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 for candidates who are either currently enrolled in a research higher degree at ACU or willing to commence a research higher degree in Research Term A 2020.

Priority will also be given to applicants wishing to study at doctoral level and to Indigenous Australian applicants.

Meritorious students are encouraged to apply, noting that, in assessing applications, ACU will give priority to applicants whose proposed research aligns with the core research priorities of education, health, and theology and philosophy, and applicants whose research is underpinned by the principles of social justice and the common good. 

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

Faculties

Research Institutes

Value

  • a Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship valued no less than $33,092 per annum (indexed annually); and
  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (that is, a tuition fee waiver) for domestic students; or
  • A tuition fee waiver and Overseas Student Health Care Policy for international students.

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

Closing date for applications

Thursday 17th October 2019.

How to Apply

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

If you are a prospective International candidate: Visit the ACU International Research student webpage for application instructions and to submit your documentation via the International candidate application portal.

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

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

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

ACU faculty, research institute and school scholarships

Overview

Recent research (Phibbs et al. 2017, Weakley et al. 2019) has demonstrated the highly variable nature of training within academy rugby union and emphasised the need for improved training practices and physical preparation. To support this, one stipend scholarship is available for a PhD student to be embedded at the Queensland Reds Super Rugby club in Brisbane, Australia. The student will carry out a series of research projects pertaining to the physical demands of rugby union training and match-play. The candidate will have a strong grounding in sports science and exercise physiology, alongside experience handling performance and monitoring data (e.g., GPS). Additionally, the candidate will be hard working and eager to progress within the sports performance field.

About the Queensland Reds

The Queensland Reds have a rich history in both the Australian and Australasian game. The club has a clear vision to establish itself as a high performance organisation both on and off the field. The ambition is to produce a consistently successful team at the highest level and Queensland Rugby are committed to the development of their people and their infrastructure to underpin this future success.

About Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a national university based in Australia. The School of Behavioural and Health Sciences has campuses in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. This multidisciplinary School has a wealth of researchers from sport science and strength and conditioning, as well as other disciplines such as psychology and exercise physiology. The School has a strong track record of embedded PhD candidates across numerous world-leading industry partners.

About the PhD Stipend Scholarship

The research will focus on the physical development of academy rugby union players and the manipulation of training loads in order to optimise player preparation. This will include the development of strength and conditioning programmes, assessment of changes in physical characteristics across training mesocycles, and monitoring of training loads.

The successful scholarship recipient will undertake their PhD programme through ACU under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Shona Halson (ACU, Brisbane, Australia), Dr Rich Johnston (ACU, Brisbane, Australia) and Dr Jonathon Weakley (ACU, Brisbane, Australia).  The successful candidate will be located at the Queensland Reds in Brisbane, Australia, and is expected to attend ACU campuses as required.

As part of the scholarship, the PhD student will be expected to contribute to research and administration of academic excellence as part of their PhD studies, as well as assist with the monitoring and delivery of training within the high-performance department as directed by Jamie Youngson (Head of Athletic Performance – Reds Academy) and Dr Georgia Black (Sports Science Co-ordinator). In addition, due to the multidisciplinary nature of the wider research projects, the student will have to work closely with coaching, performance analysis, and medical staff.

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

PhD Eligibility criteria

Scholarship Eligibility criteria

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

  • Hold a First Class Honours’ degree or Master’s degree by research/coursework in any of the fields of exercise/sport science, high performance sport, strength and conditioning, exercise physiology, or physiotherapy
  • Hold, or willing to attain, a recognised qualification in an area of strength and conditioning expertise (e.g. ASCA, NSCA, UKSCA etc).
  • Have research experience, preferably with a track record of peer-review publications.
  • Have substantial practical experience in sport science, strength and conditioning, and/or rehabilitation within rugby union or a related sport.
  • Have experience collecting and managing performance databases and data.
  • Have advanced excel skills, with experience of R coding being advantageous

Study mode and location

  • Full-time for three (3) years based at the Queensland Reds, Brisbane, and ACU’s Brisbane Banyo Campus, Australia, commencing Research Term A 2020.

Value and duration

  • A tax-free stipend of A$33,092 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

Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Application instructions:

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

E: Jonathon.Weakley@acu.edu.au

T: (+61) 7 3861 6346 

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

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

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

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

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

PhD program eligibility criteria

Scholarship eligibility criteria:

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

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

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

PhD Scholarship inclusions:

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

Applications close: 27 March 2020

For further information about the scholarship contact:

Professor Nolan Hoffman

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Exercise and Nutrition Research Program

Email: nolan.hoffman@acu.edu.au

Phone: +61 (0)3 9230 8277

How to apply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Australian Catholic University and IPPE

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

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

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

About the PhD Stipend Scholarship

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

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

We welcome applications from individuals with a background in:

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

PhD Eligibility criteria

Study mode and location

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

Value and duration

  • A tax-free stipend of A$27,094 per annum for three (3) years, subject to satisfactory progress and full-time study mode; and
  • either a Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is, a tuition fee waiver for three (3) years for domestic candidates; or
  • An ACU Tuition Fee Waiver for three (3) years for international candidates.

Application closes

Monday 23rd  March 2020

Application instructions:

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

E: chris.lonsdale@acu.edu.au

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

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

(these can be amended as appropriate)

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

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’.

Australian Catholic University is offering one full-time 3 year PhD 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 PhD candidate to conduct research as part of this project. Applicants need to have an appropriate undergraduate Honours or Masters Research degree in nursing, psychology, behavioural science, public health, or health services research or related discipline. For details about the PhD scholarship project contact kim.foster@acu.edu.au.  

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 3 year scholarship available for a PhD, 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 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 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 3 years duration (that is, a tuition fee waiver); and
  • Stipend of $32,596 per annum (indexed annually) for 3 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

Start date to be negotiated. A start date prior to 2nd March 2020 is preferred.

Location

Melbourne

Closing date for applications

Monday 20th January 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

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

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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