International PhD Scholar Initiative

International PhD Scholar Initiative

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Our International PhD Scholar Initiative enables outstanding international students to join our Medical Biology PhD Program.

The International PhD Scholar Initiative selects students on the basis of their academic record, relevant experience, referees' reports and a videoconference interview. Successful applicants will then be connected with prospective supervisors to select a PhD project in the student’s field of interest. The next application round is expected to open in June 2021. Details will be updated here when they become available in late May 2021.

International PhD scholarships

WEHI offers a number of dedicated scholarships to support International PhD Scholars. 

Our International PhD Scholarships provide a living allowance equivalent to the current Melbourne Research Scholarship rate. In addition, all PhD students receive WEHI’s $2000 per annum scholarship top-up plus a relocation allowance, health insurance coverage, and a university tuition fee offset. 

International students who are expected to complete their current degree in mid-2020 are eligible to apply for the International PhD Scholar Initiative. 

Please note that Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens qualify as domestic students with University of Melbourne and are not eligible to apply for the International PhD Scholar Initiative: please see the scholarships options available for these students.

PhD Program details

Our PhD students receive advanced, multidisciplinary medical research training through hands-on research within our leading scientific teams. WEHI's Medical Biology PhD Program also equips students with the broader knowledge and skills to advance their careers. Find out more about the benefits of studying with us.

At WEHI we strive to ensure our students and staff enjoy a great working environment, and we value diversity and gender equality in our student body and workforce.


For any queries about this initiaitve:

Ms Kerry Ko
Scientific Education Administrator



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