MNI Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship

Three pioneering PhD scholarships on offer from Melbourne Neuroscience Institute. Three Strategic Research Training Program (RTP) scholarships are available to eligible students to support cross-disciplinary graduate research in the Neurosciences and related disciplines.  The Melbourne Neuroscience Institute (MNI) is seeking Expressions of Interest from eligible candidates for these scholarships, which will be available for commencement in 2018.

Recipients of this strategic scholarship (neurosciences) will receive a support package additional to the Australian Government Research Training Award of $5,000 per annum from the MNI for 3 years, comprised of $3,000 per annum stipend and $2,000 per annum to be held by the supervising laboratory to be used for direct research costs for the student’s research project.

The MNI supports focused interdisciplinary research across fields as broad as Medicine, Mental Health, Engineering, Optometry and Vision Sciences, Ophthalmology, Law, Economics and Social Sciences. Basic and clinically focused neuroscience research is undertaken in multiple departments of the University of Melbourne, with an overarching strategic focus provided by the University’s Melbourne Neuroscience Institute.

To be eligible for the scholarship, the recipients must satisfy the following general criteria:

  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident who meets the University of Melbourne’s requirements for Research Higher Degree (RHD) candidature and the award of an Australian Government Research Training program scholarship.
  • Be outstanding graduates who have demonstrated excellence in neuroscience, science, biomedical science, chemistry or other related disciplines.
  • Have obtained overall marks in the highest grade band (e.g. H1 or HD) in a relevant Honours or Masters degree (H1 – 80 to 100%).
  • Have not completed a PhD or held a graduate research scholarship previously.
  • Commence or have commenced their PhD in the calendar year of the offer (2018). If the recipient has commenced their PhD, they must have at least 12 months of their 3 years of candidature remaining at January 2018. In the case of a scholarship recipient not commencing their candidature prior to June 2018, the scholarship shall be withdrawn and returned to Chancellery (Research) for re-allocation.
  • Your PhD project must utilize a multidisciplinary approach as evidenced (in most cases) by the formal involvement of two PhD supervisors.

Please note that the deadline has been extended to Tuesday 20 February 2018.



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Vikki Marshall
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