ACU offers a range of prestigious scholarships to reward outstanding academic achievement. Scholarships are available to both domestic and international research candidates looking to undertake a research course.

A generous living allowance is attached to most scholarships. Scholarships for international research candidates also cover tuition fees and Overseas Student Health Cover. (Domestic research candidates are exempt from tuition fees for the normal duration of their course.

Scholarship opportunities for research candidates are listed below. To view the closing dates for applications and additional information, click on the relevant link.

 

Research Training Program Stipend scholarships

Research Training Program Scholarships

Applications will shortly open for Research Training Program Scholarships for Research Term A 2020 commencement.

Value

TBC

Closing date for applications

Applications for a Research Term A 2020 commencement will close on 17th October 2019.

How to Apply

TBC

ACU faculty, research institute and school scholarships

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

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

Conceivably, this research may include exploring the needs of the community and approaches to program development; the experiences of university students engaging in the community engagement programs (including students who may have additional barriers to participation); the perspectives of university and community members on community engagement programs, including benefits and barriers for community and university. The approach to the study (e.g. sociological, psychological, etc.) is left to the discretion of the PhD candidate and their supervisory team. This scholarship would contribute to advancing understanding of best practice in university- community engagement programs.

We welcome applications from individuals with an academic background and/or professional experience in:

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

In addition to the application documentation, we invite PhD applicants to submit a cover letter no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Professor Sandra Jones or Dr Chloe Gordon in ACU Engagement to discuss ideas before preparing an application proposal.

About ACU Engagement

At ACU, our commitment to community is part of the university mission. We value community engagement as a key means of advancing our mission in serving the common good and enhancing the dignity and wellbeing of people and communities. It is integral to our teaching, learning and

research. Integral to our vision of community engagement are the five principles of building connections, acting with humility, developing understanding, affirming dignity, and pursuing justice. Please see our website for more information about ACU’s approach to community engagement.

Value of Scholarship

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

Closing date for applications

17 October 2019

How to apply

This scholarship is open to domestic and international applicants willing to commence in Research Term A 2020 (from January).

Applicants should stipulate that they are applying for the “Community Engagement PhD Scholarship”

on their application form.

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

Applicants should also include:

  • A cover letter of no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area, alignment of research experience and interests and other evidence of how they meet the scholarship-specific criteria listed abo The cover letter would include specific area of research, aims, methodology, feasibility, timeline, and a preliminary survey of sources.
  • A copy of their CV that includes evidence of academic excellence; skills in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods; previous research experience; and ability to contribute to a team

For more information contact

Prof Sandra Jones (Sandra.Jones@acu.edu.au) Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement

Dr Chloe Gordon (Chloe.Gordon@acu.edu.au) Research Associate, ACU Engagement

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line ‘Community Engagement PhD Scholarship.’

International community engagement programs offered through universities have the potential to provide transformative, though challenging, learning opportunities for students (Green, 2019; Kollman & Morgan, 2014). A primary challenge of such programs is how to shape rich, authentic learning experiences for students that avoid ‘cultural tourism’ (Addleman, Nava, Cevallos, Brazo, & Dixon, 2014), while benefitting the community which they serve and ensuring reciprocity. While the body of research on the pedagogy of international community engagement has increased in recent years (Hepple et al., 2017; Pink et al., 2016), several questions remain regarding the impact of such programs on the community, their sustainability, and best practice for university-community partnerships in developing nations.

We are seeking a suitable PhD candidate to conduct research on international university-community engagement. The study would include an evaluation of a flagship ACU international community engagement program that serves communities experiencing disadvantage and marginalisation. Conceivably, this research may include exploring the experience of university students engaging in the program, the perspectives of university and community members, mutual benefits for community and university, and the conditions that lead to these outcomes. The approach to the study (e.g. sociological, psychological, etc.) is left to the discretion of the PhD candidate and their supervisory team. This scholarship would contribute to advancing understanding of what works and what does not in international community engagement programs.

One scholarship will be available that includes a focus on international community engagement programs. We welcome applications from individuals with an academic background and/or professional experience in:

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

In addition to the application documentation, we invite PhD applicants to submit a cover letter no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Professor Sandra Jones or Dr Chloe Gordon in ACU Engagement to discuss ideas before preparing an application.

