Scholarships & awards

The Telethon Kids Institute encourages students to apply for scholarships to support their studies.

Western Australian universities provide useful information about external competitive scholarships including:

    Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA)
    University Postgraduate Research Scholarships
    National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
    Healthway Scholarships


Applications for APA's and University Postgraduate Scholarships must be made through the enrolling university. Institute supervisors can, and usually prefer to, assist in making the application and in advising on the schools for enrolment. Applications for non-university scholarships can be made through the Institute with the assistance of the supervisor.

Current Student Scholarships & Awards

Louisa Alessandri Memorial Fund Scholarship

Applications are invited for the Louisa Alessandri Memorial Fund Scholarship, valued at $10,000, which is intended to help students with physical disabilities to achieve their career aspirations. 

Further information:

The electronic Word document forms can be emailed or the pdf can be printed and completed in hard copy.

Closing date: 5pm, Friday, 30 September 2016. The Scholarship will be presented in February 2017. 

Enquiries to Linda.Watson@telethonkids.org.au  or Kathrine.Gee@telethonkids.org.au.

Vacation Scholarships: Telethon Kids Institute and School of Paediatrics and Child Health

Paediatric and Child Health Research (undergraduate students)

Vacation scholarships are open to all Western Australian-based tertiary students interested in research and child health. These scholarships enable students to carry out a short summer research project within the Telethon Kids Institute and the UWA School of Paediatrics and Child Health. Vacation scholarships provide students with an exciting opportunity to learn valuable research skills associated with paediatric and child health research and are particularly valuable for students considering postgraduate research degrees.

A maximum of 5 vacation scholarships are available, valued at $1,200 each: four sponsored by the Telethon Kids Institute and one jointly sponsored by the UWA School of Paediatrics and Child Health and Telethon Kids.

It is expected that the projects will last for at least 6-8 weeks and be supervised by Early-Mid Career Researchers (EMCR) at the Telethon Kids Institute and the UWA School of Paediatrics and Child Health. 

Closing date: 4pm Friday 7 October 2016. Applications should be emailed as one pdf to study@telethonkids.org.au

Further information and application process:  Vacation Scholarships: Telethon Kids Institute and School of Paediatrics and Child Health

Improving Aboriginal Lung Health Award

Prospective full-time PhD Students

This project will accurately determine, for the first time, baseline lung function of Aboriginal Australians and develop lung function reference values to be used across all ages in Aboriginal Australians. The project will help address significant inequities in healthcare, improve diagnosis and management of lung disease in Aboriginal patients and assist in closing the health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.

This scholarship will assist a PhD student to complete their thesis relating to this project.  Thesis topics could be related to recruitment and retention strategies in Aboriginal Australian participants, pulmonary physiology, public health etc.  

Successful applicants will receive $27,500 per annum scholarship, up to 3 years of full-time PhD candidature.

Applications should be emailed as one pdf to Elisha.white@telethonkids.org.au by 4pm Monday 31 October 2016.

Further information:  Improving Aboriginal lung health Award application form or  http://scholarships.curtin.edu.au/scholarships/scholarship.cfm?id=2713.0

Stan and Jean Perron Awards

Child Health Research (new full-time PhD Students within the first 18 months of their candidature)

With the support of the Stan Perron Charitable Trust, the Telethon Kids Institute has established a prestigious award 'The Stan and Jean Perron Award'  for the purpose of supporting new exceptional postgraduate research students who are undertaking their child health research at the Institute. 

Successful applicants will receive:

  1. A top-up of $5000 per year, paid in conjunction with the main university scholarship for the duration of the scholarship.
  2. $10,000 to be used towards the candidate's studies. This can include training opportunities; travel to and attendance of conferences; visiting other research groups; or PhD course fees. 

Closing date: 4pm Friday 25 November 2016. Applications should be emailed as one pdf to study@telethonkids.com.au

Further information and application process: Stan and Jean Perron Awards

Peter and Anne Hector Award

Translational Research in Aboriginal Health (new Honours, Doctor of Medicine or Masters Students)

With the support of the Hector family, the Telethon Kids Institute has established the "Peter and Anne Hector Award", for the purpose of supporting exceptional new Honours or Doctor of Medicine or Masters students who are undertaking research at the Telethon Kids Institute in translational research in Aboriginal children's health and wellbeing. It is important that the student project has the potential to effect lasting change in Aboriginal children's health and wellbeing.

