Diverse group of Kirby students collaborating. Credit: Kirby Institute/Bec Lewis

David Cooper Scholarship

The David Cooper Scholarship was established in 2021 from a memorial fund in honour of Professor David Cooper. Professor Cooper was the inaugural Director of the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, established in 1986, that ultimately became the Kirby Institute. He was an internationally renowned scientific leader, initiating ground-breaking, collaborative infectious disease research that has saved countless lives in Australia, and around the world.

The David Cooper Scholarship is a full 4-year PhD scholarship offered to outstanding domestic and international* candidates to be trained to conduct research specifically in the field of infectious diseases, from basic to applied research, in areas within the Kirby Institute’s Strategic Plan, and under the supervision of experienced academics at the Kirby Institute, Faculty of Medicine and Health, UNSW.

Prior awardees of the Scholarship include:

  • Dr Gail Cross (2022)
  • Mr Damian Honeyman (2023)

Please check back as future opportunities for the David Cooper Scholarship will be advertised on this page.


*International applications will only be considered from people based in institutions/locations that have existing links and/or collaborations with the Kirby Institute.