Metcalf Scholarships

Metcalf Scholarships

Metcalf scholars
Metcalf Scholarships support outstanding undergraduate students to get their first taste of research.

Metcalf scholars work within our leading research groups tackling important questions in cancer, immunology and infectious diseases.

The Metcalf Scholarships provide funding worth $6000 for undergraduates ($1000 paid to the student, $5000 paid to the lab for research costs). This payment is on top of the salary received by undergraduate students at the Institute. Metcalf Scholarship winners also receive a commemorative medallion.

The scholarships are made possible by the Metcalf Scholarship Fund, established in honour of beloved Institute researcher Professor Don Metcalf, who passed away in 2014.

Applications now open

In 2017 six Metcalf Scholarships were awarded to applicants with the highest student marks from semester 2 2016.

Most Metcalf Scholars will commence their placement during the mid-year break, working in the lab ~8hrs/wk during semester (but not exam time) and full-time during vacations. Placements are expected to run for at least six months, but some students may last longer than this. Flexibility will be offered to students with carer or employment commitments.

Information about 2018 Metcalf Scholarships will be released in early 2018.

Eligibility and selection criteria

Undergraduate students are eligible for Metcalf Scholarships if they:

  • Are in the second or third year of their undergraduate course (or equivalent for part-time or double degree students). First year students or students enrolled in an Honours year are not eligible.

  • Have at least one full semester remaining at the time of application. Students in their final semester are not eligible.

  • Have an agreement from a laboratory head at the Institute to host the student.

  • Are able to attend the Institute’s Annual General Meeting.

Applicants for Metcalf Scholarships can, but do not need to, be current students at the Institute, and may receive support from other undergraduate schemes such as UROP.

Scholarships will be awarded to applicants with the highest student marks from the previous completed semester. 

How to apply

Information about how to apply and application deadlines will be provided early in 2018.

At the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute we strive to ensure all our staff and students enjoy a great working environment. We value diversity and gender equity in our work force and promote flexible working arrangements to balance working requirements and personal needs.

More information

Dr James Vince

Undergraduate Coordinator

Professor Don Metcalf with staff and students

As a tribute to a scientist, known the world over as ‘the father of modern haematology’, the Metcalf Scholarship Fund has been established to support promising young researchers.

Professor Doug Hilton pictured with three Metcalf Scholars

Our inaugural Metcalf Scholars received scholarships to spend some of their undergraduate year working with research teams in the laboratory.