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

Applications are now closed for Research Training Program Scholarships for commencement in Research Term C 2020.

Applicants for Research Term A 2021 should check the ACU Research Scholarships website in September 2020 for details of relevant closing deadlines.

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

Two Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) PhD scholarships are available to undertake research in the areas of neuroimaging of addiction and mental health. The successful candidates will work with our established team of local and international collaborators, and current research students, as part of the Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre (HBMRC) at ACU.

Our Research Program, Neuroscience of Addiction and Mental Health, has a current focus on studying the clinical, cognitive and brain mechanisms of substance use and related mental health problems (e.g., depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders). We aim to map the factors that influence vulnerability, exacerbate harms and determine paths to recovery in addiction and related mental health disorders. To this end we capitalise on strategic access to unique global consortia, next-generation multimodal brain imaging tools, rigorous trials and evidence-based interventions.

The successful applicants’ supervisory team will include Dr Valentina Lorenzetti and Professor Val Curran.

The successful applicants may also receive associate supervision from non-ACU project investigators which include world leading experts in multimodal neuroimaging, psychiatry and neuroscience:

  • Prof. Andrew Zalesky (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Dr. Tom Freeman (Bath University, The United Kingdom)
  • Prof. Hugh Garavan (Vermont University, USA)
  • Prof Gunter Schumann (King’s College London, The United Kingdom)
  • Prof. Antonio Verdejo-Garcia (Monash University, Australia)

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

The two Australian Government RTP PhD Scholarships are being offered in 2020 to support the work of Dr. Lorenzetti and her team in the areas of addiction & mental health neurosciences. The Scholarships are available for high-performing candidates, with an interest in researching in any of the following: 

Project one: Mapping neurodevelopmental trajectories in young substance users using consortia data & multimodal imaging

  • Identifying multiple factors that predate substance use onset and related mental health problems, using cutting-edge multimodal imaging (functional/structural connectivity), psychosocial, and cognitive data;
  • Mapping longitudinal trajectories of neurodevelopment in adolescent substance users;
  • Exploring the role of cannabinoid compounds in driving aberrant connectivity;
  • Working with consortia data from the IMAGEN http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/depts/mrc/research/imagen.aspx 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.
  • Disseminate study results via publication in high quality neuroscientific journals.
  • Complete a PhD thesis.

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

  • Identifying brain harms in reward pathways in substance dependence and related mental health problems, using cutting-edge multimodal imaging (functional/structural connectivity), psychosocial, and cognitive data;
  • Mapping how to mitigate brain harms using a mindfulness-based intervention that targets drug craving and urges, compared to an active placebo controlled and passive placebo conditions in a double-blind trial;
  • Exploring the role of mental health and cognition in relation to brain harms and recovery;
  • Working with a large trial data from an ongoing study http://www.isrctn.com/ISRCTN76056942 with comprehensive cognitive, behavioural, clinical and neuroimaging data.
  • Disseminate study results via publication in high quality neuroscientific journals.
  • Complete a PhD thesis.
The successful applicants will work with and have access to a multidisciplinary team with high-level expertise in neuroimaging, engineering, data modelling, neuroscience, addiction and mental health. You will have opportunities of training in the required neuroimaging methods in high-quality national/international research centres.

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 2021

Value and duration

  • A Research Training Program Stipend of A$33,092 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

October 30th 2020

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’.

Developmental Science and Rehabilitation Over the Lifespan

Two Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) PhD Scholarships at ACU in the Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre (HBMRC), based in Melbourne or Brisbane.

Australian Catholic University is offering TWO full-time, 3-year PhD RTP scholarships to undertake cutting-edge research in the areas of motor and cognitive development over the lifespan, disability, and/or rehabilitation science.  The successful candidates 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, we are developing and testing innovations in motor training and rehabilitation using virtual-reality (VR) and related technologies. 

