Opportunities exist for applicants to apply for UQ merit-based scholarships: there are two scholarship rounds per year. Financial assistance is available to both domestic and international students and can include:

  • Living allowances for domestic and international students
  • Tuition fees and overseas health cover (OSHC) for international students
  • International travel awards

To be considered for scholarships you must have received an unconditional offer of admission from the UQ Graduate School to the PhD or MPhil program, and be nominated by QBI.

Full information about these schemes can be found at the UQ Graduate School website: www.uq.edu.au/grad-school/scholarships-and-fees.

Scholarships are extremely competitive, especially for the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS), which pays tuition fees for overseas students. Having peer-reviewed research publications would be beneficial.

International students can also consider schemes such as the Endeavour Postgraduate Award and are encouraged to find external scholarship opportunities from their home countries. QBI may be able to support a tuition fee waiver for eligible international applicants who can secure external funding to the value of an APA stipend (www.uq.edu.au/grad-school/apa).

Information on other postgraduate scholarships, both international and domestic, may be obtained from the UQ website at Scholarships, and from the Hobsons website at the Hobsons Course Finder Scholarship Search.

Support may also be available for relocation costs for APA recipients: www.uq.edu.au/grad-school/relocation-allowance.

Top Up Scholarships

QBI offers top-up scholarships to students who successfully secure a fully funded national or international scholarship and are enrolled through QBI to do either a PhD or an MPhil. These are currently worth up to $5000 p.a. for a maximum of 3.5 years.

Current QBI Lab Group PhD Position/Scholarship Advertisements:

PhD Studentship in Computational Modelling of Single Molecule Dynamics

Super-resolution imaging techniques now provide unprecedented quantitative information on the spatio-temporal changes in individual protein behaviour in live neurons. Advanced computational tools are required to quantify the dynamics of single molecules from these experiments, and computational models are essential to link single molecule dynamics to neuronal functions such as synaptic transmission. The successful PhD candidate will develop new computational tools and models to infer critical biological insights from the super-resolution imaging experiments. The candidate will join the established groups of Professor Geoffrey Goodhill and Professor Frederic Meunier at the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland. He/she will work with an interdisciplinary team of mathematicians, physicists, engineers and experimental neuroscientists. To know more about the groups and its leaders, Professor Geoff Goodhill and Professor Frederic Meunier, please go to the following links:



Expressions of Interest are invited from outstanding and enthusiastic science graduates ideally with a background in mathematics, physics or engineering. Candidates will have a First Class Honours degree or equivalent and should be eligible for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or equivalent.  Some expertise in computer programing is required. Previous experience in modelling biological systems would be helpful.

For further information on this position, application criteria, and expression of interest closing dates, please refer to the UQ Jobs website.