Ph.D. Scholarship in Neurodegenerative Disease Research


Macquarie University


Sydney, Australia

Principal Investigator

Adam Walker


Fully funded Ph.D. scholarships at Australia’s largest multidisciplinary motor neuron disease (MND) research centreare available for talented students. The collaborative projects will investigate mechanisms that lead to neurodegeneration in MND and frontotemporal dementia, using transgenic mouse models, neuronal cell culture, and human brain and spinal cord tissue with a wide range of advanced molecular, biochemical, cell biology, microscopy, and behavioral techniques. The goal of these studies is to identify the key molecular drivers of disease and to test potential new therapeutics in preclinical models. The successful candidates will join a team with access to cutting-edge facilities and a broad range of career advancement opportunities. 


The scholarships are available to candidates with demonstrated research potential to undertake either a Master's of Research Year Two followed by a three-year PhD, or direct entry into a three-year Ph.D. program, depending on experience. Candidates will receive a stipend at the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) rate for Ph.Ds. of $26,288 per annum (2016 rate), tax exempt (indexed annually).

Both Australian and international students are eligible to apply. Further information regarding eligibility requirements and application procedures can be found on the Macquarie University application page.

To be eligible, scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University's scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Eligible candidates are welcome to contact Adam Walker with a CV and a cover letter outlining relevant experience. Selected applicants will be invited to discuss project details further and to complete a full online application. Full applications close on May 10, 2017.