The Yiaga Ngarnga Scholarship for Infection and Immunity

The Yiaga Ngarnga Scholarship (for Infection and Immunity) was launched following a generous donation from the Lionel Gell Foundation to the Doherty Institute and with support from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. The scholarship supports graduate research for an Indigenous Australian with demonstrated excellence in the area of Immunology or Infectious Diseases research in the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute).

Applications open

21 Jul 2021

Applications closed

24 Sep 2021

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Annual payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $175,000

Applicable study areas

Medicine, dentistry, health and welfare

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 1

  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
    • enrol as a full-time or part-time candidate
    • be interested in undertaking a project with a high degree of relevance to Infection and Immunity (this may include projects in discovery science, translational, clinical, or public health research)
    • enrol in a department located within the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute)

    Selection criteria

    • Satisfy the Faculty’s entry requirements for PhD, including minimum academic achievement of first class honours or equivalent
    • Demonstrate exemplary skills in the research area of infection, immunity or other area deemed a priority for the Institute
  • Application process

    Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Warwick Padgham at the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health for advice and assistance with the application process.

    Applicants must then:

    1. submit a course application in the usual manner following prospective supervisor endorsement; and
    2. register interest for the scholarship via
  • When will I know the outcome?

    Successful candidates will be advised of the outcome of their application by the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

What are the benefits?

The successful candidate will be offered a Research Training Program Scholarship (Stipend and Fee Offset) which includes a living allowance stipend of $31,200 per annum pro rata (2021 full time study rate) for up to 3.5 years. In addition, a $18,800 top-up stipend per year (non-indexed) will be available for up to 3.5 years for a combined annual stipend and top-up stipend amount of $50,000 (taking into account the 2021 RTP stipend rate which may be indexed annually).

In addition to the above, non-financial benefits of up to $34,200 will be available to support research-related expenses over the duration of  candidature.

One Yiaga Ngarnga Scholarship (for Infection and Immunity) is available for 2021.

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