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 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. From 2015, eligibility for travel grants will be limited to support for specific conferences (eg. Bioinfosummer) or for students and researchers working directly on VLSCI systems and projects. 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 2015 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. 

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.

Several $5000 bursaries are awarded to 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

From 2015, VLSCI is no longer offering these.

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.