About the program

The IMB Global Challenges PhD Scholarship offers a four-year living and personal development stipend of $35,000 + $5,000/per annum to outstanding domestic and onshore international students who are eager to find solutions to the global challenges of overcoming Antimicrobial Resistance or decoding Genes and Genomes.

IMB is a national training hub for research in antimicrobial resistance, genes and genomics, inflammation and drug discovery. We bring together world leaders in these themes with access to cutting edge equipment, infrastructure, and collaborative power, enabling us to tackle these global issues from multiple angles and disciplines. For example, we are addressing the problem of antibiotic resistance, using chemistry, genomics, microbiology, immunology and pharmacology to discover new antibiotics, revamp old ones, understand microbial genetics and devise immune reprogramming strategies. 

The PhD projects on offer will give each student the opportunity to take a deep dive into a specialised topic and research discipline within our broad-ranging approach. Each project will provide the rich foundational research training gained by completing a PhD and an opportunity to make a unique contribution to the field of knowledge. By conducting these projects within a cohort of other students, also aiming to broadly address the identified themes, the collective will form an intellectual hub, together, solving these global challenges.

Importantly, the scholarship includes systematic transferable skills training from the UQ Career Development Framework, specialised training in each theme and cutting-edge research techniques, as well as an internship towards the end. Collectively, these will form 4 pillars of support for the research project and create job ready graduates with links to the national and international research, entrepreneurial and industry community.

The IMB Global Challenges PhD Scholarship will generate game changing graduates qualified to step into a range of post PhD careers with a full package of training and a broad network of support.


Dr Madhavi Maddugoda
Strategic Advisor, Research Training



Antimicrobial Resistance

Genes and Genomics

How to apply

Training & job readiness