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 October 2020.

International PhD scholarships

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute offers a number of dedicated scholarships to support International PhD Scholars. 

The Institute's International PhD Scholarships provide a living allowance equivalent to the current Melbourne Research Scholarship rate. In addition, all PhD students receive the Institute’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. Our 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.

How to apply

Applications for the 2019 International PhD Scholar Initiative are now closed. Please check back in October 2020 for information about our next round of applications. 

International PhD students can also investigate research projects with individual supervisors and apply for specific research opportunities with us. 

The following information is provided as a guide to future applicants. Please note requirements for future application rounds may change.

To apply for the International PhD Scholar Initiative in 2019, applicants were required to:

  1. Check that you meet the entry requirements for PhD candidature at the University of Melbourne.
  2. Investigate the current student project opportunities to identify your preferred research areas.
  3. Complete and submit an application form online: 
    You will be asked to nominate up to five titles of research projects or Institute supervisors who are in your research field or disease area of interest.
  4. Email your application supporting documents
    Please use the same email account as you have listed on the application form.
    Email Subject line: 2019 WEHI IPSI Application – YOURSURNAME

    (i) A cover letter that explains your research interests and motivation for doing a PhD
    (ii) Curriculum vitae
    (iii) Academic transcripts (include university grading scale and English translation if applicable).

Applications closed on Friday 29 November 2019 (11:59pm AEDT)

Incomplete applications (including missing supporting documents) will not be considered.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted via email by January 2020 and invited to a videoconference interview in late January 2020. At this stage, shortlisted applicants will be required to provide letters of support from professional or academic referees.

Institute International PhD Scholarships will be awarded to the successful students by February 2020. The Scientific Education Office will assist the selected scholars to finalise supervisors and PhD project for commencement in 2020.

At the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute 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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