Rachel Kierath Top-Up Scholarship in Paediatric Cancer Research

This financial support is not administered by the University.


With the support of the family and friends of Rachel Kierath, the Telethon Kids Institute as established the Rachel Kierath Scholarship in Paediatric Cancer Research. The purpose of this postgraduate research scholarship is to support exceptionally qualified postgraduate research students to undertake cancer research at Telethon Kids. This scholarship opportunity is open to PhD, Masters by Research and postgraduate research degree students.

This prestigious annual award is widely promoted and takes the form of a supplementary (top-up) stipend accompanying another source of main funding, most commonly a scholarship secured by the recipient through their selected university. It also includes a dedicated research and travel fund.

Rachel Kierath was a friend of the Telethon Kids Institute with a vision to help the Institute's Cancer Centre achieve new discoveries in personalised, translational medical research. Rachel sadly succumbed to cancer after a prolonged battle in November 2016. This scholarship is established in her honour.

The successful candidate will work within the Telethon Kids Cancer Centre, co-located with the new Perth Children's Hospital. The Hospital is situated within the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre, a collaborative campus that includes the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, the University of Western Australia's Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, and other medical research centres of note.

The Telethon Kids Cancer Centre, directed by Professor Terrance Johns, is the sole Western Australian research centre dedicated to finding effective and safer treatments for childhood cancers through drug discovery and repurposing, radiotherapy and immunotherapy. Within the Telethon Kids Cancer Centre there are approximately 65 laboratory scientists, epidemiologists, clinical researchers, computational biologists, bioinformaticians, PhD students and research assistants.

There will only be one Rachel Kierath scholar at any time, hence it is envisaged that the Rachel Kierath Scholarship will only be offered once every three years.

For more information about the Cancer Centre, please visit https://cancer.telethonkids.org.au/

Field of study

Paediatric Cancer Research


Successful applicants must:

  • Hold a medical degree (e.g. MBBS), a Master's degree (e.g. MSc.) or a First Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline;
  • Be a new or existing full-time MD, Masters by Research or PhD candidate;
  • Be enrolled or eligible to be enrolled full-time at a Western Australian university by the date of commence of the scholarship;
  • Conduct research relevant to paediatric cancer;
  • Provide evidence of contribution and/or leadership in their community;
  • Have access to a living allowance such as an RTP (formerly APA) or NHMRC scholarship, or equivalent secured in the first 12 months of the award;
  • If you are an international student: you will require proof of a full primary living allowance scholarship and evidence of English language competency (if you are from a non-English speaking country);
  • Conduct the research principally within the Institute under the primary supervision of one or more of the Institute's researchers; and
  • Be located at the Institute for the majority of the working week.


Scholarships are granted on a competitive basis to the most outstanding candidate. Selection will be based on interview, academic merit, research experience, leadership potential, and a focus on, and relevance to, paediatric cancer.


The successful applicant will receive:

  • An annual top-up stipend for three years of $10,000;
  • A research and travel fund of up to $3,000 per annum; and
  • Access to a laptop computer and other research infrastructure.

How to apply

Applicants must submit the following documents in one PDF file:

  1. A one page introductory letter containing the following information;
  • Your contact details;
  • Your proposed postgraduate university and faculty/school;
  • A statement addressing the eligibility criteria for this award;
  • The proposed title of your research project;
  • A list or suggestion of your proposed supervisors; and
  • Contact details of two independent referees.
  1. An outline describing your proposed project, including aim and objectives, methodology, expected deliverables, and potential translational impact (max 2 pages);
  2. A certified copy of your academic transcript; and
  3. A copy of your curriculum vitae (max 2 pages).

Applications should be sent before Tuesday 31st October 2017, 5:00pm to study@telethonkids.org.au

More information on this scholarship can be obtained by contacting Ben Andrews, Manager Learning and Development at the Telethon Kids Institute (Ben.Andrews@telethonkids.org.au)

Further information

  The following conditions govern this award:

  • The supplementary stipends will be subject to annual review;
  • The recipient will be required to meet with the donors annually and provide a presentation on his or her progress; and
  • The recipient will be required to provide an annual report outlining progress in lay language.