Applications for research higher degrees and scholarships are accepted all year round

Students play a vital role in research efforts at QBI. PhD and MPhil students are the linchpins of our laboratories.

Students enrolled at the Institute come from a diversity of countries, including Canada, China, Germany, Iran, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Bangladesh.
PhD and MPhil students enrolled at the QBI are eligible to receive:

  • $5000 top-up scholarship (see link “top up scholarships” heading under scholarships page)
  • $3,500 travel allowance (PhD students only)
  • Computer with appropriate software and internet access
  • Photocopying and scanning facilities.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A PhD is one of the highest degrees that can be awarded. It is an advanced academic qualification seen as a requirement for the majority of academic and research positions in a wide range of fields and industries. The aim of the PhD is to foster the development of independent research skills. These skills include the capacity to formulate a specific problem, to develop mastery of appropriate conceptual and methodological skills, and to relate the research topic to a broader framework of knowledge in a relevant disciplinary area.

Essential information about the PhD program including entry requirements, duration, and assessment is available at the UQ Graduate School website – visit

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

An MPhil is an internationally recognised postgraduate research degree that involves undertaking a significant research project. The MPhil program provides students with an opportunity to develop and enhance analytical and research skills through independent investigation in a specific field. Many MPhil students choose to continue with their research in order to obtain a PhD. Likewise, some PhD students elect to finish early with an MPhil.

Essential information about the MPhil program including entry requirements, duration, and assessment is available at the UQ Graduate School website – visit


Important Information for PhD and MPhil Applicants

In order to express your interest in a PhD and MPhil please do the following:

• Visit the UQ Graduate School website: to peruse information about research higher degree programs including entry requirements, how to apply, and scholarships.

• If you believe that you meet the entry requirements, then you should read further information about QBI Group Leaders and their research themes contained at You will need to make direct contact with a Group Leader from the research area of greatest interest to you to engage in a discussion with them concerning the possibility of undertaking postgraduate studies in their laboratory. When contacting your chosen Group Leader, please also provide a copy of your detailed academic CV (include links to publications you have been involved with), complete academic transcripts for all tertiary study you have undertaken (include grading system information), and evidence of English language proficiency if an international candidate.

• After you have received confirmation from a Group Leader agreeing to be your proposed Principal Advisor, the next step of the process is to apply by doing the following:

• Go to the UQ Graduate School website to submit an online application. Please ensure that you read through all the information about application and scholarships and note the key dates for the UQ scholarship rounds.

Upload the following documentation as part of your online application:

  • Academic CV – what should be included in an academic CV can be found here:
  • Tertiary academic transcripts (including grading system information), and degree award certificates (testamurs), showing the university name, the date awarded and bearing the University seal. If your academic transcripts and degree award certificates are in a language other than English, translations into English will also be required from an official translator.
  • Two Referee Reports are required using the Referee Report template available at: Please complete as much of the template as you can and then send it to your referees asking them to return the completed form directly to the QBI Research Higher Degree Manager via email (
  • Proof of English language proficiency (IELTS is the preferred test at UQ and is also often required for VISA applications – please be sure to check with your local Australian Diplomatic Mission or the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). Please see for more details on how to meet this requirement. At the time of commencing your PhD or MPhil study, your IELTS must be less than two years old.



Research Higher Degree Manager, Queensland Brain Institute.

The University of Queensland, Brisbane Queensland 4072 Australia
Tel: + 61 7 3346 6401