Monday, October 18, 2021

International PhD Scholar Initiative program 2021/2022

Applications from Interested and qualified candidates are invited for the International PhD Scholar Initiative program.

Candidates outside of Australia are to come to WEHI to undertake their PhD research. International PhD Scholars are selected on the basis of their academic record, relevant experience, referees’ reports and a videoconference interview.

About International PhD scholarship

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

Their 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.

Eligibility International PhD scholarship

  • Candidates Must have completed a degree or  in their final academic year of their current degree.
  • 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. If your last degree of study was at an Australian university, you are also not eligible for the International PhD Scholar Initiative. Please see the scholarships options available for these students.

How to apply for International PhD Scholar

To apply for the International PhD Scholar Initiative in 2021, international applicants (not currently or most recently enrolled at an Australian university) will be required to:

1.    Confirm your eligibility
Check that you meet the entry requirements for PhD candidature at the University of Melbourne and confirm your eligibility for WEHI’s International PhD Scholar Initiative.

2.   Identify your preferred research areas
Investigate the student project opportunities, and contact supervisors to discuss projects of interest.

3.    Complete and submit an online application form: 
You will be asked to nominate up to three titles of research projects or WEHI supervisors for your application.
Please note, this nomination list does not affect your application assessment. You are encouraged to directly contact supervisors to discuss projects, but any supervisor’s verbal agreement is informal at this stage.

4.    Email your application supporting documents to
Please use the same email account as you have listed on the application form.
Email Subject line: 2021 WEHI IPSI Application – YOURSURNAME

Your email should include
(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).

NOTE: Incomplete applications (including missing supporting documents) will not be considered.Shortlisted candidates will be contacted via email by after the close date and invited to a videoconference interview within four weeks of the closing date. At this stage, shortlisted applicants will be required to provide professional or academic referee reports.

Please Note:

WEHI International PhD Scholarships will be awarded to the successful students by 1 December 2021. The Scientific Education Office will assist the selected scholars to finalise supervisors and PhD projects for commencement in 2022.

Application Closing Date: Friday 15 October 2021

For more enquires Contact:

Scientific Education Office


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