Join our lab

We are always happy to consider potential Masters and PhD applications.

Several different projects are on offer. For an idea of the type of research that we do, click here and check our publications.

For general information about graduate research at Monash University, click here.

How do I apply

Unlike other countries, where a supervisor obtains funding for a PhD and then solicits applications, students in the Australian system apply for a scholarship and obtain direct funding themselves. They consult with potential supervisors and make a choice on who they think is best for them.

NSB often receives more enquiries than we can accommodate. As a result, potential applicants are first considered by an internal NSB committee. Once an agreement has been made to support a student, a formal application is then made to the University.

The basic procedure is as follows:

  1. Email an expression of interest to Alex Fornito including the following attachments:
    • Current CV
    • Full academic transcript of all undergraduate and post-graduate classes (with translations where required)
    • Contact details of at least two referees
    • An example of written work (e.g. past University assignment or journal publication).
  2. This information is considered by an internal NSB committee to determine whether we can support the application.
  3. You may then meet with your potential supervisor, either in person or via videoconference, to discuss the possibility of working together.
  4. You will be asked to write a 1-2 page project proposal.
  5. Your proposal will then be considered in a second round by the internal NSB committee.
  6. If NSB supports your application, the next step is to proceed with a formal application to Monash University. At this point, the University employs their own ranking system to decide which students will be admitted to the program, and who will receive a scholarship. Detailed information on scholarships available to domestic and international students can be found here. General information about living expenses in Melbourne can be found here.

What are the prerequisites?

Students applying for graduate research at NSB will generally have completed (or be close to completing) an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, combined with an Honours or Masters degree.

Due to the diversity of research conducted at NSB, the relevance of your degree is something that you should discuss with your potential supervisor. As a guide, we have people with very diverse backgrounds, including training in psychology, physics, mathematics, engineering, medicine, physiology, biology, and neuroscience.

Entry to the graduate training program at Monash and applications for scholarships are very competitive. In general, students should have a H1 (first class Honours) or A average in their undergraduate training. Due to the limited number of places available for international students, a first author paper published in an indexed peer-reviewed journal is usually also required.

When should I apply?

Monash has two application rounds each year, which differ for domestic and international students. Dates for application rounds can be found here.

In general, you should contact your potential supervisor 6-8 weeks before the relevant deadline to begin planning and discussions.