PhD Top-Up Scholarship

PhD Top-Up Scholarship

The applications for PhD Top-Up Scholarships 2023 are now closed.

JDRF is pleased to announce the award recipients for the 2023 PhD Top-Up Scholarship:

1. Rachel Hicks- Western Sydney University
2. Amanda Purcell- The University of Sydney

Wishing the successful applicants all the best for their future studies.


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 T1D research in Australia.  

JDRF Australia is inviting applications for PhD Top-up Scholarship 2023. 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.  

Click here to read what past recipients had to say about the PhD Top-up scholarship.

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


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 T1D   
  • Australian citizens or permanent residents currently residing in Australia 



Applications must be submitted by 5pm AEST Thursday 4 May 2023 using the application form and structured in the following order: 

  1. Details Summary – Please complete all fields  
  2. Applicant Summary – Please complete all fields in the form and adhere to the word limits for each question. Letters of Recommendation – In addition to the above, two letters of recommendation must be sent by referees by the deadline date, 4 May 2023. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. Curriculum Vitae – maximum 4 page limit. Please limit all information provided to that requested within the application form. 
  5. Academic transcript – Please provide a certified copy of your academic transcript. This should be inserted into the document.
    Please note that acceptable persons who may certify a document are listed in Schedule 2 of the ‘Statutory Declarations Regulations 2018’ located here. 
  6. 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 Serena Radano 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.