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With hundreds of staff and students across our Nedlands and Murdoch campuses, we are able to provide opportunities for students enrolled at any university in courses including: Bachelor of Science with Honours; Bachelor of Medical Science; relevant honours programs; and PhD studies.

Our research focuses on the major diseases that face Western Australians today including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity, ageing and nerve and muscle disease. The cancers under study include breast, prostate, melanoma, colon, head and neck and liver. Our teams investigate the genetic causes of these diseases and develop new treatments to improve the quality and length of people’s lives.

If you are interested in a student project or volunteering for laboratory experience, please contact the Laboratory Head with whom you would like to work.

Student project

With state-of-the-art facilities, the latest technology and many opportunities for formal and informal collaboration it is an exciting time to study at the Perkins.

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The Perkins offers a number of prestigious scholarships to support high achieving students wanting to further their career in medical research.

Students enrol for their degree through a Western Australian university and undertake their research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research under the supervision of a Perkins researcher.

Information about our areas of research and prospective supervisors can be found under our research.

Click here to acess the Perkins Vacation Scholarship Application.


Postgraduate research applications and training

UWA guidelines for postgraduate applications can be accessed from the UWA Graduate Research School.  The latest information on postgraduate research training at UWA is available from the UWA Graduate Research School

State-of-the-art facilities and equipment

With two innovatory research facilities on the QEII Medical Centre and Fiona Stanley Hospital precincts, as well as laboratories at MRF Royal Perth Hospital, the Perkins operates as one of the nation’s leading research hubs.

The Perkins combines scientific talent, technology and groundbreaking facilities to enable greater collaboration between many of the State’s major research groups.

Getting involved

From participating in an event, to attending a workshop in the BioDiscovery Centre, to volunteering your time, or supporting our research, we welcome your involvement: we welcome you to join something special, and get involved.

With a friendly and cooperative culture, world-class amenities that include a 250 seat auditorium, seminar rooms, a top quality café and advanced research equipment, the Perkins provides an exciting environment aimed at increasing both professional and social collaboration.

A range of fitness and recreational opportunities are available on the QEII Medical Centre campus and the Perkins boasts fantastic end-of-trip facilities.

Staff and students are invited to get involved in the Institute’s two major fundraising events – The Cancer 200: Ride for Research and the Walk for Women’s Cancer.

Volunteering opportunities are available in many areas of our operations to suits your skills and interests. This can be in office support, corporate volunteering days across several areas, and/or volunteering to support one of our major events.

For more information on volunteering opportunities, please contact us on [email protected].

If you need more information please contact us.