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

The April 2021 round of RTP stipend applications is now closed. The next round of applications will close mid-October 2021. Exact closing date and further details will be available on the website in August. 

Information for prospective applicants: In assessing applications to the RTP stipend program, ACU will give priority to applicants wishing to study at doctoral level, to Indigenous Australian applicants, and to applicants whose proposed research aligns with ACU’s core research priorities of education, health, theology and philosophy and other liberal arts.

Our Faculties

Our Schools and Research Institutes

Faculty of Education and Arts

School of Arts

School of Education

Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences

Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education

Faculty of Health Sciences

School of Allied Health

School of Behavioural and Health Sciences

School of Nursing Midwifery and Paramedicine

Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Institute for Positive Psychology and Education

Faculty of Law and Business

Peter Faber Business School

Thomas More Law School

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

School of Philosophy

School of Theology

  • Research Centre for Studies of the Second Vatican Council

Dianoia Institute of Philosophy

Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry

Scholarship Value
  • A Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship of $28,597* per annum (indexed annually); 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 Single Coverage Overseas HealthCare for International candidates.

*value is for candidates enrolled at full-time load. Part-time enrolment value is 1/2 the full-time value

Closing date for applications

The April 2021 round has closed. The closing date for October 2021 round will be available in due course.

Commencement dates

For Domestic applicants: these scholarships are for commencement in Research Term A 2022 

For International applicants: these scholarships are for onshore commencement only therefore the start date is subject to the Australian Government lifting the travel restrictions on International student arrivals. The restrictions currently in place as part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic means the start date may be delayed. 

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 candidate: Visit the How to apply webpage for application instructions.

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

Further information on the ACU Research Training Program Scholarship can be found in the ACU RTP Policy

Overview

One Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) PhD scholarship is available to undertake research in the area of health and wellbeing of Australian Defence Force veterans. The successful candidate will work with our established team of local and international collaborators, and current research students.

Our Research Program, Health and wellbeing of Australian Defence Force veterans and their families, has a current focus on studying the clinical, psychosocial, academic, and social outcomes for Australian Defence Force veterans. We aim to investigate the impacts of transition to civilian life for veterans of the Australian Defence Force. We also hope to help their families develop appropriate support pathways which facilitate this transition. This project will evaluate the effectiveness of an exercise and lifestyle intervention program currently delivered to veterans and their families through the ACU Exercise Lifestyle Clinics. To this end, we capitalise on strategic access to unique global consortia, rigorous trials, and evidence-based interventions.

The successful applicants’ supervisory team will include, from ACU, Dr Michael Noetel and Prof. John Gleeson with international collaboration from leaders in transition programs and exercise interventions for veterans:
1. Prof. Jonathan Myers - VA Hospital Palo Alto & Stanford University, California
2. Amanda Etter - Director: Military & Veterans Programs, University of San Diego

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. This PhD scholarship is 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 latest 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 ACU Student Veterans Support Program and the Veterans Exercise Lifestyle Program

The Student Veterans Support Program (SVSP) provides ACU student veterans, who are current or former military personnel, with access to a range of support services and academic resources to help ease the transition into university.
The ACU Veterans Exercise Lifestyle Program is a flexible program which offers individualised exercise and physical activity interventions. The program helps to promote healthy lifestyles, sports performance, or rehabilitation. The program is tailored for each participant and will have an ongoing engagement of opportunities to work face-to-face at the ACU Exercise Lifestyle Clinics (Brisbane, Melbourne and Strathfield).

About the PhD stipend scholarship

One Australian Government RTP PhD Scholarship is being offered in 2021 to support ACU’s work in the areas of health and wellbeing of Australian Defence Force veterans and their families. The Scholarship is available for a high-performing candidate, with an interest in undertaking research on the evaluation and development of the ACU Veterans Exercise Lifestyle Program as situated within the Student Veterans’ Support Program.
Exercise is a potent tool with the potential to prevent and treat both physical and mental health concerns. With this project, we plan to first design an engaging program that will address the specific needs of veterans and their families and, second, assess its effectiveness, ideally when delivered at scale. We anticipate the program will help a particularly vulnerable population during a difficult transition period, but also contribute to the broader scientific effort to scale effective exercise interventions.
The successful applicant will work with and have access to a multidisciplinary team with expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods for special population groups.

