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Doctoral scholarships foster stronger ties to India

CERA PhD student Srujana Sahebjada has been awarded a scholarship worth $90,000.Srujana_Sahedjada

The Governor of Victoria, His Excellency the Hon Alex Chernov AO, QC, and the Minister for Innovation Louise Asher (pictured right) have awarded a scholarship to CERA PhD student Srujana Sahebjada.

The scholarship, awarded as part of the Victoria India Doctoral Scholarships program, will support Srujana’s research into the genes involved in myopia (short-sightedness) and keratoconus.

Keratoconus is a degenerative eye condition which causes a distortion of the cornea, severely affecting vision.

Despite the increasing prevalence of myopia and keratoconus, little is still known about what causes the diseases, or how to prevent or slow their progression.

The scholarships, which are designed to strengthen relationships between Victoria and India, are being offered in partnership with Victoria’s universities and offer an attractive incentive for India’s high-achieving students to come to Victoria for doctoral studies.

Participating universities will waive tuition fees for the successful scholarship recipients.

Ms Asher said the scholarships support research that contributes to global knowledge while also helping to build closer partnerships between India and Victoria.

“International students come here because Victoria’s premium education and training system offers qualifications recognised around the world, establishing a strong foundation for a future career,” Ms Asher said.