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The Wal-yan Respiratory Research Centre is looking for new Higher Degree Research Candidates to join our teams from 2022. We look for the best and brightest to join our world leading experts in children’s respiratory research.

We want to make our student training programs as unique as you. We will build bespoke research projects with our candidates. Plus we are always on the lookout for innovative new ideas that we can add to our Centre.


Prestigious Full Scholarships

We have a number of full scholarships available in 2022. To apply for one of these, we require you to submit an RTP application with your nominated university. Then, send us your completed RTP application, as well as a 250-word statement on the relevance of your project to the Wal-yan Centre at Applications close on 31st October 2021, 11.59pm.

If you are successful with a RTP scholarship with your university, you will be eligible for one of our prestigious Wal-yan top-up scholarships. If you were unsuccessful with a RTP scholarship, you can be considered for one of our full Wal-yan PhD scholarships.

The number of awarded top-ups and scholarships will be dependent on the quality of the applications received.



We focus our research on:

  • Reducing the significant Indigenous health gap in relation to respiratory disease,
  • Understanding key factors during pregnancy and early life that predispose children to long term disease, including the consequences of preterm birth,
  • Improving the healthcare associated with the treatment of asthma, cystic fibrosis and other chronic respiratory diseases in children,
  • Developing new, personalised therapies to combat lung disease.

Some of our current projects include:

  • LungMap: using single cell sequencing and mapping the cells of the respiratory tract
  • Glocal: including innate immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory viruses
  • Amnion: respiratory progenitors as predictors of childhood diseases
  • Developing an asthma “vaccine”
  • Dissecting the immune response in preterm children
  • Lung-on-a-chip: using new technology for drug discovery
  • Understanding the role of the microbiome in development and progression of lung disease, including the gut-lung axis
  • Anti-microbial resistance and phage therapy
  • Aboriginal lung health
  • E-cigarettes, heating tobacco products, and lung disease
  • Inflammation and lung diseases: cystic fibrosis, asthma, lung disease of prematurity

These projects would suit Higher Degree Research Candidate interested in cell and molecular biology, microbiology, computational biology, preterm birth research, Aboriginal health outcomes, pharmacology, bioengineering and/or artificial intelligence



In our day-to-day activities we:

  • Use cutting edge platforms, models, cohorts, bioengineering and state of the art technology to solve questions,
  • Translate new tools, therapies and artificial intelligence into clinical use for the treatment of respiratory conditions,
  • Work side by side with our clinical teams to deliver work where it is needed,
  • Strive to develop community partnerships in all the work we do, ensuring that the voices are heard from the people that matter most.

We can give you:

  • Access to our cohorts, databases, samples, expertise, training, platforms and equipment,
  • Development of your skills both as a scientist and as a professional,
  • The opportunity to be a part of a Centre with a 30-year legacy of creating significant, positive outcomes for our kids, our communities and our scientific networks, globally.


Please contact us for more information about student opportunities in the Wal-yan Centre. We will team you up with leaders across the Centre to start talking about your project goals. 

For more information on other student opportunities at Telethon Kids Institute, click here