PhD eligibility criteria

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

Scholarship criteria

Essential requirements
1. Demonstrated or Emerging track record of strong research contributions
2. Advanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills
3. Excellent written and verbal communications skills

Desirable skills
1. Demonstrated interest or experience working with Australian Defence Force veterans and their families.
2. Accreditation as an allied health professional, with expertise in the design and delivery of exercise or psychological interventions
3. Competence with statistics and data science (e.g., R, STATA, SPSS)

Study mode and location

Full-time for three (3) years based in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences, Brisbane Campus, commencing in Research Term C 2021

Value and duration
  • A Research Training Program Stipend of A$28,597 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.
How to apply

This opportunity is open to Australian domestic students.

Step 1: Expression of Interest (EOI) to be submitted by Sunday 2 May 2021 11:59pm (AEST).

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 Dr Daniel van den Hoek
Phone: +61 (7) 3861 6291 Email: Daniel.vandenhoek@acu.edu.au

Step 2: Invitation to submit formal application
Applicants who are successful in their Expression of Interest may be invited to interview, and to complete evaluative testing. Shortlisted applicants with then be invited 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.

Overview

ACU is offering one part-time Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) stipend scholarship for a committed, creative scholar to evaluate consumer involvement in CP-Achieve.

CP-Achieve is a Centre for Research Excellence funded in 2019 by the NHMRC for five years. CP-Achieve stands for Australian Centre for Health Independence, Economic Participation and Value Enhanced Care for adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy (CP). The focus of CP-Achieve is on adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy aged 10 to 30 – a life stage when young people are gaining their independence and figuring out who they are and want to become.

Involvement of adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy and their families (consumers) is embedded throughout the activities of CP-Achieve. Consumers work in Advisory Groups and on research teams, collaborating to optimise the applicability of the research to, and outcomes for, adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy and their families.
The methods will be quantitative and qualitative and explore the perspectives of both consumers and researchers. Aspects of the process, authenticity, and impacts of consumer involvement, and resource implications will be investigated. The project aims to inform ongoing consumer involvement activities and strategies during the life of CP-Achieve, contribute to the international evidence base on the impact of consumer involvement and effective/ineffective involvement strategies, and inform national policies and practices around consumer involvement in research.

Supervision will be provided by Dr Margaret Wallen and Professor Christine Imms, and a research team is in place. The successful candidate will be able to expand the expertise in the research team as required.

We welcome applications from eligible applicants from various academic disciplines, not limited to occupational therapists, speech pathologists, physiotherapists, psychologists, social scientists, social workers, medical practitioners and nurses. People with disability are encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will join a vibrant and supportive network of consumers, researchers and PhD scholars with a common passion for enhancing the lives of young people with cerebral palsy in their quests to achieve participation in life situations.

PhD eligibility criteria
Scholarship eligibility criteria
  • Experience with involving consumers/people with lived experience in research or service delivery development
  • Relevant clinical or work experience with adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy and their families
  • Relevant leadership experience
  • Previous relevant research experience
  • Interest in pursuing this PhD Project and alignment with your goals and aspirations.
Study mode and location
  • Part-time for six (6) years based at the School of Allied Health, ACU North Sydney Campus and the CP-Achieve Centre of Research Excellence, commencing Research Term C 2021.
Value and duration
  • A Research Training Program tax-free stipend of A$14,299 per annum for six (6) years at part-time study mode, subject to satisfactory progress; and
  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is, a tuition fee waiver for six (6) years at part-time study mode.
Application instructions:

