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2016 AITHM PhD Scholarships, Australia


James Cook University (JCU) is one of the worlds leading institutions focusing on the tropics. With campuses in Townsville, Cairns and Singapore, JCU is dedicated to creating a brighter future for life in the tropics worldwide, through graduates and discoveries that make a difference. The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) has recently been established at JCU with $84 million in establishment funding from the Queensland and Commonwealth Governments. AITHM aspires to be a world-leading health and medical research institute addressing health problems of major importance to tropical Australia, South East Asia, the Pacific and the tropics worldwide. AITHM research spans both basic and applied and AITHM is committed to health and medical research directed towards rural, remote, Indigenous and underserved communities in the tropics worldwide.

AITHM has a number of PhD scholarships available for outstanding and highly motivated students with an interest in tropical health and medical research who wish to undertake a PhD at JCU in 2016.

Scholarships are to the value of $28,000 per annum for 3 years and applications are welcomed from domestic and international students. Fee waivers will be available for eligible international students. 

PhD projects will be available in one or more of AITHM’s key research areas:

Theme A. Re-emerging infectious diseases, vectors and Australia’s health security. Specific diseases of interest include Tuberculosis and other Mycobacteria, Malaria, Dengue, Filariasis, soil transmitted helminths, Group A Streptococcus, neglected tropical diseases and vector borne diseases.

Theme B. Health Systems Research and Indigenous Health Research. This theme focuses on workforce development and health service delivery to rural, remote and Indigenous populations in tropical Australia and the Pacific.

Theme C. Chronic Diseases with high prevalence in Tropical Australia. Specific areas of interest include diabetes, allergy and asthma, the intersection between chronic and infectious diseases, including the association of gut microbiome and chronic disease and peripheral vascular disease, including pre-clinical work to identify risk factors and novel treatment targets, and clinical studies to test novel therapies.

Theme D. Molecular Development of Therapeutics. Research in this theme employs cross-disciplinary approaches to the development and trialing of compounds and targets, with a particular focus on translating bioactive compounds from tropical fauna to new pharmaceutical products, such as drugs, vaccines or diagnostics. 

Theme E. Genetic and epigenetic aspects of disease. This theme focuses on the application of deep sequencing and bioinformatics techniques to research activities in Themes A and C.

Theme F. Occupational Health and Safety. Accidents and injuries associated with key industries in rural and remote North Queensland.

For further information, including eligibility details and how to apply, please visit:

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Application Deadline : 6 November 2015

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