Cardiovascular Research Scholarship



The Project

VCCRI, an affiliated institute of UNSW, is offering a three-year full-time PhD scholarship to work on a project “The role of heme oxygenase-1 in heart regeneration”. The project will run for three years from the beginning of Semester 2, 2016. The project aims to elucidate the role of the heme-degrading enzyme heme oxygenase-1 in the regeneration of cardiomyocytes following cardiac insult analogous to a heart attack. The project will utilize a zebrafish model of heart regeneration, combined with state-of-the-art genetic, molecular, biochemical and analytical chemistry technologies. An extension of these studies to mouse models of heart disease is possible.


Scholarship Details

The PhD will be supervised by Dr Kazu Kikuchi, Head, Cardiac Regeneration Lab (primary supervisor) and will be co-supervised by Professor Roland Stocker, Head, Vascular Biology Lab, both conjoint appointments at UNSW. The PhD student will be based at VCCRI.

Details of the scholarship are as follows:

  • The value of the Top-Up scholarship is $8,000 per annum for the duration of the PhD program (maximum of 3 years)
  • The scholarship is merit based
  • The scholarship is only available for new PhD students to VCCRI



Students will be eligible for the Top-Up scholarship if:

  • They have been successful in obtaining a competitively awarded scholarship that fully supports their higher degree studies (ie. tuition and stipend) and commences in Semester 2, 2016, e.g., Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)/University Postgraduate Award (UPA) for domestic applicants or the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS)/ University International Postgraduate Award (UIPA) for international applicants.
  • They will commence a full-time PhD degree at UNSW located at VCCRI in Semester 2, 2016.
  • They are a new student to VCCRI.
  • Students are prepared to undertake the project specified under the supervision of Dr Kazu Kikuchi and Prof Roland Stocker as part of their PhD.



  • Students must complete a VCCRI application (see below).
  • Successful candidates will be notified by VCCRI.
  • Successful candidates must accept their APA/UPA or IPRS/UIPA offer and enrol in the UNSW PhD program according to the University’s enrolment guidelines in Semester 2 2016.


Other Information

  • All students must apply online for admission to the UNSW research program. Application guidelines are available from the Graduate Research School.
  • Further information on APA/UPA or IPRS/UIPA scholarships are available on the Graduate Research School Please note application guidelines and deadlines for these scholarships.

For more information about the scholarship to discuss the project please contact Maria Voukenas, HR Manager, on +61 2 9295 8697 or

Download the application form here

Applications close 20 May 2016.



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