The Medical Foundation Scholarship

The Medical Foundation Scholarship was established in June 2006 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Sydney Medical School.

The scholarship is available for a candidate who has been accepted for full-time study within Sydney Medical School and is open to Australian or overseas graduates of outstanding academic merit for research leading to a PhD.

Application Details

The Medical Foundation Scholarship will not be offered in 2012.


Yu Sung Hooi (2011)

Elizabeth K Dunford (2010)

Elizabeth Dunford

Elizabeth Dunford was the fifth recipient of the scholarship. Her project, Reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease and associated risk factors by changing the food supply, saw her secure this prestigious scholarship in 2010.

Aniruddh Deshpande (2009)

Aniruddh Deshpande

Based in the Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, our 2009 recipient Aniruddh Deshpande completed his scholarship in 2010 after being awarded a NHMRC Research Fellowship for his project on the, Study of the role of the bladder in lower urinary tract disorders in children - towards better understanding and treatment.

Emily Fuller (2008)

Emily Fuller

The 2008 Medical Foundation Scholarship was awarded to Ms Emily Fuller for her project titled, Investigating the mechanisms of knee meniscus degeneration.

Ms Fulller thanked the Foundation for the opportunity to, "undertake a PhD degree in my chosen field. I will be spending my candidature researching the mechanisms of degeneration in the knee joint meniscus and how this relates to the development of Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a major socio-economic burden to the Australian population and through the research done at the Raymond Purves Laboratory at the Kolling Institute, I hope to contribute to the understanding of the many components of this disease."

Jason Coombes (2007)

Jason Coombes

Jason Coombes graduated with a BSc(Hons) in 2002. He is first author on two pulbications and co-author on ten other publications, all in scholarly peer-reviewed journals. He has presented his resarch at several international and national conferences.

Jason was awarded the 2007 Medical Foundation Scholarship for his project titled Bringing cellular growth under control to treat polycystic kidney disease.

Upon receiving the scholarship, Jason said, "The generosity of the Medical Foundation allows me to concentrate on building a career as a research scientist without having to worry about supporting myself financially. It's such a big help!"

Reena Fotedar (2006)

Reena Fotedar

Reena Fotedar was awarded the inagural Medical Foundation Scholarship in June 2006 for her project titled Prevalence and Impact Of Visual Disorders in Infants and Young Children.

Sydney Medical School Postgraduate Scholarships

In addition to the Medical Foundation Scholarship, the Sydney Medical School Foundation supported two Postgraduate Scholarships in 2007. These unique scholarships were offered at the request of the Dean due to the high number of exceptional PhD applications that were received. Both recipients completed the final year of their scholarship in 2008.

The recipients of these scholarships were:

  • Ms Kristy Joy Rose for her project The assessment and treatment of childhood neuromuscular disorders
  • Mr Hyunchul Lee for his project Functional connentivity of cortico-striatal circuits