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Scholarship details

Lions-Lotus PhD Scholarship

Status: Closed

Applications open: 22/04/2020
Applications close: 25/05/2020

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About this scholarship

Liver cancer is one of the deadliest cancers and current treatment options are extremely limited. The Lions Cancer Institute Inc. supports this 'Lions-Lotus PhD Scholarhip" scheme to recruit a top-class PhD candidate for cutting-edge research into the prevention and treatment of liver cancer to significantly advance the field and improve the quality of life for liver disease patients worldwide. 

The Lotus Flower - a symbol of life without liver disease. 

  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Higher Degree by Research
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • Merit Based

The successful candidate will receive a stipend valued at $30,000 per annum (tax-free) for three years with a maximum six (6) month extension (assessed on a case by case basis).

While in receipt of the Scholarship, the recipient will have to apply for a Government-funded Research Training Program stipend in the closest application round. If successful, their Scholarship will be converted into a Top-Up Scholarship plus Research Support Allowance to cover research related costs, such as conference travel, computer, expensive laboratory reagents, etc. This will stimulate excellence and create a highly competitive, appealing and rewarding scheme.     

The Lions-Lotus PhD Scholarship will be valued at $30,000 per annum, whereas the Lions Lotus Top-Up Scholarship (to be awarded to the candidate directly) plus Research Support Allowance (to be managed by the PhD supervisor) will be valued at $5,000 per annum each to a total of $10,000 per annum. The exact annual value of the Research Training Program stipend is announced in October each year by the Australian Government.  

Scholarship Details


The applicant must meet the academic entry requirements for admission into a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program, including the English proficiency levels set by Curtin University

Domestic PhD student, full-time enrolment 

Eligibility criteria: 
- First Class Honours 
- Undergraduate degree in the field of biomedical sciences 
- Australian citizen or permanent resident 
- Excellent references confirming enthusiasm, commitment and a strong work ethic 

A background in liver disease research is desirable but not essential. 

Application process

To apply, please submit an expression of interest via email to Associate Professor Nina Tirnitz-Parker, together with following:

1. A letter expressing interest in the scholarship

2. Current CV

3. Academic transcripts

4. Submitting a short sample of academic writing (e.g. abstract of Honours/Master’s thesis, published article)

5. Details of two referees including email and phone (can be a past research supervisor, lecturer or research colleague).

Enrolment Requirements

The successful candidate must enrol full-time into the PhD program at Curtin University and meet their Milestone 1, 2 and 3 

Changes to Enrolment

To retain the Scholarship, the recipient must make satisfactory academic progress. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, a recipient with unsatisfactory progress or who breaches any scholarship conditions shall be ineligible to retain the Scholarship. Determination of exceptional circumstances shall be at the discretion of the Manager, Graduate Research School, in consultation with the primary PhD supervisor of the Scholarship recipient.


For further information please contact:

A/Prof Nina (J.E.E.) Tirnitz-Parker, Laboratory Head | Liver Disease and Regeneration Group | Associate Professor


T: + 61 (08) 9266 9695



Further Information

The scholarship recipient must apply for a Government-funded Research Training Program stipend and if successful, the Lions-Lotus PhD Scholarship is converted into a Top-Up Scholarship of $5,000 per annum plus a Research Support Allowance of $5,000 per annum, both for the duration of the remainder of the PhD degree to a maximum total of 3.5 years. 

Applications are open for five weeks. A selection panel will assess the applications and interview the top three candidates in early June 2020. The successful candidate will be notified shortly thereafter. Commencement of the PhD project will be at the discretion of the primary PhD supervisor. 

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