Cyril Tonkin Scholarship

This scholarship provides a generous income for three years to an outstanding pharmacy graduate of the faculty who undertakes a higher degree by research in pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences.

The scholarship honours the selfless service of Victorian College of Pharmacy graduate Dr Cyril Tonkin, who graduated as a gold medallist in 1910 before becoming a medical practitioner in 1921. He was a lecturer and examiner at the Victorian College of Pharmacy from 1920 to 1953.

$26,682 a year

The winner receives around $26,682 (2017 rate) a year for three years, with a maximum six-month extension possible. The income is equivalent to an RTP Stipend(formerly APA) and increases slightly each year.

Travel overseas

The scholarship can also cover national or international travel costs, related to your research. Such costs could include accommodation and living expenses, medical and travel insurance, and reasonable out-of-pocket expenses. You're expected to travel economy class and declare other available funding sources.

When to apply

The scholarship is awarded every three to three and a half years and was most recently awarded in 2014. Applications for the 2018 scholarship open in late 2017.

How to apply

Applications should be made through the Monash Graduate Education online application system for scholarships and higher degree admission.  All applicants meeting the eligibility and criteria will be considered. There is no need to make a special application.


No age limit applies, but you must be:

  • a Bachelor of Pharmacy graduate from our faculty, who undertakes a higher degree by research in pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences with us
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident, who has resided, worked or studied in Victoria for the two years prior to submitting your application.

Special conditions

Preference is given to applicants whose area of study relates or shows clear links to pharmacy practice in Victoria.

The scholarship must be taken up within one year of winning it.

Assessment and selection

Our faculty's Graduate Research Committee will assess eligibility on the basis of Australian citizenship or permanent residence and Victorian residence.

The committee is also the selection panel and might seek assistance from appropriate learned specialists, professional associations and consultants.

The final decision rests with our Dean and the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Foundation, which administers the scholarship's fund.

Winner's obligations

The scholarship is intended to promote leadership in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences and contribute to the development of pharmacy in Victoria.

The Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Foundation Board receives annual reports on the winner's progress.

The winner must acknowledge the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Foundation Board and the Cyril Tonkin Scholarship in all communications, publications and public seminar or conference appearances.

The winner must also uphold the highest professional standards in his or her services to humanity.

Supporting the Cyril Tonkin Scholarship

If you want to donate online to this scholarship, select 'Cyril Tonkin Scholarship' from the drop-down menu.

Alternatively, you can download and fill out our donation form (pdf, 94.2kb) and post it to:

Cyril Tonkin Scholarship
Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Foundation
Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Monash University
381 Royal Parade
Parkville VIC 3052

Please make cheque donations payable to Monash University and include your name and address to receive a receipt. Donations of $2 or above are tax deductible in Australia.

To discuss setting up or supporting a faculty fellowship, scholarship, bursary or other award, please contact Brett Clark, Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement Officer, Tel: +61 3 9903 9087,  Email: