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

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
  • 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

11:59pm AEST Monday 26th April 2021

Commencement dates

For Domestic applicants: these scholarships are for commencement in Research Term C 2021 

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

The Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) Program of the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at ACU in Melbourne invites applications for competitive PhD scholarships in connection with its new research project ‘Religious Mobilities: Medieval and Early Modern Europe and the World.’ A major new international research collaboration with partners in Leuven, London, Princeton, Stanford, and Toronto, ‘Religious Mobilities’ seeks to investigate the multiple and intersecting roles that religion has played in relation to mobility in this critical period for the formation of a globalised world.

About Australian Catholic University

ACU is a world-leading research university in our priority areas of education, health, theology and philosophy and other liberal arts. Research excellence at ACU is aligned with our mission and identity as a Catholic university and attracts leading experts, students and collaborators from across the globe. Ranked in the top 300 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World Universities Rankings 2021), ACU was rated above or well above world standard across twelve fields of research in the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment.

About the The Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) Program of the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry

ACU’s MEMS program is a dynamic, supportive, internationally engaged research community based at ACU’s Melbourne Campus, with activities also on ACU’s Rome Campus. PhD candidates in ACU’s MEMS program are fully immersed in the intellectual life of the program, work closely with supervisors, draw extensively on the talents of the MEMS team, participate in the program’s seminars, workshops, and special lectures, contribute to our international collaborations, and pursue research opportunities with our international partners and in relevant archives. Learn more about our research interests, publications and activities online here.

PhD Eligibility criteria

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

Study mode and location

Full-time for three (3) years based at the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry Melbourne Campus, commencing Research Term C *(end of August 2021).

*Due to current Australian government restrictions on international student arrivals as part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, students from countries other than Australia and New Zealand may not be able to commence during 2021.

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 (AEST) Monday 26 April 2021

As part of the application process, candidates may be invited to a virtual interview. Those invited for interview will be contacted by Wednesday 12th May in relation to their interview time. 

Dates for interview are between Monday 17th May and Wednesday 19th May Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Application instructions: 

Applicants are encouraged to contact the MEMS director, Prof. Christopher Ocker (Chris.Ocker@acu.edu.au), to discuss their application and proposed projects in connection to the key aims of the ‘Religious Mobilities’ project.

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:

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line “PhD Stipend Scholarships: specialist research area: Medieval and Early Modern Studies ‘Religious Mobilities’ ”.

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

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

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)
Submitted to Margaret.Wallen@acu.edu.au by 9am on Monday 19th April:

• 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

Poor sleep quality has been shown to influence sporting performance, however the link to injury risk is limited. Developing a better understanding of the interrelationship between sleep, performance and injury risk may allow practitioners to intervene and potentially reduce the likelihood of an injury occurring. To improve the understanding of this interrelationship, one stipend scholarship is available for a PhD student to be embedded at the Melbourne Football Club. The student will undertake a series of research projects that will create a better understanding of these interrelationships in elite athletes. The candidate should have a firm understanding of sports science with practical experience desired, be hard working and eager to progress within the research and sports performance field.

About Melbourne Football Club

The Melbourne Football Club is the founding club of the AFL. Based at Australia's most iconic sports stadium, the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It is part of the fabric of the city of Melbourne which has over 40,000 members and attracts over 400,000 attendees to its games each year.
The Club has strong leadership and is an emerging team in the competition, looking to build a strong, diverse and sustainable future. The high-performance department aims to provide world class support with an evidence based approach to improve performance whilst minimising injury risk.

About Australian Catholic University

ACU is a world-leading research university in our priority areas of Education, Health, 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. This PhD scholarship is offered in the field of Human Movement and Sports Science. In the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, Human Movement and Sports Science research at ACU scored a rating of Well Above World Standard, the highest rating available. Furthermore, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, ACU is ranked among the world’s top 1% of Sports Science Schools and Departments.

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

This PhD program of research will be undertaken within the SPRINT Research Centre at ACU. SPRINT aims to advance knowledge in the areas of performance, recovery and injury in the sporting domain, using established and developing laboratory and applied research techniques. SPRINT research focuses on the interactions between athlete performance, fatigue, sleep and recovery interventions and the prevention, risk identification and rehabilitation of injury with a strong emphasis on findings that directly translate into practice.

SPRINT consists of more than 20 members including 11 academic staff and over 10 research students across honours, masters and PhD programs. All members conduct multi-disciplinary, cutting edge research using world-leading laboratories in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, strengthened by national and international collaborators.

