Professor Philip Walker Surgery Research Scholarship


Enrolment status New students, Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Medicine
HDR funding type Top-up Scholarship
Scholarship value Top-up valued at $21,447 per annum over the life of the degree
Opening date 10 November 2020
Closing date 30 November 2020



Phillip Walker was born and went to school in Sydney. He is an alumnus of the University of Sydney and completed surgical training through the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. In 1992, after completing a vascular surgery fellowship at Stanford University, USA, he joined the University of Queensland, Faculty of Medicine, Discipline of Surgery, based at Royal Brisbane Hospital. He quickly became a valued member of the Discipline, enhancing his clinical and academic reputation in the vascular surgery in Queensland and Australia. He was an integral part of the design as the Faculty of Medicine moved to a post-graduate course in 2020. He had a commitment to excellence in teaching, research and clinical surgery. He had significant involvement with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Australia and New Zealand Vascular Surgery Society and International Vascular Surgery Associations. He became the Chairman of the Vascular Surgery Unit at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and in 2011 he became a full Professor and the head of the Faculty of Medicine, Discipline of Surgery. He then worked tirelessly being involved with curriculum design and the structure of the Discipline of Surgery.

His commitment to research began whilst in Sydney and was heightened whilst working at Stanford. He felt very strongly there was more to being a good doctor than ones knowledge and more to being a good surgeon than technical ability. He brought this philosophy with him when he came to Brisbane and he led vascular surgery research in Brisbane and Queensland. He was a mentor to many young medical students and doctors who had surgical aspirations. He supervised or was co-supervisor for 30 students and doctors who enrolled in honours or higher degrees such as MPhil and PhD. He understood that students and junior doctors undertaking research needed support both from an advisory perspective and financially. Professor Phillip Walker’s passion to assist and support aspiring surgeons continues through the Professor Phillip Walker Research Scholarship.

The Scholarship was established in 2020 in memory of Professor Philip Walker to support research in areas related to surgical disease.

This is a Philanthropic Higher Degree by Research, Top up Scholarship


The scholarship is open to Medical students or medical graduates undertaking a Higher Degree by Research program who are successful in receiving a base stipend scholarship ($28,597 per annum tax free, 2021 rate) and who have a research focus on areas related to surgical diseases, where at least one member of the advisory team is a member of the Mayne Academy of Surgery within the Faculty of Medicine.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

Please complete the application form and upload the requested documents here.

Applicants must submit a completed application form by 11.59pm, Monday 30 November 2020.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Selection criteria

Applicants will be ranked on the basis of:
• Academic achievement and the potential of scholastic success; and
• Any other matters the selection committee considers to be relevant to the applicant’s future research

Applications are closed.


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Terms and conditions

All philanthropic scholarship recipients must adhere to the conditions of UQ research and travel scholarships, including reporting and progress requirements.

Holders of these philanthropic scholarships must acknowledge them in any paper that is published as a result of the research conducted while the recipient held the scholarship.

Donors may also invite the recipient to present on the work conducted as part of the scholarship, in which case they must comply or risk losing the scholarship.

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