ACU offers a range of prestigious scholarships to reward outstanding academic achievement. Scholarships are available to both domestic and international research candidates looking to undertake a research course.

A generous living allowance is attached to most scholarships. Scholarships for international research candidates also cover tuition fees and Overseas Student Health Cover. (Domestic research candidates are exempt from tuition fees for the normal duration of their course.

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

 

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend scholarships

Applications are now open for Research Training Program Scholarships for domestic candidates (Australian citizens or permanent residents or a New Zealand citizens) who are either currently enrolled in a research higher degree at ACU or willing to commence a research higher degree in Research Term C 2020.

Meritorious students are encouraged to apply, noting that, in assessing applications, ACU will give priority to applicants wishing to study at doctoral level, to Indigenous Australian applicants, and to applicants whose proposed research aligns with ACU’s core research priorities of education and health, and theology and philosophy. 

For further information regarding the priority areas, please visit the appropriate Faculty or Research Institute website:

Faculty Research Institutes
Faculty of Education and Arts

Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences
Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education

Faculty of Health Sciences

Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research
Institute for Positive Psychology and Education

Faculty of Law and Business

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

Dianoia Institute of Philosophy
Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry

Value

A Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship of $33,092 per annum (indexed annually); and

  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (that is, a tuition fee waiver).

Applicants should read the Research Training Program Scholarship Policy, which, among other things, set out the eligibility criteria for Research Training Program Scholarships.

Closing date for applications

Tuesday 28th April 2020

How to Apply

If you are a currently enrolled domestic 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 domestic candidate: Visit the How to apply Domestic research candidate webpage for application instructions. Forwarded your completed application to Candidature Services: res.cand@acu.edu.au

Applicants for Research Term A 2021 commencement are not accepted at this time. Applicants should check the ACU Research Scholarships website in September 2020 for details of relevant closing deadlines.

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

 

Two Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) PhD Scholarships are available to conduct research within an Australian Research Council funded Linkage Project. The project is titled: ‘Young children in digital society: Building an Online Tool’. This project involves working with children, families and educators to identify the practices in the best interests of young children growing up in digital society. The identified practices will feature as exemplars hosted in an Online Tool to help leading Australian organisations support children, families and educators in the best possible use of technologies. 

 To facilitate engagement with children, families and educators, this project will draw on the practice-advice provided in the Early Childhood Australia Statement on Young Children and Digital Technologies. The ECA Statement is the first nationally comprehensive document to summarise research and provide advice to educators and families about young children using technologies in four main areas: 1) Relationships; 2) Health and Wellbeing; 3) Citizenship; 4) Play and Pedagogy.

The Partner Organisations working on this project are the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Federal Police, Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Deeper Richer, Early Childhood Australia, Raising Children Network and the Office of eSafety.

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 scholarship

The two Australian Government RTP PhD Scholarships are being offered to support the work of this project within one of the four main areas of advice provided in the Early Childhood Australia Statement on Young Children and Digital Technologies.

The Scholarships are available for high-performing candidates, with some prior experience in working in industry and interested in researching in any of the following aspects concerning young children and digital technologies:

  1. Young children, families and educators using digital technologies for communication, information sharing, documenting learning and/or collaboration.

     

  2. Young children’s interactions with digital technologies for optimal health and wellbeing, including physical activity and fine motor development.

     

  3. Young children, families and educators’ understanding of the internet as a foundation for digital citizenship in the early years, including children’s online safety, privacy and digital data management in early childhood education and care settings.

     

  4. Young children and digital play in the early years, with a focus on how educators understand digital play and provide for digital pedagogies in early childhood education and care settings.

Professor Susan Edwards is the lead Chief Investigator of the project and will provide supervision for the candidate. ACU is undertaking this project with other universities (Deakin University, Curtin University and LaTrobe University) and industry-based partners.

PhD eligibility criteria

Scholarship eligibility criteria

This scholarship is open to domestic candidates who are either a citizen or permanent resident of Australia, or a citizen of New Zealand.

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

  • Demonstrate interest and/or industry experience in a variety of issues concerning young children and digital technologies, such as digital play, assessment and learning using digital technologies, digital citizenships, peer and family relationships using technologies and/or physical activity relative to technology use in the early years.