About the PhD Stipend Scholarship

This research will focus on the interaction between sleep, performance and injury risk in elite athletes. This could include (but is not limited to) investigating the role that sleep quality may play in the risk of an injury occurring, the impact that poor sleep quality may have on mental alertness and athletic performance, and determine if intervening and extending sleep provides any benefits for athletic performance and injury risk management.

The successful scholarship recipient will undertake their PhD program of research through ACU under the proposed supervisory team of Dr Ryan Timmins (ACU Melbourne), Associate Professor Shona Halson (ACU Brisbane) and Dr Rich Johnston (ACU Brisbane), with external supervision from Dr Darren Burgess (Head of Performance, Melbourne Football Club) and Mr Selwyn Griffith (Head of Strength and Conditioning, Melbourne Football Club). The successful candidate will be embedded at ACU’s Melbourne St Patricks campus and the Melbourne Football Club.

As part of the scholarship, the PhD student will be expected to work closely with strength and conditioning, 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

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

Scholarship Eligibility criteria

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

  • Hold a First Class Honours’ degree/Master’s degree by research/coursework or have demonstrated research experience in any of the following fields: exercise/sport science, high performance sport, strength and conditioning, exercise physiology, or physiotherapy.
  • Have research experience, preferably with a track record of peer-review publications.
  • Have interest in injury prevention and athletic performance.
  • Have advanced excel skills, with experience coding on various platforms such as R, Python or MATLAB being advantageous
Study mode and location

• Full-time for three (3) years based at the Melbourne Football Club, and ACU’s Melbourne Campus, Australia, commencing as soon as possible.

Value and duration
  • A stipend of A$28,597* per annum for three (3) years, indexed annually, 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.

    * the stipend value is comprised of contributions from Melbourne Football Club and the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP)
Application closes

11:59pm Thursday 8 April 2021 (AEST)

Application instructions:

Interested candidates should contact Dr Ryan Timmins before submitting an application for the PhD program and this scholarship: E: Ryan.Timmins@acu.edu.au

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

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

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line ‘Stipend scholarship in sleep quality and performance in professional footballers in collaboration with Melbourne Football Club’.

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 (https://www.acu.edu.au/research/our-research-institutes/healthy-brain-and-mind-research-centre/our-people/dr-valentina-lorenzetti | https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Valentina-Lorenzetti) and

Professor Val Curran (https://uat.acu.edu.au/about-acu/institutes-academies-and-centres/cognition-and-emotion-research-centre/our-people/professor-val-curran | https://www.ucl.ac.uk/pals/people/valerie-curran).

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 as well-above world standard.

About the Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre (HBMRC)
The Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre (HBMRC) aims to advance knowledge critical to improving mental health, physical performance and well-being. Mental health, brain-related, and developmental disorders have significant negative impacts upon the mortality and social participation of the most vulnerable members of the community and are among the most urgent global challenges of the 21st century. The Centre will make significant contributions to mental health, physical performance, participation and well-being by integrating cutting edge research expertise and technology spanning neuroscience, addiction science, clinical psychology, developmental psychology and rehabilitation science to improve the understanding, prevention and treatment of mental health, brain-related and developmental disorders. One of three leading research Programs in the HBMRC is, Neuroscience of Addiction and Mental Health
About the PhD stipend scholarships

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 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.
Applications close

11:59pm Sunday 9th May 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 

The Australian Catholic University is offering one full-time, 3-year PhD scholarships to undertake research in the areas of motor and cognitive development over the lifespan, disability, and/or rehabilitation science.  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, Development and Disability Over the Lifespan, has a current focus on the interplay between motor and cognitive processes in child development and in adult aging, and their relationship to the development of motor skill and dual-tasking. As well, have developed award-winning innovations in motor training and rehabilitation for neurodisability using virtual-reality (VR) and related technologies (EDNA; www.dynamicneuralarts.com.au); our current research is geared to implementation in the clinic and in the home, and (automated) tablet-based assessment of motor function and cognition.

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

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

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

About Australian Catholic University

ACU is a world-leading research university in our priority areas of education, health, and theology and philosophy. Research excellence at ACU is founded on the principles of social justice and attracts leading experts, students and collaborators from across the globe. 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 the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, psychology and exercise science research at ACU received the top score (5/5), rated as well-above world standard.    

 

About the Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre

The Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre (HBMRC) aims to advance knowledge critical to improving mental health, physical performance and well-being. Mental health, brain-related, and developmental disorders have significant negative impacts upon the mortality and social participation of the most vulnerable members of the community and are among the most urgent global challenges of the 21st century. The Centre will make significant contributions to mental health, physical performance, participation and well-being by integrating cutting edge research expertise and technology spanning neuroscience, addiction science, clinical psychology, developmental psychology and rehabilitation science to improve the understanding, prevention and treatment of mental health, brain-related and developmental disorders. One of three leading research Programs in the HBMRC is, Development & Disability Over the Lifespan.

