Applications for the April general round of RTP stipend and ACU stipend scholarships close 11.59pm 24 April 2022 AEDT.

Outstanding MPhil and PhD applicants are invited in the following priority areas:

  • Arts (especially history, sociology and political science)
  • Education (especially educational leadership, Indigenous education, specialist studies in education, and teacher education)
  • Health (especially psychology, exercise science, clinical sciences, allied health, nursing, and public health)
  • Philosophy (all areas)
  • Theology (especially systematic theology, biblical and early Christian studies, medieval and early modern studies, studies of religion, and Vatican II studies)

Scholarship opportunities for research candidates are listed below. Click on the relevant link to view the closing dates for applications and additional information.

 

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend scholarships

We are now accepting applications from prospective domestic and international candidates for study commencing in Research Term C 2022. Applications close 11.59pm 24 April 2022 AEDT

Outstanding MPhil and PhD applicants are invited in the following priority areas:

  • Arts (especially history, sociology and political science)
  • Education (especially educational leadership, Indigenous education, specialist studies in education, and teacher education)
  • Health (especially psychology, exercise science, clinical sciences, allied health, nursing, and public health)
  • Philosophy (all areas)
  • Theology (especially systematic theology, biblical and early Christian studies, medieval and early modern studies, studies of religion, and Vatican II studies)
 

Our Faculties

Our Schools and Research Institutes

Faculty of Education and Arts

School of Arts

School of Education

Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences

Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education

Faculty of Health Sciences

School of Allied Health

School of Behavioural and Health Sciences

School of Nursing Midwifery and Paramedicine

Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Institute for Positive Psychology and Education

Faculty of Law and Business

Peter Faber Business School

Thomas More Law School

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

School of Philosophy

School of Theology

Dianoia Institute of Philosophy

Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry

Scholarship Value
  • A Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship of $28,854* per annum (indexed annually); and either
  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (that is, a tuition fee waiver) for Domestic candidates; or
  • An ACU Tuition Fee waiver and Single Coverage Overseas HealthCare for International candidates.

*value is for candidates enrolled at full-time load. Part-time enrolment value is 1/2 the full-time value

Closing date for applications

We are now accepting applications from prospective domestic and international candidates for study commencing in 2022. Applications close 11.59pm 17 October 2021 AEDT.

Commencement dates

For Domestic applicants: these scholarships are for commencement in Research Term A 2022 

For International applicants: these scholarships are for onshore commencement though temporary offshore commencement may be possible in certain circumstances (refer 1 ‘If you receive an offer’ for further information).

How to Apply

If you are a currently enrolled candidate: download the ‘application for a Postgraduate Research Scholarship for currently enrolled candidates’ form in Orion and submit with required documentation to Candidature Services res.cand@acu.edu.au

If you are a prospective candidate: Visit the How to apply webpage for application instructions.

Any questions should be directed to ACU Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au

Further information on the ACU Research Training Program Scholarship can be found in the ACU RTP Policy.

Overview
One PhD Stipend Scholarship is available to conduct research within The Early Childhood Futures research group at the ACU Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education. The research will focus on the implementation of school playgroups in areas experiencing social and economic vulnerability, including better understanding of young children’s learning and developmental outcomes in these settings. This project involves working with schools in areas experiencing social and economic vulnerability to implement school playgroups and evaluate the learning and developmental outcomes of children in these settings. Previously developed evidence-based resources will help schools to establish and implement school playgroups seeking to benefit children and families. This project will use previously developed policy and practice-advice about school playgroups for implementation. Pre and post measures of children’s learning and developmental outcomes will be taken. For children, measures include selected tools for Early Years Assessment (birth to eight years-of-age) used in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in Victoria, such as Ages and Stages Questionnaire. Pre and post interviews with parents and school staff will also be conducted to identify adult perspectives on the role of school playgroups in supporting children’s learning and development. The successful candidate will work in The Early Childhood Futures research group at the ACU Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education the cross disciplinary areas of early childhood education, early childhood development, family support services and primary school education.
About Australian Catholic University

ACU is a world-leading research university in our priority areas of education, health, and theology and philosophy. Research excellence at ACU is founded on the principles of social justice and attracts global experts, students and collaborators from across the globe. These PhD scholarships are offered in the field of Education. According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, ACU is ranked in the among the world’s top 100 universities for Education. In the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment Education research at ACU scored above world standard. For the 2018 Engagement and Impact (EI) assessment, Education research at ACU was ranked high impact.

About Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education

The Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE) is a national research institute hosting a team of internationally-renowned researchers and international scholars undertaking nationally-funded research studies with a range of industry-funded partners. Our research draws on both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and includes large-scale, longitudinal studies and meta-analyses. A priority focus is on research relating to policy and practice.

