We are now accepting applications from prospective domestic and international candidates for study commencing in 2022. Applications for the October general round of RTP stipend and ACU stipend scholarships close 11.59pm 17 October 2021 AEDT.

Outstanding MPhil and PhD applicants are invited in the following priority areas:

  • Arts (especially history, sociology and political science)
  • Education (especially educational leadership, Indigenous education, specialist studies in education, and teacher education)
  • Health (especially psychology, exercise science, clinical sciences, allied health, nursing, and public health)
  • Philosophy (all areas)
  • Theology (especially systematic theology, biblical and early Christian studies, medieval and early modern studies, studies of religion, and Vatican II studies)

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

 

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend scholarships

We are now accepting applications from prospective domestic and international candidates for study commencing in 2022. Applications close 11.59pm 17 October 2021 AEDT

Outstanding MPhil and PhD applicants are invited in the following priority areas:

  • Arts (especially history, sociology and political science)
  • Education (especially educational leadership, Indigenous education, specialist studies in education, and teacher education)
  • Health (especially psychology, exercise science, clinical sciences, allied health, nursing, and public health)
  • Philosophy (all areas)
  • Theology (especially systematic theology, biblical and early Christian studies, medieval and early modern studies, studies of religion, and Vatican II studies)
 

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

Dianoia Institute of Philosophy

Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry

Scholarship Value
  • A Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship of $28,854* 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

We are now accepting applications from prospective domestic and international candidates for study commencing in 2022. Applications close 11.59pm 17 October 2021 AEDT.

Commencement dates

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

For International applicants: these scholarships are for onshore commencement though temporary offshore commencement may be possible in certain circumstances (refer 1 ‘If you receive an offer’ for further information).

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
We are offering one (1) Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) PhD stipend scholarship to undertake research within The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (MMIHR)’s Exercise and Nutrition program. The MMIHR aims to address critical public health issues by identifying and responding with innovative programs that deliver better health outcomes and transform lives. Within MMIHR, the Exercise and Nutrition Research Program undertake experimental and clinical trials conducted in state of the art facilities using a range of contemporary equipment and techniques. Human, animal and cell models are utilised by our expert team of researchers (both locally and internationally) who are dedicated to achieving research excellence using a holistic approach that considers molecular, cellular and whole body physiology.
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 field of Exercise Science (1106 FOR Code) and 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, Human Movement and Sports Science research at ACU received the score (5/5), rated as Well above world standard. ACU’s Discipline of Exercise Science is ranked fourth in Australia and 22nd in the world for sport science in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2020.

The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research aims to address critical public health issues by identifying and responding with innovative programs that deliver better health outcomes and transform lives. Within MMIHR, the Exercise and Nutrition Research Program undertake experimental and clinical trials conducted in state of the art facilities using a range of contemporary equipment and techniques. Human, animal and cell models are utilised by our expert team of researchers (both locally and internationally) who are dedicated to achieving research excellence using a holistic approach that considers molecular, cellular and whole body physiology.
About the PhD Stipend Scholarships

One (1) Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) PhD stipend scholarship is being offered for a driven and high-performing candidate to support the work of Prof John Hawley and his team investigating the effects of time-restricted eating individuals with type 2 diabetes.

The successful applicants’ supervisory team will include Prof John Hawley (Principal Supervisor) and Dr Evelyn Parr (Co-Supervisor).

Prof John Hawley, is internationally recognised in his field of expertise having published 300 articles in prestigious journals such as Cell, Science and Cell Metabolism. He is a member of 9 national and international societies whilst being an active reviewer for many journals and funding agencies. Alongside collaborations with several major national and international institutions such as Harvard Medical School, he has mentored 23 PhD students to completion and many post doctoral scientists who have gone onto have successful independent careers.

Dr Evelyn Parr, current research portfolio involves work regarding manipulating the timing and composition of nutritional intake and exercise on the development of Type 2 Diabetes concomitant with obesity. Her research interests centre around optimising and enabling the best prescription of exercise to individuals with a previous history of not exercising.

PhD Eligibility criteria
Scholarship criteria

In addition to meeting the PhD eligibility criteria, successful candidates will have:

Essential requirements

  • An undergraduate degree in the field of allied health (i.e., exercise physiology, human biology, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, nutrition, dietetics)
  • A GPA greater than 3.5

Desirable skills

  • Interest in knowledge translation
  • Ability to write for non-technical, non-academic audiences
Study mode and location
  • Full-time for three (3) years, based in Melbourne, commencing as soon as possible
Value and duration
  • An Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship of A$28,597 (tax-free, indexed, full-time rate) for domestic candidates, 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
Application instructions:

How to apply

Applications will close on the 11:59pm AEST on Monday 1st November 2021.

