Grants & Scholarships

A range of grants scholarships are available through VLSCI and associated networks. Sign up for our eNews or follow @vlsci to get alerts about upcoming deadlines or contact Communications & Skills Development Manager Helen Gardiner for further information.

Travel and Conference Attendance Grants

VLSCI supports the travel and/or conference/workshop attendance by Victorian Life Science researchers and students. Grants can be made at any time and are limited to $3,000. Applicants must demonstrate how this activity will contribute to both the skills development of individual researchers and the capacity-building activity of the Victorian computational biology community. To apply please download and complete the application form from the Publications page.

Student placements, RHD supervision, and internships

The VLSCI is able to assist with student research placements at all levels (undergraduate through to PhD) into life science computation research projects, including sourcing both placements and students, co-supervision of research placements, and summer internships. The LSCC engages directly in RHD supervision and co-supervision, primarily through the LSCC Head and Theme Leaders. 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

VLSCI offers half stipends (50% of the employment costs) for computational biology projects. Students undertake a project that is part of the research program of a biomedical research laboratory. They are mentored by a supervisory research scientist and work alongside other staff and students in the team. The goal of the collaboration is to provide opportunities for undergraduates to work in computation-intensive Life Sciences research projects.

In 2012, eight students were awarded VLSCI placements over 2 rounds. Go to UROP site for details and sign up for our eNews or follow @vlsci to get alerts about upcoming submission deadlines.

Studentships for M.Sc. (Bioinformatics), The University of Melbourne

The Master of Science (Bioinformatics) provides an excellent pathway for students wishing to enter the exciting field of computational biology.

A number of $5000 bursaries are available for high-achieving students undertaking the MSc (Bioinformatics) program, provided by Institutes such as the Petermac Cancer Centre, WEHI and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. VLSCI also contributes to these scholarships.

Selection for these bursaries will be based on academic merit and will occur at the end of semester one each year with all enrolled students being considered at that time - no additional application is required.

Ph.D. top-up scholarships

A small number of Ph.D. top-up scholarships are available to students engaged in projects related to life sciences computation and who have gained (or expect to gain) an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or equivalent scholarship. VLSCI Top-Up Scholarships are at a level of $5,000 p.a., and the current round allocation is for two years only, from mid 2013 to mid 2015, subject to an annual review of research progress. Allocation is merit based.

Further information and application form.

I just wanted to express my sincere thanks for your ongoing support of my PhD research in the form of my top-up scholarship, help-desk support etc. Being in a department with little computational experience and with my supervisor at a different university, I am so very grateful for the support you have provided.
............Felicity Jackling, PhD candidate, Department of Genetics, The University of Melbourne

Coursework programs

VLSCI experts work in with a number of course providers on topics directly related to computational biology. 

EMBL Australia Travel Grant for PhD Students

EMBL Australia sponsor PhD students in Australia to train at one of EMBL's 5 European facilities, go to a conference or short course. For up to date information visit the EMBL Australia website.

General Ph.D. scholarships for studying in Australia

In addition to the Australian Postgraduate Award (deadline 31 October) some specific scholarships which may be relevant to this area of study include the University of Melbourne's A.O. Capel, the Stella Mary Langford and the Henry James Williams Scholarships and the AFGW Fellowship to Australian women enrolled for a PhD degree by research in any Australian University. Please contact the Graduate office of your University of choice to register for updates about such opportunities.

Support for other courses:

Other courses may be considered eligible for support from VLSCI. Contact the Communications Manager to discuss.