Scholarship details

Student type

Future students

Study area

Health and community

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance


Australian or New Zealand and International

What you'll receive

A living allowance stipend, tax exempt and indexed annually $28,092 per annum for a period of three years.


Domestic and International applicants are welcome to apply.

You must have:

  • recently completed a BSc Hons degree or equivalent in a relevant field (microbiology, genomics or biochemistry)
  • received first-class honours (H1)
  • a general interest in microscopy and/or microbial ecology
  • excellent communication skills, motivation and the ability to work as part of a team.

Ideally you will also have:

  • experience with confocal microscopy and image analyses
  • experience with bioinformatics.

How to apply

Submit your application to Dr Simon McIlroy at

Your application must include:

  • a cover letter
  • an up-do-date CV
  • full academic transcript
  • a summary (up to two pages) of your research career to date
  • details of three referees (email/address/contact number).

What happens next?

This scholarship will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. For more information about the scholarship or application process, please contact Dr Simon McIlroy at


This scholarship will follow the QUT Postgraduate Research Award rules. In addition to the living allowance stipend, the successful applicant will receive student allocation funding of up to $8,000 towards ancillary project costs such as conference travel and an IT package. International students will receive a HDR tuition fee sponsorship.

About the scholarship

Project title: Illuminating the microbial world using genome-based fluorescence microscopy

Project Summary: Our understanding of microbial diversity on earth has been fundamentally changed by metagenomic characterisation of natural ecosystems. Traditional approaches for visualising microbial communities are time-consuming and provide limited information about the identity of specific microorganisms. The proposed research aims to combine single cell genomics and super resolution microscopy for novel, high-throughput, genome-based techniques to visualise microorganisms, plasmids and viruses, with strain level specificity.

The application of these highly scalable approaches will provide comprehensive and unprecedented insight into the fine-scale dynamics and evolution of environmentally and biotechnologically important microbial communities. This project will be supervised by Professor Gene Tyson, Dr Simon McIlroy and Dr Ben Woodcroft – School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health.

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