Interested candidates who have further questions in regard to the required criteria, are encouraged to contact MMIHR before submitting an application for the PhD program and this scholarship:
E: MMIHR.Director@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 Scholarship Specialist research area: Effects of time-restricted eating individuals with type 2 diabetes”.

Overview
We are offering one (1)  PhD scholarship – described in section below “About the PhD Stipend Scholarship”. The PhD scholarship is available to undertake research as part of the ACU-led analysis of the data from the Australian Child Maltreatment Study (ACMS).
About the Australian Child Maltreatment Study

The ACMS is a collaboration between eight (8) Institutions and is the first national study of child abuse and neglect in Australia and is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Additional funding has also been secured from the Australian Government’s National Office for Child Safety (Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet), the Department of Social Services, and the Australian Institute of Criminology.

The ACMS aims to identify, for the first time, how many Australians in the general population have been exposed to the each of the five types of child abuse and neglect (physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and exposure to domestic violence). This is first study in Australia to collect this important information.

The three broad aims of the study are to explore:
1. The prevalence of each type of child maltreatment (physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and exposure to domestic violence) and of multi-type maltreatment;

2. The nature of maltreatment experiences (the child’s age and sex; the child’s relationship with the person who inflicted the maltreatment; frequency and severity of maltreatment) and the health problems associated with maltreatment and multi-type maltreatment; and

3. The burden of disease attributable to child maltreatment, and selected healthcare costs.

The study protocol has already been published in BMJ Open: Mathews B, Pacella R, Dunne M, Scott J, Finkelhor D, Meinck F, Higgins DJ, Erskine H, Thomas HJ, Haslam D, Tran N, Le H, Honey N, Kellard K, Lawrence D. (2021) The Australian Child Maltreatment Study (ACMS): protocol for a national survey of the prevalence of child abuse and neglect, associated mental disorders and physical health problems, and burden of disease.

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. 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, ACU ranked at either above (4/5) or well-above world-average (5/5) for ten fields of research in Australia.
About the PhD Stipend Scholarships

One (1)  PhD Scholarship are being offered for commencement as soon as possible to support the work of Prof Daryl Higgins and his team’s work on the Australian Child Maltreatment Study (ACMS). The Scholarship is available for driven and high-performing candidates with experience in quantitative analysis.

There is one proposed area of study for PhD candidates to explore (although there is flexibility to negotiate another topic using the ACSM dataset):

Proposed Project: Organisational risk factors in faith-based settings.

The PhD would explore organizational-level characteristics in child sexual abuse and other forms of child abuse occurring in a faith-based institutional context, compared to maltreatment occurring in other youth-serving organisations or family contexts. Analyses would focus on:

  • Prevalence data across the 6 age cohorts in the ACMS
  • Consistency or historical trends in patterns of maltreatment and their organisational context
  • Organisationally specific patterns in the contextual information about child sexual abuse and physical abuse – such as the gender/sexuality of the respondent, the identity or relationship to the person perpetrating the harm, their gender and role (clergy vs other), the type of organisational setting (church/religious organisation, school, sports club, etc.), whether the abuse was every disclosed to authorities, and whether any protective action was taken
  • Preventable or modifiable risk factors that may be addressed through policies and risk mitigation strategies within churches, and other faith-based youth-serving organisations to reduce the likelihood of exposure to maltreatment (particularly child sexual abuse) and associated health outcomes.
Supervisory team

The successful applicants’ supervisory team will include Prof Daryl Higgins and Dr Aino Suomi and other ACU research academics in the fields of Psychology and Social Work.

Prof Daryl Higgins, Director, ICPS, is a CI on the ACMS. He has over 25 years’ experience in conducting and supervising research relevant to policy and practice relating to the safety and wellbeing of children and families. He coined the term ‘multi-type maltreatment’ and has published multiple studies in top-tier journals.