ILSTE’s research includes six priority areas:

  • Assessment, evaluation and student learning
  • Sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics in education
  • Early childhood futures
  • Educational semiotics in English and literacy pedagogy
  • Teacher education, quality and professional practice
  • Data analytics and learning interventions.

Our researchers are concerned with generating and disseminating new knowledge to improve the learning outcomes of children and young people, especially those experiencing disadvantage and who are at risk.
ILSTE provides a forum for researchers, scholars, policy makers and practitioners to collaborate and share evidence-based knowledge to address barriers to achievement and learning engagement faced by young people. Further information about the Institute can be found at: http://www.lsia.acu.edu.au

About the PhD Stipend Scholarship


One PhD scholarship is available to conduct research on school playgroups.

Candidates with previous qualifications, expertise and interest in any of the following are encouraged to apply:

1. Early childhood education
2. Developmental psychology
3. Family support services
4. Early years of primary school; and/or
5. Translational research.

PhD Eligibility criteria

The eligibility criteria for the PhD program at ACU can be found in the Higher Degree Research Regulations
Candidates with previous qualifications, expertise and interest in any of the following are encouraged to apply:

  • Early childhood education
  • Developmental psychology
  • Family support services
  • Early years of primary school; and/or
  • Translational research.
Study mode and location

Full-time for three (3) years based at ACU’s Melbourne Campus, Australia, commencing as soon as possible 2022.

Value and duration
  • An Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) stipend scholarship of A$28,854 per annum (tax-free, indexed) for domestic candidates or an ACU Stipend Scholarship of A$28,854 (tax-free, indexed) for international candidates. The stipend duration is for three (3) years, subject to satisfactory progress and full-time study mode; plus
  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is, a tuition fee waiver for three (3) years for domestic candidates or an ACU tuition fee waiver for three (3) years for international candidates;
  • Single OSHC for international applicants.
Application closes

11:59pm AEDT Monday 28th February, 2022

Application instructions:

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Associate Professor Karen McLean before submitting an application for the PhD program and this scholarship:
E: karen.mclean@acu.edu.au

To be considered for these scholarships, applicants must submit all documentation required for an application to the PhD program at ACU, as detailed in the ‘How to Apply’ instructions on the ACU Research Web Page , plus:

• A cover letter detailing demonstrated interest and/or experience in the proposed area of research

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line Stipend Scholarship specialist research area: ‘Translating and Disseminating Playgroup Research for Practice and Policy’.

Overview
We offer one Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) PhD scholarships – described in section below “About the PhD Stipend Scholarship”. The PhD scholarship is available to undertake evidence translation mixed-methods research focused on low-value wound care in the acute care setting.
About the The National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Wiser Wound Care

The NHMRC has awarded the team at the Nursing Research Institute, a 5-year Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) grant in Wiser Wound Care. This CRE is led by Professor Wendy Chaboyer at Griffith University and Professor Elizabeth McInnes, Deputy Director of the Nursing Research Institute is the CIC.

The CRE was established on 1 January 2021. The focus of this CRE is on acute wound care (pressure injuries, surgical wounds and intravascular devices) in hospitals.

The main functions of the CRE are to undertake systematic reviews, research and implementation/de-implementation research. We also engage with end-users, both consumers and clinicians, in our research and knowledge translation activities and provide research training in methods and implementation science.

The broad aim of the proposed PhD study is to design and evaluate an intervention to reduce low-value wound care in hospitals and to identify factors that influence uptake of the intervention. The project addresses an important area of health services research, namely how to de-implement from health care practices that are obsolete or inappropriate.

About Australian Catholic University

ACU is a world-leading research university in our priority areas of education, health, and theology and philosophy. Research excellence at ACU is founded on the principles of social justice and attracts leading experts, students and collaborators from across the globe. These PhD scholarships are offered in the fields of nursing (1110 FOR Code) and according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, ACU is ranked in the top 100 Young Universities, worldwide. In the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, nursing research at ACU received the score (5/5).

About the PhD Stipend Scholarships

One (1) Australian Government RTP PhD Scholarships are being offered for mid-2022 commencement to support the work of Professor Elizabeth McInnes and her team at the Nursing Research Institute which is a partnership between Australian Catholic University, St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. The Scholarship is available for driven and high-performing candidates.

The successful candidate will be embedded in the CRE and expected to take part in various CRE activities and training opportunities.

The successful applicant will be supervised by Professor Elizabeth McInnes (Principal Supervisor) and another ACU supervisor with external supervision to be provided by CRE Research Fellow, Dr Angela Wan.

It is anticipated that the successful applicant will have the opportunity to be involved in observational and qualitative research and/or pilot studies. This will be determined by the exact research topic and applicants knowledge/experience in the field of research. Applicants should contact Professor McInnes for further information.

