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Excellence in Science PhD Scholarship Award in Neuroscience


Top ups (from $5,000 pa) and living stipends (from $28,000 up to a total value of $35,000 pa) tax free are available

3 years, full-time equivalent





If you believe in transformative neuroscience, and want to work with some of the best scientists in the world, the UTS Centre for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine is for you. We’re taking a new way forward to creating cures of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s & spinal cord injury.

Help the Centre spearhead ground-breaking programs to revolutionise treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, aimed at delivering impact to millions, by joining Professor Bryce Vissel’s team at Australia’s number 1 Young University.

Who is eligible?

  • Those who hold, or expect to hold, an undergraduate degree with first class honours, or equivalent (such as a Masters by Research) in a relevant discipline.
  • New full-time applicants only; currently enrolled candidates are not eligible to apply.
  • Before applying, applicants must ensure they meet all requirements for admission to a PhD program at UTS, as outlined on our Graduate Research School’s website and the UTS Handbook.
  • Both domestic and international candidates.

Selection process

A range of projects and scholarships (from living stipends to top-ups) are available. 
Research projects include cutting edge behavioural, molecular, cellular, physiological and brain mapping approaches focused on:

Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease

  • Investigating mechanisms of Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease to further understand disease pathogenesis.

Memory and learning

  • Investigating the mechanisms by which the brain forms and modulates memories.

Neurogenesis, Stem Cells and Brain Repair

  • Understanding and stimulating the brain’s own regenerative capacity in normal brain function, learning & memory, and disease.

Disorders of Mental Health

  • Investigating brain function underlying disorders such as depression, fear and anxiety, drug addiction, attention deficit disorder and schizophrenia.

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Research

  • Research into recovery from paralysis following SCI as well as other aspects of movement and movement disorders utilising neuromodulation, exercise rehabilitation and other approaches.

How to apply

Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest form, along with supporting documents to by no later than 10 January 2020.

Your EOI should include:

  • A CV that highlights your academic history, any publications, awards or prizes you have received;
  • Undergraduate transcripts and, where applicable, postgraduate transcripts;
  • The name of two academic referees.

All of the above should be included in a SINGLE PDF file, and be forwarded electronically to:

Applications close: 

Domestic candidates closing date: 15 March 2020 for commencement in Spring (August) 2020

International candidates closing date: 20 December 2019 for commencement in Spring (August) 2020

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Other information

These innovative neuroscience studies will be carried out under the mentorship of Professor Bryce Vissel, Director of CNRM. UTS has a bold vision to be a world-leading university of technology. Consistently ranked the top young university in Australia, we are an innovative university with a culturally diverse campus life and extensive international exchange and research programs. We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to conduct research at the CNRM, a priority initiative of UTS.

CNRM is working to achieve transformative outcomes for sufferers of neurological diseases and SCI through the employment of a novel, trans-disciplinary approach. Students working in our Centre will be afforded the opportunity to combine breakthrough neuroscience with research in disciplines across Science and Engineering.