In addition to ACU supervisors, the successful candidates may receive external supervisory input from the Chief Investigators at one or another of our NHMRC grant partner institutions:

  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Queensland Institute for Medical Research Berghofer Medical Research Institute
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Western Australia
PhD Eligibility criteria
  • The eligibility criteria for admission to the PhD program at ACU can be found in the Higher Degree Research Regulations.
  • Applications are particularly welcome from candidates with an appropriate honours degree in the social sciences (such as Psychology).
Scholarship criteria

In addition to meeting the PhD eligibility criteria, successful candidates will have:

Essential requirements

  • High-level quantitative data analysis skills
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting multivariate quantitative data analyses
  • Excellent English written and verbal communications skills
  • Demonstrated prior experience or genuine interest in the topic of child maltreatment

Desirable skills

  • Interest in translation of research knowledge to policymakers and practitioners
  • Ability to write for non-technical, non-academic audiences
Study mode and location
  • Full-time for three (3) years, commencing as soon as possible
Value and duration
  • An Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship of A$28,854 (tax-free, indexed, full-time rate) or an ACU Stipend Scholarship of A$28,854 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
  • Sunday 28 November 2021, 11:59pm (AEST).
How to apply

These opportunities are open to domestic applicants , that is Australian Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and New Zealand Citizens or international candidates with an appropriate visa and who are currently onshore in Australia. 

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Prof Daryl Higgins before submitting an application for the PhD program and a scholarship:
E: daryl.higgins@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 candidate enquiries please contact Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au with the title "Specialist research area: Australian Child Maltreatment Study."

 

 

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 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 A 2022

Value and duration
  • A Research Training Program Stipend of A$28,597 per annum (tax-free, indexed) for three (3) years, subject to satisfactory progress and full-time study mode; and 
  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is a tuition fee waiver for three (3) years.
How to apply

This opportunity is open to Australian domestic students.

Step 1: Expression of Interest (EOI) to be submitted by Sunday 26 September 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

Australian Catholic University is offering one Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Higher Degree Research (HDR) stipend scholarship to conduct research focused on understanding the support available to Australian veterans after they have transitioned out of military service.

ACU is a world-leading research university in the areas of education, health, theology, philosophy and other liberal arts. Research excellence at ACU is founded on the principles of human dignity and social justice. 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 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 sociology and political science at ACU was assessed as being at world standard.

About the HDR Stipend Scholarship

Australian Government RTP HDR Scholarships are being offered to support the research in the field of Australian veteran support.

This HDR scholarship is available for a Doctor of Philosophy or Master of Philosophy candidate to conduct research within the social sciences. Applications are welcome from candidates with a background in sociology, social science, psychology, behavioural science, education, political science, or similar.

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 experience in or an in interest in undertaking research to understand the support available to Australian veterans after they have transitioned out of military service.

Study mode, value and duration

• Full-time commencing before 31 March 2022
• A Research Training Program tax-free stipend of A$28,597 per annum, subject to satisfactory progress and full-time study mode; and
• a Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is, a tuition fee waiver

Application instructions

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

Step 1: Interested candidates should contact Dr Jacqueline Laughland-Booy (jacqueline.laughlandbooy@acu.edu.au) before applying.

Step 2: Expression of interest to be submitted by 30 September 2021.

Applicants must submit to jacqueline.laughlandbooy@acu.edu.au

  • A 1-2 page cover letter outlining interest and/or experience in research to understand the support available to Australian veterans after they have transitioned out of military service; and
  • A brief curriculum vitae detailing how they meet the eligibility criteria

Step 3: Invitation to submit formal application.

  • Applicants who are successful in their Expression of Interest may be invited to interview. Candidates successful at interview will be asked to submit a formal application for the PhD program and this stipend scholarship.
  • Instructions for submitting a formal application can be found in the ‘How to Apply’ section of the ACU Research Web Page.

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line ‘Supporting Veterans and their Families in Australia’

Overview
We offer one Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) PhD scholarships – described in section below “About the PhD Stipend Scholarship”. The PhD scholarship is available to undertake evidence translation mixed-methods research focused on low-value wound care in the acute care setting.
About the The National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Wiser Wound Care

The NHMRC has awarded the team at the Nursing Research Institute, a 5-year Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) grant in Wiser Wound Care. This CRE is led by Professor Wendy Chaboyer at Griffith University and Professor Elizabeth McInnes, Deputy Director of the Nursing Research Institute is the CIC.

The CRE was established on 1 January 2021. The focus of this CRE is on acute wound care (pressure injuries, surgical wounds and intravascular devices) in hospitals.

The main functions of the CRE are to undertake systematic reviews, research and implementation/de-implementation research. We also engage with end-users, both consumers and clinicians, in our research and knowledge translation activities and provide research training in methods and implementation science.