PhD Eligibility criteria
Scholarship criteria

Essential requirements

  • Highly motivated, with a strong interest in evidence translation; mixed-methods research; randomised controlled trials; implementation science.
  • Excellent English written and verbal communications skills.

Desirable skills

  • Experience in health services research
  • Experience in writing publications in peer reviewed scientific journals
  • Experience with statistical and qualitative analysis software
  • A health background e.g., a Bachelor’s degree in health sciences (nursing, allied health or psychology).
  • Experience in clinical practice change
Study mode and location
  • Full-time for three (3) years based at Melbourne Campus, commencing in Research Term C 2022.
  • Value and duration
  • A Research Training Program tax-free stipend of A$28,854 per annum (indexed) for three (3) years, subject to satisfactory progress. This is Full time equivalent value, part time will be pro-rata; and
  • a Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is, a tuition fee waiver for three (3) years.
Application instructions
How to apply

This opportunity is open to domestic applicants only, that is Australian Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and New Zealand Citizens.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Prof Liz McInnes before submitting an application for the PhD program and a scholarship: E: Liz.McInnes@acu.edu.au

Step 1: Expression of Interest (EOI) to be submitted by Sunday 13th March 2022 11:59pm (AEST).

Applicants must submit to Prof Liz McInnes

  • a 1 to 2-page cover letter and
  • a brief Curriculum Vitae detailing how they meet the scholarship eligibility criteria as listed above

Step 2: Shortlisting and Invitation to submit formal application

Applicants who are successful in their Expression of Interest may be invited to interview. Shortlisted applicants with then be invited to submit a formal application for the PhD program and this stipend scholarship.

Instructions for submitting a formal application to the PhD program can be found on the ‘How to Apply’ section of the ACU Research Web Page.

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line: “SRA: NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Wiser Wound Care PhD Scholarship”

Overview
Australian Catholic University is offering one (1) full-time, 3-year PhD scholarship to conduct research that supports an Australian Research Council DECRA Project researching the role of digital platforms on teacher learning and education policymaking and governance processes. A particular focus of the research will consider the European Commission’s eTwinning professional learning platform; however, the successful candidate will also have the opportunity to develop their own cognate research agenda that aligns with the broader project. The successful candidate will be embedded in ACU’s Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE) and will receive principal supervision from Dr. Steven Lewis, the project’s chief investigator. The successful candidate will receive Co-supervision from a second ACU supervisor, as well as additional external (Associate) supervision provided by Assistant Professor Mathias Decuypere of Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven.
About Australian Catholic University
ACU is a world-leading research university in our priority areas of education, health, and theology and philosophy. Research excellence at ACU is founded on the principles of social justice and attracts leading experts, students and collaborators from across the globe. In the Times Higher Education (THE) World University rankings, ACU was ranked in the 251-300 band of Universities Worldwide and in the top 100 Young Universities, worldwide. In the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, research at ACU was ranked first or equal first for ten fields of research in Australia. In education research, ACU is one of the top-50 universities in the world and is ranked third in Australia by the Shanghai Ranking.
About the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education
The Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE) is an interdisciplinary research institute focused on making a difference to children's lives. The Institute focuses on 21st-century teaching and learning, diversity, innovation and engagement, with improving learning outcomes at the core of what we do. We are a national research institute that hosts a team of eminent researchers and international scholars who undertake funded research with a range of government and industry partners. At ILSTE, we prioritise connecting our research with policy and practice.

About the PhD Stipend Scholarship

One (1) PhD Scholarship is being offered in 2022 to support a project on the role of digital platforms on teacher learning and education policymaking and governance processes. The Scholarship is available for a high-performing candidate who possesses prior research experience in education policy and/or the sociology of education.

We welcome applications from individuals with a background in:

  • Globalisation and education;
  • The role of intergovernmental and transnational organisations in education policymaking, such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Commission;
  • Innovative qualitative research methods aligned with digital policy sociology (e.g., network ethnography, topological approaches, policy mobilities, platform studies);
  • The impact of digital education platforms and data on teacher practice and school leadership;
  • International Large-Scale Assessments (ILSAs), such as PISA
PhD Eligibility criteria
The eligibility criteria for the PhD program at ACU can be found in the Higher Degree Research Regulations 

Scholarship criteria
In addition to the PhD Eligibility criteria, the successful applicant should also have research experience in education policy and/or sociology of education

Study mode and location
  • Full-time for three (3) years;
  • Based in Brisbane, Australia;
Commencement Date
  • For Domestic applicants: these scholarships are for commencement in Research Term A 2022
  • For International applicants: these scholarships are for onshore commencement from Research Term A 2022, although temporary offshore commencement may be possible in certain circumstances (refer to ‘If you receive an offer’ for further information).
Value and duration

The Successful applicant will be awarded:

  • An Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) stipend scholarship of A$28,854per annum (tax-free, indexed) for domestic candidates or an ACU Stipend Scholarship of A$28,854 (tax-free, indexed) for international candidates. The stipend duration is for three (3) years, subject to satisfactory progress and full-time study mode; plus
  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is, a tuition fee waiver for three (3) years for domestic candidates or an ACU tuition fee waiver for three (3) years for international candidates;
  • Single OSHC for international applicants.
Application closes
11:59pm (AEDT), Sunday November 14, 2021

Application instructions:
How to apply: Expression of Interest
Step 1: Expression of Interest (EOI) to be submitted by application closing date.

