The aim of the NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) scheme is to support outstanding health and medical graduates early in their career so that they can be trained to conduct research that is internationally competitive and to develop a capacity for original independent research within Australia. This is usually achieved by NHMRC funding successful applicants to attain a research based postgraduate degree, which may be a PhD, a PhD equivalent degree, or Masters degree.
Categories of award
Postgraduate Scholarships are awarded in the following categories:
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Research Postgraduate Scholarship
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Research Postgraduate Scholarships are awarded to provide support for research training, or training leading to research in areas of health with a particular relevance to Indigenous Australians.
Clinical Research Postgraduate Scholarship
Clinical Research Postgraduate Scholarships are awarded to provide support to combined MBBS/PhD students, and medical or dental graduates undertaking a higher research degree involving full-time or part-time research.
Dora Lush Biomedical Research Postgraduate Scholarship
Dora Lush Biomedical Research Postgraduate Scholarships are awarded to graduates of outstanding ability whose pathway to PhD studies has been subject to significant interruption or delay.
Public Health and Health Services Research Postgraduate Scholarship
Public Health and Health Services Research Postgraduate Scholarships encourage graduates to obtain formal training in public health research and/or health services research.
Part-time Research Postgraduate Scholarship
Part-time Research Postgraduate Scholarships are available in each category to graduates who have significant caring commitments or a medical condition which limits their ability to undertake full-time studies (conditions apply).
Co-Funded Partnership Scholarship
These awards are offered through funding partnerships agreed between NHMRC and partner organisations.
Gustav Nossal Scholarship
Each year, two Gustav Nossal/CSL awards will be selected from the highest ranked applicants who are considered to be outstanding researchers from the following two categories:
- Clinical; and
- Dora Lush Biomedical – Graduate (Other).
This award is the result of a joint initiative between the NHMRC and CSL Limited. The Gustav Nossal/CSL Research Postgraduate Scholarship will be awarded under similar conditions to NHMRC PGS, and provides an additional stipend and travel allowance to the successful scholars.
To Apply for Postgraduate Scholarships Funding
Documentation to apply for an NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship can be located at: