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

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

17 October 2019

How to apply

This scholarship is open 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

17 October 2019

How to apply

This scholarship is open 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.’

The Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) 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 currently open for one Ph.D. Scholarship to undertake innovative research on physique, metabolic rate and energy availability in elite athlete populations.

About MMIHR

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 MMIHR

About AIS

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 Ausport

About the scholarship

A key issue underpinning performance success at major competitions is the consistency of an athlete’s training – covered by the theme of “Athlete Availability”.  Illness and injury represent a major challenge to training consistency, with the recent “Stay Healthy” projects conducted by the AIS identifying nutrition – or more specifically, Low Energy Availability – as a key risk factor for interrupted training.  The assessment and management of Energy Availability requires precise measurement of physique and metabolic rate, with Best Practice Protocols that can be implemented across the Daily Training Environment of Australia’s High Performance System.  A major research theme of the AIS is to develop protocols that will allow precise and valid assessment of Low Energy Availability and to undertake systematic management of problems that are identified.  Professor Louise Burke (Head of Nutrition Strategy at the AIS and Chair of Sports Nutrition, MMIHR) leads an internationally renowned sports nutrition research program, based at the AIS and supported by the Centre for Exercise and Nutrition at MMIHR.

The successful scholarship recipient will be based at the AIS in Canberra, and will be supervised by Professor Burke, Associate Professor Gary Slater (National Nutrition Lead, Australian Institute of Sport and University of Sunshine Coast; an expert on physique assessment and measurement of metabolic rate) and Dr Mick Drew (Australian Institute of Sport; leader of the Athlete Availability projects of  Applied Technology and Innovation). The recipient’s candidature will also involve interaction with world-class researchers and health professionals in the fields of sports nutrition, exercise metabolism and sports medicine.  They will become an important member of Australia’s HP system in developing Best Practice Protocols  in the capture and interpretation of data relating to physique and metabolic assessment, plus related issues pertaining to energy availability.

Scholarship eligibility criteria

  • Australian First Class Honours degree or Masters degree by research/coursework in any of the fields of biochemistry, nutrition, physiology and exercise/sports science
  • First or upper second class Honours degree (U.K.)
  • Dietetic qualifications and eligibility for membership of DAA’s APD program and SDA
  • Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards and grants
  • Professional experience, relevant training and/or research experience in nutrition, sports science, physiology and/or metabolism
  • Academic publications and/or conference presentations, especially in the area of the PhD Scholarship, relative to their career to date
  • Completion of the ANZBMS Clinical densitometry Course is desirable and funding will be provided to support this if not already completed by the successful applicant

Study mode and location

Full-time for three years at The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) / MMIHR, ACU Canberra campus, commencing Research Term A 2020

Value and duration

  • A tax-free stipend of A$33,092 per annum for three years, subject to satisfactory progress and full-time study mode
  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is a Commonwealth funded place for domestic candidates
  • A tuition fee waiver and Overseas Student Health Care Policy for international candidates

The successful candidate may have the opportunity to apply for 0.2 FTE paid position as Manager of DXA and RMR services at the Australian Institute of Sport Bruce Campus.

Applications close

Thursday October 17th, 2019

How to apply: Step 1: Expression of Interest

Candidates must submit a 1 to 2 page cover letter detailing how they meet the scholarship eligibility criteria as listed above to Professor Louise Burke on 

 louise.burke@ausport.gov.au

Phone: +61 (0) 422 635 869

 Step 2: Invitation to submit formal application

Candidates 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.

Information on how to submit a formal application to the PhD program can be found on the ACU Research Page.

 

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 March 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 A 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: 31 January 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’.

 

 

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 Professor Christine Imms as Principal Supervisor, Professor Chris Lonsdale as Co-Supervisor and Associate Professor Elspeth Froude as Assistant Supervisor. Dr Anthony Lowe from TAD will be an Associate Supervisor.

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 10th February 2020

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

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview during the week commencing 17th February 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: 9am on Monday 23rd March 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

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