Study at CHRC

The Child Health Research Centre is keen to take on enthusiastic postgraduate students for honours, masters, and doctoral studies. We provide opportunities for graduates to develop a variety of skill sets for their future careers and support eligible students with travel to present research at international conferences. 

The CHRC is also working with UQ Medicine to provide medical students with research training opportunities.

What are the key research areas at CHRC?

CHRC researchers are working across a range of research focus areas to improve child health with particular strengths in:

  • Developmental programming in disease
  • Paediatric nutrition: specifically infant feeding; growth, development and body composition, gastroenterology including Inflammatory Bowel Disease; and genetics and obesity.
  • Respiratory conditions: including asthma and cystic fibrosis
  • Children's environmental health
  • Paediatric infectious diseases and virology
  • Childhood social health and wellbeing
  • Epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Cerebral palsy and rehabilitation: specifically early brain development and the impact of early interventions; novel therapies including the potential of neuroprotection strategies (Stem Cells, Sulphate); Advanced Brain Imaging: including brain structure and the link to outcomes & measuring neuroplasticity in response to therapy; Neuro-rehabilitation including web-based rehabilitation for children; Muscle and Tendon Mechanics and the impact of interventions (intramuscular BoNT-A, Orthopaedic Surgery, Exercise); Growth, Nutrition, Oropharyngeal Dysphagia , Physical Activity and Bone Health in children with CP; Psychological interventions to enhance family outcomes (Parenting Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) and Translational research: Implementation of evidence based clinical interventions.
  • Burns and trauma: specifically, burns and trauma prevention; providing evidence for existing treatments and developing novel wound healing treatments for better care of children suffering from burns; and improved life quality for children with burns or history of trauma.

Available projects

There are a number of ways to find a research project and a supervisor at CHRC. 

  1. Visit the student research portal and search for Child Health Research Centre under the search field to find available projects.
  2. Visit our research groups page to find out more about research being conducted within our centre.
  3. Visit UQ Researchers to search for a supervisor, or experts in a particular field.
  4. Contact us at for more information and to discuss project opportunities.


Funding and scholarships

Students accepted into the postgraduate program may receive initial support for their work from the CHRC and its research groups. However, prospective students should be advised that all CHRC PhD students are required to apply for funding from external scholarships.

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Before applying for a Higher Degree by Research with the Graduate School, you must have submitted and Expression of Interest first.

The University of Queensland has supported more than 15,000 students in their academic pursuit to attain a higher degree by research. With over 2,000 research experts and a reputation world-wide as an elite research institution, choosing to undertake a research higher degree at UQ will provide you with every advantage.

More than 4,000 students are currently undertaking a higher degree by research at UQ under the support and guidance of the UQ Graduate School. The Graduate School has academic responsibility for managing admissions, providing research scholarships, supporting students during their candidature, and facilitating the examination of theses. The Graduate School coordinates year-round skills training, supports infrastructure and research facilities, and provides opportunities to accelerate career development.

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Expressions of interest

Students interested in undertaking postgraduate studies through the CHRC may submit an expression of interest by following these steps:

  1. Decide on your area of study interest - refer to the CHRC website, under the research section, for information.
  2. Email UQ CHRC to outline your area of interets and attach your CV and academic record.
  3. One of our senior researchers will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your interest in more detail.