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

The successful applicants 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. 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

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

Two Australian Government RTP PhD Scholarships are being offered in 2020 to support the work of Prof. Wilson and his team in the areas of developmental science and rehabilitation over the lifespan. The Scholarships are available for high-performing candidates, with some prior experience in motor and/cognitive aspects of development over the lifespan, exercise science or motor rehabilitation, and interest in researching in any of the following aspects:

  • Developmental changes in dual-task performance over childhood;
  • Adult age differences in (cognitive-motor) dual-task performance;
  • Understanding motor and cognitive factors that contribute to motor learning difficulties in children (aka Developmental Coordination Disorder—DCD);
  • Innovations in training motor skills using virtual-reality (VR) and related technologies for children with and without DCD;
  • Innovations in motor rehabilitation using VR and related technologies for acquired brain injury;
  • 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;
  • Occupational Therapy;
  • Physiotherapy;
  • 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 A (January 2021).

Value and duration

  • A Research Training Program stipend of A$33,092 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.

Application closes

October 30th, 2020

Application instructions:

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

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”.  

The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (MMIHR) is partnering with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Canberra to undertake research on issues that affect athlete health and performance. Applications are open for one Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) PhD Scholarship to undertake innovative research around generating knowledge about supplement use in high performance sport.

The Exercise and Nutrition Research Program within the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research provides a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment for PhD students to pursue an academic and/or industry research career. It has a large academic and support staff dedicated to its research program, substantial research funding, a vibrant PhD program, and world leading national and international collaborative partners. 

For more information visit: http://mmihr.acu.edu.au/research/exercise-and-nutrition-research-program/

The Australian Institute of Sport is responsible and accountable for leading the delivery of Australia’s international sporting success.  The AIS partners with National Sporting Organisations and the National Institute Network to develop expertise in athlete preparation, performance science and medicine, innovation, coach and leadership development, performance strategy and planning, pathway support and athlete career and education. 

For more information,visit: https://www.ausport.gov.au/ais/australias_winning_edge/high_performance_sport_in_australia

Wisdom of the crowd is collective intelligence derived from large numbers of people.  Social scientist Professor Daniel Centola, Director of the Network Dynamics Group from the University of Pennsylvania, has developed platforms and models to show that democratised and decentralised networks can produce information that is precise and accurate about many themes (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKH5ITx6AAk ).

The AIS and MMIHR are seeking new ways to gather expertise to support the AIS Sports Supplement Framework (https://ais.gov.au/nutrition/supplements). A Phd program is being set up to develop tools and strategies to harness the collective wisdom of Australian and international experts in sports science/nutrition to address nuances in our knowledge about the use of supplements and sports foods in high performance sport.  The outcomes will be tested against models involving artificial intelligence and traditional models of knowledge aggregation (e.g. meta-analysis of research findings).  It will also investigate the effect of the experience of being a participant in Wisdom of the Crowd activities on attitudes and beliefs about supplements.  The project, representing a collaboration between AIS Divisions (AIS Operations, Applied Technology and Innovation [ATI], and Performance, People and Teams) will be based at the AIS in Canberra and will be supervised by Professor Louise Burke (AIS Chief of Nutrition Strategy and MMIHR Chair of Sports Nutrition), Dr David Martin (applied sports scientist, ACU) and Tony Schofield (Full Stack and Lead Developer, AIS ATI).  The project will take place between July 1 2020 to June 30 2023 and the successful applicant should have strong skills in automated data collection, network analysis, natural language processing, computational text analysis and/or machine learning.

PhD program eligibility criteria

Scholarship eligibility criteria:

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

  • Australian First Class Honours degree or Research Masters degree (Masters degree by research or equivalent is required for international applicants) in any of the fields of Computer Science
  • Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards and grants
  • Professional experience, relevant training and/or research experience in automated data collection, network analysis, natural language processing, computational text analysis and/or machine learning
  • Academic publications and/or conference presentations, especially in the area of the PhD Scholarship, relative to their career to date

Study mode and location: 

Full-time for three years at The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) / MMIHR, ACU Canberra campus. 

Start date:

It is anticipated this scholarship will commence in July 2020, however, due to the CoVid-19 pandemic, face-to-face research has been suspended until further notice. The exact start date for this scholarship will be advised once known.

