WEHI International PhD Scholar Initiative 2023 – University of Melbourne

The International PhD Scholar Initiative recruits candidates from outside of Australia to come to WEHI to undertake their PhD research.

When is the Application Deadline:

11th November 2022.

Tell Me About WEHI International PhD Scholar Initiative:

Our International PhD Scholar Initiative enables outstanding international students to join our Medical Biology PhD Program.

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WEHI’s 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.

What Type of Scholarship is this?


Who is Eligible?

International students who have completed their degree or are in the final academic year of their current degree are eligible to apply for the International PhD Scholar Initiative. 

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 are Applicants Selected?

International PhD Scholars are selected on the basis of their academic record, relevant experience, referees’ reports and a videoconference interview.

Which Countries are Eligible?


Where will Award be Taken?


How Many Positions will be Given?

Not specified

What is the Benefit of WEHI International PhD Scholar Initiative?

Our 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. 

How to Apply for WEHI International PhD Scholar Initiative:

Prospective international PhD students should investigate research projects with individual supervisors, attend our Virtual Student Open Days and be aware of the PhD application process for research opportunities at WEHI. 

To apply for the International PhD Scholar Initiative in 2022, 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.

Complete and submit an application form online.

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 [email protected]
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).

Applications close on Friday 11 November 2022 (11:59pm Melbourne time – AEDT)

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.

WEHI welcomes international students who are currently or most recently enrolled at an Australian university to apply for a PhD project at WEHI through the main PhD application process.

At WEHI 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.

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