BRIMS Research Scholar Program (Internship Program)

The Research Scholar Program (RSP) at the Brain Research Institute Monash University Sunway (BRIMS) is a short-term internship program that seeks to identify talented undergraduate students, postgraduate students and young scientists who wish to gain hands-on training in advance biomedical sciences. The main goal of the program is for human capital development to sustain a rich talent pool in biomedical research.

Students who participate in the research program will have an opportunity in future to apply for higher degree (Master’s in Biomedical Science and/or Ph.D) with a potential of receiving partial or full tuition fee waiver for highly qualified students to study at BRIMS.



Research program offered

For Malaysian Students

PROGRAM

ELIGIBILITY

PROGRAM FEE (Monthly)

Application Fee

SCHEDULE

Fundamental

High school student in science stream, A-levels, Science Pre-school

RM 1000

RM 200 per application

9am - 5pm, Monday- Friday

Intermediate

Undergraduate student in Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience and related area of study

RM 1500

Advanced

Postgraduate student, early career researcher

RM 2500

For International Students

PROGRAM

ELIGIBILITY

PROGRAM FEE - (Monthly)

Application Fee

SCHEDULE

Fundamental

High school student in science stream, A-levels, Science Pre-school

USD 500

USD 100 per application

9am - 5pm, Monday- Friday

Intermediate

Undergraduate student in Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience and related area of study

USD 1000

Advanced

Postgraduate student, early career researcher

USD 3000

Note:

  1. Applicant will be charged a one-time application fee of RM 200 (Malaysian student) or USD 100 (international student) and can choose to engage in the program from 1 to 6 months. A minimum of 3 months is highly encouraged to complete a mini project.
  2. Accommodation, meals and transportation costs will not be provided and applicant is required to make self-arrangements if necessary.
  3. Applicant who have completed the program are not entitled for any exemption and/or credit transfer to a higher degree program in Monash University and other institutions.
  4. Applicant who are non-Malaysians and whose home institution is outside of Malaysia are also required  to complete the Professional Visit Pass checklist and submit the soft copy documents to mum-neuroscience@monash.edu at least four (4) months prior to the intended start date of the program.  

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→ Download the application form

Laboratory techniques

Applicant engaged in this program will learn a range of techniques which include but not limited to:

  • Bioimaging (Fluorescence / Confocal / Multiphoton microscope, Digital imaging)
  • Genomics (Cloning, Real-time PCR, Transgenic animal creation)
  • in vitro study (stem cell culture, receptor assay)
  • Behavioral analysis (Anxiety, Depression, Social Interaction)
  • Neurochemistry (HPLC , LC/MS, EIA)
  • Molecular morphology (Immunohistochemistry, In situ hybridization, brain sectioning)
  • Mini project*

Lectures

There will be a range of basic lecture which include:

  • Research Ethics
  • Laboratory induction & Biosafety
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Weekly seminars and advance lectures*
    *Applicable for applicant enrolled in the program for 2 months and above. Applicant enrolled in the advanced program will get to complete a mini project based on a technique of their choice.

Program Schedule (overview)*

1st week

2nd week

3rd week

4th week

Induction program

Induction/orientation

Basic Lab Technical training

Mini-research project

Mini-Research  project 1

Mini-Research  project 2

Mini-Research  project 3

Journal club

Friday: 9:30-10:30

Friday 9:30-10:30

Friday 9:30-10:30

Progress report

 

TBA

TBA

TBA

Lectures/meeting with supervisors

Research Ethics

Introduction of mini-project

TBA

TBA

TBA

Final presentation

Friday 9:30-10:30

Optional

5th week

6th week

7th week

8th week

Mini-research project

Mini-Research  project 4

Mini-Research  project 5

Mini-Research  project 6

Mini-Research  project 7

Journal club

Friday 9:30-10:30

Friday 9:30-10:30

Friday 9:30-10:30

Progress report

TBA

TBA

TBA

TBA

Lectures/meeting with supervisors

TBA

TBA

TBA

TBA

Final presentation

   

Friday 9:30-10:30

*Disclaimer: BRIMS reserves the right to reschedule or cancel any part of its published program due to unforeseen circumstances and will not accept liability for costs incurred by the applicant or their organization as a result of the course being rescheduled or cancelled. Advance notice will be given if there is such a change or cancellation.

Application Process    

Our application process occurs in three (3) phases.  Applicants will be notified of the status of their applications after each phase of the review process.

Phase 1: Review of CV and Cover Letter
– Each applicant’s CV and cover letter will be reviewed by the selection committee of BRIMS. Please note that because of the sheer volume of applications received, this process can take between 1-2 weeks to complete.

Phase 2: Submission of Application Form and Supporting Documents
Once the applicant is shortlisted for the program, BRIMS administrator will forward the application form and document checklist in which applicant must complete to proceed to phase 3.

Phase 3: Matching Process and Payment
Matching Process is the final step whereby applicant will be assigned to one of our researchers who will be supervising the progress of the applicant throughout the duration of the program. To identify a match, consideration is given to the applicant’s scientific interests, previous laboratory experience (if any). An offer letter will be issued to the applicant in which he or she is required to return a signed copy and complete the payment to BRIMS. The applicant is then officially accepted into the BRIMS Research Scholar Program.

Application Timeline

Applicant is advised to submit the application form with all supporting documents following the lead time given below:

  • International students – at least four (4) months prior to the intended start date of the program
  • Malaysian students – at least two (2) months prior to the intended start date of the program

For further queries, please email mum-neuroscience@monash.edu

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