Value and duration:

  • A Research Training Program stipend of A$33,092 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 (tuition fee waiver) for three (3) years.

How to apply

Step 1: Expression of Interest (EOI)

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

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 Professor Louise Burke on louise.burke@ausport.gov.au by 4 June 2020.

Phone: +61 (0) 422 635 869

Step 2: Invitation to submit formal application

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

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 general candidature inquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line ‘Specialist research area: innovative methods of generating knowledge about sports supplements – Wisdom of the Crowd.”

 

The Exercise and Nutrition Research Program based at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (MMIHR) is seeking applicants for an Australian Government Research Training Program PhD Scholarship to undertake innovative research studying the molecular networks underlying exercise-induced mitochondrial biogenesis in humans

Exercise is essential in regulating metabolism and remains the most promising therapy for obesity and associated metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, which has reached epidemic proportions in the developed world. The impact of exercise on whole-body metabolism involves a coordinated network of molecular, cellular and tissue physiological adaptations including mitochondrial biogenesis in skeletal muscle. Professor John Hawley leads an internationally renowned multidisciplinary team conducting translational exercise and nutrition research using human subjects, animal models and cellular systems. A major research theme of this group is to use ‘omics-based technologies (i.e. transcriptomics, proteomics, phosphoproteomics) to map and interrogate the molecular networks (i.e. gene, protein and post-translational modifications, respectively) underlying the health-promoting effects of exercise including skeletal muscle mitochondrial biogenesis.

The successful sholarship recipient will be supervised by Professor John Hawley (Director, MMIHR and the Exercise and Nutrition Research Program) and Dr Nolan Hoffman (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Exercise and Nutrition Research Program). The recipient’s research projects will involve collaboration with ARC grant partners at Victoria University (Professor David Bishop, Institute for Health and Sport) and interactions with expert researchers and health professionals in the fields of metabolism, exercise and nutrition. 

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

PhD program eligibility criteria

Scholarship eligibility criteria:

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

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

Study mode: Full-time only.

Start date: Due to the CoVid-19 pandemic, face-to-face research has been suspended until further notice. The exact start date for this scholarship will be advised once known.

PhD Scholarship inclusions:

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

Applications currently close: 31 July 2020 (please note that, due to the CoVid-19 pandemic this closing date may be extended).

For further information about the scholarship contact:

Professor Nolan Hoffman

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Exercise and Nutrition Research Program

Email: nolan.hoffman@acu.edu.au

Phone: +61 (0)3 9230 8277

How to apply:

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

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

 

ACU and Grant-Funded 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 Youth Social Enterprise Employment.

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. Th current 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.

The embedded Youth Social Enterprise Employment Project aims to explore the feasibility of school students completing school-based traineeships and other work-based training while meeting service needs of seniors within co-located high-school and senior living campuses. This project will evaluate the supervision structure put in place through establishment of social enterprises (e.g. onsite cafe, IT mentorships, horticultural maintenance), and identify potential barriers and enablers to social enterprise development within the model.

Findings from the Youth Social Enterprise 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 includes a review of existing policy, legislation and programs related to school-based traineeships, VET pathways, and social enterprise development within senior living and school-based settings. The data will be collected via a range of methodologies. The project establishes and evaluates a pilot-social enterprise which provides opportunities for skills transfer between seniors and youth in external and internal living environments, across horticultural, hospitality and fitness/care domains. The project produces a case study model that will be tested with key industrial partners. 

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
  • Knowledge of vocational education and training pathways (Work experience in social enterprise operation or development, or vocational education and training sector highly desirable)
  • Knowledge of residential properties, schools, age care facilities (Work experience in horticulture, hospitality, community arts or fitness sector beneficial)
  • Capability to communicate with industrial partners, senior residents, young students, international academics and partners

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

31st August 2020

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: Youth Social Enterprise Employment Project PhD Stipend Scholarship’.

