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More than 140 PhD students work as part of our research teams, investigating important questions in medical research. The Institute is the Department of Medical Biology of the University of Melbourne.


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Medical Biology PhD Program

Our PhD students benefit from a program of study that includes world-class research training, as well as opportunities to develop diverse career skills. 

International PhD Scholar Initiative

Applications will soon open for our International PhD Scholar Initiative, which allows outstanding international students to apply for general consideration for PhD study, with dedicated scholarships available.

How to apply

Prospective students should explore the student research projects available before applying. Our Scientific Education Office are available to advise and assist students with their application.


Domestic and international PhD students at the Institute must have scholarship funding to support their PhD studies. All PhD students are also awarded an Institute top-up scholarship.

Frequently asked questions

Projects, scholarships, applications and selection criteria – what do you need to get a PhD position at the Institute?

Meet our students

Our students explain the benefits of studying at the Institute and what PhD students do at the Institute. Learn about the achievements of some of our PhD students, and their next career steps.

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Discover what it's like to be a student at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute