PhD Top-Up Scholarship

PhD Top-Up Scholarship

Applications for 2021 PhD Top-Up Scholarships have now closed. Please check back next year for information on our 2022 funding round.

JDRF Australia continues to support excellence in research and clinical care in the field of type 1 diabetes (T1D) through advancing the quality and impact of type 1 diabetes research in Australia.

JDRF Australia is inviting applications for PhD Top-up Scholarship 2021. The Scholarship is designed to support and encourage PhD students pursuing research in the field of T1D in line with JDRF’s mission – to treat, prevent and cure T1D. The Scholarship will provide successful candidates with additional funding, on top of their PhD stipend, full-time or pro-rated part-time, contingent to satisfactory progress


Up to $6,000 per year for a maximum of 3 years

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be: 

  • Recipients of either a Research Training Program Stipend (formerly Australia Postgraduate Award), NHMRC Postgraduate Award or a University-funded PhD scholarship 
  • Not in receipt of any other PhD top-up funding 
  • Pursuing research relevant to type 1 diabetes 
  • Australian citizens or permanent residents currently residing in Australia. 


Applications must be submitted by 5pm Wednesday, 19 May 2021 using the application form and structured in the following order:

  1. Details Summary – Please complete all fields
  2. Applicant Summary – Please complete all fields form and adhere to the word limits of each question.
  3. Letters of Recommendation – In addition to the above, two letters of recommendation must be sent by referees by the deadline date, 19 May 2021. Letters of recommendation must be e-mailed directly to by the referee to maintain confidentiality.
    It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that these letters are sent on time. Applications without letter of recommendations will not be considered.
  4. Letter confirming offer of a PhD Scholarship – Include a letter confirming your offer of a Research Training Program Stipend, NHMRC Postgraduate Award or a University-funded PhD scholarship. This should be pasted into the document.
  5. Curriculum Vitae – maximum 4 page limit. Please limit all information provided to that requested within the application form.
  6. Academic transcript – Please provide a certified copy of your academic transcript. This should be inserted into the document.
  7. Please note that acceptable persons who may certify a document are listed in Schedule 2 of the ‘Statutory Declarations Regulations 2018’ located here.
  8. Certification of both the Applicant and their Institution’s Research Administration Office.
    • Electronic signatures are acceptable.

Applications are to be submitted by your Institution’s Research Administration Office as one document in PDF format with the naming convention of: “Surname_Firstname_PhD Top up.pdf” to

JDRF may decline applications that do not meet any of the above requirements. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted without prior discussion with JDRF staff. For any further information, please email the Sonya Luu on or by phone (02) 8364 0243.


If successful, applicants will be required to complete an annual progress report that must be submitted to before annual payments can be made.

Please contact for more information on PhD Top-Up Scholarships.