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 and international* 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.

The scholarship comprises:

  • A full stipend of $43,091 per year (indexed, 2022 rate) for a maximum of 4 years;
  • A career development fund of up to $12,500 per year;
  • Potential access a comprehensive Research Training and Career Development program and/or a 6 month integrated internship with an academic unit or industry partner.

Successful candidates will be admitted to the UNSW PhD Program in one of the 3 terms of 2023.

Please download and read the Terms & Conditions and Application Form before you apply.

Applications close on 27 January 2023. Only complete applications submitted will be considered. 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 and application submission: kirbypostgrad@unsw.edu.au

*International applications will only be considered from people based in institutions/locations that have existing links and/or collaborations with the Kirby Institute.