The University of Queensland, IMB and external organisations offer a huge variety of scholarships to assist you with your research training.

IMB Travel Award

You can apply for travel funding of up to $2000 during your studies.

Selected IMB postgraduate students will receive grants to assist with travel expenses to attend and present at domestic or international conferences.

Eligibility requirements:

  • you must have attained Milestone 1
  • you must be endorsed by their Principal Advisor. 

IMB Completion Award

You can apply for funding to cover living expenses while you write and submit your PhD thesis.

IMB will provide a modest income to selected postgraduate candidates to support them for up to 3 months.

Eligibility requirements:

  • you must have attained Milestone 3
  • you must be between 42-48 months of candidature
  • you must not be currently receiving a scholarship
  • you must provide clearly documented evidence of significant progress towards submission of a thesis (i.e. accepted or submitted manuscripts, advanced drafts of thesis chapters)
  • your Principal Advisor must endorse your application and commit to covering 50% of the cost of the award from their research budget.

Successful applicants are expected to submit a thesis within the duration of the IMB Completion Award. 

IMB Winter School Award

Need to brush up on your mathematical, statistical and computational techniques?

IMB will cover registration costs to attend the UQ Winter School in Mathematical and Computational Biology for selected IMB postgraduate candidates.

The UQ Winter School in Mathematical and Computational Biology is designed to introduce bioinformatics, mathematical and computational biology to students and researchers working in the fields of biology, mathematics, statistics, computer science, information technology, complex systems analysis, and chemical and medical sciences and engineering.

How to apply

Please complete this application form:

UQ Scholarships

UQ Graduate School Scholarships are available for both domestic and international* candidates via the UQ Graduate School scholarship rounds.

*At present, due to border restrictions, only onshore international candidates are considered in round.

Project-linked scholarships are available via the Earmarked scheme. A number of IMB researchers have projects listed under either Health or Science, Agriculture, Environment or Agribusiness. Ideally, if interested in a listed project based at IMB, you should contact the relevant IMB researcher to discuss research match, before lodging an application for this scheme.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Scholarship

The IMB encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to undertake their UQ Higher Degree by Research program, enrolled via the IMB. Working in conjunction with ATSISU, we will actively support suitable candidates to apply for UQ’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Scholarship, the conditions for which can be found here.

IMB Scholarships

IMB Global Challenges PhD Scholarship

The IMB Global Challenges PhD Scholarship is a gold standard PhD training program that brings together bright minds to tackle the global challenges of overcoming Antimicrobial Resistance and decoding Genes and Genomes in 2022.

We invite you to become part of a cohort of PhD students and make your own contribution to our collaborative vision to find the solutions to key global challenges through high-quality multidisciplinary research. You will also receive a generous living stipend, access to extra training and a valuable network.

Wainwright Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship (WDIS)

The WDIS scholarship is named after the IMB’s former Director, Prof Brandon Wainwright, who championed the role of women in leadership roles within the Institute, such that the number of women holding Group Leader positions is rising. This scholarship aims to support his vision and continue that legacy for the next generation of young researchers. It is offered once every four years and is open to all domestic female PhD applicants, enrolling via IMB.
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IMB Postgraduate Award

Selected IMB postgraduate candidates can be considered for a living stipend, which is equivalent in value to the Research Training Program.
Eligibility requirements:

  • you must meet UQ requirements for entry into the PhD program
  • you must be nominated by an IMB Group Leader (prospective Principal Advisor), who will need to agree to cover 50% of the stipend cost from their research budget.

How to apply
Nominations must be submitted by the student’s intended Principal Advisor, via the IMB online database. All applications are reviewed and awarded by the IMB Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Committee. Recipients of IMB Postgraduate Awards are encouraged to apply for alternate scholarships of equal or greater value. If successful, the recipient must relinquish the IMB Postgraduate Award. Only IMB enrolled HDR students are eligible to hold this award. 

External Scholarships

Throughout the year UQ advertises a range of other research scholarships, including top-up scholarships, travel grants and external scholarships, including:

More scholarships can be found on the UQ Scholarships website.