Applicants must submit a 1 to 2-page cover letter and a brief Curriculum Vitae that details how they meet the PhD and scholarship eligibility criteria as listed above to Dr. Steven Lewis
Email: steven.lewis@acu.edu.au

Step 2: Invitation to submit formal application
Applicants who are successful in their Expression of Interest may be invited to interview. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to submit a formal application for the PhD program and this stipend scholarship.

Instructions for submitting a formal application to the PhD program can be found on the ‘How to Apply’ section of the ACU Research Web Page.

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line “PhD Stipend scholarship: The implications of digital platforms for education policymaking and governance”

Overview

The Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) Program of the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at ACU in Melbourne invites applications for competitive PhD scholarships in connection with its new research project ‘Religious Mobilities: Medieval and Early Modern Europe and the World.’ A major new international research collaboration with partners in Leuven, London, Princeton, Stanford, and Toronto, ‘Religious Mobilities’ seeks to investigate the multiple and intersecting roles that religion has played in relation to mobility in this critical period for the formation of a globalised world. More information about the scholarships can be found at https://www.acu.edu.au/research/our-research-institutes/institute-for-religion-and-critical-inquiry/study-with-us/phd-scholarships-for-religious-mobilities

About Australian Catholic University

ACU is a world-leading research university in our priority areas of education, health, theology and philosophy and other liberal arts. Research excellence at ACU is aligned with our mission and identity as a Catholic university and attracts leading experts, students and collaborators from across the globe. Ranked in the top 300 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World Universities Rankings 2021), ACU was rated above or well above world standard across twelve fields of research in the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment.

About the Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) Program of the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry

ACU’s MEMS program is a dynamic, supportive, internationally engaged research community based at ACU’s Melbourne Campus, with activities also on ACU’s Rome Campus. PhD candidates in ACU’s MEMS program are fully immersed in the intellectual life of the program, work closely with supervisors, draw extensively on the talents of the MEMS team, participate in the program’s seminars, workshops, and special lectures, contribute to our international collaborations, and pursue research opportunities with our international partners and in relevant archives. Learn more about our research interests, publications and activities online here.

PhD Eligibility criteria

The eligibility criteria for the PhD at ACU can be found in the Higher Degree Research Regulations

Study mode and location

Full-time for three (3) years based at the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry Melbourne Campus, commencing as soon as possible.

For Domestic applicants: these scholarships are for commencement as soon as possible.

For International applicants: these scholarships are for onshore commencement though temporary offshore commencement may be possible in certain circumstances (refer 1 ‘If you receive an offer’ for further information).

Value and duration

Successful applicants will be awarded:

  • An Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship of A$28,854 (tax-free, indexed, full-time rate) or an ACU Stipend Scholarship of A$28,854 tax-free, indexed, full-time rate). Both stipend values are per annum for three (3) years subject to satisfactory progress; plus
  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is, a tuition fee waiver for three (3) years for domestic candidates or an ACU tuition fee waiver for three (3) years for international candidates. 
Application closes

11:59pm (AEST) Sunday 24 April 2022   

As part of the application process, candidates may be invited to a virtual interview.

Application instructions: 

Applicants are encouraged to contact the MEMS director, Prof. Megan Cassidy-Welch (megan.cassidy-welch@acu.edu.au), to discuss their application and proposed projects in connection to the key aims of the ‘Religious Mobilities’ project.

To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must submit all documentation required for an application to the PhD program at ACU, as detailed in the ‘How to Apply’ instructions on the ACU Research Web Page, plus:

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line “PhD Stipend Scholarships: specialist research area: Medieval and Early Modern Studies ‘Religious Mobilities’ ”.

Overview

ACU is offering one part-time Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) stipend scholarship for a committed, creative scholar to evaluate consumer involvement in CP-Achieve.

CP-Achieve is a Centre for Research Excellence funded in 2019 by the NHMRC for five years. CP-Achieve stands for Australian Centre for Health Independence, Economic Participation and Value Enhanced Care for adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy (CP). The focus of CP-Achieve is on adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy aged 10 to 30 – a life stage when young people are gaining their independence and figuring out who they are and want to become.

