Student Scholarships and Awards

Mater Research offers a number of scholarships and awards for honours, MPhil and PhD students that are exclusively available to Mater Research students. We also offer a competitive top-up on eligible scholarships. The scholarships we offer can provide financial assistance for project work as well as the opportunity to attend or present at scientific and health meetings in Australia or overseas.

Frank Clair Scholarship for PhD students

Mater Research offers the Frank Clair Scholarship (a top up scholarship up to the value of $5000) to PhD students who have obtained a competitive external scholarship and satisfy the eligibility criteria:

  1. You must be enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) at The University of Queensland
  2. You must hold a fully funded competitive external scholarship
  3. Your principal advisor is a member of Mater Research and have an appointment FTE of at least 0.5 at Mater Research.

Honours Scholarship

Mater Research offers up to 4 Honours Scholarship per year, each to the total value of $2,500.

To be eligible to apply:

  1. You must be enrolled in an Honours Program at The University of Queensland
  2. Your principal advisor is a member of Mater Research and have an appointment FTE of at least 0.5 at Mater Research.
  3. Your Honours project is to be undertaken with Mater Research at the Translational Research Institute (TRI) or at the Mater Hospital Campus in South Brisbane.
  4. You must possess an undergraduate degree with an average GPA 5.5 or greater from the last 3 semesters of second and third years (or equivalent) in subjects deemed by Mater Student Research Committee to be relevant.

2018 application dates

Semester 1 
Applications open: 1 January 2018
Applications close: 1 March 2018

Semester 2
Applications open:  1 July 2018
Applications close:  31 July 2018

Student Travel Awards

Each year, Mater Research invites PhD and MPhil students to apply for a Mater Research Student Travel Award to attend a national or international conference. These competitive awards will assist towards conference expenses up to $1000 for each successful recipient.  There are two rounds per year.  To be eligible:

  1. You must successfully complete a confirmation of candidature milestone
  2. You must apply before your thesis submission
  3. You must be a student of Mater Research
  4. If travel award is being used to support conference attendance, you must be presenting at a conference.

2018 application dates

Round 1 
Applications open: 1 March 2018
Applications close: 31 March 2018

Round 2
Applications open:  1 July 2018
Applications close:  31 July 2018

Dr David Serisier Travel Award

To honour the memory of Dr David Serisier, a scholarship valued at $5,000 per year is offered to assist towards travel, accommodation and conference expenses for Higher Degree Research students to present Mater Research data at an international conference. To be eligible:

  • You must be a student of Mater Research
  • You must have successfully complete your second milestone
  • You must apply before submission of your thesis
  • You must be presenting research undertaken at Mater at an international conference

2018 application dates

Applications for the 2018 award open in June 2018.

Contact us

For more information about student scholarships and awards offered at Mater Research, including how to apply, please email the Student Adminstration Officer