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

How to apply

Step 1: Expression of Interest (EOI)
Submit to Margaret.Wallen@acu.edu.au

  • A cover letter addressing the PhD and Scholarship eligibility criteria and containing full contact details including residential address
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certified copy of academic transcripts including the explanations for scores, marks or ratings achieved
  • Evidence of Australian citizenship or permanent residence

Step 2: Invitation to submit formal application

Applicants who are successful in their Expression of Interest will be invited to attend an interview. Applicants who are successful in their interview will be asked 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 more information contact: Margaret.Wallen@acu.edu.au

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line ‘Specialist research area: Evaluation of involvement of people with cerebral palsy in CP-Achieve research.’

Overview

We offer two Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) PhD scholarships – described in section below “About the PhD Stipend Scholarships”. The 2 PhD scholarships are available to undertake research in the areas of neuroimaging of addiction and mental health. Join us to undertake fun, exciting and innovative research on the brain and mental health.

 The successful candidates will join the newly-founded Neuroscience of Addiction and Mental Health Program, where we host a vibrant and rapidly growing research team with ~20 people between staff and research students (PhDs, Honours, Masters, volunteers); and a broader research team of the Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre (HBMRC) at ACU.

The Neuroscience of Addiction and Mental Health Program focuses on studying the clinical, cognitive and brain mechanisms underlying substance use and related mental health problems (e.g., depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders). Specifically, our research aims to map and mitigate the neurobiological mechanisms underlying addiction and mental health problems using unique global consortia, next-generation multimodal brain imaging tools, rigorous experiments and evidence-based interventions.

The successful applicants’ supervisory team will include

Dr Valentina Lorenzetti

View Valentina's ACU profile

View Valentina's Research Gate profile

Professor Val Curran

View Val's ACU profile

View Val's UCL profile

The successful applicants will work with and have access to a multidisciplinary supervisory team including also non-ACU world leading experts. You will have opportunities of training in the required neuroimaging methods in high-quality national/international research centres. Co-supervisors depend on the specific PhD project selected and include

  • Prof. Andrew Zalesky (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Dr Bradford Moffatt (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Dr. Tom Freeman (Director of the Addiction and Mental Health Group (AIM) within the Department of Psychology, Bath University, The United Kingdom)
  • Prof. Hugh Garavan (Head of the ENIGMA Addiction Working Group, Vermont University, USA)
  • Prof Gunter Schumann (King’s College London, The United Kingdom)
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 aswell-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

Two (2) Australian Government Research Training Program PhD Scholarships are being offered in 2021 to support the work of Dr. Lorenzetti and her team at the Neuroscience of Addiction and Mental Health Program. The Scholarships are available for driven and high-performing candidates.

Project one: Mapping neurodevelopmental trajectories in young substance users using longitudinal MRI consortia

  1. You will conduct world-leading research to unpack novel research questions, including:
    a) Who are the youth most vulnerable to develop substance use onset and entrenched mental health problems? You will address this question using cutting-edge multimodal imaging (functional/structural connectivity), psychosocial, and cognitive data.
    b) Are longitudinal trajectories of neurodevelopment different in adolescents who use substances and those who don’t, and what is the role of entrenched mental health problems?
    c) What is the role of neurotoxic and neuroprotective cannabinoids found in commonly available cannabis, in driving aberrant brain integrity in cannabis using youth?
  2. To address these research questions, you will learn sophisticated high-res imaging techniques that measure brain integrity in-vivo
  3. You will be working with multi-modal imaging data from prestigious longitudinal consortia, including
    a) the IMAGEN consortium: 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. http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/depts/mrc/research/imagen.aspx
    b) The Brazilian High Risk Cohort.
  4. You will work with an ambitious, expert and inclusive supervisory team to disseminate study results via publication in high quality neuroscientific journals.
  5. You will be expected to complete a PhD thesis.

