Student Opportunities

The Heart Research Institute (HRI) offers a unique opportunity for students to undertake research in an internationally recognised medical research institute.

At HRI we are working towards the prevention of cardiovascular disease and the development of the next generation of treatments and devices. Our groundbreaking cardiovascular research is performed in our state-of-the-art facilities located in Newtown, Sydney and the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney.

Through a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programs, students at different stages of their scientific careers have the opportunity to work with our community of international students, postdoctoral fellows and principle investigators on cardiovascular disease research projects.

You can read more about the opportunities available below or download a booklet of the projects available for honours or PhD studies, commencing in 2018.

Student opportunities

Summer scholarships
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The Heart Research Institute offers 8-week Summer Research placements to Australian and New Zealand students through several Scholarship Programs. These placements provide high-achieving, research-focused students the opportunity to work on a medical research project directly related to cardiovascular disease, expand on their skills and knowledge and be mentored in a world-class research institute.

The HRI currently has Summer Research Placement Scholarships available via:

The HRI welcomes students from other Australian universities to contact us regarding undergraduate placement opportunities. For more information, email

Honours is a great way to investigate a subject area of interest in greater detail, while also improving your career prospects and opening the door to further academic study. It is recognised as a prestigious qualification that further develops research, writing and organisational skills. A successful Honours year also demonstrates your ability to undertake high-level study. Our Honours students advance to a range of different careers or further studies at the completion of their degree.

HRI accepts students from all Australian universities, and the application process varies depending on which degree you are applying for. Please contact for more information or download our booklet of projects available for 2018.

PhD/Masters (higher degree research)
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HRI is committed to providing an exciting and encouraging environment for postgraduate students to carry out their research and advance their scientific careers. Our PhD students benefit from world-class research training, interaction with diverse research groups via our stimulating weekly scientific seminars and monthly Cardiovascular Seminar series, as well as various other opportunities to learn more widely from some of Australia’s best medical researchers.

Supervisors provide practical, intellectual and emotional support for their students, while fostering a culture of excellence in research. Our students are crucial to the HRI mission to improve global health by understanding the causes and complications of cardiovascular disease.

Domestic and international PhD students at HRI must have scholarship funding to support their PhD studies. All PhD students holding an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship are also awarded an HRI top-up scholarship.

HRI PhD students are usually enrolled through The University of Sydney. If you wish to enrol through UNSW, UTS, WSU or another Australian university, please discuss this with your potential supervisor or email

Current projects
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Please contact us at if you are interested in applying to study here, or you can check out any of the current opportunities available within the research groups listed below. The projects are available for honours or PhD studies, commencing in 2018. We encourage potential students to contact the research staff listed within each research area for any research project questions. You can also download a booklet of the available projects.


Virtual tour of our facilities

Take a walk through our world-class research facilities to see where you could be undertaking your studies.