Studying with us

StudentsWith more than 200 staff and students our research focuses on the major diseases that face Western Australians today including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity, ageing and nerve and muscle disease. The cancers under study include breast, prostate, melanoma, colon, head and neck and liver

We provide opportunities for students enrolled at any university in courses including: Bachelor of Science with Honours; Bachelor of Medical Science; relevant masters programs; and PhD studies.

If you are interested in a student project, please refer to the current opportunities available here.

Volunteering in the labs
We are unable to take on any volunteers for laboratory work at this stage.   
If you are interested in volunteering with us in another capacity, then we welcome volunteers for our major events.
If you are interested in a student placement, we offer a number of Summer Vacation Scholarships each year.  Applications close in October each year. Alternatively, if you are a UWA student, you might like to take a look at the Science Work Placement Unit here.  Some students are placed at the Perkins in the Lotterwest Biodiscovery Centre, although we cannot guarantee this.
If you are interested in undertaking an Honours, Masters or PhD project with us, then please take a look at the student project opportunities page.

Student scholarships

The Perkins offers a number of prestigious scholarships to support high achieving students wanting to further their career in medical research.

Students enrol for their degree through a Western Australian university and undertake their research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research under the supervision of a Perkins researcher.

Information about our areas of research and prospective supervisors can be found under our research.

Click here to see a list of external scholarships you could apply for. 

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Postgraduate research applications and training
UWA guidelines for postgraduate applications can be accessed from the UWA Graduate Research School.  The latest information on postgraduate research training at UWA is available from the UWA Graduate Research School.

New buildings
We have entered an exciting new era with the opening of our two new research centres at Nedlands and Murdoch.  The new buildings combine the talent, technology and facilities available for medical research in Western Australia and enable greater collaboration between many of the State’s major research groups. 

Getting involved
The new headquarters at Nedlands, with its 250 seat auditorium, seminar rooms and café, provides an exciting environment aimed at increasing both professional and social collaboration. A range of fitness and social opportunities are available on the QEII Medical Centre campus. 

Staff and students get involved in the Institute’s two major fundraising events – The MACA Cancer 200 and the Hawaiian Walk for Women's Cancer.

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