JHW Birrell Scholarship

6th Oct 2022
14th Nov 2022
Study level
Undergraduate, Graduate Coursework, Graduate Research
Enrolment status
Current student
Study Area
Fund source
Perpetual Trust (UOM)
Fund basis



Donor: An appeal was undertaken with the assistance of Sir Peter Derham and Mr Donald Gibb to create a fund in memory of the late Dr JHW Birrell.

The late Dr JHW Birrell OAM ISO MB BS (Melb) LLD Honoris Causa (Monash) FRACP FAMA, was born in 1924 and died in 2003. He was appointed as the Victorian Police Surgeon in 1957, and was a pioneer campaigner for road safety. In 2004 the University, with the assistance of Sir Peter Derham and Mr Donald Gibb, commenced an appeal for a fund in memory of the late Dr Birrell for the purpose of providing an annual scholarship in the field of traffic safety.


An amount of up to $8,000 will be awarded.

Disclaimer: The benefit amount for this award is approximate. It will be confirmed at the time of awarding and determined by the committee according to the terms of the award.


Any University of Melbourne student enrolled in an Honours or graduate program through the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences who is undertaking research in a field relevant to traffic safety. For example this may include research that focuses on factors such as: bicycle safety and public transport, railway suicides, health issues affecting driver or pedestrian safety related to vision, anxiety, alcohol, drugs, disability, aging, etc.


The Scholarship is available to a student of a School or Department within the Faculty undertaking a research project, on a topic deemed by the scholarship selection committee to be relevant to traffic safety.


Complete the application form and submit via email to the nominated address by the closing date. Two referee reports must also be submitted by the due date.


The successful applicant will be notified by email within 12 weeks of the application due date.


Please direct all inquiries and applications to Liz Dent at e.dent@unimelb.edu.au.

Scholarship Management


Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences


Medical School; Biomedical Sciences; Psychological Sciences; Population and Global Health; Health Sciences; Dental School

Department / Centre