THRIVE Domestic First Nations PhD Scholarship

THRIVE - Training Hub promoting Regional Industry and Innovation in Virology and Epidemiology: Boosting Australia’s Agriculture and Manufacturing

THRIIVE brings together CSU virologists, key industry partners, and world-class research facilities with the goal of protecting Australia’s regional communities from emerging and zoonotic viral diseases including avian and swine influenza, Hendra virus, Japanese encephalitis virus, foot-and-mouth disease virus, lumpy skin disease virus, and African swine fever virus. THRIIVE will combine epidemiology, molecular virology, translational virology, and community engagement to help safeguard regional Australia from current and future disease threats.

  • Eligibility

    As per Charles Sturt University's standard eligibility requirements for entry to a PhD.

    The Training Hub promoting Regional Industry and Innovation in Virology and Epidemiology (THRIIVE) is seeking a driven and passionate First Nations-identified PhD candidate with an honours degree (or equivalent) in virology, biochemistry, immunology, cell biology, medical science, and/or microbiology. The successful candidate will have a keen interest in understanding virus infection, transmission, disease pathogenesis, and the motivation to create novel solutions to counter these disease agents. The candidate will be driven to pursue a challenging multidisciplinary PhD project where a range of technical skills may be employed such as disease modelling, virus culture, recombinant protein expression, structural biology, and the development of novel diagnostics and therapeutics.

    THRIIVE acknowledges the Wiradjuri, Ngunnawal, Gundungurra, and Biripai (or Biripi) Nations; the Traditional Custodians of the lands in which Charles Sturt University's campuses are located and pays respect to their elders past, present, and emerging. We also acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea, waterways, and community. We pay our respect to their elders past, present, and emerging, and we extend that respect to all First Nations peoples.

    NB. The position is reserved for a person identifying as of Australian First Nation’s heritage.

  • Award value

    The scholarship provides the following benefits:

    Stipend: This scholarship is valued at $30,000 per annum payable in fortnightly instalments.

    Tuition Fees: Fee exemption for a period equivalent to four years (eight sessions) for PhD at full-time study.

    Operating Funds: Operational expenses will be built into the overall THRIVE budget over three years.

  • Scholarship duration

    The scholarship is tenable for four years for Research Doctorate studies (4 years FTE tuition fee coverage and 3 years FTE for stipend) subject to satisfactory progress.

  • How to apply

    Applicants will need to apply for enrolment.

    Prospective Higher Degree by Research candidates can apply for a THRIVE Scholarship when completing their Charles Sturt course admission application. When given the option to apply for a scholarship select 'Other' and enter THRIVE First Nations Scholarship.

Application timelines

Applications close Friday 25 August 2023


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