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Improving Care Outcomes in Genetic Kidney Disease

KidGen is a national network of kidney and genetic researchers around Australia established to improve outcomes for patients affected by genetic kidney disease. The KidGen National Kidney Genomic Program is an MRFF Genomic Health Futures Mission funded program administered by James Cook University (JCU), involving several institutions, clinicians and researchers across Australia. We are seeking applications to undertake a PhD program aligned to the KidGen National Kidney Genomic Program.

KidGen operates in every state in Australia with program management support embedded in Australian Genomics at MCRI in Melbourne and at James Cook University in Townsville. We also have close ties to the Centre for Population Genomics across the Garvan Institute and MCRI.

This PhD student position could be based anywhere in Australia and is open to virtual options depending upon the PhD program negotiated. There may be advantages to being physically based in Queensland, Victoria or New South Wales for in person mentorship aligned to the KidGen-affiliated supervisors for this PhD program.

This Scholarship is subject to the provisions of the James Cook University Coursework Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants Policy

Student Type


Area of StudyMedical sciences
Total Value $29,863 per year
Duration3.5 years 
Number of Scholarships available 1
Applications Open1 September 2022
Applications Close30 October 2023

The Improving Care Outcomes in Genetic Kidney Disease Scholarship will be open to competition among candidates who:

  • Has Honours, Masters or Equivalent in the Sciences, Genetic Counselling, Medical degree, with priority given to those with experience within the following fields: Health, Biostatistics/Medical Statistics, BioMed, Genetics, Genetic Counselling, Medicine (Nephrology/Genetics) or related.
  • Experience with quantitative statistics software is desirable
  • Demonstrable understanding of genetics/genomics and/or nephrology
  • Meet the JCU’s HDR admission requirements if not already enrolled.
  • This scholarship is for full time study in Australia and is open to Australian and New Zealand citizens, or onshore international students who are not currently receiving a scholarship.
  • Be available to start in January 2023

One PhD scholarship funded by James Cook University and will provide a tax free stipend per annum (and tuition fees/OSHC if applicable)

of $29,863.00 per year for 3.5 years

Prospective applicants are asked to submit the following documents as soon as possible to Professor Andrew Mallett at

  • A cover letter
  • An up to date cv
  • Full academic transcript
  • A summary (up to two pages) of your career outlining your experience in: health, biostatistics/medical statistics, biology, medicine, implementation science, genetics/genomics.
  • Details of three referees (email/address/contact number).

Your application is checked for completeness and eligibility, and you will receive an email confirmation that it has been received. After the closing date it will be individually assessed and put forward to a selection committee who will rank your application against others who have applied. Applicants may be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.

As per the rules of the HDR candidature.

Administration of the Scholarship

This scholarship shall be administered by the Graduate Research School (GRS), on behalf of the Selection Committee.
The funds of the scholarship shall be held in an account in the name of the University and shall be administered by the Graduate Research School in the payment of a fortnightly stipend.

Please refer to Glossary of Terms.