The Stephen and Barbara Penfold PhD Scholarship

Applications for The Stephen and Barbara Penfold PhD Scholarship are now open. 

In 2018, Stephen and Barbara Penfold confirmed their very generous commitment to fund three PhD scholarships for three consecutive years of study. The scholarships are intended to support PhD students actively engaged in medical research at The Westmead Institute for Medical Research. Three PhD students will benefit from the support extended by the Penfold Family.
 
The wonderful philanthropic support of the Penfold family has come about due to a strong relationship developed over a number of years between the Penfold family and The Westmead Institute for Medical Research Executive Director, Professor Tony Cunningham, as Tony guided Stephen and Barbara’s son, Mark Penfold through his PhD in 1980s. Mark was the first PhD student supervised by Tony Cunningham and this fine mentorship has culminated in an enduring legacy, with Barbara and Stephen Penfold becoming long-standing benefactors of The Westmead Institute for Medical Research.
 
During this time the Penfolds developed deep admiration and appreciation for the mentorship extended by Tony, and for the ground-breaking research work undertaken at The Westmead Institute for Medical Research. They also acknowledged the financial struggle of Mark and his friends whilst undertaking their PhD studies. It is their hope that these scholarships will provide financial support to enable bright, dedicated and passionate students who may not otherwise have the opportunity, to continue their PhD studies, and to make a valuable contribution to medical research, positively impacting global health outcomes for years to come.
 
In 2019, The Stephen and Barbara Penfold PhD Scholarships will be awarded to the three most outstanding PhD candidate submissions as assessed by The Westmead Institute for Medical Research Awards panel, led by Professor Sarah Palmer.

Students must be based at The Westmead Institute for Medical Research. We invite interested candidates to submit their application online, following submission guidelines and being mindful of key assessment criteria. Submissions will be accepted up until June 5.

In opening the 2019 round of applications, we publicly acknowledge and express sincere gratitude to the Penfold family for their support of current and future generations of outstanding medical research students.

Click here for eligibility criteria, and to apply.