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 closed for Research Training Program Scholarships for commencement in Research Term C 2020.

Applicants for Research Term A 2021 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

Overview

This program of research contains two separate applied PhD projects, one in sleep and another in mental fatigue.

Sleep is considered fundamental to athlete performance and recovery. However, novel research is required to enhance our understanding of how sleep and performance interact and potential interventions to improve sleep in athletes, particularly in female athletes. Potential interventions to be explore in this project include the interaction between sleep and performance and nutritional, psychological and behaviour change interventions. The successful candidate will work with A/Prof Shona Halson and Dr Richard Johnston.

Mental fatigue results from extended periods of high cognitive load and may negatively impact an athlete’s performance, including reductions in endurance, skill and decision making. However, the precise impact of mental fatigue is likely influenced by the specific demands of each performance environment. This program of research will investigate the impact of mental fatigue on athletic performance including the assessment of novel approaches for the assessment of mental fatigue in athletes. The successful candidate will work with A/Prof Stuart Cormack and Dr David Opar.

About 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 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, aaccording to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, ACU is ranked among the world’s top 1% of Sports Science Schools and Departments.

About the Research Centre for Sports Performance, Recovery, Injury and New Technologies (SPRINT):

The Sports Performance, Recovery, Injury and New Technologies (SPRINT) Research Centre aims to advance knowledge in the areas of performance, recovery and injury in the sporting domain, using a combination of established and developing laboratory and applied research techniques. The Research Centre, led by Dr David Opar in conjunction with A/Prof Shona Halson and A/Prof Stuart Cormack, blends real-world experience in high performance sport with cutting edge facilities to conduct world-leading research across its research programs.

About the PhD Stipend Scholarships

Two Australian Government RTP PhD Scholarships are being offered to support the work of this project.

The Scholarships are available for high-performing candidates, with some prior experience in Sport and Exercise Science (both applied and research experience) and interested in researching in any of the following aspects:

  1. The interaction between sleep and sports performance in athletes, with a focus on novel technology.
  2. Interventions to improve sleep quality and quantity in athletes, with a focus on the female athlete.
  3. The impact of mental fatigue on strength and power performance and adaptation.
  4. The use of novel technologies to assess mental fatigue in team sport athletes.

PhD Eligibility criteria

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

Study mode and location

Sleep PhD

  • Full-time for three (3) years based at ACU’s Brisbane Campus, Australia, commencing Research Term C 2020 or Research Term A 2021.

Mental Fatigue PhD

  • Full-time for three (3) years based at ACU’s Melbourne Campus, Australia, commencing Research Term C 2020 or Research Term A 2021.

Value and duration

  • a Research Training Program tax-free stipend of A$33,092 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.

Application closes

18th June 2020

Application instructions:

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr David Opar before submitting an application for the PhD program and this scholarship:
E: david.opar@acu.edu.au
T: +61 3 9953 3742

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 Sport and Exercise Science (both applied and research experience).

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line ‘PhD Stipend Scholarship: specialist research area: Sleep and Mental Fatigue: Applied Research Scholarships’.

Two Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) PhD scholarships are available to undertake research in the areas of neuroimaging of addiction and mental health. The successful candidates will work with our established team of local and international collaborators, and current research students, as part of the Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre (HBMRC) at ACU.

Our Research Program, Neuroscience of Addiction and Mental Health, has a current focus on studying the clinical, cognitive and brain mechanisms of substance use and related mental health problems (e.g., depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders). We aim to map the factors that influence vulnerability, exacerbate harms and determine paths to recovery in addiction and related mental health disorders. To this end we capitalise on strategic access to unique global consortia, next-generation multimodal brain imaging tools, rigorous trials and evidence-based interventions.

The successful applicants’ supervisory team will include Dr Valentina Lorenzetti and Professor Val Curran.

The successful applicants may also receive associate supervision from non-ACU project investigators which include world leading experts in multimodal neuroimaging, psychiatry and neuroscience:

  • Prof. Andrew Zalesky (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Dr. Tom Freeman (Bath University, The United Kingdom)
  • Prof. Hugh Garavan (Vermont University, USA)
  • Prof Gunter Schumann (King’s College London, The United Kingdom)
  • Prof. Antonio Verdejo-Garcia (Monash University, Australia)

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) and exercise science (1106 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 (HBMRC)

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, Neuroscience of Addiction and Mental Health.

