International PhD Scholar Initiative

International PhD Scholar Initiative

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

The International PhD Scholar Initiative recruits candidates from outside of Australia 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.

Applications for the 2021 International PhD Scholar Initiative have now closed.


International PhD scholarships

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

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. 



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.


PhD program details

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.

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Applications for the 2021 International PhD Scholar Initiative have now closed. 

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted via email by after the close date and invited to a videoconference interview. At this stage, shortlisted applicants will be required to provide professional or academic referee reports. Due to the large number of applications the assessment and interview period may be extended.

WEHI International PhD Scholarships will be awarded to the successful students by end of this year or start of 2022. The Scientific Education Office will assist the selected scholars to finalise supervisors and PhD projects for commencement in 2022.

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.




For any queries about this initiaitve:

Scientific Education Office



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