Scholarships in Psychiatry and Mental Health

PhD project in Schizophrenia Research Laboratory

A PhD project is available in the Schizophrenia Research Laboratory at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) in Sydney. The Schizophrenia Research Laboratory investigates molecular and cellular changes in the brain of people with schizophrenia and across normal human brain development. Our goal is to uncover underlying molecular mechanisms that may contribute to the development of schizophrenia, including inflammation, neurotransmitter systems, hormone receptors and growth factors. The successful PhD candidate will investigate how inflammation blunts neurogenesis in the adult brain using various different experimental approaches, such as RNA sequencing, qPCR, western blot, histology, and microscopy.

The successful PhD candidate is expected to hold an undergraduate degree with first-class Honours in neuroscience, neurobiology, biomedical science or related disciplines. Experience in histological techniques with knowledge of neuroanatomy, understanding of microscopy and/or working knowledge of molecular biology is highly desirable.

In the advent that the student is not awarded a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship, a stipend can be offered as a 3-year scholarship (with possible extension for 6 months if required) at the RTP rate (currently $28,092 p.a.).

To be eligible for this project, applicants must meet entry requirements for admission to the PhD program at UNSW. Applications will be judged on a competitive basis considering the applicant’s previous academic research experience, publication record, awards, interest in mental health research, and employment history.

For further information, please contact Prof Cyndi Weickert.

To apply, please send your cover letter with your curriculum vitae to Inara Bebris.


Scientia PhD Scholarships


The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme aims to attract the best and brightest people into strategic research areas and provide them with an enhanced culture of research excellence, mentoring, career development, leadership and community, with:

 *   $40,000 stipend per annum, for 4 years
 *   Fees covered to complete a PhD at UNSW
 *   Up to $10k per annum to support career development and international collaborations


Scientia Scholarships are open to domestic and international candidates. For more information on how to apply, go to the Scientia Scholarships site.


You can also email the Graduate Research School at or phone +61 9385 5500.



Scholarships with the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN)

PhD Scholarships in Intellectual and Developmental Disability Health: Expressions of Interest Invited

Background: People with developmental or intellectual disability experience high rates of mental and physical health conditions. They are disproportionally represented in mental health services and particularly in the costs of mental health service delivery. They have higher rates of morbidity and avoidable deaths, alongside poor access to health services and preventative healthcare. The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has found people with cognitive disability “continue to be subject to systematic neglect in our health system”.

Information about 3DN’s activities: We work to improve health policy, practice and support for people with an intellectual or developmental disability. We conduct research with high translational benefit to the disability and health sectors. 3DN builds capacity through teaching, training, health promotion, development of educational resources and the conduct of other professional activities.

The department leads numerous initiatives that improve access to and capability of Australian healthcare and disability support providers to meet the needs of people with intellectual disability. Of particular interest are projects including the MySigns app to facilitative mental health assessment for people with intellectual disability, the Intellectual Disability Mental Health Service Pathways Tool, as well as specialist intellectual disability health service evaluations. Several projects have shown valuable preliminary outcomes, with the need to evaluate and scale up to national initiatives.

3DN has a multi-agency linked dataset comprising a NSW population-capture of people with intellectual disability and population-based age- and sex-matched controls. Data is available from relevant NSW and Commonwealth health and human services, on 574,630 individuals (116,999 with intellectual disability), including for emergency and inpatient hospital visits, Medicare Benefits Schedule items, Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme items, National Death Index and cause of death, Australian Immunisation Registry and National Bowel Cancer Screening, various disability, education, and mental health datasets, cancer and cancer screening, and notifiable conditions.

Opportunities for PhD Projects: The successful candidates will have exemplary track records and will work with 3DN academic staff to propose an inclusive, highly translational and innovative body of work in areas aligned with 3DN’s research programs. Current opportunities include mental health care, interactions between mental health and physical health outcomes, medicines use and associated benefits and harms, special populations including people with Down syndrome, those with multiple or complex needs, ageing and frailty in people with intellectual disability.

Eligibility: Students with honours, masters or equivalent degrees in medicine, allied health or related disciplines would be well suited. Applicants may be Australian citizens, permanent residents or international. Applicants must meet the UNSW PhD entry requirements and be able to enrol as a full-time domestic PhD scholar.

Value: $30,000 per annum for 3 years for full scholarship; if applicant attracts their own scholarship (eg RTP) a top-up of scholarship of $5,000 per annum for 3 years.

More information: Various projects conducted at 3DN are funded by the Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). More information about specific projects can be found here:

How to apply: To commence the EOI process please contact the 3DN Student Coordinators Dr Rachael Cvejic ( and Dr Janelle Weise ( with a 1 page EOI, your CV and academic transcripts.

Closing date: 30-04-22


If you are interested in other Scholarships @ UNSW, please refer to UNSW Scholarships.



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