CCA IBD PhD Scholarship

2022 Scholarship applications open

CCA is inviting applications for the Crohn’s & Colitis Australia IBD PhD Scholarship. Two scholarships will be offered for 2022. This scholarship makes a provision of $25,000 per annum for up to (3) years full-time supporting CCA’s strategic priority of building inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) research capacity in Australia whilst we search for a cause or cure for IBD. The award is designed for candidates at an early stage in their careers, for example (but not confined to) graduates in any health care discipline or science who are seeking to pursue doctoral studies.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • be an Australian citizen or hold permanent Australian resident status;
  • have completed degree or higher degree studies and be eligible for PhD candidature; and
  • outline a research proposal that specifically applies to patients with IBD.

Applications are now closed.


2021 Scholarship awarded

CCA is delighted to announce that Dr Aysha Al-Ani has been awarded the CCA Inflammatory Bowel Disease PhD Scholarship for her project: Novel Biomarkers in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Dr Al-Ani is a gastroenterologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and is completing her PhD candidature through the University of Melbourne. The three-year, $75,000 scholarship is funded by an anonymous philanthropist who has generously supported CCA for this research.

The Study
A paradigm shift in IBD management means a greater focus on disease modification through objective assessment of disease activity and selection of the most optimal medical therapy. Predictors of response to the current arsenal of treatment are paramount to achieve endoscopic and histologic healing, reduce disease complications including hospitalisations and surgeries, and improve patient outcomes.