Involvement of adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy and their families (consumers) is embedded throughout the activities of CP-Achieve. Consumers work in Advisory Groups and on research teams, collaborating to optimise the applicability of the research to, and outcomes for, adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy and their families.
The methods will be quantitative and qualitative and explore the perspectives of both consumers and researchers. Aspects of the process, authenticity, and impacts of consumer involvement, and resource implications will be investigated. The project aims to inform ongoing consumer involvement activities and strategies during the life of CP-Achieve, contribute to the international evidence base on the impact of consumer involvement and effective/ineffective involvement strategies, and inform national policies and practices around consumer involvement in research.

Supervision will be provided by Dr Margaret Wallen and Professor Christine Imms, and a research team is in place. The successful candidate will be able to expand the expertise in the research team as required.

We welcome applications from eligible applicants from various academic disciplines, not limited to occupational therapists, speech pathologists, physiotherapists, psychologists, social scientists, social workers, medical practitioners and nurses. People with disability are encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will join a vibrant and supportive network of consumers, researchers and PhD scholars with a common passion for enhancing the lives of young people with cerebral palsy in their quests to achieve participation in life situations.

PhD eligibility criteria
Scholarship eligibility criteria
  • Experience with involving consumers/people with lived experience in research or service delivery development
  • Relevant clinical or work experience with adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy and their families
  • Relevant leadership experience
  • Previous relevant research experience
  • Interest in pursuing this PhD Project and alignment with your goals and aspirations.
Study mode and location
  • Part-time for six (6) years based at the School of Allied Health, ACU North Sydney Campus and the CP-Achieve Centre of Research Excellence, commencing Research Term C 2021.
Value and duration
  • A Research Training Program tax-free stipend of A$14,299 per annum for six (6) years at part-time study mode, subject to satisfactory progress; and
  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is, a tuition fee waiver for six (6) years at part-time study mode.
Application instructions:

This opportunity is open to domestic applicants only, that is Australian Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and New Zealand Citizens.

How to apply

Step 1: Expression of Interest (EOI)
Submit to Margaret.Wallen@acu.edu.au

  • A cover letter addressing the PhD and Scholarship eligibility criteria and containing full contact details including residential address
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certified copy of academic transcripts including the explanations for scores, marks or ratings achieved
  • Evidence of Australian citizenship or permanent residence

Step 2: Invitation to submit formal application

Applicants who are successful in their Expression of Interest will be invited to attend an interview. Applicants who are successful in their interview will be asked to submit a formal application for the PhD program and this stipend scholarship.

Instructions for submitting a formal application to the PhD program can be found on the ‘How to Apply’ section of the ACU Research Web Page.

For more information contact: Margaret.Wallen@acu.edu.au

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line ‘Specialist research area: Evaluation of involvement of people with cerebral palsy in CP-Achieve research.’

Overview

Australian Catholic University is offering one full-time, 3-year PhD scholarship to undertake research in the areas of digital innovation in mental health.
The successful candidate will work with our established team of local and international collaborators, including current research students, as part of the Healthy Mind and Brain Research Centre (HMBRC) at ACU.

Our Research Program, Digital Innovation in Mental Health and Well-being, has a focus on optimising psychological well-being in youth and adults diagnosed with severe mental illness, young people at risk of mental disorders and family members providing care. Based upon a longstanding and strong research collaboration, we are currently partnering with Orygen Digital in a program of research related to an exciting large-scale roll-out across Victorian of a novel digital intervention for youth affected by mental health problems. This has created a unique research opportunity in terms of scale and innovation.

The successful applicant will be supervised by Professor John Gleeson of ACU. The successful applicant may also receive associate supervision from other ACU and non-ACU project investigators which include world leading experts in clinical psychology and digital interventions for mental health problems:

  • Prof Mario Alvarez-Jimenez (Orygen Digital and The University of Melbourne)
  • Prof David Penn (ACU and The University of North Carolina)
  • Prof Andrew Gumley (The University of Glasgow)
About Australian Catholic University

ACU is a world-leading research university in our priority areas of education, health, and theology and philosophy. Research excellence at ACU is founded on the principles of social justice and attracts leading experts, students and collaborators from across the globe. These PhD scholarships are offered in the fields of psychology (1701 FOR Code). According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, ACU is ranked in the top 100 Young Universities, worldwide. In the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, psychology and exercise science research at ACU received the top score (5/5), rated as well-above world standard.

About the Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre

The Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre (HBMRC) aims to advance knowledge critical to improving mental health, physical performance, and well-being. Mental health, brain-related, and developmental disorders have significant negative impacts upon the mortality and social participation of the most vulnerable members of the community and are among the most urgent global challenges of the 21st century. The Centre will make significant contributions to mental health, physical performance, participation and well-being by integrating cutting edge research expertise and technology spanning neuroscience, addiction science, clinical psychology, developmental psychology and rehabilitation science to improve the understanding, prevention and treatment of mental health, brain-related and developmental disorders. One of three leading research Programs in the HBMRC is, Digital Innovation in Mental Health and Well-being.

