Pharmacy Research PhD Scholarship

Griffith University, Queensland, Australia - The School of Pharmacy

About the Scholarship
The School of Pharmacy is a home to work with internationally­-recognised researchers in a supporting environment. The School offers excellent research infrastructure including interdisciplinary research training and resources. Researchers within the School have an extensive network of world­-renowned collaborators both nationally and internationally. Our researchers regularly publish in top-­ranked peer reviewed journals and attract significant grant funding.

Major research areas include:

  • Pharmacology and toxicology
  • Pharmacy practice

  • Medicinal chemistry

  • Clinical research.

The School is associated with Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, one of the newest and largest in Australia and co­-located with the Gold Coast University Hospital. In 2015, Griffith University partnered with the Menzies Foundation to form the fourth Australian Menzies Health Research Institute. Building on Griffith's strong local and international research networks, this significant new institute will deliver outstanding research in biomedical sciences and social health, and drive national leadership in allied health research.

The Scholarship will be supported by the School of Pharmacy to work on an ARC funded project “Development of Innovative Chemical Tools for Studying Glycosyltransferase”. A successful PhD candidate will be supervised by:

Dr Santosh Rudrawar (Griffith University) and Dr Shai Dukie (Griffith University) and will work closely with:
Prof David Vocadlo (Simon Fraser University, Canada) for biological and structural investigation.

The project aims to develop chemical probes capable of selectively binding and inhibiting two classes of carbohydrate processing enzymes; O-linked beta-N-acetylglucosamine transferase and sialyltransferases. Probes will be developed to analyse the activities of these enzymes in cancer cells. These probes will have numerous applications in cancer diagnosis. The project will combine areas of organic synthesis (carbohydrate chemistry and peptide chemistry), analytical chemistry, cancer pharmacology, glycobiology.

The project will largely be conducted at the School of Pharmacy, Gold Coast campus. The candidate will also be heavily involved in the biological screening, which will be conducted at Menzies Health Institute Queensland and Institute for Glycomics at Griffith University.

Scholarship remuneration
The scholarship provides a living allowance of $30,000 per annum for three years with a possible 6 month extension — contingent on satisfactory progress. The scholarship will be paid as a fortnightly stipend. Sick leave, maternity leave and leave of absence provisions also apply.

This scholarship does not cover tuition fees. Please note: Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents are exempt from paying tuition fees under the Research Training Scheme (RTS).

International tuition fees vary depending on which school or research centre you will be enrolling in. Refer to the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and the Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (GUIPRS) for tuition fee scholarships.

During the first year of candidature, it is expected that Australian students will apply for an APA or equivalent scholarship, while international students will be expected to apply for GUPRS and GUIPRS for living allowance and tuition fee scholarship.

Candidates successful in attracting an external or Griffith competitive scholarship may be offered a top­up scholarship ($5,000 per annum) for three years’ duration.


The School of Pharmacy PhD Scholarship is available to applicants who are: international students Australian citizens
 New Zealand citizens Australian permanent residents.

Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelor degree with honours equivalent to first class and be intending to enrol full­time in an approved doctoral program. Applicants must have a degree in the fields of Organic or Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical sciences, Pharmacology and Toxicology or a related discipline. Applicants with strong academic performance and published research output will be highly regarded.

Equivalency to first class honours may be demonstrated through the following:

refereed journal publications (or acceptance for publication)
referred conference paper presented and written as first author
evidence of other research output such as a book, book chapter, creative work or performances; or evidence of any research income, awards, professional experience, and so forth.

How to apply
Interested candidates should directly contact Dr Santosh Rudrawar by email with the following information: cover letter,
academic transcripts and 
contact details of two academic referees.

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Application date
Applications close in line with the annual scholarship round: Thursday 15th December 2016.

Need more information?
Dr Santosh Rudrawar,

ARC DECRA Fellow and Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Sciences,
School of Pharmacy,

Clinical Sciences 2 (Building G16, Rm 3.15)

Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus

Queensland 4222

Tel: +61 7 5552 9371

Fax: +61 7 5552 8804

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