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

  1. You will conduct world-leading research to unpack novel research questions, including:
  2. Which brain pathways are affected in substance use disorders, particularly in those with more severe use and related mental health problems?
  3. Can we mitigate brain harms in substance use disorders, using evidence based interventions?
    For the PhD, these interventions can include either:
    a. Mindfulness brain intervention, as part of the world-first double blind active placebo controlled multimodal MRI experiment (pre-registered here http://www.isrctn.com/ISRCTN76056942)
    b. Non-invasive brain intervention, using real time fMRI-based neurofeedback with a 7Tesla high-resolution MRI scanner
  4. To address these research questions, you will learn sophisticated high-res imaging techniques that measure brain integrity in-vivo
  5. You will work with an ambitious, expert and inclusive supervisory team to disseminate study results via publication in high quality neuroscientific journals.
  6. You will be expected to complete a PhD thesis.
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 Research Term A 2022

Value and duration
  • A Research Training Program Stipend of A$28,597 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

11:59pm Thursday 30th September 2021 AEST

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’.

Overview

Australian Catholic University is offering TWO full-time, 3-year PhD scholarships to undertake research in the areas of digital innovation in mental health.
The successful candidate 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, Digital Innovation in Mental Health and Well-being, has a focus on optimising psychological well-being in youth and adults diagnosed with severe mental illness, young people at risk of mental disorders and family members providing care. Based upon a longstanding and strong research collaboration, we are currently partnering with Orygen Digital in a program of research related to an exciting large-scale roll-out across Victorian of a novel digital intervention for youth affected by mental health problems. This has created a unique research opportunity in terms of scale and innovation.

The successful applicant will be supervised by Professor John Gleeson of ACU. The successful applicant may also receive associate supervision from other ACU and non-ACU project investigators which include world leading experts in clinical psychology and digital interventions for mental health problems:

  • Prof Mario Alvarez-Jimenez (Orygen Digital and The University of Melbourne)
  • Prof David Penn (ACU and The University of North Carolina)
  • Prof Andrew Gumley (The University of Glasgow)
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). 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, Digital Innovation in Mental Health and Well-being.

About the PhD Stipend Scholarship

Two PhD Scholarships are being offered in 2021 to support the work of Prof. John Gleeson and his team in the areas of digital innovation in youth mental health. The Scholarships are available for high-performing candidates, with some prior experience in clinical psychology and/or digital interventions in mental health and interest in researching the following projects:

How does participation by young people with mental health disorders in online digital interventions translate to healthy behaviour change in everyday life?

  • What model of online moderation is effective in increasing motivation for behaviour change in youth with mental health disorders?
  • Can machine learning be utilised to assess and increase motivation for healthy behaviour change in young people with mental health disorders?

We welcome applications from individuals with a background in:

  • clinical psychology;
  • another discipline related to the project, e.g., research experience in digital technology applied to mental health assessment and treatment.
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 2021).

NB: These scholarships are for onshore commencement only therefore the start date is subject to the Australian Government lifting the travel restrictions on International student arrivals. The restrictions currently in place as part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic means the start date may be delayed.

Value and duration

Successful applicants will be awarded:

  • An Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship of A$28,597 (tax-free, indexed, full-time rate) or an ACU Stipend Scholarship of A$28,597 tax-free, indexed, full-time rate). Both stipend values are per annum for three (3) years subject to satisfactory progress; plus
  • 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

11:59pm Sunday 9th May AEST

Application instructions:

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Prof. John Gleeson before submitting an application for the PhD program and a scholarship:
E: john.gleeson@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: HBMRC Digital Innovation in Mental Health and Well-being”.

