Training and job readiness

Want to do a PhD with a difference?

The Global Challenges PhD Scholarship is about more than a PhD. In addition to the benefits gained by four years of research in a specific discipline, we’re committed to providing you with extra training and experiences that will empower you to confidently take the next step in your career – whatever that may be.

Whether your passion lies in the laboratory, the clinic, starting up your own company, joining a multinational business or using your knowledge to influence policy in government, the Global Challenges PhD Scholarship will set you up for your career.

Your PhD will start with a retreat at an external location where your cohort of Scholars will come together to discuss the global challenges of Chronic Disease and Drug Discovery, and how you will tackle them both individually and as a collective. Over a few days, you will hear from and talk with world-leading experts in Chronic Disease and Drug Discovery, in both formal and informal settings, to discuss current issues and existing barriers in the field. 

The retreat will also provide the chance for you to bond with your fellow Scholars, creating a true cohort, a ready-made network of friends as you embark on your PhD journey. 

Our program for Training is designed to support your PhD research with four pillars:

  1. Research project design, execution, and laboratory skills
  2. Thematic courses in Drug Discovery and Chronic Disease
  3. Research culture development
  4. Transferable skills training and career development

These four pillars of knowledge will support your research experience and maximise PhD project outcomes and your professional development.

Training will be provided throughout the course of your PhD, with instruction in a range of research skills including project design and execution, research integrity and ethics, statistics, science communication and discipline-specific modules (e.g. advanced microscopy, informatics, advanced spectroscopy).

Throughout the program, you will be supported by your candidature committee to craft your research, draft relevant publications, and meet progression milestones, equipping you to complete both your written thesis and your oral defence.

The Job Ready period of the program is designed to empower you for your next step in science, and will include an internship with a partner organisation so you can hone your skills and develop your network.


IMB Student Development Team



About the program

Drug Discovery

Chronic Disease

How to apply

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