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Supplementary PhD scholarships

Lambert Initiative supplementary PhD scholarships now open

Be part of a team at the forefront of medicinal cannabis research in Australia. 

The Lambert Initiative, based at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre, is committed to advancing cannabinoid-based treatments in mainstream medicine.

We are Australia's first research group dedicated to harnessing medicinal cannabinoids to target a range of conditions including paediatric epilepsy, cancer, chronic pain, obesity, neurological, neurodegenerative and mental health disorders.

If you are currently transitioning from Honours to PhD studies, and are applying for an Australian Postgraduate Awards (or equivalent) this scholarship is for you. We are looking to support up to ten first-year PhD students who are recipients of an  APA (or equivalent) with a Lambert Initiative top-up scholarship

This is an exciting opportunity for ambitious and enthusiastic graduate students to contribute to a fast-paced program of research that will have a major societal impact.

Scholarship details

We are looking to support a wide range of first-year PhD projects that involve the development and evaluation of cannabis-based treatments across the following areas:

  • preclinical and/or clinical
  • medicinal and/or analytical chemistry
  • electrophysiology
  • high throughput screening
  • animal and cellular models of disease
  • human psychopharmacology
  • drug policy
  • clinical trials.

Successful students will be supervised by the Academic and/or Associate Directors of the Lambert Initiative or their specialist collaborators. 

The scholarship is open to applicants with an unconditional full-time offer to study for a PhD in cannabinoid research within the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney.

Applicants must have an honours or master’s degree in medicine, pharmacy or science and demonstrate an interest in cannabinoid research. Applicants should also have preclinical or clinical research experience.

Applicants must also be in recipient of a primary scholarship from the University of Sydney that will provide a stipend allowance.

The successful applicant will be awarded the scholarship on the basis of:

  • academic merit
  • curriculum vitae
  • rea of study and research proposal
  • a cover letter which demonstrates interest and any experience in cannabinoid, preclinical or clinical research.

The successful applicant will be awarded the scholarship by the nomination of the relevant research supervisor. 

The scholarship will provide an annual stipend of $10,000 per annum (fixed rate) for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance. A six month extension is possible.

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. 

The scholarship is not deferrable or transferable to another area of research. No other amount is payable.

To submit an expression of interest, please contact Associate Professor Jonathon Arnold (Associate Director of the Lambert Initiative). Please ensure you provide the following documents combined into a single PDF to upload with your application:

  • transcripts
  • curriculum vitae
  • evidence of preclinical or clinical research
  • evidence of your RTP Stipend or equivalent scholarship

Read more information about the Lambert Initiative.

Applications are ongoing.