About the program

The Global Challenges PhD Scholarship offers a four-year living stipend of $37,500 per annum plus $10,000 of travel support (over the period of the candidature) to outstanding Australian citizens, permanent residents and international students currently in Australia, who are eager to find solutions to global challenges. The themes for the 2022 recruitment round are Drug Discovery and Chronic Disease.

The Institute for Molecular Bioscience is a national training hub for research in drug discovery, inflammation and chronic disease, antimicrobial resistance, and genes and genomes. 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, a combination of biochemistry, pharmacology, structural biology, bioinformatics, genetics and genomics and cell biology are brought together to tackle the challenge of drug discovery. 

Cell biology, biochemistry, structural biology, genetics and genomics, disease models and drug discovery all play a part in understanding and finding solutions to chronic disease. 

We seek to solve big and difficult global challenges through innovative methods that combine our vast expertise.

The PhD projects on offer will give each student the opportunity to take a deep dive into a specialised topic and research discipline in one laboratory and 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 specialised training in each theme and cutting-edge research techniques, systematic transferable skills training from the UQ Career Development Framework, and the potential of an internship with a related partner organisation. Collectively, these will form four 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 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. The PhD program will commence in Research Quarter (RQ) 1 in early 2023.


Scholarship Summary 

Enrolment status 

New students 

Student type 

Domestic students, Onshore international students 

Level of study 

Higher Degree by Research (PhD) 

Study area 

Biological sciences 

HDR funding type 

$37,500 per annum (living stipend) + $10,000 of travel support over the period of the candidature

Scholarship duration 

Four years 

Opening date 

6 June 2022

Closing date 

31 July 2022


IMB Student Development Team




Drug Discovery

Chronic Disease

How to apply

Training & job readiness

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