TCRN Nursing PhD Scholarships

PhD Scholarships for Nursing Translational Cancer Research Projects

The Translational Cancer Research Network (TCRN) is seeking one candidate to undertake a PhD in the area of translational cancer research at the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) or University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

The successful candidates will be offered an annual tax-exempt stipend of $27,082 (equivalent of an Australian Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship Stipend) commencing no later than Semester 2/Spring Semester, 2018 for three years full time. These scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis for domestic students who will enrol at UNSW or UTS and will be determined by a selection committee. These scholarships are for new candidates only – students who are already enrolled are not eligible.

In addition, the TCRN will also provide $3,000 to support travel and direct research costs.

Essential selection criteria:

A.     Current APHRA RN registration

B.     Bachelor’s Degree, Honours and/or Master Research.

C.     Eligibility for enrolment in a PhD program at UTS or UNSW

D.    Capacity to enrol no later than Semester 2/Spring Semester, 2018.

Desirable: 2-5 years cancer nursing experience and expertise.

For information about the UTS and UNSW PhD program please go to:



Key Dates




Applications Open


Applications Close

 Semester 2/Spring Semester, 2018 or Semester 1 2019

 8 March 2018

The TCRN will accept applications at anytime but this must be in advance of any enrolment date at the respective institution. 



In addition to ensuring you are eligible for admission to UNSW or UTS, students must also seek out a supervisor and suitable translational cancer research project, before submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI).

1)     Choose a specific TCRN project

Applicants must first discuss projects of interest with the nominated supervisor before submitting their EOI to the TCRN. Available projects can be found on the right of this page. 

 2)     Submit a research area of interest

Applicants may propose their own project, subject to the guidelines below. We welcome project proposals from a broad range of cancer research areas as long as they demonstrate a translational research aspect. 

Project Guidelines

Project topics can include any area of cancer research but must align with the TCRN’s flagships

For a definition of Translational Research go to

 Instructions for the Expression of Interest

Applications must be submitted to

Your EOI should include:

  • Curriculum vitae including your qualifications, work and research experience
  • A certified copy of your academic transcript
  • The title of your research project
  • The names and contact details of at least two referees
  • The outline of a research proposal (maximum of 2 pages, including a statement of the research problem, its significance, and an outline of proposed research methods)
  • The names of proposed supervisors (at least one supervisor should be a TCRN member)
  • Letter from flagship leader confirming that the project aligns to the flagship -

 For more information please contact Stephanie Macmillan, TCRN Program Manager,