Professor David Cooper was the inaugural Director of the Kirby Institute. He was an internationally renowned scientific leader, initiating ground-breaking, collaborative infectious disease research that has saved countless lives in Australia, and around the world. The David Cooper Scholarship is a full 4-year PhD scholarship offered to outstanding domestic candidates to conduct research in the field of infectious diseases, from basic to applied research, in areas within the Kirby Institute’s Strategic Plan, and under the supervision of experienced academics at the Kirby Institute, Faculty of Medicine and Health, UNSW.

The scholarship comprises:

  • a full stipend of $41,597 per year for a maximum of 4 years
  • a career development fund of $10,000 per year and a comprehensive Research Training and Career Development program
  • a 6-month integrated internship with an academic unit or industry partner.

The scholarship is available for domestic candidates commencing their candidature at UNSW in 2022. Minimum expected academic qualifications for potential applicants are a Bachelor with Honours 1 or equivalent.

Full terms and conditions for this scholarship can be found here including the full application process -

Only complete applications submitted online and by the deadline, Friday, 15th October 2021 at 11.55pm will be considered. Any applications sent by email will not be accepted.

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