About the PhD Stipend Scholarship

One PhD Scholarships is being offered in 2021 to support the work of Prof. John Gleeson and his team in the areas of digital innovation in youth mental health. The Scholarship is  available for a high-performing candidates, with some prior experience in clinical psychology and/or digital interventions in mental health and interest in researching the following projects:

How does participation by young people with mental health disorders in online digital interventions translate to healthy behaviour change in everyday life?

  • What model of online moderation is effective in increasing motivation for behaviour change in youth with mental health disorders?
  • Can machine learning be utilised to assess and increase motivation for healthy behaviour change in young people with mental health disorders?

We welcome applications from individuals with a background in:

  • clinical psychology;
  • another discipline related to the project, e.g., research experience in digital technology applied to mental health assessment and treatment.
PhD Eligibility criteria
Study mode and location
  • Full-time for three (3) years based at the Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences, Melbourne or Brisbane Campus, commencing Research Term C (end of August 2021).

NB: This scholarship is for onshore commencement only therefore the start date is subject to the Australian Government lifting the travel restrictions on International student arrivals. The restrictions currently in place as part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic means the start date may be delayed.

Value and duration

Successful applicants will be awarded:

  • An Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship of A$28,597 (tax-free, indexed, full-time rate) or an ACU Stipend Scholarship of A$28,597 tax-free, indexed, full-time rate). Both stipend values are per annum for three (3) years subject to satisfactory progress; plus
  • a Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is, a tuition fee waiver for three (3) years for domestic candidates or an ACU tuition fee waiver for three (3) years for international candidates.
Application closes

Open until suitable candidate is identified

Application instructions:

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Prof. John Gleeson before submitting an application for the PhD program and a scholarship:
E: john.gleeson@acu.edu.au

To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must submit all documentation required for an application to the PhD program at ACU, as detailed in the ‘How to Apply’ instructions on the ACU Research Web Page, plus:

  • A CV detailing relevant academic and practical experience;
  • A cover letter detailing demonstrated interest and/or experience in the program of research described.

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line “PhD Stipend Scholarships: HBMRC Digital Innovation in Mental Health and Well-being”.

ACU and Grant-Funded Stipend Scholarships

Overview

Skill acquisition and transfer are arguably the most important functions of sports practice as collectively they allow athletes to improve their performance during competition. Despite their fundamental importance, skill acquisition and skill transfer have so far received relatively little attention from a sport performance analytical perspective. The large volume of data that is now captured in elite sports allows us to access and measure the relative symmetry between the practice environment and the competition environment in terms that are relevant for skill acquisition and transfer. In the proposed project it is aimed to systematically investigate skill in Australian Rules Football using both technical data and player tracking data.

About Essendon Football Club

The Essendon Football Club (EFC), nicknamed the Bombers, is a professional Australian rules football club. EFC plays in the Australian Football League (AFL), the sport's premier competition and is one of Australia's best-known and most successful football clubs. The club is committed to the vision of being recognised as the most respected, inclusive and successful sporting club in the country, consistently setting the benchmark both on and off the field. The club’s headquarters - “The Hangar” – features state-of-the-art facilitates, including two training grounds, and will soon be home to an AFLW team (a women’s team in the national league) in addition to the men’s team.

About Australian Catholic University

ACU is a world-leading research university with priority areas of Education, Health, Theology and Philosophy, and other liberal arts. Research excellence at ACU is founded on the principles of social justice and attracts global experts, students and collaborators from across the globe. This PhD scholarship is offered in the field of Human Movement and Sports Science. In the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, Human Movement and Sports Science research at ACU scored a rating of Well Above World Standard, the highest rating available. Furthermore, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, ACU is ranked among the world’s top 1% of Sports Science Schools and Departments.

About the PhD Stipend Scholarship

This PhD project will ask an important question that is of the highest importance to sports organisations, such as the teams of the AFL, where financial gains are influenced by on-field performances. Specifically, this research will ask how do you measure symmetry between the competition environment and the practice environment? Addressing this question requires a systematic investigation of skill using both technical data and player tracking data.

The project is jointly funded by ACU and the EFC and will focus on skill transfer within the AFL. AFL teams train two-to-three times per week for approximately 10 months (pre-season and in-season), therein providing a sufficiently large dataset for the project. Indeed, EFC currently collect training data for both technical actions (e.g., the type and outcome of an action, including the constraints impacting the action) and movement behaviour (i.e., GPS tracking). Hence, the student will have access to this data, whilst also having opportunities to influence how data is collected.

