Study with us

Children’s Cancer Institute nurtures an environment of innovation, collaboration and learning. We are committed to fostering the next generation of research leaders.

Our students bring great energy and enthusiasm, providing fresh ideas and perspectives to tackle the complex challenges faced in childhood cancer research today. As a student, you will be guided and mentored by a dynamic team of world class researchers who have strong collaborative links with research and clinical teams throughout the world. In addition to this you will have access to a comprehensive professional development program run by a dedicated team focussed on career development, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, professional support staff, access to a full range of laboratory services and opportunities for overseas travel to present at conferences and work with collaborators and the support of your peers through the Children’s Cancer Institute Student Council that runs activities throughout the year, including an annual student retreat.

How to become a student

  1. Browse the information and lists of student projects on our research group pages.
  2. Identify an area of interest, contact a potential supervisor and arrange a suitable project. When you contact potential supervisors, please include a CV and your most recent academic transcript.
  3. Submit an admissions application to the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Honours students must be accepted into an Honours program in an appropriate UNSW Faculty. PhD students should successfully fulfil the requirements for admissions through UNSW.
  4. Coordinate with your supervisor to obtain clearances from the appropriate Ethics Committees.
  5. Begin your research program.


The standard duration of enrolment for an Honours degree is one academic year, actual dates for the honours programs you may enrol in can vary, please consult the websites below for more detailed information.

When you undertake an Honours project at Children’s Cancer Institute you will be enrolled in a UNSW Honours program. Therefore, you need to meet the UNSW Honours entry criteria. For information regarding the three Honours Programs at UNSW that students may be enrolled in, please visit the following websites:

Bachelor of Science (Medicine) Honours Program (UNSW Medicine)

School of Medical Sciences Honours Program (UNSW Medicine)

School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (BABS) Honours Program (Faculty of Science)

Postgraduate studies

The majority of PhD students at the Institute are enrolled through the Faculty of Medicine, School of Women’s and Children’s Health, Paediatrics, Course Code 1825. Professor Richard Lock is the School’s Postgraduate Coordinator and is responsible for advising supervisors and Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates on all academic and administrative matters relating to their candidature.

The UNSW Graduate Research School is the central administrative and support unit for all higher degree research students and their supervisors at UNSW. The website below will direct you to information on admissions requirements and enrolment procedures to undertake postgraduate study at UNSW together with links to scholarship application forms for both local and international students.

Useful links for international students

Student projects

Visit our research groups to see the list of projects available to students

Student scholarships

Postgraduate supplementary award

We offer a Supplementary Award of $7000 per annum for up to 3.5 years to students who have been awarded a competitive scholarship. This will be awarded to students where the scholarship is equivalent to an Australian Postgraduate Award or University Postgraduate Award.

Josee Hilton postgraduate excellence award

These tax-free, competitive awards will be offered to a value of up to $10,000 AUD per annum and are offered to students demonstrating exceptionally high potential who have succeeded in attracting a primary competitive scholarship such as an APA. This Excellence Award is in addition to the $7000 top-up supplementary award.

Honours scholarship

We offer two honours year scholarships of $5,000 tax free annually. Selection is based on academic achievement throughout the undergraduate degree, interest in cancer research, personal qualities, as well as other evidence as may be deemed relevant to future success in the area of biomedical research. Scholarships are awarded for one year and are not deferrable. Applications for honours year scholarships will be open in July each year and close in early-November.

Summer studentships

These scholarships are provided to outstanding undergraduate science students during the summer university break. Summer scholarships are a great way for students to get involved in real-life cancer research.

Get in touch

If you are interested in exploring these further please get in touch via If you are interested in a particular area of research but do not find a project that appeals to you listed here, we encourage you to contact these teams directly to discuss a project to best suit both you and the area of research focus.