Joan Alice Duncan Research Scholarship

5th May 2020
28th Jun 2020
Study level
Graduate Research
Enrolment status
Future student
Study Area
Fund source
Perpetual Trust (UOM)
Fund basis



Joan Alice Duncan, late of East Melbourne, in the State of Victoria, 1984, bequeathed to the University the whole of her residuary estate "for use in the faculty of Medicine for research purposes". The fund will provide a scholarship to an enrolling PhD student who demonstrates strong research potential and intends to undertake research in clinical informatics in primary care.

The PhD scholarship will support the Future Health Today collaboration between the University of Melbourne and Western Health. It is a proactive digital health intervention that uses data from health records to automate the detection of chronic disease to provide new opportunities for early intervention and improved health outcomes.


Total benefit: $114,639. Fortnightly stipend at RTP equivalent per annum pro-rata over 3.5 years.

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.


To be considered for this award, students must:

  • Satisfy the Faculty’s entry requirements for PhD, including minimum academic achievement of first class honours or equivalent
  • Hold a degree in relevant health field (Medicine/nursing/allied health) and/or
  • Hold a degree relevant to clinical informatics field (computer science, data science, bioinformatics).


The award will be offered to the student based on:

  • Academic merit, determined by the WAM achieved in relevant degree course;
  • A professional written reference;
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV) including extracurricular activity; and
  • The performance at interview for shortlisted candidates.

Candidates will be scored out of 100 on their performance at interview. The WAM & interview score will be combined to give an overall score to determine the successful applicant.


Step 1: Complete an online application through the University of Melbourne website:

  1. Review the Selection Criteria and consider your eligibility for this scholarship
  2. Review the PhD entry requirements for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne
  3. Complete the University of Melbourne online application before 28 June 2020 at

Step 2: Applicants to complete the application form and submit by 5pm on the closing date.

Application form 2020 (DOCX 2.0 MB)

Submit Applications as a PDF attachment to: Please include “Joan Alice Duncan Research Scholarship” in the subject line of the email


Applicants will be contacted via email regarding the outcome of their application within 4-6 weeks of the closing date.


Email enquiries to: Siouxzy Morrison ( Program Manager, General Practice

More information

The recipient must provide an annual update by mid-Dec (mid-Jun in final year) on the progress and impacts of their research which will go to the donor or living relative if applicable. A ONE page report should include CV-like entries: presentations given (when, where, conference, title), working papers or publications achieved (with a 100-250 word summary of each publication in fairly plain English), making clear to the donor what they have achieved as a result of their support.

As per Graduate Research Scholarship terms and conditions: 4.12 If the recipient has provided false or misleading information, or does not adhere to the terms and conditions of the scholarship, and as a result, the recipient was awarded or continued to receive the scholarship, the scholarship may cease and the recipient may be required to repay any scholarship benefits, to which the recipient was not entitled, to within 14 days of being requested to do so by the University.

Scholarship Management


Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences


Medical School

Department / Centre