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Scholarships and Funding

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Murdoch Children's Honours Student Scholarships

Honours Scholarships to the value of $5,000 are awarded to support top performing students during their Honours year. Eligible Honours and Bachelor of Medical Science students completing their research at the Murdoch Children's will be autmatically assessed based on prior academic achievement. 

Melbourne Children’s Postgraduate Health Research Scholarships

Each year the Melbourne Children’s Campus offers scholarships to support health professionals who are undertaking research on the Campus to pursue postgraduate research training and to obtain a postgraduate degree. The scholarships are available to graduates in the fields of medical, surgical, nursing and allied health who wish to undertake PhD training to develop their career as a clinical researcher and provide support equivalent to NHMRC scholarship stipends.  Applicants must have a research or clinical connection at RCH, with research work being conducted on the Melbourne Children’s Campus.

Please contact the MCRI Grants Office for more information.

PhD Top Up Scholarships

Each year the Murdoch Children's Research Institute offers 'Top up' awards of $5,000 per annum (pro rata) to PhD students on the Melbourne Children’s campus. Funding may be awarded to current holders of scholarships awarded through a competitive peer-review process that provides a stipend of equal or lesser value to that of an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) stipend. Top ups may be awarded until the conclusion of the third year of candidature, based on a competitive peer-review process.

The Professor David Danks Scholarship, named in honour of the first Director of the Institute, is awarded to the highest ranked applicant at $7,500 per annum (pro rata) until the conclusion of the third year of candidature.

Macfarlane Burnet Scholarship

The Macfarlane Burnet Scholarship named in honour of the distinguished Victorian medical researcher, Nobel Laureate and Ormond College alumnus, Sir Frank MacFarland Burnet, will provide financial assistance ($7,000 per annum) for a medical research PhD student to live at Ormond College while undertaking research and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Additional financial support to assist with living costs will also be considered for the successful applicant. The guidelines and application form can dowloaded here. Further information about the application process and living at Ormond can be obtained from Ormond College (

LifeCourse PhD Stipends and Top-Up Scholarships

The Melbourne Children's is offering 5 PhD scholarships for projects within and across its LifeCourse cohorts. In addition to the support already offered through the University and MCRI, students undertaking these LifeCourse PhDs have access to:

• LifeCourse training and teaching opportunities, as well as other events

• Top-up scholarships ($5000 per annum) in addition to the PhD stipend

• Funds for travel and/or training

LifeCourse is campus-wide; supported by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI), the University of Melbourne (Department of Paediatrics) and the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH). These scholarships are intended to build diverse capacity ahead of the forthcoming GenV Initiative (GenV website).

Students interested in joining the LifeCourse PhD Program are encouraged to speak directly to potential supervisors, aiming to develop a project that meets the eligibility criteria. For more information, including the eligibility criteria, see the LifeCourse for students page or contact the LifeCourse Project Manager.

For more information about LifeCourse in general, explore the LifeCourse website.

Student Conference Support Scheme

The Student Conference Support Scheme is available to Murdoch Children's’ PhD students (including international students) who seek funding to present a poster or oral presentation at a conference relevant to their research.

Students may be offered conference support up to a maximum of $1,250 up to two interstate conference visits during their candidature under the Scheme. It is expected that additional funding will be provided by the supervisor/Research Group to supplement travel funds provided under the Scheme.

External Scholarships

Current and potential future students should contact the Student Administrator to discuss applications to any external funding opportunities. The Murdoch Children's' Grants team can assist in putting together applications and available funding sources throughout the year are listed on our intranet.

Contact Us

Contact the Student Administrator for more information about any student funding schemes and scholarship opportunities. For current MCRI students, application information can be found on the intranet.

Murdoch Children's Student Administration

Phone: +61 (3) 9936 6750