A collaborative initiative of Lung Foundation Australia, Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, Centre for Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis and Mr David Wilson.
Deadline for applications: 10th October 2018
Lung Foundation Australia (LFA) is a national charity that aims to reduce the impact of lung disease in Australia through Awareness, Support, Advocacy, Education and Research.
The Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand (TSANZ) is the national peak body that represents all professional groups with an interest in improving knowledge and understanding of lung disease across Australia and New Zealand.
Centre for Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF-CRE) a comprehensive and integrated clinical research and education program across Australia specialising in lung disorders of a fibrotic nature. The PF-CRE builds on existing national networks and infrastructure including the Australian IPF Registry.
Mr David Wilson – Funding for this scholarship has been made available through the generous donation from Mr David Wilson and family with the objective to create a legacy of PhD Scholarships in IPF Research for the next 15years.
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is the most common form of Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) and is a severe and progressive lung disorder with a median survival from point of diagnosis of 3-5 years. Little is known about the incidence or prevalence of the disease in Australia or disease progression.
1 The Australian IPF Registry, an initiative of Lung Foundation Australia, is a research platform to facilitate clinical and epidemiological research in IPF. As a longitudinal cohort of more than 685 participants and a linked bio-bank, the Registry aims to support research that will improve our understanding of this complex disease that may ultimately lead to improved health outcomes
Lung Foundation Australia David Wilson PhD Scholarship in IPF offers a set amount of funds of $15,000 per year over a three year period (total funding: $45,000) to allocate to a PhD Scholarship in IPF Research and a student will be selected on the basis of the Application Form submitted.
Students must demonstrate that their University / Research Institute is willing to partner and co-fund the PhD Scholarship and is able to guarantee the funding availability upon commencement of the PhD Scholarship.
Note: these funds are to be used for direct costs associated with the conduct of the research, being the student stipend. Any allowance funding or indirect and/or infrastructure costs do not form part of this grant and will not be covered by Lung Foundation Australia.
It is at the discretion of the University / Research Institute as to their funding contribution towards the co-funded PhD Scholarship and the type of Postgraduate Scholarship stipend and allowances, but they must guarantee to provide at least 50% of the student’s stipend. For example: a University may contribute approximately 50% for a Standard Stipend of $28,100 including allowances. However, if the University identifies a Clinical Stipend of $40,738 including allowances, then the University’s contribution would be a higher percentage of the total PhD Scholarship funding – equates to Lung Foundation $15,000 (37%) and University $25,738 (63%) contributions.
Figures quoted are from the NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship Stipend and Allowance Rates for 2015
The IPF research supported may include any form of clinical, population, laboratory, genetics, or tissue based research. The researcher may apply to use the Australian IPF Registry cohort however this is not necessary.
The student recipient of the Lung Foundation Australia Diana Cox PhD Scholarship in IPF will be provided with research mentorship by the Australian Pulmonary Fibrosis Consortium. The student recipient will be known as the Lung Foundation Australia Diana Cox l IPF PhD Scholar for the duration of the award.
In 2019, there is ONE (1) PhD Scholarship opportunity with a set amount of $15,000 per year over a three year period (total funding: $45,000).
Students wishing to undertake a PhD in IPF are invited to submit an application. This PhD Scholarship is ideally aimed at a researcher who is commencing a higher degree.
Students who wish to make an application for the Lung Foundation Australia David Wilson PhD Scholarship in IPF should discuss this funding opportunity with their research supervisor. The student must arrange to meet their research supervisor/ Head of Research or equivalent position at their university or department.
Students must demonstrate that their University / Research Institute is willing to partner and co-fund the PhD Scholarship and is able to guarantee the funding availability upon commencement of the PhD Scholarship. University/ Research Institute support must be demonstrated by the completion of the “Partnership with Lung Foundation Australia” form by an authorised officer of the University or Research Institute.
 Financial member of the TSANZ who has obtained the support of a proposer and seconder and has been endorsed by the TSANZ Board
Call for Expression of Interest released
10th September 2018
Deadline for receipt of Application
10th October 2018
Review Period / Correspondence
Notification of Successful Student
1st December 2018
Official Recognition – TSANZ ASM 2019
TSANZ Conference 30th March – 2nd April 2019
The recipient is required to submit a Progress Report at the end of the first and second years of the PhD Scholarship and a Final report to the Lung Foundation within 3 months of the end of the PhD Scholarship term, in accordance with the award guidelines. All reports are to include a plain-english Layman’s Summary.
The PhD Scholarship will be awarded towards the end of 2019, with an official recognition of the award recipient to be made at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the TSANZ in 2020. The recipient must take up this award within 12months of being awarded.
The recipient is required to submit the results of the research for possible presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the TSANZ within 12 months of completion.
Any publication(s) arising from this research should acknowledge the Lung Foundation Australia David Wilson PhD Scholarship in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research 2020 as a source of support.
In the event of there being no suitable applicants, the PhD Scholarship may not be awarded.
Applications will undergo peer-review by the TSANZ’s Research Committee plus two members of the Centre for Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis (the committee). If the Committee determines there are no applications of suitable merit the Lung Foundation retains the right to decline to award a scholarship. The judging criteria for submitted applications will be:
University – Letter of support (based on template)
Research Supervisor and research environment – including funding
Importance and quality of Research Question
Academic Track Record of the Student & Supervisor/s
New Starter/PhD Scholarship
General Manager, Research
Lung Foundation Australia