David Cooper Scholarship

The David Cooper Scholarship was established in 2021 from a memorial fund in honour of Professor David Cooper. Professor Cooper was the inaugural Director of the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, established in 1986, that ultimately became the Kirby Institute. He was an internationally renowned scientific leader, initiating ground-breaking, collaborative infectious disease research that has saved countless lives in Australia, and around the world.

The David Cooper Scholarship is a full 4 year PhD scholarship offered to outstanding domestic candidates to be trained to conduct research specifically in the field of infectious diseases, from basic to applied research, in areas within the Kirby Institute’s Strategic Plan, and under the supervision of experienced academics at the Kirby Institute, Faculty of Medicine and Health, UNSW Sydney.

The scholarship comprises:

  • A full stipend of $41,597 per year for a maximum of 4 years;
  • A career development fund of up to $10,000 per year;
  • A comprehensive Research Training and Career Development program;
  • A 6 month integrated internship with an academic unit or industry partner.

The scholarship is available for domestic candidates commencing their candidature at UNSW in 2022. Minimum expected academic qualifications for potential PhD applicants is a Bachelor with Honours 1 or equivalent.

For full details, download and read the Terms & Conditions and Application Form.

Applicants are encouraged to work with their supervisors to complete the Seek application.

Only complete applications submitted online on Seek and by the deadline, 15th October 2021 at 11:55pm AEST will be considered. Any applications sent by email will not be accepted.

All applications will also need to comply with the relevant UNSW Higher Degree Research Admissions, Supervision and Scholarship policies and procedures.

Contact details for additional information: kirbypostgrad@unsw.edu.au