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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

Funded PhD Top-up Scholarships

Determining the genetic basis of Leigh Syndrome

PhD Top-up Scholarships

$5,347 AUD

01/10/2013 → 01/10/2016

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

Gene Discovery and Functional Studies of the Mitochondrial Respiratory Chain Disorders

PhD Top-up Scholarships

$103,527 AUD

12/04/2010 → 01/02/2015

Mitochondrial respiratory chain (RC) disorders are among the most common inborn errors of metabolism with an estimated incidence of 1…

Developing functional systems biology approaches to complement diagnosis of mitochondrial disease

PhD Top-up Scholarships

$15,750 AUD

22/02/2019 → 16/04/2021

Mitochondrial disease occurs when the mitochondria – the power plants of cells – fail to produce enough energy for cell…

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

PhD Top-up Scholarships

$18,000 AUD

10/04/2020 → 24/02/2023

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

Neuropathogenic mechanisms of mitochondrial dysfunction

PhD Top-up Scholarships

$45,000 AUD

01/07/2014 → 23/07/2017

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

Funding Round and Applications

Quarterly Funding Round Dates

January
Open: 16/12/2019
Close: 13/01/2020

July
Open: 15/06/2020
Close: 13/07/2020

April
Open: 16/03/2020
Close: 13/04/2020

October
Open: 14/09/2020
Close: 12/10/2020

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.


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