ACU and Grant-Funded Stipend Scholarships

Overview

Australian Catholic University is offering two PhD Stipend Scholarships to conduct research aligned with an Australian Research Council Discovery Project researching masculinity and citizenship with reference to political ideas, extremism and the Far Right. 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. In 2020, ACU appeared in the CWTS Leiden Ranking for the first time and was the leading Australian university in the Humanities and Social Sciences when ranked both by the proportion of papers in the top 5% most frequently cited (a scientific quality measure) and by the proportion of papers demonstrating interinstitutional collaborative publication. In the newly-released 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, ACU has risen to the 251-300 band, skipping the 301-350 band entirely and holding its place in the top 2 per cent of universities in the world.. 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. Under Director, Professor Joy Damousi, the new Institute will consist of a series of centres across the disciplines of History, Political Science, Sociology and Literature, and will strengthen and expand ACU’s interdisciplinary research.

About the PhD Stipend Scholarships

Two PhD Stipend 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 both secular and religious, 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. The sociology and/or history of extreme political ideology.
  7. Exploring the role of women in far-right and other radical 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, sociology or modern history.
Study mode and location
  • Full-time for three (3) years,
  • Based at ACU’s North Sydney or Melbourne Campus, Australia
  • Commencing 2021. (These scholarships are for onshore commencement only therefore the start date is subject to the Australian Government lifting the travel restrictions on International student arrivals. The restrictions currently in place as part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic means the start date may be delayed.)
Value and duration
  • A tax-free stipend of A$28,597 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 for domestic candidates; or
  • an ACU Tuition Fee waiver for three (3) years for international candidates.
Application closes

11:59pm AEST Sunday 10th April 2021

Application instructions:

Interested candidates should 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, sociology or modern history.

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line ‘PhD Stipend Scholarship: political ideas, extremism and the far right.

The April 2021 round of ACU stipend applications is now closed. The next round of applications will close mid-October 2021. Exact closing date and further details will be available on the website in August.

Information for prospective applicants: In assessing applications, ACU will give priority to applicants wishing to study at doctoral level, to Indigenous Australian applicants, and to applicants whose proposed research aligns with ACU’s core research priorities of education, health, theology and philosophy and other liberal arts.

 

Our Faculties

Our Schools and Research Institutes

Faculty of Education and Arts

School of Arts

School of Education

Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences

Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education

Faculty of Health Sciences

School of Allied Health

School of Behavioural and Health Sciences

School of Nursing Midwifery and Paramedicine

Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Institute for Positive Psychology and Education

Faculty of Law and Business

Peter Faber Business School

Thomas More Law School

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

School of Philosophy

School of Theology

  • Research Centre for Studies of the Second Vatican Council

Dianoia Institute of Philosophy

Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry

Scholarship Value
  • An ACU Stipend Scholarship of $28,597* per annum (indexed annually); and
  • Either a Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (that is, a tuition fee waiver) for Domestic candidates; or
  • Single Coverage Overseas HealthCare plus an ACU Tuition Fee waiver for International candidates

*value is for candidates enrolled at full-time load. Part-time enrolment value is 1/2 the full-time value

Closing date for applications

The April 2021 round of scholarships is now closed. The next round will close mid-October 2021

Commencement dates

For Domestic applicants: these scholarships are for commencement in Research Term A 2022

For International applicants: these scholarships are for onshore commencement only therefore the start date is subject to the Australian Government lifting the travel restrictions on International student arrivals. The restrictions currently in place as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic mean the start date may be delayed.

How to Apply

If you are a prospective candidate: Visit the How to apply webpage for application instructions.

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

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

Overview

Australian Catholic University is offering two (2) PhD Stipend Scholarships to conduct research in the field of bioethics.

Successful candidates will be enrolled within ACU’s Faculty of Theology and Philosophy and receive cross-disciplinary supervision from Dr Bridget Pratt, Mater Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Ethics within ACU’s Queensland Bioethics Centre.

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 in the field of bioethics, which may include research and publication in cognate fields, such as theology, philosophy, law, and health sciences.
About the PhD Stipend Scholarships

Two (2) PhD Stipend Scholarships are available for high-performing candidates interested in researching topics related to justice in human research ethics, and/or ethical issues related to sustainable urban development. The projects should include a focus on notions of engagement, power, equity, shared decision-making, participation, subsidiarity, and/or collaboration. The projects may use conceptual /or empirical ethics methods, depending on the background and competency of the candidate.

