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Yiaga Ngarnga Scholarship

Yiaga Ngarnga Scholarship for Infection and Immunity (Doctorate)*

Proudly supported by the Lionel Gell Foundation

Prospective Indigenous Australian students are invited to apply for the prestigious Yiaga Ngarnga Scholarship for Infection and Immunity. The scholarship was launched following a generous donation from the Lionel Gell Foundation to the Doherty Institute and with support from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

The scholarship supports postgraduate research for an Indigenous Australian graduate with demonstrated excellence in the area of immunology or infectious diseases research who is eligible to be approved as a full-time candidate for graduate research degrees in the Schools of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne.

The Yiaga Ngarnga Scholar at the Doherty Institute may be provided with the following opportunities as appropriate to their research:

  • Exposure to areas of research being conducted at the Doherty Institute, including immunology, virology, epidemiology, genomics, clinical research and others
  • A very high quality research experience, leading to the production of a highly regarded thesis and associated publications
  • Additional training in areas unique to, or central to, the Doherty Institute, such as working under high level containment, clinical translation (ie. working on clinical problems using clinical samples)
  • Opportunities to work closely with existing partners and projects in northern Australia, such as Indigenous Health Discipline co-lead Associate Professor Steven Tong’s work on HBV infection in Indigenous communities in Northern Queensland and the Torres Strait Islands
  • Funded opportunities to network, both physically and virtually, with scientists researching in similar areas in Australia and overseas and to join collaborative research ventures in e.g. Bonn (Germany), Birmingham (UK), Shanghai (China), Bangkok (Thailand), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Ho Chi Minh city (Vietnam),Bangalore (India), Suva (Fiji), Durban (South Africa) or elsewhere (a newly-established relationship with the Pasteur Institute will also provide additional opportunities in Paris or through the Pasteur International Network)
  • Tailored support through leadership development and mentoring with the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, including academic and research skills training

Who can apply?

  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who are interested in undertaking a PhD in infection and immunity and meet the selection criteria
  • All applicants are advised to contact Warwick Padgham at the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health for advice on eligibility and the application processApplicants must meet the PhD entry requirements for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students currently enrolled in post graduate courses at the University of Melbourne are encouraged to apply
  • The successful awardee must enrol and commence studies in 2019
  • Applicants must be interested in undertaking a project with a high degree of relevance to Infection and Immunity (this may include projects in discovery science, translational, clinical, or public health research)
  • The application form needs to be accompanied by a letter of support from the proposed supervisor indicating how the scholarship will help achieve the goals of the research project.

Applications close on Friday, 29 March 2019. For further details on the scholarship, including how to apply, view the University of Melbourne website.

*The Doherty Institute is proud to have worked with the Wurundjeri Council to name this prestigious scholarship, the Yiaga Ngarnga Scholarship. The translation is ‘to seek meaning and understanding’.