About the PhD stipend scholarships

The two Australian Government RTP PhD Scholarships are being offered in 2020 to support the work of Dr. Lorenzetti and her team in the areas of addiction & mental health neurosciences. The Scholarships are available for high-performing candidates, with an interest in researching in any of the following: 

Project one: Mapping neurodevelopmental trajectories in young substance users using consortia data & multimodal imaging

  • Identifying multiple factors that predate substance use onset and related mental health problems, using cutting-edge multimodal imaging (functional/structural connectivity), psychosocial, and cognitive data;
  • Mapping longitudinal trajectories of neurodevelopment in adolescent substance users;
  • Exploring the role of cannabinoid compounds in driving aberrant connectivity;
  • Working with consortia data from the IMAGEN http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/depts/mrc/research/imagen.aspx the first multicentre functional and structural genetic-neuroimaging study of a cohort of 2000 +14 year old adolescents followed-up for five years with comprehensive cognitive, behavioural, clinical and neuroimaging data.
  • Disseminate study results via publication in high quality neuroscientific journals.
  • Complete a PhD thesis.

Project two: Mapping neurocognitive harms and recovery in substance dependence, using mindfulness and multimodal neuroimaging

  • Identifying brain harms in reward pathways in substance dependence and related mental health problems, using cutting-edge multimodal imaging (functional/structural connectivity), psychosocial, and cognitive data;
  • Mapping how to mitigate brain harms using a mindfulness-based intervention that targets drug craving and urges, compared to an active placebo controlled and passive placebo conditions in a double-blind trial;
  • Exploring the role of mental health and cognition in relation to brain harms and recovery;
  • Working with a large trial data from an ongoing study http://www.isrctn.com/ISRCTN76056942 with comprehensive cognitive, behavioural, clinical and neuroimaging data.
  • Disseminate study results via publication in high quality neuroscientific journals.
  • Complete a PhD thesis.
The successful applicants will work with and have access to a multidisciplinary team with high-level expertise in neuroimaging, engineering, data modelling, neuroscience, addiction and mental health. You will have opportunities of training in the required neuroimaging methods in high-quality national/international research centres.

PhD eligibility criteria

Scholarship criteria

Essential requirements

·      Highly motivated, with a strong interest in addiction, psychopathology, neuroscience, neurodevelopment and/or policy.

·      Excellent English written and verbal communications skills.

Desirable skills

·      Experience in neuroimaging / biostatistics data analysis

·      Experience in writing publications in peer reviewed scientific journals

·      Experience with statistical and computer programming skills (e.g., scripting, Matlab, LINUX).

·      A numerate background – e.g., a Master's degree in computer science, mathematics, engineering, medical image analysis or related discipline

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 in 2020

Value and duration

  • A Research Training Program Stipend of A$33,092 per annum (tax-free, indexed) 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.

Applications close

July 30th 2020

How to apply

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

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr Valentina Lorenzetti before submitting an application for the PhD program and this scholarship:

E: valentina.lorenzetti@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 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 Scholarship specialist research area: Neuroscience of Addiction and Mental Health’.

 

Australian Catholic University is offering two Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) PhD Stipend Scholarships to conduct research within an Australian Research Council Discovery Project titled “Far Right in Australia: Intellectuals, Masculinity and Citizenship”.

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. ACU is ranked 201-250 in the world for arts and humanities by the Times Higher Education subject rankings 2020. 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. The new Institute, which will consist of a series of centres, replaces the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society (IRPS) and will expand on expertise developed both within IRPS and the Faculty School of Arts. The Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences will strengthen and expand ACU’s interdisciplinary research, focusing on the areas of History, Literature, Political Science and Sociology.

About the PhD stipend scholarships

Two Australian Government Research Training Program Domestic PhD 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 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. Exploring the role of women in far-right 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, political sociology or modern history. 

Study mode and location

  • Full-time for three (3) years ideally based at ACU’s North Sydney Campus, Australia, commencing Research Term C 2020 or Research Term A 2021.

Value and duration

  • A Research Training Program Stipend of A$33,092 per annum (tax-free,indexed) 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.

