Do you want to undertake study with meaning?

Are you looking for an Honours or PhD opportunity for 2021?
We are looking for outstanding candidates from around the world to join our team and help improve the lives of people impacted by cancer.

We are committed to providing our students with an environment where you can excel in cancer research and make original discoveries that will improve the understanding and treatment of cancer. The Institute provides state-of-the-art facilities and world-class scientists and medical specialists to guide young researchers.

If you want to be a part of our exceptional team we would love to hear from you.

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2021 opportunities


We invite applications from highly motivated and creative individuals to undertake BSc (Hons) degrees at ONJCRI in 2021. Our researchers are investigating and developing treatments for a broad range of cancers and you can join our team to help make scientific discoveries which can benefit people living with cancer.

Students will enrol in the La Trobe University School of Cancer Medicine (View the 2021 projects booklet for further information). The Institute attracts students from a wide range of disciplines biochemistry, genetics, immunology, medicine, microbiology, pathology and physiology. Our rigorous student mentoring and support program has contributed to the Institute’s outstanding track record of student success.

Our 2021 Honours projects are:

How do I apply?
Please complete and return your Ranked Entry Project Selection Form (available in the 2021 projects booklet) by 5pm Friday 6 November 2020 to

How do I find out more?
Contact the LTU Honours Coordinator, Dr Ivan Poon on or 03 9479 6488

PhD scholarships

In 2021, we are offering three general scholarships for outstanding PhD candidates with completion of Honours or Masters in molecular biology, biochemistry or biomedical sciences. The research undertaken in these projects aims to better understand the biology of cancer and how we can provide better clinical care and treatments of those with cancer.

We are also offering the following specific project scholarships:

Find out more:
Discover more about La Trobe University’s PhD program and these opportunities.
Or contact Kerryn Wetscott our Student Co-ordinator via

Application deadlines:
International students – 30 September 2020
Domestic students – 31 October 2020

Why study with us?

You can work with renowned scientists to discover and develop breakthrough treatments to help people live better with cancer and ultimately defeat it.

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute is proudly the La Trobe University School of Cancer Medicine. As a student you will have access to a wide range of resources, services and academic programs. We also provide opportunitiess for students from other universities to do post graduate studies.

Every year we offer students from around the world the opportunity to join our research programs and make a difference in patients’ lives.

Find out more about our 2021 Honours opportunities and PhD scholarship opportunities

You will study with renowned scientists with excellent publication records who are committed to helping you build a successful career in translational research.

The Institute is embedded within the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre with laboratories located directly across from hospital wards. We are one of the only places in Australia where researchers and clinicians work side by side every day.

Your research will take place within an environment where scientific discovery is translated into clinical trial and we are currently working on more than 100 clinical trials.

All PhD students are co-supervised by a laboratory scientist and a practicing clinician to provide them with an unprecedented perspective of translational research.

Our training program commences with students shadowing a clinician across a week and attending multidisciplinary team meetings to gain insight into the working practices of a comprehensive cancer centre.

PhD students are able to apply for merit-based PhD Scholarship top-ups. They also have the opportunity to attend an annual international conference. Our quarterly seminar series will help you discover and plan for career opportunities, while our social committee welcomes student involvement.

Find out more about our 2021 PhD scholarship opportunities