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Penfold Family Marshall Centre PhD Top-Up Scholarship

Stephen and Barbara Penfold have supported many PhD Top-Up Scholarships in the medical science field since they saw their own son Mark Penfold and his friends struggle on a PhD stipend when completing their degrees in the 1980s.  This scholarship is to enable medical or health science trained candidates to undertake PhD research related to irritable bowel syndrome under the supervision of Professor Barry Marshall and the Marshall Centre for Infectious Disease team. This will directly contribute to the Noisy Guts Project at the Marshall Centre (using sound monitoring equipment to improve diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome).

They are motivated to help reduce the time, cost and discomfort of current diagnostic methods in the hope that this could also lead to better treatments. This could be achieved through a more objective data measurement of the results of different interventions.

Available in the International Scholarships Round 2 2019

Payment type
Stipend and Operating Allowance
Value unit
Per annum
Basis of award
Academic Achievement

Value includes $20,000 living allowance PLUS an operating/maintenance for research project expenses of $5000

The proposed scholarship will be awarded to the most outstanding PhD candidate, medically trained or trained in health or medical sciences with a special interest in gastrointestinal disorders and/or the development and testing of diagnostic devices. Suitable candidates will have a background in gastroenterology (including the physiology, anatomy and pathology of the gastrointestinal system) and/ or an understanding of statistics and trial design.An understanding of the statistical measures of the validity and reliability of diagnostic and screening tests would be highly valuable.

Professor Barry Marshall is the academic lead on the project. However, initial enquiries about candidature should be addressed to Project Manager Dr Mary Webberley,  prior to submission of a formal application. Applicants will need to apply for PhD enrolment and scholarships through the iAthena Scholarships online application system.

Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, New Zealand Citizen
Study area
Health, Medicine
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University of Western Australia
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