$28,597 Flinders University 2022 Rex Elliot Wegener Memorial Fund for Mesothelioma Research

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    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
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    Sturt Rd, Bedford Park South Australia 5042

The Rex Elliot Wegener PhD Scholarship is a new research opportunity made possible by Mrs Catherine Wegener’s generous donation in memory of her late husband Rex Elliot Wegener, who died of malignant mesothelioma in 2017.

The Rex Elliot Wegener PhD Scholarship will be supervised by Associate Professor Klebe of Flinders University, and will contribute to our collective knowledge of treating patients with mesothelioma. Despite the fact that asbestos is a global problem, Australia has the highest rate of malignant mesothelioma per capita in the world, with more than 700 new cases diagnosed each year. In addition, it is estimated that at least 1,500 Australians have lung cancer as a result of asbestos exposure. Asbestos was widely used in Australian homes over the last century, with disastrous consequences for those who were exposed


About the Scholarship:

Flinders University is everything a modern university should be: forward-thinking, student-centered, and career-focused. Flinders University provides everything you need to take bold steps into your future; go beyond the ordinary and achieve the extraordinary. Flinders University, which is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide*, is everything a modern university should be: progressive, student-centered, and career-focuse. At Flinders, you’ll study in cutting-edge facilities alongside like-minded people who will push and inspire you to learn new things. To be innovative, entrepreneurial, and enterprising – and to come up with game-changing ideas. Flinders University is invested in your success, and we measure our own by it. That’s why we’re proud to be ranked #1 in Australia for postgraduate job opportunities**. Through industry-linked and accredited degrees, professional placement opportunities, industry projects, and mentoring programs, our degrees are designed to help you go beyond just learning – to earning. Flinders University is ranked 43 in Asia Pacific and 271 globally (THE World University Rankings 2020). We’ve set a goal for ourselves to broaden our global reach through international research and education collaborations, as well as to remain actively engaged with business, industry, and communities around the world. Flinders University’s globally recognized and industry-accredited degrees will prepare you for a rewarding career in your chosen field. Flinders University has strong industry ties with global leaders like CISCO and BAE Systems, allowing you to participate in practical placements and graduate job-ready – and ahead of the curve. Modern buildings, state-of-the-art facilities, unique coastal views, and easy access to major shopping centres, the central business district, and local beaches are all available at Flinders’ main campus in Bedford Park. A $63 million Student Hub and Plaza, which includes study spaces, retail stores, cafes, and a bar, is part of the project. The Flinders Village is expected to be a thriving urban hub with high-tech research facilities, entertainment, and retail options. We are focused on student support at Flinders because we know that it leads to student success. We offer a variety of international services and programs to assist you with your transition to Flinders University and life in Adelaide. From the moment you arrive until you graduate, our world-class international student support services are in place. This is demonstrated by the fact that over 90% of international students at Flinders University are satisfied with our student support services. The Flinders Village development will see a new train line and Flinders Railway Station built adjacent to Flinders Medical Centre – our on-campus teaching hospital – starting in 2020, connecting students, industry, and community to the city in just 22 minutes. The Bedford Park campus, located 12 kilometers south of Adelaide’s city center, is Flinders University’s main campus. It’s a large, elevated location with panoramic views of the city and the coast. The campus has cutting-edge facilities set in well-kept grounds with native Australian plants and its own lake. The Bedford Park campus of Flinders University combines natural beauty with a wide range of services to create a truly inspiring learning environment. Adelaide is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most affordable cities and has been rated as one of the top five liveable cities in the world, thanks to its parks and green spaces, vibrant multicultural city life, quality cafés and restaurants, and proximity to award-winning wine regions (Global Liveability Study 2016). Flinders University is committed to ensuring that students’ time at university is as enjoyable as possible, and we offer extensive academic and personal support. Outstanding food and other retail services provided on campus, health and wellbeing resources and services, student grants, counselling services (including career and financial) and the many social opportunities we coordinate to connect students and help them make the most of their time at Flinders University demonstrate our commitment to the student experience. Flinders Train Station will open in 2020, providing direct access from the University’s main campus to the Tonsley innovation precinct and the Adelaide city centre. The adjacent Flinders Village development, which will add more research facilities and student housing among cafés, shops, and other community amenities in a thriving urban center, has also begun.


Scholarship Sponsor(s):  Flinders University

Scholarship Country: Australia

Scholarship Worth: $28,597

Study Level: Postgraduate

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer:

  • A stipend of $28,597pa (2021 rate) will be awarded and paid to the successful applicant on a fortnightly basis over a period of three years.
  • a Fee Offset Scholarship for the Research Training Program to cover tuition fees for Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens, and Permanent Residents;


Eligibility for Scholarship.

  • A student must meet the following criteria to be considered for the Rex Elliot Wegener PhD Scholarship:
  • have an Australian Honours degree Class 1 or 2A or equivalent qualification (at least AQF Level 8), with a research component of at least 6 months’ full-time study achieving Distinction (75 percent) OR evidence of equivalent research experience
  • be planning to enrol full-time in a Flinders University Higher Degree by Research



The  Flinders University 2022 Rex Elliot Wegener Memorial Fund for Mesothelioma Research is open to all International Students


Application Procedure

  • Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the project Lead Investigator, Professor Sonja Klebe, before submitting an application to discuss their interest and eligibility for the opportunity.
  • Professor Klebe may extend an invitation to apply and request a copy of your CV, as well as a cover letter outlining your relevant qualifications, experience, research experience, and motivation for applying for the scholarship


Application Deadline

The application deadline for Flinders University 2022 Rex Elliot Wegener Memorial Fund for Mesothelioma Research is is December 31, 2022

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