Opportunity - PhD Scholarships in Translational Cancer Research

Translational Cancer Research Network, UNSW

The Translational Cancer Research Network (TCRN) is seeking two candidates with strong academic records to undertake PhD studies in the area of translational cancer research.

The successful candidates will be offered an annual tax-exempt stipend of $26,682 commencing no later than Semester 1, 2018 for three years full time in the first instance. These scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis for domestic students who will enrol at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and will be determined by a selection committee. These scholarships are for new candidates only – students who are already enrolled are not eligible.

In addition, the TCRN will also provide a Scholarship Top-up of $5,000 per year plus an additional $2,500 per year to support travel and direct research costs.

Essential selection criteria

  1. An undergraduate degree with Honours (first class or equivalent) in a relevant research field including biology, medical sciences, health services, public health, medicine or psychology
  2. Eligibility for enrolment in a PhD program at UNSW
  3. Eligibility for an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship
  4. Capacity to enrol at UNSW by no later than Semester 1, 2018.

For information about the UNSW PhD program please go to: https://research.unsw.edu.au/graduate-research


In addition to ensuring you are eligible to apply for an RTP, and are eligible for admission to UNSW, students must also seek out a supervisor and suitable translational cancer research project, before submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI).

1) Submit a research area of interest

Applicants may identify their areas of research interest, and may also choose to propose their own project, subject to the guidelines below. We welcome project proposals from a broad range of cancer research areas as long as they demonstrate a translational research aspect.

Project Guidelines

Project topics can include any area of cancer research, must align with the TCRN’s goals and objectives, and should be linked to TCRN core research interests such as molecular basis of cancer, new therapeutics, health services research, informatics or cancer epidemiology.

Projects that investigate the integration of basic sciences into clinical settings or the implementation of evidence into routine clinical practice will be preferred.

For a definition of Translational Research go to http://www.tcrn.unsw.edu.au/translational-research-definitions

Instructions for the Expression of Interest

Students who fulfil all essential selection criteria for the PhD Scholarships in Translational Cancer Research send an Expression of Interest via email to TCRNGrants@unsw.edu.au with the subject line: TCRN scholarship by no later than 20 October 2017.

Your EOI should include:

  • Curriculum vitae including your qualifications, work and research experience
  • A certified copy of your academic transcript
  • The title of your own research project
  • The outline of a research proposal (maximum of 2 pages, including a statement of the research problem, its significance, and an outline of proposed research methods)
  • The names and contact details of at least two referees

For more information please contact Stella Jun, TCRN Project Officer (stella.jun@unsw.edu.au)