Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area

Health and community

Eligibility criteria

Indigenous Australian



What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • a living allowance of AU$28,597 for three years, indexed annually.

The scholarship is for full-time study and can be used to support living costs.

A six-month extension to the scholarship is also possible, subject to approval.

As part of this project, you'll:

  • work with a supervisory team that includes Indigenous researchers and clinicians.
  • collaborate with world leaders, including Illumina and NIH in the United States.
  • receive training in emerging areas of genomics (for example, pharmacogenomics and artificial intelligence).


You must:

How to apply

To be considered for this scholarship, you will be invited to apply for and be accepted into a PhD at QUT.

How to apply for a research degree

Submit your expression of interest to study a PhD by 30 March 2021.

Indicate your interest in this scholarship by nominating Dr Shivashankar Nagaraj as principal supervisor, and include the name of this scholarship in the financial details section.

Contact Dr Shivashankar Nagaraj for more details.

What happens next?

If your expression of interest is accepted, you'll be invited to submit a full application, including a research proposal, to finalise your application.

You must be accepted into QUT’s PhD program to receive this scholarship.


This scholarship will be governed by the Indigenous Postgraduate Research Awards (IPRA) rules.

About the scholarship

About the project

Life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians is much lower than other Australians, in part due to an apparent genetic predisposition to chronic diseases. Better understanding of this genetic contribution has the potential to improve early detection and target prevention strategies.

This project will use whole genome sequencing (WGS) to define the genetic architecture of the Indigenous Australians and its association to serious chronic diseases, helping to develop a precision medicine approach that will enable accurate diagnosis and inform targeted treatments. This project builds on the most comprehensive chronic disease profiling performed in any Indigenous community, the longest follow-up, treatment and prevention trials, and documentation of endpoints.

The PhD research work could ultimately lead to development of tests for early detection of chronic disease, to protocols of personalised management, and ultimately, better health outcomes for Indigenous Australians.


  • Dr Shivashankar Nagaraj (QUT)
  • Associate Professor Maree Toombs (UQ)
  • Professor Wendy Hoy (UQ)

More information

Find more information about QUT's Centre for Genomics and Personalised Health.

For more information about the project, contact Dr Shivashankar Nagaraj.

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