Study mode and location

Full-time for three (3) years based at ACU's Melbourne campus, commencing Research Term C 2020.

Value and duration

  • A Research Training Program Stipend of A$33,092 per annum for three years, subject to satisfactory progress and full-time study mode; and
  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is a tuition fee waiver.

Applications close

Friday 8th May 2020

How to apply

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Professor Susan Edwards before submitting an application for the PhD program and this scholarship:

E: suzy.edwards@acu.edu.au

T: 03 9953 3531

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 issues concerning young children and digital technologies. such as digital play, assessment and learning using digital technologies, digital citizenship, peer and family relationships using technologies and/or physical activity relative to technology use in the early years.

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line ‘Young Children in Digital Society PhD Stipend Scholarship’.

The Exercise and Nutrition Research Program based at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (MMIHR) is seeking applicants for an Australian Government Research Training Program PhD Scholarship to undertake innovative research studying the molecular networks underlying exercise-induced mitochondrial biogenesis in humans

Exercise is essential in regulating metabolism and remains the most promising therapy for obesity and associated metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, which has reached epidemic proportions in the developed world. The impact of exercise on whole-body metabolism involves a coordinated network of molecular, cellular and tissue physiological adaptations including mitochondrial biogenesis in skeletal muscle. Professor John Hawley leads an internationally renowned multidisciplinary team conducting translational exercise and nutrition research using human subjects, animal models and cellular systems. A major research theme of this group is to use ‘omics-based technologies (i.e. transcriptomics, proteomics, phosphoproteomics) to map and interrogate the molecular networks (i.e. gene, protein and post-translational modifications, respectively) underlying the health-promoting effects of exercise including skeletal muscle mitochondrial biogenesis.

The successful sholarship recipient will be supervised by Professor John Hawley (Director, MMIHR and the Exercise and Nutrition Research Program) and Dr Nolan Hoffman (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Exercise and Nutrition Research Program). The recipient’s research projects will involve collaboration with ARC grant partners at Victoria University (Professor David Bishop, Institute for Health and Sport) and interactions with expert researchers and health professionals in the fields of metabolism, exercise and nutrition. A commencement date before 1 June 2020 is preferred.

The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research provides a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment for PhD students to pursue an academic and/or industry research career. It has a large academic and support staff dedicated to its research program, substantial research funding, a vibrant PhD program, and world leading national and international collaborative partners. For more information visit: https://www.acu.edu.au/research/our-research-institutes/mary-mackillop-institute-for-health-research

PhD program eligibility criteria

Scholarship eligibility criteria:

In addition to the PhD program eligibility criteria, applicants must demonstrate evidence of:

  • Australian First Class Honours degree or Research Masters degree (Masters degree by research or equivalent is required for international applicants) in any of the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, physiology and exercise science
  • Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards and grants
  • Professional experience, relevant training and/or research experience in human and/or rodent experimentation, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, physiology and/or metabolism
  • Academic publications and/or conference presentations, especially in the area of the PhD Scholarship, relative to their career to date

Study mode: Full-time only commencing Research Term B 2020.

PhD Scholarship inclusions:

  • A Research Training Program Tax-free stipend of A$33,092 per annum for three years;
  • Funding for project costs;
  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (tuition fee waiver) for domestic research candidates
  • A tuition fee waiver and overseas student health care policy for International Research Candidates

Applications close: 27 March 2020

For further information about the scholarship contact:

Professor Nolan Hoffman

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Exercise and Nutrition Research Program

Email: nolan.hoffman@acu.edu.au

Phone: +61 (0)3 9230 8277

How to apply:

To submit an application for the PhD program and this scholarship, follow the ‘How to Apply’ instructions on the ACU Research Web Page

For general candidature information, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au with the subject line ‘PhD Scholarship to undertake research in molecular networks underlying exercise-induced mitochondrial biogenesis in humans’.

 

ACU and Grant-Funded Stipend Scholarships

Square Eyes or All Lies? Understanding Children's Exposure to Screens. 

Are you interested in starting your research career at a growing research institution?

Would you like to receive supervision from world-renowned experts in their field?

Do you want to undertake research that has a positive impact?

As part of an Australian Research Council-funded project, Australian Catholic University is offering two full-time, 3-year PhD scholarships to undertake research into children’s exposure to electronic screens.