Applications close

Tuesday 7th July 2020

How to apply

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

Interested candidates are encouraged to 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, political sociology or modern history.

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line ‘PhD Stipend Scholarship: specialist research area: political extremism’.

 

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’.

Developmental Science and Rehabilitation Over the Lifespan

Two Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) PhD Scholarships at ACU in the Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre (HBMRC)

Australian Catholic University is offering TWO full-time, 3-year PhD RTP scholarships to undertake cutting-edge research in the areas of motor and cognitive development over the lifespan, disability, and/or rehabilitation science.  The successful candidates 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, Development and Disability Over the Lifespan, has a current focus on the interplay between motor and cognitive processes in child development and in adult aging, and their relationship to the development of motor skill and dual-tasking.  As well, we are developing and testing innovations in motor training and rehabilitation using virtual-reality (VR) and related technologies. 

The successful applicants will be supervised by Professor Peter Wilson and Dr Michael Cole of ACU.

The successful applicants may also receive associate supervision from non-ACU project investigators which include world leading experts in psychology, human movement science and neuroscience:

  • Prof. Bert Steenbergen (Radboud University, The Netherlands)
  • Prof. Andrew Gordon (Columbia University, NYC)
  • Prof. Dido Green (Brunel University, London)
  • Prof. Peter Silburn (University of Queensland)
  • Dr Wesley Thevathasan (University of Melbourne)

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) and exercise science (1106 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, Development & Disability Over the Lifespan.

About the PhD Stipend Scholarships

Two Australian Government RTP PhD Scholarships are being offered in 2020 to support the work of Prof. Wilson and his team in the areas of developmental science and rehabilitation over the lifespan. The Scholarships are available for high-performing candidates, with some prior experience in motor and/cognitive aspects of development over the lifespan, exercise science or motor rehabilitation, and interest in researching in any of the following aspects:

  • Developmental changes in dual-task performance over childhood;
  • Adult age differences in (cognitive-motor) dual-task performance;
  • Understanding motor and cognitive factors that contribute to motor learning difficulties in children (aka Developmental Coordination Disorder—DCD);
  • Innovations in training motor skills using virtual-reality (VR) and related technologies for children with and without DCD;
  • Innovations in motor rehabilitation using VR and related technologies for acquired brain injury;
  • Understanding factors that contribute to falls in older adults and in neurodisability;
  • Efficacy of motor skill re-training in older adults and in disorders of aging.

We welcome applications from individuals with a background in:

  • psychology;
  • human movement/exercise science;
  • rehabilitation science;
  • another discipline related to the project.

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 2020).

Value and duration

  • A Research Training Program stipend of A$33,092 per annum (tax-free, indexed) 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.

Application closes

July 14th, 2020

Application instructions:

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. Peter Wilson before submitting an application for the PhD program and a scholarship:

E:  peterh.wilson@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 specialist research area: Development, Disability and Rehab”.  

The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (MMIHR) is partnering with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Canberra to undertake research on issues that affect athlete health and performance. Applications are open for one Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) PhD Scholarship to undertake innovative research around generating knowledge about supplement use in high performance sport.

The Exercise and Nutrition Research Program within 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: http://mmihr.acu.edu.au/research/exercise-and-nutrition-research-program/

The Australian Institute of Sport is responsible and accountable for leading the delivery of Australia’s international sporting success.  The AIS partners with National Sporting Organisations and the National Institute Network to develop expertise in athlete preparation, performance science and medicine, innovation, coach and leadership development, performance strategy and planning, pathway support and athlete career and education. 

For more information,visit: https://www.ausport.gov.au/ais/australias_winning_edge/high_performance_sport_in_australia

Wisdom of the crowd is collective intelligence derived from large numbers of people.  Social scientist Professor Daniel Centola, Director of the Network Dynamics Group from the University of Pennsylvania, has developed platforms and models to show that democratised and decentralised networks can produce information that is precise and accurate about many themes (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKH5ITx6AAk ).

