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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

Funded PhD Top-up Scholarships

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…

The spatiotemporal characterisation of signalling pathways in mammalian mitophagy

$6,912 AUD

28/05/2014 → 14/04/2015

Scholar: Benjamin Padman

Ben’s project aims to characterise the physiological relationship between form and function in mitophagy. Mitophagy is a quality control process,…

Investigating pathogenesis associated with dysfunctional mitochondrial protein import

$18,000 AUD

01/08/2018 → 01/08/2021

Scholar: Thomas Daniel Jackson

The mitochondrion is the cell’s power plant, where sugars from the food we eat are converted into energy that our…

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…

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…

Funding Round and Applications

Quarterly Funding Round Dates

January
Open: 14/12/2020
Close: 18/01/2021

July
Open: 14/06/2021
Close: 16/07/2021

April
Open: 22/03/2021
Close: 16/04/2021

October
Open: 13/09/2021
Close: 15/10/2021

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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