PhD scholarship: Novel complementary diagnostics for improved therapeutics/theranostics


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing, Medicine, Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value A living stipend rate of AUD$34,627 per annum (indexed annually)
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions
Opening date 10 May 2021
Closing date 21 June 2021


Supervisor – Associate Professor Idriss Blakey

A PhD scholarship is available to commence in July or October 2021. This involves collaboration between the University of Nottingham and The University of Queensland and will include a research exchange programme.

The studentship will deliver significant improvements in medical imaging/treatment by the co‑application of a range of biomedical imaging modalities. Development themes include: contrast agents, therapeutics delivery and clinical translation, imaging methods/apparatus. The project advisors will be A/Prof Idriss Blakey and Prof Kris Thurecht. Additional supervisor(s) may be included depending on the exact direction of the PhD program.

A working knowledge of chemistry, engineering, physics, biology or other related scientific disciplines would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

Centre for Advanced Imaging

The scholarship host will be the Australian Research Council Training Centre for Innovation in Biomedical Imaging Technology (CIBIT), a multidisciplinary collaboration between researchers at The University of Queensland and medical technology and pharmaceutical industry partners.

CIBIT is based at The Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI), a strategic initiative of The University of Queensland, which is a leading imaging research facility in Australia, and one of a handful in the world. The CAI brings together the skills of a critical mass of researchers and state-of-the-art, world- or Australian-first imaging research instruments including NMR, EPR, MRI, PET, CT, optical and an on-site cyclotron and radiochemistry facilities. CAI hosts the largest Node of the National Imaging Facility (NIF).

CAI conducts research across the spectrum from development of new imaging technologies, analysis of molecular structure, synthesis of MRI and PET biomarkers targeting fundamental biological processes to studies of major diseases affecting a range of organ systems, through to imaging economically significant agricultural animals and plant material, minerals and construction materials.


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

This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and International students who are currently in Australia at the time of application and commencement.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘THERANOSTICS-BLAKEY’ in the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of chemistry, engineering, physics, biology or other related scientific disciplines and the potential for scholastic success.

Applications are closed.


Associate Professor Idriss Blakey
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.