The AIS and MMIHR are seeking new ways to gather expertise to support the AIS Sports Supplement Framework (https://ais.gov.au/nutrition/supplements). A Phd program is being set up to develop tools and strategies to harness the collective wisdom of Australian and international experts in sports science/nutrition to address nuances in our knowledge about the use of supplements and sports foods in high performance sport.  The outcomes will be tested against models involving artificial intelligence and traditional models of knowledge aggregation (e.g. meta-analysis of research findings).  It will also investigate the effect of the experience of being a participant in Wisdom of the Crowd activities on attitudes and beliefs about supplements.  The project, representing a collaboration between AIS Divisions (AIS Operations, Applied Technology and Innovation [ATI], and Performance, People and Teams) will be based at the AIS in Canberra and will be supervised by Professor Louise Burke (AIS Chief of Nutrition Strategy and MMIHR Chair of Sports Nutrition), Dr David Martin (applied sports scientist, ACU) and Tony Schofield (Full Stack and Lead Developer, AIS ATI).  The project will take place between July 1 2020 to June 30 2023 and the successful applicant should have strong skills in automated data collection, network analysis, natural language processing, computational text analysis and/or machine learning.

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 Computer Science
  • Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards and grants
  • Professional experience, relevant training and/or research experience in automated data collection, network analysis, natural language processing, computational text analysis and/or machine learning
  • Academic publications and/or conference presentations, especially in the area of the PhD Scholarship, relative to their career to date

Study mode and location: 

Full-time for three years at The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) / MMIHR, ACU Canberra campus. 

Start date:

It is anticipated this scholarship will commence in July 2020, however, due to the CoVid-19 pandemic, face-to-face research has been suspended until further notice. The exact start date for this scholarship will be advised once known.

Value and duration:

  • A Research Training Program stipend of A$33,092 per annum (tax-free, indexed) for three (3) years subject to satisfactory progress and full-time study mode; and
  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (tuition fee waiver) for three (3) years.

How to apply

Step 1: Expression of Interest (EOI)

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

Applicants must submit a 1 to 2 page cover letter and a brief Curriculum Vitae detailing how they meet the scholarship eligibility criteria as listed above to Professor Louise Burke on louise.burke@ausport.gov.au by 4 June 2020.

Phone: +61 (0) 422 635 869

Step 2: Invitation to submit formal application

Applicants who are successful in their Expression of Interest may be invited to interview and 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 inquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line ‘Specialist research area: innovative methods of generating knowledge about sports supplements – Wisdom of the Crowd.”

 

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. 

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.

Start date: Due to the CoVid-19 pandemic, face-to-face research has been suspended until further notice. The exact start date for this scholarship will be advised once known.

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 currently close: 31 July 2020 (please note that, due to the CoVid-19 pandemic this closing date may be extended).

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

Overview

For children, emergency department (ED) attendances are the prime contact when acutely unwell with life-threatening presentations and represent the largest interaction between children and the healthcare system outside of general practice. Ensuring that these children receive consistent evidence-based care, regardless of where they present in Australia, is the focus of our National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre for Research Excellence in Paediatric Emergency Medicine.

The Nursing Research Institute at Australian Catholic University (ACU) in conjunction with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) in Melbourne are seeking applicants for an Australian Government Research Training Program PhD Scholarship to undertake implementation science research in the area of paediatric emergency medicine.

The successful applicant's supervisory team will include Professor Sandy Middleton and Professor Elizabeth McInnes both from Australian Catholic University and Dr Emma Tavender from the MCRI in Melbourne. The recipient’s research projects will involve collaboration with Professor Franz Babl who is leading the MCRI NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Paediatric Emergency Medicine and other key collaborators.

The successful applicant will conduct a series of projects using qualitative and quantitative research methods to explore the issues impacting the sustainability of clinical care improvements in paediatric emergency care.

About Australian Catholic University

This scholarship is being offered through the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at ACU. 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. 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 scored well above world standard.

About the Nursing Research Institute

The Nursing Research Institute (NRI) is a collaboration between Australian Catholic University (ACU), St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. The NRI is a highly productive nursing research collaborative with a national and international reputation for conducting rigorous multidisciplinary health services research, focused on improving patient outcomes and health systems. We have a strong program of clinically relevant research that specialises in implementation science, examining the translation of evidence into clinical practice. Our researchers have a broad range of methodological research expertise, and collaborate with world-class national and international researchers, multidisciplinary clinicians and policy makers.

