Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Medical research fellowships


Further information

Contact the Student Affairs Administrative Officer on telephone (+61 8) 6488 4853, for information on medical research fellowships.

Link to Fellowship application procedure


Overseas, research-based and seeding fellowships are offered by the Faculty.

UWA Research-based and seeding fellowships [NOW CLOSED]

Research-based and seeding fellowships are for a period of two years.


To enhance medical research in our Faculty and also:

  • provide support for biomedical and health researchers who have the potential to be highly productive;
  • encourage independent and original contributions to research when part of a team of researchers;
  • assist with seminars and conferences when there is a need to attend or present research data; or
  • precede the preparation of submissions to external funding bodies for research grants and fellowships.

There is a preference for these fellowships to be awarded to applicants returning to Australia, with no more than three years postdoctoral experience at the time of application.

To determine the eligibility of postdoctoral candidates, the three-year period commences from the date the candidate submitted their thesis for permanent binding.

Applicants who are yet to submit a thesis, or whose thesis is under examination, may be disadvantaged if their thesis has not been classified as passed by the date of the Scholarships and Fellowships meeting to assess applications.

To be considered for our fellowships, you must be a permanent resident of Australia, or an Australian citizen and you will need to provide proof in your application.

NB: A condition of our medical research fellowships is that successful applicants must apply for other sources of funding during the tenure of their UWA award.


Overseas research fellowships [NOW CLOSED]


To encourage outstanding UWA medical graduates to pursue further studies or research overseas.

Applicants are required to demonstrate a commitment to return to Western Australia on the completion of their research or clinical skills enhancement.

The duration of these awards is one year in the first instance. However, where a candidate enrolls for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at UWA before leaving Western Australia, and also makes satisfactory progress, the award may be extended for 12 months to support the applicant in the second year of their degree.


MRF - UWA Postdoctoral Research Fellowships [NOW CLOSED]

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at The University of Western Australia and Royal Perth Hospital Medical Research Foundation invite applications from highly qualified candidates for the Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in various disciplines to be based at Royal Perth Hospital (Perth, WA).  This new initiative aims to support outstanding researchers seeking to commence an academic/research career at Royal Perth Hospital.

The candidate is expected to develop a research proposal in conjunction with a supervisor based at Royal Perth Hospital.

One fellowship is available for a duration of three years and fellows may be provided with up to $10,000 per annum for infrastructure and start up support. 

This will be a highly competitive scheme and applicants are expected to have a strong track record relative to opportunity.

Applicants will be assessed on the quality of the proposed research project and its fit within the host department, track record (relative to opportunity and the research environment in the host department.  It is imperative that candidates discuss their applications with appropriate academic staff members and the Head of the host Department at Royal Perth Hospital, prior to submission.

The Royal Perth Hospital Medical Research Foundation supports research projects that are conducted principally at the Hospital, maintaining a position as a premier national resource centre for basic and clinical research.