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26 Mar 2021

Picchi Award for Excellence in Cancer Research 2021

The VCCC is once again proud to partner with the Picchi Brothers Foundation to invite applications for the Picchi Award for Excellence in Cancer Research 2021. Up to three $10,000 prizes recognising excellence in cancer research will be awarded to PhD students from the VCCC alliance.

Up to three $10,000 prizes are offered

Each year PhD students are invited to make a submission to receive a prestigious award in the categories of basic science, clinical science and population health.

Up to three $10,000 prizes recognising excellence in cancer research are awarded to PhD students of the VCCC alliance in a tradition that has spanned more than a decade and acknowledges potential world-class researchers embarking on their careers.


The Picchi Brothers Foundation supports the awards in the hope that they will inspire and encourage the next generation of leaders in cancer research. 

The prizes are intended to recognise, develop and support the top students of the VCCC, based on the productivity and impact of the work from their PhD. It is intended that the 2021 prizes will:

  • Support personal and professional development towards research independence
  • Enable recipients to engage in collaborative work
  • Enable recipients to attend or participate remotely or physically in an international conference/s   

(Please note the VCCC and Picchi Foundation are understanding of the constraints imposed by travel restrictions during the COVID-19 health crisis. Subject to approval, extension of proposed travel period, or utilisation of the award in another way to support research activities and/or publication are possible in the current circumstances).

Who is this for?

The opportunity is available to PhD students who have confirmed candidature at a University affiliated with a VCCC alliance member, and are undertaking cancer-related research training within a VCCC alliance member organisation. 

Students will normally have completed at least 24 months of candidature (FTE) at time of application. The candidate’s doctoral work must address one of the six pillars of cancer control including:

  • prevention
  • screening and early diagnosis
  • treatment
  • research
  • education
  • cancer information

PhD students who have submitted their thesis but have not had it accepted at the time of application submission are still eligible to apply.

Applications are now open... and will close on Tuesday 11 May.  Applicants are asked to commence applications as soon as possible as supporting documentation is required. 

Please read the application guidelines to assist in completing your submission.

Completion of the attached application form and supporting documentation should be compiled into a single PDF and submitted to Erin Turner, Education Program Coordinator.

For more information regarding the Picchi Awards, please contact:

Erin Turner
Education Program Coordinator
P: 03 8559 8584