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Clayton Adam Florence Wilson Award for Biomechanics and Spine Research

Future and current student scholarship
This award honours the stellar contribution of Professor Clayton Adam to scientific spine research innovation.

Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students and Current students

Study area

Engineering, Health and community, Information technology and Science and mathematics


Australian or New Zealand and International

Application dates

Applications open
1 August 2018
Applications close
1 September 2018

What you'll receive

You can express your interest in being considered for one of the following type of Clayton Adam Florence Wilson Awards:

  • PhD scholarship
  • international research collaborator award
  • PhD Top-up award
  • travel grant – international
  • travel grant – domestic
  • other (by prior arrangement).

Further information about what you will receive will be provided following successful acceptance of your application.


You must have experience in biomechanics and/or spine research. Further eligibility criteria will be provided following successful acceptance of your application.

How to apply

Provide a two-page CV with a one-page cover letter indicating:

  • the type of Clayton Adam Florence Wilson Award/s for which you wish to apply
  • how you believe you are eligible for the award.

Email your CV and cover letter to Professor Peter Pivonka, Research Director, Biomechanics and Spine Research Group.

About the scholarship

The Clayton Adam Florence Wilson Award is available to promote biomechanics and spine research at QUT, and honours the stellar contribution to scientific innovation in spine research made by our former Research Director, Professor Clayton Adam.

Clayton joined QUT in 1999 and dedicated his work to helping children with spinal disorders, and to improving treatment outcomes for patients who undergo spinal surgery. He brought together a dedicated team of researchers, scientists, engineers, surgeons and industry partners to perform cutting edge research aimed at minimising risks and improving spinal surgery results for patients.

Clayton’s leadership of the research program resulted in QUT receiving a substantial bequest from a donor impressed by his work: the Florence Wilson Bequest. In 2015, Clayton was diagnosed with cancer yet continued his active research during treatment until early 2018. Sadly, his battle with cancer ended in March 2018, but his dedication and contribution to biomechanics and spinal research will long be remembered.

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