Current screen time guidelines are based on low-quality evidence and lack the nuance required to address this complex issue. This project will use innovative technology to resolve these weaknesses. Wearable cameras will measure what children are doing on screens, and where, when, and how long they are doing it. The project will also investigate how screen time impacts children’s development and how it is influenced by their environment. This evidence will benefit children by improving screen time guidelines, and help parents understand the impact of screen time on children’s development.

The successful applicants will be supervised by Professor Chris Lonsdale and Professor Phil Parker of ACU.

The successful applicants may also receive associate supervision from non-ACU project investigators which include world leading experts in psychology, education and public health:

  • Stuart Biddle (Southern Queensland)
  • Aiden Doherty (Oxford)
  • Louise Signal (Otago)
  • Katariina Selmela-Aro (Helsinki)

About Australian Catholic University and IPPE

In the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, ACU received the top score (5/5) in areas relevant to this project:

  • Psychology (1701);
  • Human Movement and Sports Science (1106); and
  • Public Health and Health Services (1117);

ACU is also ranked among the world’s top 100 universities for Education, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities

About the PhD Stipend Scholarship

Funded by a grant from the Australian Research Council, thesis topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Social, personal, and environment influences on children’s interactions with electronic screens
  • The influence of different types of electronic screen use on children’s educational, psychological and development outcomes

We welcome applications from individuals with a background in:

  • psychology;
  • education;
  • physical education/exercise science;
  • public health;
  • computer science; or
  • another discipline related to the project.

PhD Eligibility criteria

Study mode and location

  • Full-time for three (3) years based at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, North Sydney Campus, commencing in 2020 (exact date subject to finalisation of the Multi-Institution Agreement).

Value and duration

  • A tax-free stipend of A$27,094 per annum for three (3) years, subject to satisfactory progress and full-time study mode; and
  • either 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

Monday 23rd  March 2020

Application instructions:

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Chris Lonsdale before submitting an application for the PhD program and this scholarship:

E: chris.lonsdale@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.

(these can be amended as appropriate)

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line ‘Square Eyes or All Lies?’

Australian Catholic University is offering one full-time 2 year MPhil scholarship to undertake research as part of the Australian Research Council-funded project ‘Improving mental health nurses’ resilience, retention and quality of practice’.

This project aims to determine the effects of a resilience-building program on turnover intention, quality of nursing practice, workplace stress, and resilience, in mental health nurses. We are seeking a suitable MPhil candidate to conduct research as part of this project.

Applicants need to have:

  • an appropriate undergraduate Honours degree in nursing, psychology, behavioural science, public health, or health services research or related discipline;, or
  • Postgraduate research training (eg coursework completed to distinction level or higher or a master-by-coursework degree); or
  • demonstrated research experience with evidence of capacity to undertake independent research work (eg an authored publication). 

For details about the MPhil scholarship project and how to apply, please visit ACU Research webpage or contact kim.foster@acu.edu.au or 03 9342 7676.  

Australian Catholic University, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine, Melbourne

Nursing at ACU was judged 'well above world-standard in the most recent 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) review. Our researchers undertake leading edge academic research as well as making significant contributions to important public debates in nursing and health. The Mental Health Nursing Research Unit, led by Professor Kim Foster, is based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and conducts nurse-led research in collaboration with clinicians and multidisciplinary colleagues in key areas of mental health research focus.

Research scholarship: Improving mental health nurses’ resilience, retention and quality of practice’.

There is one full-time 2 year scholarship available for a MPhil, to undertake research related to the ARC-funded project ‘‘Improving mental health nurses’ resilience, retention and quality of practice’. This project aims to determine the effects of a resilience-building program on turnover intention, quality of nursing practice, workplace stress, and resilience, in mental health nurses. 

Using a randomised controlled trial design, the outcomes of nurses participating in the resilience program will be compared with those who do not. The expected outcomes are improved nurse resilience, turnover intention, and quality of nursing practice, and reduced negative psychological impacts of workplace stress. We anticipate the project will provide new knowledge on the impacts of workforce resilience-building skills, and enhance the quality of mental health nursing professional practice.

In addition to the application documentation, we invite MPhil applicants to submit a cover letter no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Professor Kim Foster to discuss ideas before preparing an application.

