradigms in life-course epidemiology over the last thirty years. The aim of this project is to investigate the DOHaD hypothesis using a variety of statistical techniques including genome-wide association, Mendelian randomization and G-REML approaches in large scale datasets such as the UK Biobank Study.

Students will enrol through the Faculty of Medicine.

Epidemiology, Statistics, Genetics, Psychology.

Professor Paul Clarke

paul.clarke@uq.edu.au

Control of mitosis and genome stability. This project will study the response of cancer cells to the disruption of mitosis by the loss of function of regulatory genes or the action of anti-cancer drugs. We will determine the mechanisms controlling genome stability, cell survival and immunological responses following the disruption of mitosis. This work will help identify new therapeutic strategies for improving the treatment of cancer. Requirements: BSc (Hons) or MSc in biological or biomedical science.