The successful scholarship recipient will undertake their PhD program of research through ACU under the proposed supervisory team of Associate Professor Gert-Jan Pepping, Associate Professor Michael Cole, and Dr Adam Hewitt (all three at ACU Brisbane) with external supervision from Dr Tim Buszard (Skill Acquisition Specialist at Essendon Football Club). The successful candidate will be embedded at ACU’s Melbourne St Patricks campus and Essendon Football Club.

As part of the scholarship, the PhD student will be expected to work closely with skill acquisition specialists, coaching, performance analysis, and medical staff.

Given the applied nature of the scholarship, the successful recipient will need to possess well-developed academic, data management, practical and interpersonal skills.

PhD Eligibility criteria
Scholarship Eligibility criteria

In addition to the PhD program eligibility criteria, applicants should:

  • Hold a First Class Honours’ degree/Master’s degree by research/coursework or have demonstrated research experience in any of the following fields: exercise/sport science, high performance sport, skill acquisition, motor control/motor learning, sport psychology or physiotherapy.
  • Have research experience, preferably with a track record of peer-review publications.
  • Have interest in skill acquisition, athletic performance and performance analysis.
  • Have advanced excel skills, with experience coding on various platforms such as R, Python or MATLAB being advantageous.
Study mode and location
  • Full-time for three (3) years based at the Essendon Football Club, and ACU’s Melbourne Campus, Australia, commencing as soon as possible.
Value and duration
  • A stipend of A$29,427* per annum for three (3) years, indexed annually, subject to satisfactory progress and full-time study mode; and
  • For domestic candidates, a Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is, a tuition fee waiver for three (3) years or;
  • For international candidates, an ACU tuition fee waiver for three (3) years plus Overseas Health Care (Single)

* the stipend value is comprised of contributions from Essendon Football Club and Australian Catholic University

Application closes
  • The 31st of January 2022
Application instructions:

Interested candidates should contact Associate Professor Gert-Jan Pepping before submitting an application for the PhD program and this scholarship:

E: gert-jan.pepping@acu.edu.au

To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must submit all documentation required for an application to the PhD program at ACU, as detailed in the ‘How to Apply’ instructions on the ACU Research Web Page, plus:

  • A CV detailing relevant academic and practical experience.
  • A brief cover letter detailing their experience and intended programme of research.

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line ‘ACU and Essendon Football Club Stipend Scholarship’.

We are now accepting applications from prospective domestic and international candidates for study commencing in Research Term C 2022. Applications close 11.59pm 24 April 2022 AEDT.

Outstanding MPhil and PhD applicants are invited in the following priority areas:

  • Arts (especially history, sociology and political science)
  • Education (especially educational leadership, Indigenous education, specialist studies in education, and teacher education)
  • Health (especially psychology, exercise science, clinical sciences, allied health, nursing, and public health)
  • Philosophy (all areas)
  • Theology (especially systematic theology, biblical and early Christian studies, medieval and early modern studies, studies of religion, and Vatican II studies)
 

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Scholarship Value
  • An ACU Stipend Scholarship of $28,854* per annum (indexed annually); and either
  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (that is, a tuition fee waiver) for Domestic candidates; or
  • Single Coverage Overseas HealthCare plus an ACU Tuition Fee waiver for International candidates

*value is for candidates enrolled at full-time load. Part-time enrolment value is 1/2 the full-time value

Closing date for applications

We are now accepting applications from prospective domestic and international candidates for study commencing in 2022. Applications close 11.59pm 17 October 2021 AEDT.

Commencement dates

For Domestic applicants: these scholarships are for commencement in Research Term A 2022.

For International applicants: these scholarships are for onshore commencement though temporary offshore commencement may be possible in certain circumstances (refer 1 ‘If you receive an offer’ for further information).

How to Apply

If you are a prospective candidate: Visit the How to apply webpage for application instructions.

If you are a currently enrolled candidate: download the ‘application for a Postgraduate Research Scholarship for currently enrolled candidates’ form in Orion and submit with required documentation to Candidature Services res.cand@acu.edu.au.

Any questions should be directed to ACU Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au.

Overview

Australian Catholic University is offering two PhD Stipend Scholarships to conduct research aligned with an Australian Research Council Discovery Project researching masculinity and citizenship with reference to political ideas, extremism and the Far Right. Candidates will be embedded in ACU’s Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences and will be supervised by Professor Bryan Turner, the project’s chief investigator.

