School of Medical Sciences

One-Off Primary Scholarships

There are many one-off primary scholarships in medical research that are offered throughout the year, often funded by research grants held by University of Sydney academic staff and linked to specific research projects.

Recurring Scholarships

These recurring scholarships are offered on a regular basis and are often funded by gifts or donations to the Sydney Medical School.

These prestigious scholarships open for applications at varying times depending on the requirements of the Sydney Medical School and the donor.


Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Intercepting Hepcidin, the Hormone of Iron Metabolism

Background: A unique opportunity is available for an outstanding Masters by Research or PhD scholar to conduct research in the area of iron metabolism.
  The anaemia of chronic disease (ACD) is a SEVERE cause of morbidity and mortality in many millions of patients with cancer or inflammatory diseases, and is due to EXCESSIVE levels of the low molecular weight hormone of iron metabolism, Hepcidin. These major diseases induce excessive hepcidin levels which promote tissue iron storage (e.g., in the liver, etc.), preventing its release into the blood. This storage of iron within the liver inhibits its use for red blood cell generation in the marrow, leading to a severe and debilitating anaemia.
  We discovered that hepcidin is bound in the blood by the protein, alpha-2-macroglobulin (α2M; Richardson, BLOOD 2009;113:6225; JBC 2013;288:25450). We have developed "hepcidin-null analogues" that have no hormonal activity, but can displace hepcidin from α2M leading to hepcidin excretion via the kidney. This excretion of hepcidin in the urine inhibits its ability to induce iron storage in tissues, preventing the severe anaemia.
  This project aims to assess the activity of our lead hepcidin-null analogues using in vitro and in vivo models. We will identify the optimal analogue that leads to hepcidin release from α2M, which will result in urinary excretion of excessive hepcidin induced by chronic disease, thereby curing the anaemia.
Open to: 1. The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission or being enrolled in full-time studies in a Research Masters or PhD, for full-time study, in the School of Medical Sciences, at the University of Sydney.
  2. Applicants must be willing to undertake research in intercepting hepcidin, the hormone of iron metabolism.
  3. Applicants must also hold an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class upper) or a Master's degree in Science with a substantial research component.
  4. Applicants must also demonstrate scientific research experience.
  5. Applicants must have a background in biochemistry/molecular biology.
Value and Duration: The Scholarship will provide an annual stipend allowance of $27,082 per annum for up to two years for a successful Masters by Research recipient, and up to three years for a successful PhD recipient, subject to satisfactory academic performance.
  A successful PhD recipient may apply for an extension of up to 6 months.
  Academic course fees and the Student Services Amenities fee are not provided for a successful international applicant.
  Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree prior to the commencement of the Scholarship, will be deducted from the maximum duration of the Scholarship excluding the potential extension period.
Further Information: Terms and Conditions
Opening Date: 9 April 2019
Application Form: APPLY NOW
Closing Date: 2 May 2019 at 11:59pm

John Flood Memorial Scholarship

Background: Established in 1990, this Scholarship has been generously donated by friends of Dr John Flood of Wollongong who died in 1988. This Scholarship is awarded to assist students undertake a summer research project in the area of neuropathology.
Open to: a. Applicants must be currently enrolled at the University of Sydney.
  b. Applicants must be willing to undertake a Summer Research Project in the area of Neuropathology in the Discipline of Pathology within the Faculty of Medicine and Health.
Value: The Scholarship value and duration will be determined when the Scholarship is awarded and outlined in the successful recipients Scholarship Offer Letter.
Further Information: Terms and Conditions
Opening Date: Closed
Application Information: Closed
Closing Date: Closed

Professor NGW & Mrs Ann Macintosh Memorial Scholarship

Background: The Discipline of Anatomy and Histology was the recipient of a significant bequest from Mrs Ann Macintosh, which lead to the creation of the Professor NWG Macintosh Memorial Fund. This fund was established in memory of her husband, Neil William George Macintosh, a former Challis Professor of Anatomy, to support the Discipline of Anatomy & Histology. Mrs Macintosh specified quite clearly that it was to be used "for the support of research work in the Department of Anatomy and Histology, including the JL Shellshear Museum, preferably, when applicable for the support of young investigators." The Mrs Ann & Professor NWG Macintosh PhD Scholarships were created to honor her wishes.
Open to: 1. Graduates or graduands of any approved Australian or overseas university.
  2. Be enrolled for full-time postgraduate research degree leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, in the Discipline of Anatomy & Histology, School of Medical Sciences, Sydney Medical School.
  3. Primary supervisor must be a member of academic staff, (appointed in the Teaching/Research stream), of the Discipline of Anatomy & Histology, School of Medical Sciences, Sydney Medical School. 
  4. Furthermore, if a student is offered another scholarship of greater value s/he must accept that scholarship and relinquish his/her Professor NGW & Mrs Ann Macintosh Memorial Scholarship.
  5. Must commence scholarship by the date stipulated in the letter of offer.
Value: Stipend at APA rate, tenable for up to three years for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Opening Date: October 2018