Possible research topics include but are not limited to:

  1. Exploring what social and global justice mean for sustainable urban development in response to climate change, using non-Western and/or structural theories of justice
  2. Developing ethical guidance on how to incorporate social justice considerations into sustainable urban development in response to climate change
  3. Developing ethical guidance for global health research, using non-Western and/or structural theories of justice
  4. Developing an account of meaningful community engagement in sustainable urban development in response to climate change
  5. Exploring the ethical issues that arise for urban planners in relation to social justice as part of climate change adaptation and/or mitigation.6. Developing an account of equitable global health research funding
PhD Eligibility criteria
Scholarship Eligibility criteria

In addition to the PhD program eligibility criteria, applicants should have research experience in:

  • bioethics, including conceptual and/or empirical ethics methods
  • some familiarity with either sustainable development or issues in global health research
Study mode and location
  • Full-time for three (3) years,
  • Based at ACU’s Brisbane campus, Australia
  • Commencing 2021.
Value and duration
  • A tax-free stipend of A$28,597 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 for domestic candidates; or
  • an ACU Tuition Fee waiver for three (3) years for international candidates.
Application closes

11:59pm Sunday 17 July 2021 (AEST)

Application instructions:

Step 1: Interested candidates should contact Dr David Kirchhoffer before submitting an application for the PhD program and these scholarships:

E: david.kirchhoffer@acu.edu.au

Step 2: Expression of Interest (EoI) to be submitted by Sunday 17 July 2021

Applicants must submit to david.kirchhoffer@acu.edu.au

  • a 1 to 2-page cover letter detailing demonstrated interest and/or experience in bioethics, including conceptual and/or empirical methods; and
  • a brief Curriculum Vitae detailing how they meet the scholarship eligibility criteria as listed above

Step 3: Invitation to submit formal application

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

Instructions for submitting a formal application can be found in the ‘How to Apply’ section of the ACU Research Web Page.

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line “Bioethics PhD Stipend Scholarships”

Overview

As part of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded Research Project, “An Inter-generational Learning and Living Campus: A New Model for Healthy Senior Living and Integrated School Communities across Urban and Regional Australia”, Australian Catholic University is offering one full-time, 3-year PhD scholarship to undertake research into Cooperative Spaces.

Background

Intergenerational programs have demonstrated positive impacts on physical and mental health. Programs can involve early childhood cohorts with seniors, and aged care facilities designed in university environments. The Cooperative Spaces Project is aimed at integrating senior living with secondary school environments. Such an endeavour adds additional complexity to intergenerational models – but also provides benefits and opportunities for societal problems, such as healthy living, social inclusion, and learning pathways for senior and youth. The research will provide much needed empirical data to support the evolution and development of intergenerational models.

Findings from the Cooperative Spaces Project will help inform the development of an innovative organisational structure and facility model that works for both senior living and high school education in terms of finance, legalities, spatial planning, safety, active engagement, healthy learning and living. It will embed significant innovation in architectural and urban planning of a new model which allows all groups access and workable enjoyment of joint facilities. 

About Australian Catholic University

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 research project

Funded by the NHMRC grant, the PhD project is designed to gather multidisciplinary (planning and design) data, experience and knowledge to design and test small case study projects or pilots embedded within community, applying experience and knowledge from successful international cases. The project produces a case study model that will be tested with key industrial partners.

The Cooperative Spaces Project includes a review of existing models of intergenerational, and co-situated or connected senior living and high-school facilities via a range of methodologies, including interactive movement and health behaviour analysis, case study data collection, observations, and key informant interviews and surveys.

The successful applicant will be based in ACU’s School of Behavioural and Health Sciences and will receive supervision from Associate Professor Gert-Jan Pepping, Professor Suzanne Kuys and Dr Rosamund Harrington. The incumbent will also work closely with associate supervisors and external industry advisors.

