Applications for research higher degrees and scholarships are accepted all year round

Students play a vital role in research efforts at QBI. PhD and MPhil students are the linchpins of our laboratories.

Students enrolled at the Institute come from a diversity of countries, including Canada, China, Germany, Iran, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Bangladesh.
PhD and MPhil students enrolled at QBI are eligible to receive:

  • $5000 top-up scholarship (see ‘top up scholarships’ heading at scholarships page)
  • $3,500 travel allowance (PhD students only)
  • Computer with appropriate software and internet access
  • Photocopying and scanning facilities.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A PhD is one of the highest degrees that can be awarded. It is an advanced academic qualification seen as a requirement for the majority of academic and research positions in a wide range of fields and industries. The aim of the PhD is to foster the development of independent research skills. These skills include the capacity to formulate a specific problem, to develop mastery of appropriate conceptual and methodological skills, and to relate the research topic to a broader framework of knowledge in a relevant disciplinary area.

Essential information about the PhD program including entry requirements, duration, and assessment is available at the UQ Graduate School website,

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

An MPhil is an internationally recognised postgraduate research degree that involves undertaking a significant research project. The MPhil program provides students with an opportunity to develop and enhance analytical and research skills through independent investigation in a specific field. Many MPhil students choose to continue with their research in order to obtain a PhD. Likewise, some PhD students elect to finish early with an MPhil.

Essential information about the MPhil program including entry requirements, duration, and assessment is available at the UQ Graduate School website,

Important Information for PhD and MPhil Applicants

In order to apply to undertake a PhD or MPhil at QBI, please do the following:

• Visit the UQ Graduate School website: to peruse information about research higher degree programs including entry requirements, how to apply, and scholarships.

• If you believe that you meet the entry requirements, please read the information about QBI Group Leaders and their research themes at Please email the Group Leader from the research area of greatest interest to you to discuss the possibility of undertaking postgraduate studies in their laboratory. When contacting your chosen Group Leader, please provide a copy of the following:

  • your detailed academic CV (include links to publications you have been involved with if possible),
  • complete academic transcripts for all tertiary study you have undertaken (include grading system information),
  • and evidence of English language proficiency if you are an international candidate.

• After you have received confirmation from a Group Leader agreeing to be your proposed Principal Advisor, you and/or the Group Leader should email the student office at to confirm that they are able to support your application. The student office will send you detailed information on how to apply via the UQ Graduate School website (

Please ensure that you read all the information at and that you note the key dates for the UQ scholarship rounds.

The following documents will need to be uploaded as part of your online application:

  • Academic CV (
  • Tertiary academic transcripts (including grading system information), and degree award certificates (testamurs), showing the university name, the date awarded and bearing the University seal. If your academic transcripts and degree award certificates are in a language other than English, translations into English will also be required from an official translator.
  • Proof of English language proficiency - please see for more details on how to meet this requirement. IELTS is the preferred test at UQ and may be required for VISA applications; please be sure to check with your local Australian Diplomatic Mission or the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). At the time of commencing your PhD or MPhil study, your IELTS results must be less than two years old.

Applications are considered complete when we have received all required supporting documents (including two referee reports) and any extra documents or information that may be requested. We will request referee reports from your listed referees, via the online application system, after we receive your application and your proposed advisor has confirmed that they wish to support your application. If your complete online application receives confirmed support by the proposed principal advisor, and the QBI Research Higher Degree Committee approves progression of your application, a School Recommendation Form will be prepared at QBI and your complete application will be forwarded to the UQ Graduate School for formal assessment.  A detailed project description will also be completed at this time by the principal advisor, in consultation with the applicant.  The UQ Graduate School will contact you with an assessment outcome; applicants must be assessed as ‘eligible for admission and scholarship’ to be considered in the next UQ scholarship round.



Research Higher Degree Manager, Queensland Brain Institute.

The University of Queensland, Brisbane Queensland 4072 Australia
Tel: + 61 7 3346 6401