Applicants may be able to apply for UQ merit-based scholarships. There are two scholarship rounds per year for both domestic and international candidates. Financial assistance may include:

To be considered in the next available scholarship round, you must be nominated by QBI, and assessed as ‘eligible for admission and scholarship’ by the UQ Graduate School by the relevant date.

Full information about these schemes can be found at the UQ Graduate School website and at the full UQ Research Scholarships policy.  

Please note that scholarships are extremely competitive, especially for international students. In general, successful international applicants have highly relevant and recent degrees, outstanding grades, and at least one or two publications in internationally recognised journals.

Students might also wish to apply for scholarships such as the Endeavour Postgraduate Award, or other external scholarships from their home countries and/or industry. QBI may be able to request a tuition fee offset scholarship for international applicants who secure external funding to the value of the Australian Government Research Training Program.

Information on other postgraduate scholarships, both international and domestic, may be obtained from the UQ Scholarships website, and from The Good Universities Guide, ‘Scholarships in Australia’ page.

Top Up Scholarships

QBI offers top-up scholarships to students who successfully secure a fully-funded scholarship and are enrolled in the PhD or MPhil program through QBI. Top-ups are currently worth up to $5000 per annum for a maximum of 3.5 years for PhD or 2 years for MPhil students.

Current QBI Lab Group PhD Position/Scholarship Advertisements

Complete your neuroscience PhD at QBI, one of the world’s leading neuroscience research institutes.

QBI is seeking exceptional and highly motivated PhD candidates to undertake full-time neuroscience research, and we invite expressions of interest from interested persons to apply for PhD positions at the Institute.

Expressions of interest are invited from outstanding and enthusiastic Australian and international candidates.

Candidates will have a First Class Honours degree (or equivalent) in one of the following areas: neuroscience, molecular biology, bioscience, psychology, genetics, physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, or a related discipline; and be eligible for UQ scholarship consideration.

QBI is looking for candidates who can demonstrate:

  • excellent academic performance during tertiary study evidenced by a high Grade Point Average(GPA);
  • a high level of commitment to developing their skills as a researcher to conduct high quality neuroscience research;
  • they are excellent team players; and
  • possession of strong communication skills.

Previous research publication output in peer reviewed international journals is highly desirable.

Applicants must fulfil the PhD admission criteria for The University of Queensland, including English Language Proficiencey (ELP) requirements, and demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research.  For further information on the entry requirements for a UQ research higher degree, please visit the UQ Graduate School website.  Successful applicants must accept and commence within 6 months of receiving an award.

Selected prospective students will receive assistance to apply for University living allowance and tuition fee scholarships.  The current living allowance rate is AUD$26,682 per annum (2017 rate, indexed annually) tax-free for three years plus two possible extensions of up to 6 months each in approved circumstances (conditions apply). A top-up scholarship (AUD$5,000 per annum) may be available to the successful candidate. For further detailed information about UQ scholarships refer to: https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/scholarships.

Please review the research areas, and available PhD project information, for QBI Group Leaders and make direct contact with a Group Leader working in an area of greatest interest to you.  When emailing your chosen Group Leader, provide your detailed academic resume (including publications and links to published articles in peer reviewed journals), and complete tertiary academic records (including GPA scores/grades, and grading scale details).  The Group Leader will work with you to develop your application for submission to QBI.

Expression of Interest closing date: 12 June 2017

Travel Support

Travel support is available to research higher degree students, from QBI and the UQ Graduate School.

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