Applications now open for

iPREP Biodesign Round 1 2021

PhD students from all five Western Australian universities are invited to apply for Round 1 2021 of the  iPREP WA + Perth Biodesign program, from 15 February to 2 April 2021.


The 7 week industry placement program sees interdisciplinary teams of PhD students work together to solve problems or discover innovative new practices for healthcare industry partners. Participants receive weekly mentorship and professional development in the Biodesign methodology.


Benefits of participating

  • Increased confidence

  • Leadership development

  • Build your professional network

  • Improved employability and references

  • Greater interdisciplinary understanding

  • Training in Biodesign methodology

  • Greater business awareness

  • New skills and experiences

  • Involved in new/ emerging fields


You must be enrolled as a PhD candidate at a university in Western Australia and either:

  • have submitted your thesis for examination prior to the program commencement but not have your degree conferred before the end date of the round OR

  • be a domestic-enrolled PhD candidate at pre-submission stage with Confirmation of Candidature and must have consumed at least 2 EFTSL (Equivalent Full-Time Student Load) or 2 years (see Domestic Applicants) Note: UWA Domestic pre-submission students in their last 6 months of candidature are ineligible to apply. Please contact the UWA Graduate Research School for more information.

All applicants who are selected, must attend a:

  • One-day induction session and give a one-minute pitch to industry partners

  • Successful applicants following the first stage induction must also attend a final stage one-day induction prior to the program commencement

  • Must be available to complete project on a full time basis during the scheduled 7-week program 

Ready to take the next step?


  1. Current projects available will be listed on the iPREP WA website 

  2. Students apply via an online application form (see below)

  3. Universities will conduct student eligibility and reference checks

  4. Applicants will be shortlisted approximately one month prior to start of round

  5. ​Shortlisted applicants attend a compulsory one-day induction where a 1 minute pitch is delivered to industry partners

  6. iPREP WA will work together with each Industry Partner to select their student team

  7. Successful applicants to attend a one day induction program focused on project management

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