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Find out more about opportunities to study at the Bionics Institute

The Bionics Institute offers unique study opportunities for both short-term student research projects and internships, as well as major graduate research projects for PhD and Masters by Research degrees. 


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Why study at the Bionics Institute?

The Bionics Institute is an internationally recognised, independent medical research institute that solves medical challenges with technology. We lead the world in the research and development of innovative medical devices and therapies to improve human health.

Our multidisciplinary team comprises world-class scientists, engineers and researchers, and our laboratories are located at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, close to our clinical collaborators.

Together we transform the lives of people with a range of conditions, including hearing impairment, Crohnʼs disease, Parkinsonʼs disease, epilepsy, stroke, arthritis and diabetes.

Whether you come from a science, engineering or clinical background, we have student projects to suit your interests, further your career, build your networks, and lead to real world impact. This includes:

PhD and Masters by Research studies

Short research projects 

Undergraduate internships 

Scholarship opportunities 

PhD and Masters by Research Studies

The Bionics Institute provides the opportunity to complete your PhD on a wide range of projects with real clinical impact.  

 As a PhD student at the Bionics Institute, you will have access to multidisciplinary experts and world-class facilities within an environment that actively fosters clinical collaboration and encourages innovation. We also have a number of scholarships and stipends available for highly motivated individuals.  

For a list of available projects, including scholarship opportunities click here.  

To register your interest in completing a PhD or a Masters by Research degree (e.g. MSc, MPhil etc.) at the Bionics Institute please complete the registration form.

Short research projects undertaken as part of coursework degrees

Short research projects provide opportunities for students to gain industry experience and complete their course requirements. Short research projects are generally two semesters in duration and are available for both undergraduate and postgraduate students across science, engineering, and medicine degrees.  

If you are interested in completing a short research project at the Bionics Institute, please look on your course website and/or internal communications to see what projects are available.  

We also welcome project ideas from students; please complete the registration form to indicate your interest in a short research project at the Bionics Institute. 

Undergraduate Internships

We offer undergraduate students the opportunity to gain hands-on research and industry experience working with our world-leading research teams. Placements are generally between 2 and 6 weeks in duration and can be completed during semester or vacation periods.

Please complete the registration form to indicate your interest in an undergraduate internship at the Bionics Institute.

Please note that students doing an internship at the Bionics Institute work on a voluntary basis and must fully cover their own expenses.

Scholarship Opportunities

PhD Projects with associated scholarships and stipends:

RMIT PhD Scholarship in developing miniaturised peripheral nerve interface technology

  • Supervisors: Dr Sophie Payne (Bionics Institute, Owen Burns (Bionics Institute), A/Prof Elisa Hill (RMIT) 
  • Research theme: Electric medicine 
  • Enrolling university: RMIT 
  • Scholarship: $31,885 per annum for three years with a possible extension of six months (full-time). 

Understanding how the brain processes combined electrical and acoustic stimulation

  • Supervisors: A/Prof James Fallon, Dr Alex Thompson 
  • Research theme: Hearing impairment 
  • Enrolling university: The University of Melbourne 
  • Scholarship: $32,400 per annum for three years with a possible extension of six months (full-time).  

For a list of available projects, including scholarship opportunities click here.

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