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.

 

Research Training Program Stipend scholarships

Research Training Program Scholarships

Applications are now open for Research Training Program Scholarships.

Meritorious students are encouraged to apply, noting that, in assessing applications, ACU will give priority to applicants whose proposed research aligns with one of the following areas: education, health, social justice and the common good, and theology and philosophy. Priority will also be given to applicants wishing to study at doctoral level and Indigenous Australian applicants.

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

Faculties

Research Institutes

Value

A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (that is, a tuition fee waiver) and a Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship valued at $32,596 per annum.

[Includes RTP Stipend of $27,596 per annum (indexed annually) plus an ACU top-up of $5,000 per annum (non-indexed)].

Please note: this round of Research Training Program Scholarships is only open to domestic candidates who are either currently enrolled in a research higher degree at ACU or willing to commence a research higher degree in Research Term C 2019 (between 1 July and 1 September 2019)

Closing date for applications

Monday 29th April 2019

Applications for a Research Term A 2020 commencement will close in Mid-October (exact closing date will be listed on the ACU Research website later in 2019).

How to Apply

If you are currently enrolled in a research higher degree at ACU you can access the application form for currently enrolled candidates via Orion.

If you are not currently enrolled, visit the ACU Research website for application instructions.

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

Complete applications should be forwarded to:

Candidature Services
Australian Catholic University
Locked Bag 4115

Fitzroy MDC VIC 3065

E: res.cand@acu.edu.au

ACU faculty, research institute and school scholarships

Community engagement (or service-learning) programs offered through university-community partnerships through have the potential to provide students with rich, transformational learning experiences. 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.

We are seeking a suitable PhD candidate to conduct research on an issue related to university- community engagement in Australia, principally 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).

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. The approach to the study (e.g. sociological, psychological, etc.) is left to the discretion of the PhD candidate and their supervisory team. This scholarship would contribute to advancing understanding of best practice in university- community engagement programs.

We welcome applications from individuals with an academic background and/or professional experience in:

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

In addition to the application documentation, we invite PhD 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 Sandra Jones or Dr Chloe Gordon in ACU Engagement to discuss ideas before preparing an application proposal.

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.

Value of Scholarship

  • a tax-free stipend of $27,596 per annum (indexed annually) for 3 years;
  • funding for project costs;
  • a Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (that is, a tuition fee waiver) for domestic candidates; and
  • an ACU tuition fee waiver and Overseas Student Health Care Policy for international candidates

Closing date for applications

3 June 2019

How to apply

This scholarship is open to domestic applicants willing to commence in Research Term C 2019 (from July) and to domestic and international applicants willing to commence in Research Term A 2020 (from January).

Applicants should stipulate that they are applying for the “Community Engagement PhD Scholarship”

on their 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, alignment of research experience and interests and other evidence of how they meet the scholarship-specific criteria listed abo 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

Prof Sandra Jones (Sandra.Jones@acu.edu.au) Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement

Dr Chloe Gordon (Chloe.Gordon@acu.edu.au) Research Associate, ACU Engagement

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the

subject line ‘Community Engagement PhD Scholarship.’

International community engagement programs offered through universities have the potential to provide transformative, though challenging, learning opportunities for students (Green, 2019; Kollman & Morgan, 2014). A primary challenge of such 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.

We are seeking a suitable PhD candidate to conduct research on international university-community engagement. The study would include an evaluation of a flagship ACU international community engagement program that serves communities experiencing disadvantage and marginalisation. Conceivably, this research may include exploring the experience of university students engaging in the program, the perspectives of university and community members, mutual benefits for community and university, and the conditions that lead to these outcomes. The approach to the study (e.g. sociological, psychological, etc.) is left to the discretion of the PhD candidate and their supervisory team. This scholarship would contribute to advancing understanding of what works and what does not in international community engagement programs.

One scholarship will be available that includes a focus on international community engagement programs. We welcome applications from individuals with an academic background and/or professional experience in:

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

In addition to the application documentation, we invite PhD 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 Sandra Jones or Dr Chloe Gordon in ACU Engagement to discuss ideas before preparing an application.

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.

Value of Scholarship

  • a tax-free stipend of $27,596 per annum (indexed annually) for 3 years;
  • funding for project costs;
  • a Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (that is, a tuition fee waiver) for domestic candidates; and
  • an ACU tuition fee waiver and Overseas Student Health Care Policy for international candidates

Closing date for applications

3 June 2019

How to apply

This scholarship is open to domestic applicants willing to commence in Research Term C 2019 (from July) and to domestic and international applicants willing to commence in Research Term A 2020 (from January).

Applicants should stipulate that they are applying for the ”International Community Engagement PhD Scholarship” on their 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, alignment of research experience and interests and other evidence of how they meet the scholarship-specific criteria listed abo 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

Prof Sandra Jones (Sandra.Jones@acu.edu.au) Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement

Dr Chloe Gordon (Chloe.Gordon@acu.edu.au) Research Associate, ACU Engagement

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the

subject line ‘International Community Engagement Scholarship.’

Diabetes is a National Health Priority area and the sixth leading cause of death in Australia. Currently 280 Australians develop diabetes every day – that is one person every five minutes. Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) prevalence is especially high among middle-aged and older (45-65y) workers – up to 7.7% - with a substantial impact on work productivity, risk of absenteeism and inability to work. 

Diabetes treatment currently costs the healthcare system more than $14 billion each year, and the increased frequency of complications associated with poor glycaemic control in those with T2D contributes substantially to ill health, disability and early death. 

