CIBIT PhD Top-Up Scholarship – Epilepsy, Machine Learning


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing, Health and Behavioural Sciences
HDR funding type Top-up Scholarship
Scholarship value $5817 per annum, indexed annually (2019 rate)
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.
Opening date 5 September 2019
Closing date 1 December 2019


The ability to extract information from images using machine learning has increased tremendously with the development of deep Convolutional Neural Networks, which consistently outperform classical machine learning techniques. In this project, deep Convolutional Neural Networks will be used to derive new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) -based biomarkers of seizure recurrence and medication unresponsiveness following a first unprovoked seizure. Multi-contrast MRI and EEG datasets and clinical information on seizure recurrence and treatment responsiveness accumulated in over 2000 First Seizure patients seen at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital over the last 10 years will be used to develop and test the predictive biomarkers.

The overall objective is to develop novel prognostic biomarkers of outcome following a first unprovoked seizure using new machine learning methods. The specific aims are:

  1. To develop imaging biomarkers that predict seizure recurrence following the first unprovoked seizure.
  2. To develop imaging biomarkers that distinguish patients with newly diagnosed epilepsy who respond to medication from those who do not.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To be considered for this scholarship, please email the following documents to Professor David Reutens (

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Academic transcript/s
  • Proof of meeting English Language requirements

Please note the following: Submitting the above documents does not constitute a full application for admission into The University of Queensland's PhD program. If you are selected as the preferred applicant, you will then be invited to submit a full application for admission. You can familiarise yourself with the documents required for this process on the Graduate School's website.

Selection criteria

Applicants must be in receipt of or apply for and be awarded a living allowance scholarship of at least the Research Training Program rate ($28,092 for 2020, indexed annually) to be eligible to receive this top-up.

To be eligible you must:

Be assessed by the Graduate School as meeting all conditions for admission to the research higher degree program.

Future students will also need to satisfy the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at UQ and conditions for a Research Training Program (RTP) or equivalent living allowance scholarship from UQ’s Graduate School.

Applications are closed.


Professor David Reutens
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.