About ACU Engagement

At ACU, our commitment to community is part of the university mission. We value community engagement as a key means of advancing our mission in serving the common good and enhancing the dignity and wellbeing of people and communities. It is integral to our teaching, learning and research. Integral to our vision of community engagement are the five principles of building

connections, acting with humility, developing understanding, affirming dignity, and pursuing justice. Please see our website for more information about ACU’s approach to community engagement.

Value of Scholarship

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

Closing date for applications

17 October 2019

How to apply

This scholarship is open to domestic and international applicants willing to commence in Research Term A 2020 (from January).

Applicants should stipulate that they are applying for the ”International Community Engagement PhD Scholarship” on their application form.

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

Applicants should also include:

  • A cover letter of no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area, alignment of research experience and interests and other evidence of how they meet the scholarship-specific criteria listed abo The cover letter would include specific area of research, aims, methodology, feasibility, timeline, and a preliminary survey of sources.
  • A copy of their CV that includes evidence of academic excellence; skills in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods; previous research experience; and ability to contribute to a team

For more information contact

Prof Sandra Jones (Sandra.Jones@acu.edu.au) Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement

Dr Chloe Gordon (Chloe.Gordon@acu.edu.au) Research Associate, ACU Engagement

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line ‘International Community Engagement Scholarship.’

Australian Catholic University is offering one full-time 3 year PhD scholarship to undertake research as part of the Australian Research Council-funded project ‘Improving mental health nurses’ resilience, retention and quality of practice’.

This project aims to determine the effects of a resilience-building program on turnover intention, quality of nursing practice, workplace stress, and resilience, in mental health nurses. 
We are seeking a suitable PhD candidate to conduct research as part of this project. Applicants need to have an appropriate undergraduate Honours or Masters Research degree in nursing, psychology, behavioural science, public health, or health services research or related discipline. For details about the PhD scholarship project contact kim.foster@acu.edu.au.  

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

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

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

There is one full-time 3 year scholarship available for a PhD, to undertake research related to the ARC-funded project ‘‘Improving mental health nurses’ resilience, retention and quality of practice’. This project aims to determine the effects of a resilience-building program on turnover intention, quality of nursing practice, workplace stress, and resilience, in mental health nurses. 

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

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

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

Value

Australian Government Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship for 3 years duration (that is, a tuition fee waiver); and
Stipend of $32,596 per annum (indexed annually) for 3 years

Scholarship-specific criteria

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

Study mode and commencement date

Late 2019 (to be negotiated)

Location

Melbourne

Closing date for applications

Sunday 4th August 2019

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.

Applications should be sent direct via post or via email to:
Candidature Services
Student Administration
Locked Bag 4115
MDC Fitzroy VIC 3065
E: res.cand@acu.edu.au
For more information contact
Prof Kim Foster, kim.foster@acu.edu.au, +61 (3) 9342 7676 

Other scholarships

The Fulbright Commission offers a diverse selection of scholarships for Australian students, scholars, and professionals seeking to study or conduct research in the U.S. Applicants can be at any career stage and from any academic background.

The Fulbright Future Scholarships offer funding for full tuition/visiting researcher fees at any U.S. institution, as well as travel and living costs.

The Scholarships are currently open for application from postgraduate students, PhD researchers, academics and professionals who propose innovative research projects with potential for significant impact.

For further information and to apply, visit the Fulbright website

The Endeavour Awards is the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia. Awards are also available for Australians to undertake study, research and professional development abroad.

Learn more about the Endeavour Awards on the Department of Education and Training website.

Applications for the 2019 round of Endeavour Scholarships are now open

The John Monash Scholarships are postgraduate scholarships awarded to outstanding Australians with leadership potential who wish to study overseas. The John Monash Scholarships are amongst the most important postgraduate scholarships currently available in Australia. The Scholarship is open to Australian citizens who have completed an undergraduate degree in Australia and wish to pursue postgraduate study at a university outside of Australia. The Scholarship is not restricted by age, discipline or choice of overseas institution.

Australia Awards

Australia Awards is an initiative of the Australian Government that promotes development in the Asia-Pacific region.

For more information visit Australia Awards

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