Simon Lee Foundation Scholarship

Become a ‘Simon Lee Foundation’ PhD Scholar 

Ann Kristin

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is proud to support and invest in the future of PhD students, and our objective is to develop the next generation of researchers. In partnership with the Simon Lee Foundation, the Victor Chang Institute is delighted to offer up to 5 PhD candidates the opportunity to receive a prestigious Simon Lee Foundation scholarship for 2017.

Established in 1994, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute has grown rapidly in its twenty-two years of operation, and today runs five research divisions, overseeing 15 independent research laboratories. We are a leading Biomedical Research Institute that offers a stimulating and challenging environment for students across a broad range of programs including:

  • Developmental and Stem Cell Biology (Professor Richard Harvey, Professor Sally Dunwoodie, Dr Kazu Kikuchi)
  • Cardiac Physiology and Transplantation (Professor Peter Macdonald, Professor Michael Feneley)
  • Molecular, Structural and Computational Biology (Dr Joshua Ho, Associate Professor Cath Suter, Dr Eleni Giannoulatou)
  • Vascular Biology (Professor Roland Stocker)
  • Molecular Cardiology and Biophysics (Professor Bob Graham, Professor Jamie Vandenberg, Professor Diane Fatkin, Professor Boris Martinac, Dr Adam Hill, Professor Livia Hool (The University of Western Australia)

The Victor Chang Institute also plays a major role in biomedical research training and in the translation of basic science advances to clinical treatments.

We are committed to attracting, mentoring, developing and investing in the future of the best students with world leaders in their field as mentors. Each supervisor provides intellectual and practical support to their students, fostering a research culture of excellence, integrity, professionalism and mutual respect. As a student working at the Institute you can expect state of the art facilities as well as a positive working environment, and the ability to work collaboratively with researchers both within and outside of the Institute. Opportunities also exist to work on collaborative projects with Professor Livia Hool, Victor Chang Institute Faculty-at-Large, based at the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology at the University of Western Australia in Perth.

We provide a rich learning environment through the mentoring of scientists by world leaders in their field, the provision of dedicated weekly research and education seminars, as well as exposure to regular national and international visitors that present their research at the Institute.


There are up to 5 prestigious Simon Lee Foundation scholarships available to the highest calibre PhD candidate students, enabling them to:

  • collaborate with world-leading faculty;
  • have access to the finest laboratories and equipment;
  • receive excellent mentoring and one-on-one supervision;
  • be part of a rich learning environment that includes weekly research and education seminars; and
  • experience a research culture that values excellence, integrity, professionalism and mutual respect.

Successful applicants will receive a scholarship top-up of $10,000 per annum for up to three years.


  • Only full-time APA (or equivalent) University Scholarship holders are eligible to apply
  • The Scholar must be under the supervision of either an Institute Laboratory Head, or Honorary Fellow
  • Research must be undertaken primarily on the St Vincent’s Darlinghurst Campus or UWA
  • Research must be aligned with the strategic objectives and priorities of the Institute
  • Applications will be assessed on the basis of:
    • the proposed research project;
    • academic results;
    • research track record (if applicable); and
    • A demonstrated ability to communicate their research thesis and findings effectively to all stakeholders (eg. Scientific/academic peers, research institute administrators, philanthropic supporters and government support agencies).

Once you have liaised with the relevant Institute laboratory head in relation to a proposed research project, and have applied for your PhD & APA, you may then apply for the Simon Lee Foundation PhD Scholarship.

To apply, students should indicate their wish to be considered for nomination by providing their CV and a completed application form to the HR Manager by emailing

Applications close 16 January 2017


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1. Our privacy commitment

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute respects your privacy.

We collect, store and use your personal information to help us fight heart disease. This Privacy Policy explains how we handle the personal information we collect relating to our fundraising activities – this includes marketing, events, our website, and health promotion services such as the Health Check Booth.

2. What types of personal information we collect

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We only collect information by lawful and fair means.

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We may need to disclose your personal information to our agents in order to carry out our fundraising activities. This may include agencies who perform services on our behalf, such as mailing houses, printers, information technology services providers, archiving services, database services and telemarketing agencies. These services will always be provided under strict confidentiality agreements.

In rare cases, we may be required by law to disclose your information to a government or law enforcement agency (for example to investigate an allegation of credit card fraud).

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We do not use data hosting facilities or third party service providers that store information overseas.

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We take reasonable steps to make sure that the information we collect and use is accurate, up-to-date and complete. You may contact our Fund Development Officer at any time if you wish to:

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15. How to contact the Fund Development Officer



Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
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Telephone 1300 842 867

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Updated: March 2014