Clinician PhD

Clinician PhD

Researchers in the lab
We offer PhD research training for clinicians. Our clinician PhD students tackle important questions in cancer, immune disorders and infectious diseases.

More than 25 medically trained students work within our research teams. After graduation many of our clinician PhD students take on senior clinical roles at tertiary hospitals in Australia or internationally, or become clinician scientists at leading research organisations.

Benefits we offer clinician PhD students

  • Work on important translational research questions, with internationally recognised clinician scientists and researchers at the forefront of their fields
  • Access to our purpose-built Clinical Translation Centre, enabling the translation of science into clinical medicine
  • Local and international research collaborations with hospitals, universities and pharmaceutical companies
  • Clinician journal clubs and career development seminars 
  • Laboratory skills training
  • Clinical translation staff to assist and advise with Human Research Ethics Committee approval support, tissue sample collection and processing, and peer support programs.
  • Flexible study options in order to maintain clinical appointments

How to apply

  1. Investigate our student research projects, or contact a laboratory head about a disease or research field that interests you. Our Clinical Translation Centre can also assist you in locating a suitable laboratory and answering other queries.
  2. If possible, attend our clinician PhD opportunities forum
  3. Email education@wehi.edu.au regarding your interest in applying to study, and to discuss your funding opportunities
  4. Apply for admission to our PhD program to The University of Melbourne or an agreed alternate university

Scholarships

Our clinician PhD students are supported by scholarships from external bodies, including:

The institute also offers PhD scholarships or philanthropic funding for selected students.

Our Grants Manager, Julie Mercer, can discuss potential funding sources for your PhD study – email mercer@wehi.edu.au 

Find out more about our PhD program

Contacts

Clinical Translation Centre: Ms Jenni Harris, ctc@wehi.edu.au

Student and academic administration: Ms Sue Hardy, education@wehi.edu.au

Shereen Oon sitting at lab bench, pipetting

Dr Shereen Oon is a clinician completing a PhD with our Inflammation division. She describes her PhD research into lupus, day-to-day working in a lab, and the benefits of working at the institute.