ACADI PhD Grants

Are you passionate about a career in diabetes research?

Want to access a world-class network of research professionals, and training resources?

Apply for an ACADI PhD grant!

The 2024 round of ACADI Grants are now open!

ACADI is offering two PhD grants to students enrolled full-time in a PhD at an ACADI core partner institution, whose work aligns with ACADI’s three research priority areas:

  1. Diabetic kidney disease
  2. Peripheral neuropathy and diabetic foot syndrome
  3. Short-term complications of hypoglycaemia and/or hyperglycaemic hyperosmolar syndrome (HHS) and diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).

Important dates

Wednesday 5 July 2023
9am (AEST)

Applications open via SmartyGrants

Monday 14 August 2023
12pm (AEST)

Applications due via SmartyGrants

October 2023

Notification of outcomes


The objectives of the funding are to:

  • Support PhD students at the beginning of their careers in research related to diabetes and its possible complications, who demonstrate the motivation to make a difference to the field of diabetes.
  • Build a PhD student’s track record to enhance competitiveness in bidding for research funds.
  • To help achieve ACADI’s vision to deliver novel interventions for timely diagnoses, prevention and treatment of diabetes and its complications.
  • Grow a national network of diabetes researchers.


$31,200 allocated for a 12-month period.

The grant will be paid directly to the PhD student (via the candidate's enrolling university) to contribute to living expenses.

How to apply

1. Review the funding documents

Review the Funding Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria documents for this scheme.

2. Complete the application form via SmartyGrants

You will need to have the following supporting documents for your application:

  • two-page Resume/CV.
  • two-page research Project Plan (with an additional page listing up to 12 references).
  • two written academic references (including contact details).
  • academic results.

Remember to leave plenty of time to collate the supporting documentation you require for your application. This will need to be uploaded into your SmartyGrants application form before you can submit.

Apply via SmartyGrants here.

Useful documents


Please kindly ensure you have consulted the Funding Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria, FAQs before submitting a query.