This project has a number of interstate partners. The applicant will undertake their PhD and will benefit from being part of a research team and working with other PhD students and research technicians. More detailed information about the NHMRC research project and the research team can be found here.

PhD Eligibility criteria

  • Qualifications outlined in the eligibility criteria are in the field of Movement Science/Allied Health (Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology, Psychology, Occupational Therapy)

Scholarship eligibility criteria

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

  • Data collection and analysing skills (quantitative and qualitative behavioural research methods)
  • Skills to measure and observe human behaviour and its interaction with the built environment
  • Movement analysis skills – programming skills and working with big data-sets and IMU’s
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and capability to communicate with industrial partners, senior residents, young students, international academics and partners
  • Knowledge of residential properties, schools, age care facilities and/or work experience in the property sector is beneficial.

Study mode and location

  • Full-time for three (3) years based at ACU’s Brisbane Banyo Campus, Australia, commencing as soon as possible.

Value and duration

  • A stipend scholarship of A$33,386 per annum for three (3) years subject to satisfactory progress and full-time study mode. The stipend scholarship is comprised of an NHMRC-funded stipend of A$28,386 plus an Australian Government Research Training Program top-up of A$5,000.

The successful recipient will also receive either:

  • An Australian Government 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

Applications close

11:59pm Sunday 2 May 2021 (AEST)

Application instructions

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Associate Professor Gert-Jan Pepping before submitting an application for the PhD program and this scholarship:

E: gert-jan.pepping@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 1 to 2 page cover letter and a brief Curriculum Vitae detailing how they meet the scholarship

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line ‘Models of Intergenerational Learning and Living: Cooperative Spaces Project PhD Stipend Scholarship’.

Overview

One PhD Stipend Scholarship is available for a highly motivated student to undertake research in one of four areas that align with the mission and goals of ACU Engagement: Family and domestic violence, transition to university for autistic students, student inclusivity in community engagement, or Positive Youth Development through sport for culturally diverse youth.

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

One PhD stipend scholarships is available for a suitable candidate to conduct research in one of the areas of expertise for ACU Engagement researchers. The four possible research topics to select from are described below. 

Topic One:
Development and evaluation of a university project-based community engagement opportunity in the family and domestic violence (FDV) context that meets community needs [Relevant disciplines: Education, Psychology, Social Work]

Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) is a significant social problem in Australia. In 2018 at least two out of five assaults, over one-third of homicides, and one-third of sexual assaults in Australia were related to FDV (ABS, no. 4510.0, 2019). Although FDV affects both men and women it is a gendered form of violence, with women being six times more likely than men to be a victim of FDV-related sexual assault in Australia (ABS, no. 4510.0, 2019).
Community-engagement (CE) programs can act as a bridge between the classroom and professional environments. Literature detailing the role of CE in tertiary teaching of FDV has demonstrated the value of such programs in fostering empathy and providing real-world experience. Yet it is critical for a FDV-related CE program to be conducted in a sensitive manner that does not harm either the students completing the placement or the recipients of care in FDV organisations.
Primary data collection may involve surveys, interviews/focus groups and/or a Delphi study with FDV organisations to understand community needs. Secondary data collection may include an audit of existing CE opportunities in the FDV context.
The study may also involve the development and piloting of a project-based CE opportunity for university students that measures the reciprocal benefit of the program for community partners and students. Student measures may include changes in empathy and attitudes towards gender equality.

Contact: Dr Chloe Gordon for more information - chloe.gordon@acu.edu.au

Topic Two:
How can autistic students be supported in their transition from school to university? [Relevant disciplines: Education, Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy]

 Of those autistic people who complete secondary school, only 19% receive a post school qualification – compared to 59% of those with any form of disability (ABS, 2012) and 68% of those without a disability (ABS, 2010).However, as our understanding of autism increases – and we very slowly break down the barriers to disclosure – it is increasingly clear that many autistic people can and do thrive at university with the right supports.This project seeks to understand the needs of autistic people to inform the creation of a ‘best practice’ support framework and development of a school-to-university transition program. Primary data collection may involve a mixed-method approach including surveys and follow-up interviews with parents, teachers, high school and university students and careers advisors. One of the outputs of this project may be the development of a CE placement where university students provide mentoring to autistic high school students and first year university students.

