Thornton Foundation PhD Scholarship


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Medicine, Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $30,000 per annum
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
Opening date 1 November 2019
Closing date 1 December 2019

Scholarship description

Donated by the Thornton Foundation, this is a Philanthropic, Higher Degree by Research, Living Scholarship.


The scholarship is open to Domestic candidates who intend to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy with the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI).

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

Before you apply

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them before applying.

How to apply

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

Prior to applying, check your eligibility and prepare your documentation.

In the online application portal, make sure that:

Under 'Scholarship and Sponsorship':

  • Tick 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'
  • Enter ‘Thornton (Philanthropic)' in the 'Name of scholarship' field.
  • Leave the 'Sponsor / organisation' field blank

Under 'Research Higher Degree Supervisor':

Learn more about applying for a higher degree by research at UQ

Selection criteria

Candidates must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

For the Scholarship, applicants will be ranked on the basis of:

  • Academic achievement and experience and the potential for scholastic success;
  • Any other matters the selection committee see fit.


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Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

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

Donors may also require the recipient to present on the work conducted as part of the scholarship.