Against this background, new research capacities and controlled-trial evidence are now needed to take forward a paradigm shift in how T2D prevention and management is understood and implemented. Moderate-vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA) has long been – and remains – a mainstay of diabetes prevention and management. However, 20 years of initiatives to promote its uptake have not led to changes in population prevalence, and exercise adherence is a major challenge for those at risk of developing T2D and for T2D patients. Sedentary behaviour (put simply, too much sitting as distinct from too little exercise) is a newly-identified element of chronic disease risk, with implications for T2D. 

There are untested benefits for T2D management through reducing and breaking up sitting time.
 
One scholarship will be available. We welcome applications from individuals with a background in:

  • Public Health
  • Physical education/Exercise science
  • Diabetes Research
  • Workplace/Population Health
  • Sedentary Behaviour/Sitting Time
  • Nutrition
  • Another discipline related to the project

Your Supervisor

Your supervisory team will include Professor David Dunstan who holds appointments at both the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, ACU

The Institutions

The Baker Institute includes more than 300 scientists, health professionals and students who are committed to tackling the deadly trio of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research is focused on undertaking research that discovers and promotes effective strategies to create a healthier Australia, and brings national and international health experts together with leading organisations across a broad portfolio of health-related research areas.

A commencement date in Research Term C 2019 is preferred (between 1 July and 2 September)

Value of Scholarship

  • a tax-free stipend of A$32,596 per annum for three years;
  • funding for project costs;
  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (that is, a tuition fee waiver) for domestic students; and
  • a tuition fee waiver and Overseas Student Health Care Policy for international students.

How to apply

  • This scholarship is open to domestic candidates only
  • For domestic candidates who are not currently enrolled in a research degree at ACU, visit the ACU Research webpage for information on how to submit your application
  • If you are a domestic candidate currently enrolled in a research degree at ACU, please download the application form for currently enrolled candidates from Orion

Applicants should also include a cover letter of not more than two pages providing evidence of:

  • academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards, publications, or grants;
  • skills in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods;
  • previous research experience;
  • alignment of research experience and interests; and
  • ability to contribute to a team.

Closing date: 29th April 2019

For more information

Professor David Dunstan (David.Dunstan@baker.edu.au)

For information regarding application and enrolment email Graduate Research (res.cand@acu.edu.au), with the subject line ‘Reducing Sitting Time Scholarship’

Applications should be forwarded to:
Candidature Services
Australian Catholic University
Locked Bag 4115
Fitzroy MDC VIC 3065
E:  res.cand@acu.edu.au

 

 

Australian Catholic University is offering one full-time 3 year PhD scholarship to undertake research as part of the Australian Research Council-funded project ‘Transgender Australians: The History of an Identity’. This project aims to produce a history that traces the emergence of transgender identities in Australia since the early twentieth century. Applicants need to have an appropriate undergraduate Honours or Masters degree in history, Australian studies, gender studies or sexuality studies. We invite PhD applicants to submit a proposal that falls under the remit of this project, looking at a specifically focused aspect of research. For full details about the PhD scholarship and how to apply, please visit http://research.acu.edu.au/support-for-research-candidates/scholarships/ or contact Noah.Riseman@acu.edu.au.  

Australian Catholic University, School of Arts, Melbourne

History at ACU was judged 'world-class' in the most recent 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) review. Our historians undertake leading edge academic research as well as making significant contributions to important public debates. Our scholars have diverse research interests in social, cultural and political history, but pay special attention to issues of social justice connected to sexuality, gender, race, class and young people.

Research scholarship: Transgender Australians: The History of an Identity

There is one full-time 3 year scholarship available for a PhD, to undertake research related to the ARC-funded project ‘Transgender Australians: The History of an Identity’. This project aims to produce a history that traces the emergence of transgender identities in Australia since the early twentieth century. Using oral histories, archives and media, the project intends to analyse shifting medical, legal, cultural and popular discourses about what it means to be transgender, as well as study how evolving societal attitudes have affected the lives of gender diverse people. By revealing transgender people’s untold histories, the goal of the project is to explore the ways gender diverse Australians have confronted both internal and external struggles to express their identities amidst changing social norms. The outcomes are anticipated to inform current debates about transgender rights, healthcare provision and social inclusion.

In addition to the application documentation, we invite PhD applicants to submit a cover letter no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area proposal that falls under the remit of this project of 2,500 words in length, outlining the specific area of research, aims, methodology, feasibility, timeline, and a preliminary survey of sources. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the project leader to discuss ideas before preparing a proposal.

We especially encourage applications from Trans and gender diverse candidates.

The project team is led by Associate Professor Noah Riseman and also includes Dr Fintan Harte of the Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health. The successful candidate will be located in Melbourne.

Value

  • Australian Government Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship for 3 years duration (that is, a tuition fee waiver); and
  • Stipend of $27,082 per annum for 3 years

Scholarship-specific criteria

  • Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards or grants.
  • Knowledge and research experience in one or more of the following fields: history, Australian studies, gender studies or sexuality studies.
  • Prior oral history or archival research experience and publication of research findings are desirable.
  • Ability to contribute to a team.
  • Excellent time-management and organisational skills.
  • High level verbal and written English proficiency.

Study mode and commencement date

Full-time from 1 July 2019 (Research Term C).

Location

Melbourne

Closing date for applications

17 April 2019

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.

Please ensure you clearly state that you wish to apply for the Research scholarship: Transgender Australians: The History of an Identity in the scholarship section on the application form.

Applicants must also include:

  • A cover letter of no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area, and providing evidence of how they meet the scholarship-specific criteria listed above.
  • A copy of their CV.

Applications should be sent direct via post or via email to:

Candidature Services
Student Administration
Locked Bag 4115
MDC Fitzroy VIC 3065
E: res.cand@acu.edu.au

For more information contact

A/Prof Noah Riseman, Noah.Riseman@acu.edu.au, +61 (3) 9953 3226

Other 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

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