About Research at Australian Catholic University

ACU is a world-leading research university in our priority areas of education, health, and theology and philosophy and other liberal arts. Research excellence at ACU is founded on the principles of social justice and attracts global experts, students, and collaborators from across the globe. These PhD scholarships are offered to conduct research within the humanities, specifically sociology and political sciences, with a focus on social change, social theory, and citizenship. In 2020, ACU appeared in the CWTS Leiden Ranking for the first time and was the leading Australian university in the Humanities and Social Sciences when ranked both by the proportion of papers in the top 5% most frequently cited (a scientific quality measure) and by the proportion of papers demonstrating interinstitutional collaborative publication. In the newly-released 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, ACU has risen to the 251-300 band, skipping the 301-350 band entirely and holding its place in the top 2 per cent of universities in the world.. In the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, research in political science and sociology at ACU was assessed as being at world standard.

About the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (IHaSS)

The recently-established Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences will support ACU’s continued growth and success in the liberal arts, humanities and the social sciences. Under Director, Professor Joy Damousi, the new Institute will consist of a series of centres across the disciplines of History, Political Science, Sociology and Literature, and will strengthen and expand ACU’s interdisciplinary research.

About the PhD Stipend Scholarships

Two PhD Stipend Scholarships are available for high-performing candidates interested in researching non-conventional topics related to citizenship, right-wing politics and gender.

Possible research topics include but are not limited to:

  1. Examining the role of intellectuals both secular and religious, in influencing the formation of extreme political movements.
  2. Analysing the globalisation of radical political views.
  3. Studying how changes in employment, marriage, and gender relationships contribute to the transformations of masculinity in relation to militancy and violence.
  4. Working on the transformation of politics and the collapse of a simple left-right political framework.
  5. Examining the demographic basis of radicalism in the idea of ‘the displacement’ of the white population.
  6. The sociology and/or history of extreme political ideology.
  7. Exploring the role of women in far-right and other radical ideas and movements.
PhD Eligibility criteria
Scholarship Eligibility criteria

In addition to the PhD program eligibility criteria, applicants should have research experience in:

  • political philosophy, sociology or modern history.
Study mode and location
  • Full-time for three (3) years,
  • Based at ACU’s North Sydney or Melbourne Campus, Australia
  • Commencing 2021. (These scholarships are for onshore commencement only therefore the start date is subject to the Australian Government lifting the travel restrictions on International student arrivals. The restrictions currently in place as part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic means the start date may be delayed.)
Value and duration
  • A tax-free stipend of A$28,597 per annum for three (3) years, subject to satisfactory progress and full-time study mode; and
  • a Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is, a tuition fee waiver for three (3) years for domestic candidates; or
  • an ACU Tuition Fee waiver for three (3) years for international candidates.
Application closes

11:59pm AEST Sunday 10th April 2021

Application instructions:

Interested candidates should contact Professor Bryan Turner before submitting an application for the PhD program and these scholarships:

E: Bryan.Turner@acu.edu.au

To be considered for these scholarships, applicants must submit all documentation required for an application to the PhD program at ACU, as detailed in the ‘How to Apply’ instructions on the ACU Research Web Page, plus:

  • A cover letter detailing demonstrated interest and/or experience in political theory, sociology or modern history.

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line ‘PhD Stipend Scholarship: political ideas, extremism and the far right.

Non-ACU scholarships

The Fulbright Commission offers a diverse selection of scholarships for Australian students, scholars, and professionals seeking to study or conduct research in the U.S. Applicants can be at any career stage and from any academic background.

The Fulbright Future Scholarships offer funding for full tuition/visiting researcher fees at any U.S. institution, as well as travel and living costs.

The Scholarships are currently open for application from postgraduate students, PhD researchers, academics and professionals who propose innovative research projects with potential for significant impact.

For further information and to apply, visit the Fulbright website

The Endeavour Awards is the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia. Awards are also available for Australians to undertake study, research and professional development abroad.

Learn more about the Endeavour Awards on the Department of Education and Training website.

Applications for the 2019 round of Endeavour Scholarships are now open

The John Monash Scholarships are postgraduate scholarships awarded to outstanding Australians with leadership potential who wish to study overseas. The John Monash Scholarships are amongst the most important postgraduate scholarships currently available in Australia. The Scholarship is open to Australian citizens who have completed an undergraduate degree in Australia and wish to pursue postgraduate study at a university outside of Australia. The Scholarship is not restricted by age, discipline or choice of overseas institution.

Australia Awards

Australia Awards is an initiative of the Australian Government that promotes development in the Asia-Pacific region.

For more information visit Australia Awards

Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarships

The Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarships were established through the generosity of the founder of the Ramsay Centre, Mr Paul Ramsay.

Scholarships are open annually to Australian citizens to pursue graduate study abroad. The scholarships aim to enable coursework and/or research to be undertaken at the world’s best universities and colleges for up to two years (and in select cases up to three years).

Levels of support for tuition and living costs are fully competitive with such prestigious awards as the General Sir John Monash, Commonwealth, Rhodes and Fulbright Scholarships.

Scholarships are valued at up to AUD 85,000 pa. The first students will commence graduate study in 2021.

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