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PhD Scholarship

Scholarship support will be provided to successful applicants looking to attain a research-based postgraduate degree (Doctor of Philosophy or Master’s Degree by Research).

The scholarship supports outstanding graduates early in their careers so they can be trained to conduct cardiovascular health and medical research that is internationally competitive.

The research may lead to the translation into practice. If so, the PhD proposals should clearly cite the evidence that is to be implemented from guidelines and/or published systematic reviewers.

Demonstration of translation and implementation methodologies and stakeholder and/or consumer engagement and co-design are also strongly encouraged in the PhD proposal.

For applicants to be considered for funding, they must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • For the purpose of this funding program, the applicant is considered as Chief Investigator A (CIA)
  • CIA must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or have applied for Australian permanent residency at the time of the application
  • CIA must be from an NHMRC administering institution
  • CIA must also be based in Australia for at least 80% of the funding period
  • CIA must have applied for and meet the entry requirements for or be currently enrolled in a graduate research degree at an NHMRC Administering Institute.
  • Scholarships will be offered to high achieving students who are enrolled in a postgraduate program at an Australian university. The applicant must demonstrate that they have undertaken supervised individual research in which they have designed and conducted a scholarly investigation in the context of an existing body of knowledge, critically analysed and evaluated the outcome in that context, and communicated the process effectively in writing
  • To build an environment of equity for all early career researchers from all relevant disciplines, in this award achievement and track record will be assessed on individual performance in the past 3 years. Reviewers will consider:
    • first and/or middle author publications
    • grants where the candidate is the lead or chief investigator
    • presentations or posters presented by the candidate themselves 

PhD Scholarships

  • Funded for a maximum period of three years of full-time equivalent (FTE) study.
  • As of January 1, in the year funding commences, you may not have completed more than 12 months (full time FTE) of your PhD degree.
  • Any study commenced prior to funding commencing will be deducted from funding period. E.g., FTE study completed as of January 1 is six months. Therefore, the CIA will be entitled to receive 2.5 years of full-time funding (three years minus six months).
  • The duration of a fulltime or part-time Scholarship will be reduced by any periods of study undertaken towards the nominated degree before the commencement of the funding period.
  • Funding will cease from the day the PhD thesis is submitted or at the completion of 3 years FTE candidature for a PhD. Awardees (through their RAOs) are required to notify the Heart Foundation at the time their thesis is submitted and provide evidence of the date of submission

Master’s Degree Scholarship

  • Funded for a maximum period of two years of FTE study.
  • As of January 1, in the year funding commences, you cannot have completed more than six months (FTE) of your Master’s degree.
  • Any study commenced prior to funding commencing will be deducted from funding period. E.g., FTE study completed as of January 1 is six months. Therefore, the CIA will be entitled to receive 1.5 years of full-time funding (two years minus six months).
  • The duration of a fulltime or part-time Scholarship will be reduced by any periods of study undertaken towards the nominated degree before the commencement of the funding period. 
  • Funding will cease from the day the Master’s Degree by Research thesis is submitted or at 2 years FTE for a Master’s Degree by Research. Awardees (through their RAOs) are required to notify the Heart Foundation at the time their thesis is submitted and provide evidence of the date of submission

Partner-funding with the NHMRC

  • Applicants applying for NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship funding, are eligible to apply for the Heart Foundation’s PhD Scholarship and should acknowledge in application where asked.
  • Funding from both schemes must have the same funding commencement date.
  • If the applicant is successful in both funding schemes, they have the option of accepting the NHMRC funding and a top-up salary funding from the Heart Foundation. Top-up funding amounts is relative to the NHMRC funding amount.

Please note from 2022, the Heart Foundation is adopting new NHMRC policies regarding publications. Applicants will only be able to add up to ten publications.


What’s the value of the Scholarship?
Total value of fellowship$151,200
Year 1 Stipend$40,000
Year 2 Stipend$40,700
Year 3 Stipend$41,400

Up to 3 years of support.


When can you apply?
Applications open: 28 March 2022
Applications close: 6 May 2022
Successful applicants notified: October 2022

How should you apply?
Applications must be submitted via the Heart Foundation’s Researcher Portal.
Please download the Research Program Funding Guideline for more details.

Apply Now  

Please note: The application will only be available on the portal from the open date.

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