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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” researchers' existing National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australian Research Council (ARC) or similar scholarships. Mito Foundation PhD Top-up Scholarships are comprised of two components:

  • a top-up stipend amount of A$5,000 per year
  • a total travel allowance amount of A$5,000

Funding Round, Applications and Report Templates

Funding Rounds

We are transitioning our Quarterly Grant Round to a Bi-annual Grant Round. This means application rounds for this grant will open twice a year. The next funding round for these grants will now open in February 2024.

Application Eligibility

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


We are currently updating the application form for this grant. Please contact if you have any questions.

Report Templates

Please contact if you require additional information regarding your existing grant reporting requirements.

Funded PhD Top-up Scholarships

Identification of novel pathogenic mutations in genes causing inborn errors of metabolism

$9,357 AUD

27/08/2014 → 01/08/2016

Scholar: Michael Nafisinia

There are over 1,500 genes involved in the normal functioning of the mitochondria. So far, only about 250 genes have…

Impaired gene expression causes mitochondrial disease

$10,500 AUD

01/08/2014 → 01/02/2018

Scholar: Kara Perks

Did you know that our cells actually switch genes on and off at certain times, depending on input from their…

Differentiate human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC) models of mitochondrial disease to a cardiomyocyte cell fate in order to facilitate preclinical treatment studies and investigation of the underlying cellular mechanisms of disease in a clinically relevant cell type

$15,750 AUD

08/03/2019 → 19/09/2021

Scholar: Cameron McKnight

Despite a number of treatments showing potential benefit, there are none currently certified for clinical use when it comes to…

Functionalisation of mitochondrial Complex I accessory subunits in health and disease

$12,250 AUD

28/02/2016 → 28/02/2019

Scholar: Marris Dibley

Mitochondrial complex I is the largest of the five enzymes which combine to perform oxidative phosphorylation, the primary source of…

A functional characterisation of the mitochondrial disease-associated ATAD3 gene cluster

$18,000 AUD

10/04/2020 → 24/02/2023

Scholar: Linden Muellner-Wong

Like clockwork, mitochondria –the powerhouse of the cell– rely on a vast range of turning cogs and wheels –or in…