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Flinders University Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Primary Health Care Research Grant, Australia 2023

Application is now open for the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Primary Health Care Research Grant at Flinders University. Interested applicants are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About Flinders University and Scholarship

Flinders University public research university has 11 sites across South Australia and the Northern Territory in addition to its main campus in Adelaide, South Australia. 

Equitable access to full blood assessment testing at the point-of-care in distant primary health is the topic of the institution’s quest for a deserving applicant for a Ph.D. fellowship under the MRFF Primary Health Care Research Project. Flinders University, Sepsis Australia, Northern Territory Health, the National Community Controlled Health Organization, the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory, the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, and Point of Care Diagnostics have joined forces on this exciting project.


A complete blood evaluation (FBE) point-of-care testing device will be implemented in a distant primary healthcare environment, and the performance of the device and the implementation strategy will be evaluated as part of the Ph.D. research. The candidate and the principal supervisors will decide together on the specific emphasis of the research project.

Any of the Flinders University campuses in South Australia or the Northern Territory will serve as the base for the financed PhD scholarship. Dr. Tina Noutsos of Flinders University in Darwin and Dr. Brooke Spaeth of Flinders University in Bedford Park will serve as the primary mentors. The other researchers on the team who are based in Australia (Prof James Smith, Prof Billie Bonevski, Prof Jon Karnon, Associate Prof Chris Rissel, Dr Jacqueline Stephens, and Dr Rodney Omond) may offer associate supervision.

Details about the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Primary Health Care Research Grant at Flinders University:

Scholarship Sponsor: Flinders University, Australia

Scholarship Value: $33,000

Number of awards: N/A

Study level: Postgraduate

Host Institution(s): Flinders University, Australia


The scholarship includes:

  • An annual tax-free allowance of $33,000* (2023 rate).
  • Three years will pass before the scholarship expires.
  • An Australian, New Zealand, and permanent resident scholarship to offset the cost of the research training program’s tuition.

A sponsored extension of six months is conceivable.

Eligibility Criteria for Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Primary Health Care Research Grant

Candidates are advised to meet the following prerequisites to be eligible for the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Primary Health Care Research Grant at Flinders University:

  • Being a citizen of Australia, New Zealand, or having received permanent residence status; and
  • Meet the following Ph.D. admission requirements for admission: possess an Australian Honours degree Class 1 or 2A or an equivalent qualification (at least AQF Level 8), with a research component of at least 6 months full-time study earning Distinction (75%) OR provide proof of an equivalent level of research experiences, such as a significant first-author refereed publication or a track record as an investigator on a competitive grant;
  • Be able to start at Flinders University as a full-time PhD student in the first semester of 2024.

Application Process for Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Primary Health Care Research Grant

You must additionally apply for admission to a pertinent HDR if you wish to be considered for a Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Primary Health Care Research Grant. You may find instructions on how to submit an admissions application here:

With the submission of this separate application, the petitioners acknowledge the following:

  • The ‘Supervisor confirmation’ must include a note of the scholarship application.
  • Only in cases when the candidate is awarded the scholarship will the application for admission to the Ph.D. program be evaluated.

Prospective applicants are asked to get in touch with the project leader, Dr. Brooke Spaeth, by email (, to explore their interest in and eligibility for the scholarship before applying. The project lead could extend an invitation to apply and ask for a copy of your CV as well as a cover letter detailing your pertinent education, experience, and motivation for applying for the scholarship. Negotiable, but ideally by January 2024 (and no later than July 2024), the chosen applicant will start. You can also visit the official website for further details.

The Submission Deadline is: October 1, 2023

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