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

31st August 2020

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’.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Australian Catholic University and IPPE

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

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

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

About the PhD Stipend Scholarship

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

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

We welcome applications from individuals with a background in:

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

PhD Eligibility criteria

Study mode and location

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

Value and duration

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

Application closes

Monday 23rd  March 2020

Application instructions:

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

E: chris.lonsdale@acu.edu.au

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

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

(these can be amended as appropriate)

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

Australian Catholic University is offering one full-time 2 year MPhil scholarship to undertake research as part of the Australian Research Council-funded project ‘Improving mental health nurses’ resilience, retention and quality of practice’.

This project aims to determine the effects of a resilience-building program on turnover intention, quality of nursing practice, workplace stress, and resilience, in mental health nurses. We are seeking a suitable MPhil candidate to conduct research as part of this project.

Applicants need to have:

  • an appropriate undergraduate Honours degree in nursing, psychology, behavioural science, public health, or health services research or related discipline;, or
  • Postgraduate research training (eg coursework completed to distinction level or higher or a master-by-coursework degree); or
  • demonstrated research experience with evidence of capacity to undertake independent research work (eg an authored publication). 

For details about the MPhil scholarship project and how to apply, please visit ACU Research webpage or contact kim.foster@acu.edu.au or 03 9342 7676.  

Australian Catholic University, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine, Melbourne

Nursing at ACU was judged 'well above world-standard in the most recent 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) review. Our researchers undertake leading edge academic research as well as making significant contributions to important public debates in nursing and health. The Mental Health Nursing Research Unit, led by Professor Kim Foster, is based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and conducts nurse-led research in collaboration with clinicians and multidisciplinary colleagues in key areas of mental health research focus.

Research scholarship: Improving mental health nurses’ resilience, retention and quality of practice’.

There is one full-time 2 year scholarship available for a MPhil, to undertake research related to the ARC-funded project ‘‘Improving mental health nurses’ resilience, retention and quality of practice’. This project aims to determine the effects of a resilience-building program on turnover intention, quality of nursing practice, workplace stress, and resilience, in mental health nurses. 

Using a randomised controlled trial design, the outcomes of nurses participating in the resilience program will be compared with those who do not. The expected outcomes are improved nurse resilience, turnover intention, and quality of nursing practice, and reduced negative psychological impacts of workplace stress. We anticipate the project will provide new knowledge on the impacts of workforce resilience-building skills, and enhance the quality of mental health nursing professional practice.

In addition to the application documentation, we invite MPhil applicants to submit a cover letter no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Professor Kim Foster to discuss ideas before preparing an application.

The project team is led by Professor Kim Foster and includes Professor Darryl Maybery of Monash University and Associate Professor Michael Roche of University of Technology Sydney. The successful candidate will be located in Melbourne.
 

Value

  • Australian Government Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship for 2 years duration (that is, a tuition fee waiver); and
  • Stipend of $32,596 per annum (indexed annually) for 2 years

Scholarship-specific criteria

  • academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards, publications, or grants;
  • skills in quantitative research methods;
  • previous research experience;
  • ability to contribute to a team;
  • excellent time-management and organisational skills.
  • high level verbal and written English proficiency
  • prior health research experience and publication of quantitative research findings are desirable.

Study mode and commencement date

Full-time commencing later 2020 (exact date TBC)

Location

Melbourne

Closing date for applications

Tentatively 29th May 2020

How to apply

This scholarship is open to domestic applicants only. Please visit the ACU Research website and follow the instructions to submit your application.
Applicants must clearly state that they are applying for the Research scholarship: Improving mental health nurses’ resilience, retention, and quality of practice in the scholarship section on the application form.

  • If you are not currently enrolled in a research degree at ACU, visit the ACU Research webpage for instructions on how to submit your application
  • If you are currently enrolled in a research degree at ACU, please download the application form for currently enrolled candidates from Orion and submit all required documentation to the Candidature Services team on res.cand@acu.edu.au

    Applicants should also include:
  • A cover letter of no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area, and other evidence of how they meet the scholarship-specific criteria listed above.
  • A copy of their CV that includes evidence of academic excellence; skills in quantitative research methods; previous research experience; and ability to contribute to a team.

For more information contact
Prof Kim Foster: kim.foster@acu.edu.au

Applications should be sent via email to ACU Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au

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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