The Lung Foundation Australia Bill van Nierop PhD Scholarship in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research 2018

A collaborative initiative of Lung Foundation Australia, Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand and the Centre for Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis. 

Deadline for applications: 19th January 2018

Bill van Nierop PhD Scholarship Invitation

Partnership Form

Application Form


The Lung Foundation Australia Bill van Nierop PhD Scholarship in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) supports research to increase the clinical knowledge about the incidence or prevalence of the disease in Australia or disease progression.

Relevant domains of research inquiry include any form of clinical, population, laboratory or genetics research.  The researcher may apply to use the data compiled by the Australian IPF Registry on its cohort of approximately 685 patients, however this is not necessary.

Students, who are wishing to undertake a PhD and can demonstrate that their University is willing to partner and co-fund a PhD Scholarship in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research, are invited to submit an application. This PhD Scholarship is ideally aimed at a researcher who is commencing a higher degree.  The student must be a resident in Australia throughout the period of the research program.

Lung Foundation Australia will be allocating a set amount of funds of $15,000 per year over a three year period (total funding: $45,000) for the PhD Scholarship, with matching or greater funds to be provided by the University.

These funds are to be used for direct costs associated with the conduct of the research, being the student stipend. Allowance funding or indirect and/or infrastructure costs do not form part of this grant and will not be covered by Lung Foundation Australia. 


Call for Expression of Interest released: 16th  November 2017
Deadline for receipt of Application: 19th January 2018
Review Period / Correspondence: 20th January – 23rd February 2018
Notification of Successful Student: 28th  February  2018
Official Announcement – TSANZ 2018: 24th March 2018 


  • A current member of Lung Foundation Australia, and 
  • A current member of the TSANZ[1] 

[1] Financial member of the TSANZ who has obtained the support of a proposer and seconder and has been endorsed by the TSANZ Board


The following conditions apply to this award:

  1. 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.
  2. The PhD Scholarship will be awarded in March 2018, with the official presentation to be made at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the TSANZ in 2018 and must be taken up within 12 months of being awarded.
  3. 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.
  4. Any publication(s) arising from this research should acknowledge the Lung Foundation Australia Bill van Nierop PhD Scholarship in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research 2018 as a source of support.
  5. In the event of there being no suitable applicants, the PhD Scholarship may not be awarded.


The Research Committee of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) and two members of the Centre of Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis (the Committee) will assess all applications.

Applications will be assessed using the following scoring system:



University – Letter of Support/”Partnership with Lung Foundation Australia” form


Research Supervisor and research environment


Importance and Quality of Research Questions


Academic Track Record of Student


New Student / PhD Student





Lung Foundation Australia Contact details                  

Janet Moore

General Manager, Research

Lung Foundation Australia

Phone 07-3251-3636



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Application & Supporting Documents


I have not been a full, or part-time employee of, or paid consultant to, nor do I have any real or perceived, direct or indirect links to the tobacco industry in the past five years.
All information provided in this form and attached documents is true and correct.


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