Mandy and Edward Yencken Postgraduate Research Scholarship

Crohn’s & Colitis Australia is the nation’s peak organisation representing more than 85,000 Australians living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

It is our vision is that no one suffers IBD and our purpose is to support the IBD community in Australia by driving improvement in quality of care, educating, supporting, increasing awareness, advocating and research.

In recognition of their long term support for IBD research, CCA proudly announces the next offering of the Mandy & Edward Yencken Postgraduate Research Scholarship.

2019 Applications Open 


The value of this scholarship totals $75,000, with $25,000 per annum for up to three (3) years full-time (part-time equivalent). Funding to commence in 2019.

A post-graduate research award, this Scholarship shall encourage and advance either clinical or basic science research into IBD in Australia.

The applicant must:

  • Be enrolled or about to enrol in a higher research degree in Australia (MD or PhD);
  • Be an Australian citizen or hold permanent Australian resident status;
  • Have shown an ability to successfully carry out research; and
  • Outline a research proposal that specifically applies to patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

Preference is given to proposals for work that align with the priority areas of CCA as listed below.

  • Diagnosis
  • Prevention
  • Better disease management and improved well being
  • Epidemiology

Applications: Open – Friday 8 June 2018 and Close – Friday 31 August 2018.

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2015 recipient: Christopher Poulton

Through the generosity of CCA friends Mandy and Edward Yencken, we proudly presented the very first Mandy and Edward Yencken Postgraduate Research Scholarship at our AGM in December. This postgraduate research scholarship of $75,000 over a three-year period was set up in recognition of the long-term support of the Yencken family and seeks to build capacity within the field of IBD research in Australia.

The award is designed for candidates at an early stage in their careers. They include, among others, advanced trainees who have completed core clinical training at the time of taking up the scholarship and are either enrolled or about to enrol in a higher research degree (MD or PhD).

After a rigorous judging process the first Yencken scholarship was given to applicant Christopher Poulton of Bakers Hill, Western Australia, who impressed the judging panel with his proposed PhD project ‘New Paradigm of Infectious Disease – Defining How Multiple Bacteria Cause Disease.’ His scholarship allowed him to undertake the project at the University of New South Wales.