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PhD Scholarships Program

The Leukaemia Foundation is helping more medical and science graduates pursue a research career in blood cancer by combining resources and working in partnership with HSANZ to co-fund PhD scholarships.

These prestigious doctoral scholarships are awarded to Australian applicants who demonstrate outstanding merit in blood cancer research. They are open to all areas of Australian research in blood cancers and blood cancer related disorders.

Applicants’ work must align with a least one of the Leukaemia Foundation’s seven research priorities:

1. Understanding the biology of blood cancers.
2. Precision medicine – investing in new, tailor-made blood cancer therapies.
3. New diagnostics.
4. Novel blood cancer therapies.
5. Psychosocial aspects of blood cancer.
6. Innovative clinical trials and/or incorporation of real-world data.
7. Prevention research including investigating risk factors and possible causes of blood cancers.

The PhD scholarship program offers applicants – early career scientists, allied health care professionals, nurses and haematologists – a three-year scholarship with annual funding of $48,000 (a total of $150,000 per scholarship).

The PhD scholarship program is administered by HSANZ and uses its existing grants review and selection process with representation from the Leukaemia Foundation.

The selection criteria used by the HSANZ is based on National Health and Medical Research Council scoring.

Applications for the 2024 PhD Scholarship round are now open and will close Sunday 2 August 2023 at 11:59pm AEST – visit 

View our current and past PhD scholarship recipients here