About the Murdoch Children's Research Institute NHMRC Centre of Excellence

Established in 1986 the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) is an Australian paediatric medical research institute located in Melbourne and affiliated with the Royal Children’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne. The Emergency Research Group, led by Prof Franz Babl has a strong commitment to clinical and implementation research across a broad range of topics. The research group is a member of PREDICT (Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative) emergency research network. This network provides a research platform for achieving multicentre acute care research in Australia and New Zealand and includes all tertiary children’s hospitals and a number of large mixed adult/paediatric and regional/rural Emergency Departments. The research group is also part of PERN (Paediatric Emergency Research Networks), which combines the efforts of research networks on several continents to investigate global acute care questions.

About the PhD Stipend Scholarship

One three (3)-year full-time / six (6)-year part-time stipend scholarship is being offered to support the work of a PhD candidate. The scholarship is partially funded by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) Centre of Research Excellence in Paediatric Emergency Medicine NHMRC Grant and partially funded by Australian Catholic University through the Australian Government Research Training Program.

The Scholarship is available for a high-performing candidate who meets the following eligibility criteria:

  • Eligible for admission to a PhD Program at ACU. The eligibility criteria for the PhD program at ACU can be found in the Higher Degree Research Regulations and consist of an appropriate undergraduate degree with Honours at a minimum level of Second Class Division A (Distinction average) (or equivalent); or a Master degree with appropriate research training in a relevant field; or an equivalent qualification and/or demonstrated research experience, with evidence of capacity to undertake independent research work (e.g. an authored publication).

  • Relevant professional experience, training and/or health services research experience
  • Academic publications and/or conference presentations relative to career opportunities to date
  • An interest or experience in quality improvement/implementation science and exploring the issues impacting the sustainability of clinical care improvements in paediatric emergency care
  • Knowledge of and/ or experience in the Australian Health care system

Study mode and location

  • Full-time for three (3) years or part-time for six (6) years based at either ACU's North Sydney or Melbourne Campus, Australia. Some travel to the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne will be required.

Value and duration

  • A tax-free stipend of A$35,635 per annum for three (3) years (or pro-rata for six (6) years, depending on full or part-time study mode), subject to satisfactory progress; and
  • a Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is, a tuition fee waiver for three (3) years full-time or six (6) years part-time.

Start date

It is anticipated this scholarship will commence in January 2021, however, due to the CoVid-19 pandemic, face-to-face research has been suspended until further notice. The exact start date for this scholarship will be advised once known.

Application closes

Expressions of Interest due by 24th June 2020

Application instructions:

Step 1: Expression of Interest (EOI)

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

By 24th June, applicants must submit an expression of interest to Candidature Services (res.cand@acu.edu.au):

  • A cover letter addressing eligibility criteria and outlining relevant experience
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • The names of two referees who can attest to applicant’s suitability for the Scholarship

Step 2: Invitation to submit formal application

Applicants who are successful in their Expression of Interest may be invited to interview and 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 further information regarding the research project, email Professor Liz McInnes: liz.mcinnes@acu.edu.au

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line ‘PhD Stipend Scholarship: Paediatric Emergency Medicine Implementation Research’

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 one 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

Overview

Community engagement (or service-learning) programs offered through university-community partnerships have the potential to provide students with rich, transformational learning experiences (Green, 2019; Kollman & Morgan, 2014). While there has been much research into effective pedagogy related to such experiential and community-based learning, several questions remain regarding the impact of such programs on the community and best practice for university-community partnerships.

About ACU Engagement

At ACU, our commitment to community is part of the university mission. We value community engagement as a key means of advancing our mission in serving the common good and enhancing the dignity and wellbeing of people and communities. It is integral to our teaching, learning and research. Integral to our vision of community engagement are the five principles of building connections, acting with humility, developing understanding, affirming dignity, and pursuing justice.  Please see our website for more information about ACU’s approach to community engagement.

About the PhD Stipend Scholarships

Two (2) PhD stipend scholarships are available for suitable candidates to conduct research on an issue related to university-community engagement, particularly partnerships that serve communities experiencing marginalisation and disadvantage. We are particularly interested in communities and groups that are currently under-served by existing programs and/or under-represented in the literature (e.g., people with dementia, autism spectrum disorders, mental health issues) and novel programs (such as cross-generational activities, faith-based programs, cross-cultural programs). 

