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Participation PhD scholarship opportunity with CeDDR – funded by the CRE-CP

About the scholarship

The CRE-CP will award scholarships which will comprise valuable opportunities in addition to the project-specific support. Students will benefit from the CRE-CPs “Future Leaders of Research” initiative, attendance and presentations at national conferences, substantial networking opportunities and extensive support in the incorporation of the CRE-CP’s core values into all aspects of research.

  • The CRE-CP Scholarships provide a stipend of $25,000 per annum, awarded for a three year period. Scholars will be strongly encouraged to apply for external competitive scholarships (eg APA, NHMRC) in the second year of the scholarship. If successful, the CRE-CP will provide an annual top-up stipend of $5,000 which can be used for travel or consumables.
  • Students will be encouraged to attend national and international conferences; international exchanges will be supported financially with $750 allowed per PhD student per year.
  • Students will be expected to acknowledge the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy on all publications, technical papers and media, contribute to at least one CRE-CP sub-committee and attend the bi-annual symposium to present research findings.

About the project

One of the key outcomes of the CRE-CP will be an enhanced understanding of how to assess and optimise participation outcomes for people with cerebral palsy across the lifespan. Within the CRE-CP this work is situated across a range of research programs, led by Professor Christine Imms, Director of the Centre for Disability and Development Research (CeDDR) at the Australian Catholic University. The program of participation research is supported by a collaboration of Australian and International researchers that come together through the CRE-CP and CeDDR, including Professor Peter Wilson, Professor Peter Rosenbaum, Canada, Professor Bert Steenbergen, The Netherlands, Professor Andrew Gordon, USA, and Professor Mats Granlund, Sweden.

We are currently offering a PhD scholarship in this body of participation research. In particular there is an opportunity for a doctoral student to join a team of researchers who are interested in improving how adolescents with cerebral palsy participate, and sustain their participation, in physical activity. The project – SPACE (Sustaining Physical Activity in Community Environments) – will test an innovative way to engage youth with cerebral palsy in community-based physical activity. In contrast to commonly offered short-term physical activity programs, SPACE aims to equip adolescents with cerebral palsy, and their families, with the knowledge, skills and environmental structures to establish physical activity habits that can be sustained into the future.

One full-time doctoral scholarship is currently available. Unfunded (full or part time) doctoral projects are also possible.


More information

Please contact Tessa Devries (CRE-CP) or Christine Imms (CeDDR)

Download project details and application guidelines (PDF 408KB)

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