PhD Scholarship: Developing new treatments for children with brain cancer

The Study in The University of Queensland Australia, The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute

Enrolment status: New students

Student type: Domestic students, International students

Level of study: Higher Degree by Research

Study area: Health and Behavioral Sciences, Medicine

HDR funding type: Living stipend scholarship

Scholarship value: $28,597 per annum (2021 rate), indexed annually

Scholarship duration: Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances

Number Awarded: 3

Opening date: 29 January 2021

Closing date: 15 March 2021

Supervisor: Professor Brandon Wainwright

About Scholarship

Brain cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related death in children.  The Wainwright laboratory discovered the first gene known to cause brain tumors in children and since that time has been focused on using genetic/genomic and developmental biology approaches to understand the genesis of pediatric brain tumors and develop new therapies.  The Children’s Brain Cancer Initiative based at UQDI is a collaboration between multiple Universities and Research Institutes, and the Queensland Children’s Hospital.  As part of this Initiative, we have Ph.D. scholarships for suitably qualified applicants.

About The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute

The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute (UQDI) was established in 2007 and forms a major research center within the Faculty of Medicine. The aim of the Institute is to develop a better understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of disease and to translate that understanding into practical outcomes for patients. Based at the Translational Research Institute (TRI) at the Princess Alexandra Hospital teaching campus in Brisbane, UQDI has more than 300 researchers, clinical academics, and students who work closely with hospital clinicians in the areas of cancer, immunology, genomics, and other areas of translational medicine. UQDI has particular research strengths in skin cancers, blood cancers, and autoimmunity.

UQDI has a mission of translating discoveries into better treatments and has a strong record of achievement, most notably in the development of cancer therapies: research at UQDI by Professor Ian Frazer AC FRS led to the development of the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil. UQDI is the largest partner in the TRI, which is an extremely well-equipped translational biomedical research institute, with outstanding laboratories and core facilities for imaging, microscopy, flow cytometry, and in vivo models of disease. Its close affiliation with clinical units at Princess Alexandra Hospital provides UQDI with a significant strategic advantage in near-patient, translational research.

UQDI is part of The University of Queensland, one of the top Australasian universities, and internationally is ranked in the top 100 universities in all major independent rankings. UQDI academics are part of a vibrant and highly successful academic institution optimizing their chances of research success. Details of the research interests of academic staff may be accessed on the Institute’s website.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research. 

This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents, and International students who are currently in Australia at the time of application and commencement.

Scholarship Entry Requirements

Academic entry requirements

You have to prove you are prepared for Ph.D. study. You do this by showing you:

  • have completed some research experience
  • have completed an approved university degree and
  • can meet the English language requirements.

Approved degrees

An approved degree needs to be:

  • in an area relevant to your proposed Ph.D. project and
  • completed no more than 10 years ago.

You need one of the following approved degrees to apply for a Ph.D.:

  • Master of Philosophy (or another research master’s degree); or
  • Bachelor’s degree from an approved university with at least honors class IIA or equivalent; or
  • Coursework master’s degree with an overall grade point average of 5.65 on the 7-point UQ scale which includes relevant research experience, approved by the dean; or
  • Postgraduate degree (at least one year full-time or equivalent) with an overall grade point average of 5 on the 7-point UQ scale, together with demonstrated research experience equivalent to honors class IIA will be considered on a case-by-case basis; or
  • Bachelor’s degree plus at least 2 years of relevant research experience, including research publications.

English language requirements

TOEFL and IELTS specific scores are needed for Ph.D. admission.

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I am an automotive freelance professional and won a scholarship to study abroad for free to complete my automotive studies. Here I guide students to apply for international opportunities and also share my thoughts on the latest tech sector.

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