Topic One: Domestic community engagement

Conceivably, this research may include exploring the needs of the community and approaches to program development; the experiences of university students engaging in the community engagement programs (including students who may have additional barriers to participation); the perspectives of university and community members on community engagement programs, including benefits and barriers for community and university. This scholarship would contribute to advancing understanding of best practice in university- community engagement programs.

An example project may be: Best practice principles for engaging with communities through compulsory university community engagement placements. Research methods may include interviews and surveys with community partners and students to understand their needs and how students can best make a positive contribution to the community.

Topic Two: International community engagement

A primary challenge of international CE programs is how to shape rich, authentic learning experiences for students that avoid ‘cultural tourism’ (Addleman, Nava, Cevallos, Brazo, & Dixon, 2014), while benefitting the community which they serve and ensuring reciprocity. While the body of research on the pedagogy of international community engagement has increased in recent years (Hepple et al., 2017; Pink et al., 2016), several questions remain regarding the impact of such programs on the community, their sustainability, and best practice for university-community partnerships in developing nations.

An example project may be: Evaluating an existing ACU community engagement placement opportunity, such as Future in Youth (FIY). FIY is an innovative sports-based program teaching East Timorese young people about leadership, respect, fairness, and fun.

We welcome applications from individuals with a background in:

  • Community engagement
  • Social work
  • Public health
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Or a related discipline

PhD Eligibility criteria

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

Supervisory Team

The successful candidates will receive primary supervision from Professor Sandra Jones, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement at ACU, whose research interests include the development and delivery of community-based interventions, in partnership with government/non-government organisations and community groups, to improve health and social outcomes;

The supervisory team will also include:

  • Dr Matthew Pink, National Community Engagement Manager, whose research interests include the transformational processes of university-community engagement, and the pairing of sport/exercise with relevant educational opportunities for groups who have experienced disadvantage or marginalisation; and/or
  • Dr Chloe Gordon, Research Associate, whose research interests include the development, implementation and evaluation of programs that improve child and adolescents’ health and wellbeing through mixed methods research; and/or
  • Dr Jennifer Azordegan, Evaluation and Strategic Projects Manager, whose research interests include university-community engagement, issues of equity related to education, students and families from refugee backgrounds, and sociological perspectives of education.

Note: There also may be 1-2 associate supervisors from a discipline related to the international community engagement project chosen.

Study mode and location

  • Full-time for three (3) years based at ACU's Brisbane or Melbourne campus, Australia, commencing Research Term C, 2020 or Research Term A, 2021.

Value and duration of Scholarship

  • a tax-free stipend of $27,596 per annum (indexed annually) for three (3) years, subject to satisfactory progress and full-time study mode; and
  • funding for project costs; 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 Overseas Student Health Care Policy for international candidates

Closing date for applications

23 June 2020

How to apply

This scholarship is open to domestic and international applicants.

Step 1:

Interested candidates should contact the supervisory team member whose research interests align with their proposed research topic before submitting an application for the PhD program and this scholarship. Refer to the supervisory team descriptions for research interests.

Prof Sandra Jones: sandra.jones@acu.edu.au

Dr Matthew Pink: matthew.pink@acu.edu.au
Dr Chloe Gordon:
chloe.gordon@acu.edu.au

Dr Jennifer Azordegan: jennifer.azordegan@acu.edu.au

Step 2:
  • For applicants who are not currently enrolled in a research degree at ACU, visit the ACU Research webpage for instructions on how to submit an application
  • For applicants who are currently enrolled in a research degree at ACU, please download the application form for currently enrolled candidates from Orion.

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 of no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area, alignment of research experience and interests and other evidence of how they meet the scholarship-specific criteria listed above. The cover letter would include specific area of research, aims, methodology, feasibility, timeline, and a preliminary survey of sources.

  • A copy of their CV that includes evidence of academic excellence; skills in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods; previous research experience; and ability to contribute to a team.

For more information contact

Dr Chloe Gordon (Chloe.Gordon@acu.edu.au) If you are unsure if your idea connects to community engagement, please get in touch and we are happy to provide guidance and advice.

For information regarding application and enrolment email Candidature Services (res.cand@acu.edu.au), with the subject line ‘Community Engagement PhD Scholarships’

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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