A top-up of $5,000 per annum tax free will be awarded

Closing date: 4pm Friday 25 November 2016

Applications should be emailed as one pdf to study@telethonkids.com.au

Further information and application process: Peter and Anne Hector Awards

Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines & Infectious Diseases PhD Scholarship Top Up

Infectious Diseases Research (new full-time Western Australian University PhD candidates)

Infectious diseases are the number one killer of young children worldwide and a main reason for childhood hospitalisations in Australia. The mission of the Telethon Kids Institute's Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines & Infectious Diseases is to reduce the burden of serious childhood infectious diseases by finding better prevention and treatment solutions.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • A top-up of $5,000 per annum tax free for three years full-time study.
  • $10,000 to be used towards the candidate's studies. This can include training opportunities; travel to and attendance of conferences; visiting other research labs; or PhD course fees.

Closing date: 4pm Friday 25 November 2016. Applications should be emailed as one pdf to study@telethonkids.com.au

Further information and application process: Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines & Infectious Diseases PhD Scholarship Top Up

End Rheumatic Heart Disease Centre of Research Excellence (END RHD CRE) student scholarships

Rheumatic Heart Disease Research (Honours, Masters and PhD Scholarships)

The END RHD CRE is a five-year Centre of Research Excellence funded by the NHMRC. At the end of 5 years, the END RHD CRE will provide a stepwise roadmap to ending RHD in Australia and aim to produce a clear vision for achieving measurable disease control targets.           

To do this, the END RHD CRE will undertake a number of projects across several disciplines of research including epidemiology, economics, biomedical sciences, clinical practice; health services research; and social sciences with a special focus on engaging the RHD community and documenting the experiences of those living with the disease.

Empowering Honours, Masters, PhD and other students to be independent researchers and practitioners is a core function of the END RHD CRE.

END RHD CRE is offering:

  • Honours scholarships - up to $5,000 for one year.
  • Masters Scholarships - up to $29,000 p/a for up to two years with the possibility of a 6 month extension.
  • PhD Scholarships - up to $29,000 p/a for up to three years with the possibility of a 6 month extension.
  • Masters top-up scholarships - up to $5,000 p/a top-up and up to $6,000 to be used towards the candidates studies.
  • PhD top-up scholarships - up to $10,000 p/a top-up and up to $10,000 to be used towards the candidates studies.

Closing date: Applications are accepted all year. Applications should be emailed to END.RHD.CRE.SMB@telethnkids.org.au

Further information and application process see END RHD CRE Student Funding.

ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (the Life Course Centre)

UWA Node Life Course Centre Scholarships

Disadvantage systems, mental health, education, language and literacy, child development research (PhD scholarships)

The Life Course Centre (LCC) is funded by the Australian Research Council and collaborating partner organisations. Established in 2014, the LCC has its headquarters at The University of Queensland, with nodes at The University of Western Australia (UWA), and the universities of Melbourne and Sydney.

The LCC is investigating critical factors underlying disadvantage to provide life-changing solutions for policy and service delivery. The aim is to identify the drivers of disadvantage, characterised by the spread of social and economic poverty within families across generations, and to develop innovative solutions to reduce disadvantage. The LCC UWA node has scholarships available for specific research projects that fit within the LCC research themes.

The UWA node of the LCC is offering:

  • PhD scholarships - Equivalent funding as for an APA for up to three years with a possibility of a 6 month extension.
  • PhD top-up scholarships - up to $5,000 p/a
  • An additional amount up to $10,000 to be used towards the candidates studies

Closing date: 4pm Friday 25 November 2016

Further information and application process: PhD scholarship ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course

PhD top-up scholarship ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course.

Future Awards and Scholarships

A number of awards and scholarships are offered for students undertaking research at the Telethon Kids Institute throughout the year. The list below of annual awards and scholarships may assist in planning a future application.

There are currently no future awards listed. Please check back soon.

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