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PhD Top-up Scholarships

The Mito Foundation offers PhD Top-up Scholarships in an attempt to attract Australia’s best young scientists to the field of mitochondrial disease (mito). By encouraging scientists at the beginning of their career, the goal is that they will make their careers in mito research.

The Mito Foundation supports students by providing a flexible scholarship program. Recipients of these scholarships may investigate a range of different areas and all have one ultimate goal – to be part of the solution in finding a cure and effective treatment for mito.

Mito Foundation PhD Top-up Scholarships “top-up” researcher’s existing National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australian Research Council (ARC) or similar scholarship. Mito Foundation PhD Top-up Scholarships comprise two components:

  • a top-up amount of $3,000 per year
  • a travel allowance of $3,000 per year

Funding Round, Applications and Report Templates

Quarterly Funding Round Dates

January
Close: January 20 2023

July
Close: TBD

April
Close: TBD

October
Close: TBD

Application Eligibility

1. Research must be focused on primary mitochondrial disease.
2. All application information must be submitted.

Apply

Click below to download our information and application form.

To apply, complete the form and send it to the Mito Foundation Grants Officer via grants@mito.org.au.

Please call (02) 8033 4113 if you have any queries.

Report Templates

If you are a Mito Foundation grant recipient, please use one of the following report templates and email the completed report to grants@mito.org.au.

Funded PhD Top-up Scholarships

Functionalism of mitochondrial Complex I accessory subunits

$12,250 AUD

23/01/2017 → 28/02/2019

Scholar: Marris Dibley

Marris Dibley is exploring what can go wrong inside the tiny machinery of the mitochondria. Marris is a PhD candidate…

Massively Parallel Sequencing to understand the genetic basis of mitochondrial disorders

$22,500 AUD

01/09/2011 → 01/06/2015

Scholar: Hayley Mountford

In Australia, on average, one child a week is born with a mitochondrial disorder. For many of these patients the…

Neuropathogenic mechanisms of mitochondrial dysfunction

$45,000 AUD

01/07/2014 → 23/07/2017

Scholar: Sophia Frentz

Existing treatments for mitochondrial disease (mito) only alleviate symptoms rather than addressing their underlying cause. Scientists like Sophia Frentz are working…

Investigation of the pathogenic effects of mutations in the polymerase gamma gene

$90,000 AUD

01/02/2010 → 01/02/2014

Scholar: Paula Woodbridge

Mitochondrial dysfunction causes a range of early-onset neurological conditions and contributes to neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson Disease. The mechanisms…

Determining the genetic basis of Leigh Syndrome

$5,347 AUD

01/10/2013 → 01/10/2016

Scholar: Nicole Lake

The most common childhood mitochondrial disease presentation is Leigh syndrome, which is a progressive neurodegenerative disease with an onset that…


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