Contact: Prof Sandra Jones for more information - sandra.jones@acu.edu.au

Topic three: 
Student Inclusivity in university community engagement/service learning: Enhancing opportunities for transformation [Relevant disciplines: Education, Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy]

This project seeks to understand the lived experiences of students with a disability in accessing and participating in mutually beneficial and transformational community engagement/service-learning opportunities.

  • How do students who are differently abled experience such university programs?
  • What are the enablers and barriers to a rich experience in these programs?
  • How could community engagement/service-learning programs be adapted to be more inclusive?

The project would be informed by a systematic literature review (SLR) into CE/SL programs that have initiatives to be inclusive of students who are differently abled.
The project may then proceed to piloting and evaluating a university-based program that aims to increase the inclusivity of CE/SL programs.
The project may also include the evaluation of any existing programs or initiatives that aim to increase the inclusivity of CE/SL programs where feasible.

Contact: Prof Sandra Jones for more information - sandra.jones@acu.edu.au

Topic four: 
Positive Youth Development (PYD) through Sport programs for culturally diverse youth: Enhancing outcomes through a community engagement lens [Relevant disciplines: Sport Psychology, Exercise Science]

Although possessing many personal and community-based strengths, culturally diverse youth often experience educational disadvantage and marginalisation, and wider social marginalisation. Although sporting programs coupled with education are often seen as a means to improve personal, social, and physical outcomes for these youths, program outcomes are variable. Greater knowledge on how to effectively work with these youth in PYD through sport settings can contribute to mitigating the educational and social marginalisation experienced by these groups.
This project seeks to explore PYD through sport/Sport for development programs in level 4 income nations (e.g., Australia) and factors that appear to enhance PYD outcomes in personal, physical, and social domains. In level 4 income nations, sport coupled with education programs are often used to enhance PYD outcome for culturally diverse youth (e.g., refugee and migrant, minority ethnic group) where these groups have experienced disadvantage or marginalisation. However, there is exists a need to understand more deeply the factors that enhance PYD outcomes. In addition to the Holt et al. (2017) model of PYD through sport, contemporary approaches to university-community engagement may also help to elucidate conditions that lead to PYD outcomes.
The project may begin with a systematic literature review on university based PYD through sport/SFD programs in level 4 income countries.

The project may then proceed with a comparative case study of PYD programs designed to elicit PYD among culturally diverse youth in a Level 4 nation incorporating the Holt et al (2017) model of PYD through sport and contemporary university-community engagement theory. This would be to contribute new insights to the effective operation of PYD programs.

The project may also include the active involvement in the development and evaluation of new PYD through sport programs via participatory approaches.

Contact: Dr Matthew Pink for more information - matthew.pink@acu.edu.au

PhD Eligibility criteria

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

Essential requirements

  • Highly motivated, with a strong interest in working with vulnerable communities
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills
  • An Honours or Research Masters degree in a relevant discipline

Desirable skills

  • Experience in writing publications in peer reviewed journals

Study mode and location

  • Full-time for three (3) years based at ACU's Brisbane or Melbourne campus, Australia, commencing Research Term C, 2021 or Research Term A, 2022.

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

Closing date for applications

23 June 2021

How to apply

This scholarship is open to domestic applicantsonly, that is Australian Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and New Zealand Citizens.

Step 1:

Interested candidates should contact the nominated academic before submitting an application for the PhD program and this scholarship. Refer to the supervisory team descriptions for research interests.

 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 letterdetailing demonstrated interest and/or experience in the program of research described.

  • A CV detailing relevant academic and practical experience.

For more information contact

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