About the PhD Stipend Scholarships

 One PhD Scholarship is being offered in 2021 to support the work of Prof. Wilson and his team in the areas of developmental science and rehabilitation over the lifespan. The Scholarship is available for a high-performing candidate, with some prior experience in motor and/cognitive aspects of development, exercise science or motor rehabilitation, and interest in researching in any of the following aspects:

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

We welcome applications from individuals with a background in:

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

PhD Eligibility criteria
Study mode and location
  • Full-time for three (3) years based at the Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences, Melbourne or Brisbane Campus, commencing Research Term C (end of August 2021) *

*This scholarship is 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 18th April 2021 AEST

Application instructions: 

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Prof. Peter Wilson before submitting an application for the PhD program and a scholarship:

E:  peterh.wilson@acu.edu.au

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

  • A CV detailing relevant academic and practical experience;
  • A cover letter detailing demonstrated interest and/or experience in the program of research described.

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line “PhD Stipend Scholarships specialist research area: Development, Disability and Rehab”.  

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

Opportunities for exciting research with doctoral scholarships in the national priority area of the education of pre-service teachers.

ACU leads the Education Standards and Moderation (ESAM) Research and Development Project investigating the quality and effectiveness of initial teacher education. Up to two PhD Stipend Scholarships (ESAM-ILSTE) are being offered full-time to support high-quality candidates to undertake priority teacher preparation and workforce studies in the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education.

The two scholarships are designed to support high-performing candidates with knowledge relevant to the fields of teacher preparation and at least one other field (assessment and evaluation; digital design and systems thinking; digital data and literacy; judgement including moderation). The topics for doctoral study below may interest you:

1. The relationship between research, policy and practice in leveraging improvement in teacher education;
2. The role of standards and moderation in assessing professional experience placements;
3. Applying novel approaches to analysing longitudinal teacher preparation and workforce data to examine the performance profiles of preservice teachers during candidature and on entry to the teaching workforce; or
4. Building teacher educator and preservice teacher capabilities in data literacy.

The Education Standards and Moderation project involves a wide range of industry-based partners and universities across Australia. The successful scholarship recipients will be embedded in the Standards and Moderation project team in the Institute.

About the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education
ACU’s Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE) at Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a research-only institute committed to advancing and creating new knowledge and understanding, with subsequent implications for policy, practice, and further research. Under the Directorship of Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith, ILSTE operates with 9 full-time Professors, 5 International Professorial Fellows, 5 Honorary Professorial appointments, 26 research support staff, and 7 full-time administrative staff. The Institute hosts the Research Centre for Digital Data and Assessment in Education (RCDDAiE). ILSTE has an outstanding record of National Competitive Grant success, having been awarded $5,741,337 in ARC funding from 2014 to 2020 (including 1 Future Fellowship, 6 Discovery, 2 DECRA, and 4 Linkage). Education research at ACU currently stands within band 51-75 of 500 universities internationally for Education in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019. Confirming this standing, education research at ACU was ranked ‘above world standard’ in ERA 2018 and rated ‘high impact’ in EIA 2018-2019.
PhD Eligibility criteria

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

Scholarship Eligibility criteria

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

• Have prior research experience;
• Hold a Positive Working with Children Clearance; and
• Hold knowledge relevant to the fields of teacher preparation and at least one other field (assessment and evaluation; digital design and systems thinking; judgement including moderation).

Study mode and location

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

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
• 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

Sunday 17th April 2021 11:59pm AEST

Application instructions:

Interested candidates should view the Institute’s GTPA and contact the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education before applying: ilste@acu.edu.au

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

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

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au , with the subject line ‘ILSTE Stipend Scholarships: Standards and Moderation Research and Development project’.

 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

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

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.

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

11:59pm AEST Monday 26th April 2021

Commencement dates

For Domestic applicants: these scholarships are for commencement in Research Term C 2021


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

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

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

About ACU Engagement

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

About the PhD Stipend Scholarships

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

Topic One: Domestic community engagement

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

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

Topic Two: International community engagement

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

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

We welcome applications from individuals with a background in:

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

PhD Eligibility criteria

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

Supervisory Team

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

The supervisory team will also include:

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

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

Study mode and location

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

Value and duration of Scholarship

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

Closing date for applications

23 June 2020

How to apply

This scholarship is open to domestic and international applicants.

Step 1:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information contact

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

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

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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