Mito Foundation PhD Top-up Scholarships aim to support emerging scientists conducting research in the field of primary mitochondrial disease in Australia. They are charitable grants offered to an Australian university or medical research institute to “top-up” or supplement a PhD student’s existing scholarship while they undertake research on primary mitochondrial disease.

Funding information

The scholarships include two components:

  • A top-up stipend amount of A$5,000 per year for up to 3.5 years
  • A travel allowance of up to A$5,000
  • The maximum value of the Mito Foundation PhD Top-up Scholarship including the stipend and travel allowance is up to $22,500.

The Mito Foundation PhD Top-up Scholarship will commence no earlier than the date of the grant round closing date and will finish no later than the end date of the underlying PhD scholarship, up to a maximum of 3.5 years. If the underlying PhD scholarship is for a 3-year term, a 6-month extension of the stipend is available subject to approval by Mito Foundation. A final 6-month extension (up to a maximum of 4 years) is available under exceptional circumstances subject to approval by Mito Foundation.

Mito Foundation reserves the right not to award PhD Top-Up Scholarship funding in any given year.

Important dates

Scholarship applications open: 9 February 2024

Scholarship applications close: 22 March 2024

Outcomes announcement: Late May 2024

PhD start date: By 9 August 2024

  1. Research must be focussed on primary mitochondrial disease
  2. Research must be conducted at an Australian university or research institute
  3. Applicant must hold a competitive PhD scholarship (NHMRC, ARC, or similar)
Selection process
Funding guidelines
Previous recipients

How to apply

To apply for the Mito Foundation PhD Top-up Scholarship please prepare:

  • PhD Top-up Scholarship Application Form
  • Certified copy of applicant’s academic transcript
  • Applicant CV (maximum 2 pages)
  • Confirmation of approval of PhD Scholarship
  • Letter of recommendation by primary PhD supervisor
  • PhD supervisor/co-supervisor: Please confirm your reporting requirements from previous Mito Foundation funding are up to date (if applicable)

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Application form

This grant round is closed. Outcomes will be announced in late May 2024.

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