Study With Us

Why Study With Us?

Studying at NCARD means access to state-of-the-art facilities, the best available technology, and world-leading health and medical research specialists. 

Our Mentors

When you join NCARD, you are joining a team of outstanding clinicians and scientists. NCARD is the top mesothelioma research group in the world, and our people have expertise in a variety of areas related to asbestos disease and cancer.

We have a long history of advising and training students, and our mentors will give you the support you need to develop your research skills. The experience you gain as a student here in analysis, organisation, communication and leadership will prepare you for any career you choose, and boost your employability.

Our Culture

We take pride in our outstanding student culture. Our postgraduate group usually consists of around ten students, each at different stages in their academic journey. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn and receive support from a diverse and tight-knit peer group with a strong social aspect.

In addition, we have many avenues for students to engage in initiatives outside research, such as our Kindness in Science team, or to work alongside consumers and advocacy groups.

Lastly, there are rewards for high achievers, such as bonuses for publications – see our available Scholarships for more detail.

Our Facilities

NCARD is located in the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research – a world-class facility containing the best available equipment that was constructed in 2014.

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is part of the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Medical Centre, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. QEII fosters an environment of collaborative opportunity by hosting over 40 health-related organisations, including hospitals, research centres and universities, in one precinct. Notable entities operating in the QEII space include Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and our primary partner university, the University of Western Australia.

Our adjacency with healthcare facilities allows our students to observe clinics to understand the experiences of patients, their families and carers, and the clinicians who manage their care.

Contribute to Research

On average, two people in Australia are diagnosed with mesothelioma every day. This illness is currently incurable, and the five-year survival rate is only 6%. However, advancements made at NCARD have meant that more people diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases live longer with better quality-of-life.

Previous students have said one of the best aspects of training at NCARD is knowing they are making a genuine contribution to asbestos disease research. The work students do at NCARD helps us reach our goal of improving the lives of people affected by asbestos-related disease.

How To Join Us

At NCARD we’re always looking to recruit outstanding students into our research programs. Our research projects span areas such as immunology, genetics, bioinformatics and medical physics. For 5 reasons to study with NCARD, read our Postgraduate Opportunities brochure.

Many of our alumni have pursued successful and fulfilling careers in research academia, medicine, industry and allied health.

To express your interest in any of our research projects please contact us via or through our Contact Us page. We will be happy to provide you with more information or direct your enquiry to the relevant research team member.

International students may check their eligibility to study in Australia by clicking here, or by contacting the University of Western Australia’s International Students Office.

Research Projects Available

Scholarships Available

At NCARD, we strongly encourage potential students to obtain scholarships before starting their postgraduate training.

The UWA scholarship search has the full range of scholarships offered by the University.

Domestic students may be eligible for the Research Training Program grants offered by the Australian government.

International students may use the StudyAustralia search tool to find available scholarships.

Masters, Medical Fellowship and PhD

NCARD offers top-up scholarships for high-performing students.

Undergraduate and Honours

We currently offer vacation scholarships for undergraduate students wishing to work on a project over the summer. These projects can be between 4-10 weeks long, and serve as short-term opportunities for students to train with NCARD.

Interested students are encouraged to contact us to determine whether there is a suitable project available. After a project has been agreed upon, the student should then apply for a Cancer Council WA (CCWA) Vacation Scholarship with the support of their supervisor. NCARD has seen significant success with this scheme in the past.

Volunteering and Internships

Volunteering and internships can be arranged for students who are interested in the work we do at NCARD. Contact us at to discuss available opportunities.