The project team is led by Professor Kim Foster and includes Professor Darryl Maybery of Monash University and Associate Professor Michael Roche of University of Technology Sydney. The successful candidate will be located in Melbourne.
 

Value

  • Australian Government Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship for 2 years duration (that is, a tuition fee waiver); and
  • Stipend of $32,596 per annum (indexed annually) for 2 years

Scholarship-specific criteria

  • academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards, publications, or grants;
  • skills in quantitative research methods;
  • previous research experience;
  • ability to contribute to a team;
  • excellent time-management and organisational skills.
  • high level verbal and written English proficiency
  • prior health research experience and publication of quantitative research findings are desirable.

Study mode and commencement date

Full-time commencing later 2020 (exact date TBC)

Location

Melbourne

Closing date for applications

Tentatively 29th May 2020

How to apply

This scholarship is open to domestic applicants only. Please visit the ACU Research website and follow the instructions to submit your application.
Applicants must clearly state that they are applying for the Research scholarship: Improving mental health nurses’ resilience, retention, and quality of practice in the scholarship section on the application form.

  • If you are not currently enrolled in a research degree at ACU, visit the ACU Research webpage for instructions on how to submit your application
  • If you are currently enrolled in a research degree at ACU, please download the application form for currently enrolled candidates from Orion and submit all required documentation to the Candidature Services team on res.cand@acu.edu.au

    Applicants should also include:
  • A cover letter of no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area, and other evidence of how they meet the scholarship-specific criteria listed above.
  • A copy of their CV that includes evidence of academic excellence; skills in quantitative research methods; previous research experience; and ability to contribute to a team.

For more information contact
Prof Kim Foster: kim.foster@acu.edu.au

Applications should be sent via email to ACU Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au

The Australian Catholic University (ACU) is partnering with TAD to undertake research in the field of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy for children with disabilities.

Applications are currently open for a full-time 3-year PhD with publication scholarship for a candidate to undertake research evaluating the Freedom Wheels Service.

About TAD

TAD is a non-profit, assistive technology provider. TAD has a dedicated group of staff and volunteers who design and build customised assistive technology and equipment solutions for those living with a disability. One of their services is Freedom Wheels which customises bicycles to enable children and adults with disabilities to ride.

Scholarship details

Location and supervision:

This scholarship is open to domestic applicants willing to commence during Research Term C 2020 (29 June until 31 August).

The successful scholarship recipient will be based full-time at the School of Allied Health at ACU, North Sydney Campus.

The successful recipient will be supervised by ACU’s  Associate Professor Elspeth Froude as Principal Supervisor, Professor Chris Lonsdale and Dr Margaret Wallen as Co-Supervisors and Dr Anthony Lowe from TAD, and Professor Christine Imms as Associate Supervisors.

The successful scholarship recipient will undertake their PhD with publication.

Scholarship value and duration:

  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship, that is a tuition fee waiver for 3 years; and
  • A Stipend Scholarship of $33,092 per annum for 3 years (indexed annually)

Eligibility criteria

  • Refer to the Higher Degree Research Regulations for PhD eligibility criteria;
  • Candidates must also have an Honours or Masters-by-Research qualification in Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or related discipline

How to apply: Step 1 Expression of Interest (EoI)

Applicants must submit an EoI including:

  • a cover letter of max 2 pages in length detailing relevant research experience and interest in the topic. Applicants should also outline strategies for a timely completion
  • a copy of their CV that includes evidence of research experience.

Closing date for Expressions of Interest: 9am on Monday 13th April 2020.

Submit EoI to: Associate Professor Elspeth Froude: Elspeth.froude@acu.edu.au

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview during the week ending 17th April 2020.

Following interviews, preferred candidates will be invited to submit a complete formal application for the PhD program and the stipend scholarship as outlined in step 2.

How to apply: Step 2: Invitation to submit complete formal application

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

Instructions on how to submit an application can be found on the ACU Research webpage 

Closing date for submission of complete formal application: 11.59pm on Sunday 31st May 2020.

For more information contact

Associate Professor Elspeth Froude: Elspeth.froude@acu.edu.au

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au , with the subject line ‘ACU and TAD PhD with Publication Scholarship’.

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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