The broad aim of the proposed PhD study is to design and evaluate an intervention to reduce low-value wound care in hospitals and to identify factors that influence uptake of the intervention. The project addresses an important area of health services research, namely how to de-implement from health care practices that are obsolete or inappropriate.

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 nursing (1110 FOR Code) and 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, nursing research at ACU received the score (5/5).

About the PhD Stipend Scholarships

One (1) Australian Government RTP PhD Scholarships are being offered for mid-2022 commencement to support the work of Professor Elizabeth McInnes and her team at the Nursing Research Institute which is a partnership between Australian Catholic University, St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. The Scholarship is available for driven and high-performing candidates.

The successful candidate will be embedded in the CRE and expected to take part in various CRE activities and training opportunities.

The successful applicant will be supervised by Professor Elizabeth McInnes (Principal Supervisor) and another ACU supervisor with external supervision to be provided by CRE Research Fellow, Dr Angela Wan.

It is anticipated that the successful applicant will have the opportunity to be involved in observational and qualitative research and/or pilot studies. This will be determined by the exact research topic and applicants knowledge/experience in the field of research. Applicants should contact Professor McInnes for further information.

PhD Eligibility criteria
Scholarship criteria

Essential requirements

  • Highly motivated, with a strong interest in evidence translation; mixed-methods research; randomised controlled trials; implementation science.
  • Excellent English written and verbal communications skills.

Desirable skills

  • Experience in health services research
  • Experience in writing publications in peer reviewed scientific journals
  • Experience with statistical and qualitative analysis software
  • A health background e.g., a Bachelor’s degree in health sciences (nursing, allied health or psychology).
  • Experience in clinical practice change
Study mode and location
  • Full-time for three (3) years based at Melbourne Campus, commencing in Research Term C 2022.
  • Value and duration
  • A Research Training Program tax-free stipend of A$28,854 per annum (indexed) for three (3) years, subject to satisfactory progress. This is Full time equivalent value, part time will be pro-rata; and
  • a Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is, a tuition fee waiver for three (3) years.
Application instructions
How to apply

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 Liz McInnes before submitting an application for the PhD program and a scholarship: E: Liz.McInnes@acu.edu.au

Step 1: Expression of Interest (EOI) to be submitted by Sunday 13th March 2022 11:59pm (AEST).

Applicants must submit to Prof Liz McInnes

  • a 1 to 2-page cover letter and
  • a brief Curriculum Vitae detailing how they meet the scholarship eligibility criteria as listed above

Step 2: Shortlisting and Invitation to submit formal application

Applicants who are successful in their Expression of Interest may be invited to interview. 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.

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line: “SRA: NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Wiser Wound Care PhD Scholarship”

Overview
Australian Catholic University is offering one (1) full-time, 3-year PhD scholarship to conduct research that supports an Australian Research Council DECRA Project researching the role of digital platforms on teacher learning and education policymaking and governance processes. A particular focus of the research will consider the European Commission’s eTwinning professional learning platform; however, the successful candidate will also have the opportunity to develop their own cognate research agenda that aligns with the broader project. The successful candidate will be embedded in ACU’s Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE) and will receive principal supervision from Dr. Steven Lewis, the project’s chief investigator. The successful candidate will receive Co-supervision from a second ACU supervisor, as well as additional external (Associate) supervision provided by Assistant Professor Mathias Decuypere of Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven.
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. In the Times Higher Education (THE) World University rankings, ACU was ranked in the 251-300 band of Universities Worldwide and in the top 100 Young Universities, worldwide. In the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, research at ACU was ranked first or equal first for ten fields of research in Australia. In education research, ACU is one of the top-50 universities in the world and is ranked third in Australia by the Shanghai Ranking.
About the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education
The Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE) is an interdisciplinary research institute focused on making a difference to children's lives. The Institute focuses on 21st-century teaching and learning, diversity, innovation and engagement, with improving learning outcomes at the core of what we do. We are a national research institute that hosts a team of eminent researchers and international scholars who undertake funded research with a range of government and industry partners. At ILSTE, we prioritise connecting our research with policy and practice.

About the PhD Stipend Scholarship

One (1) PhD Scholarship is being offered in 2022 to support a project on the role of digital platforms on teacher learning and education policymaking and governance processes. The Scholarship is available for a high-performing candidate who possesses prior research experience in education policy and/or the sociology of education.

We welcome applications from individuals with a background in:

  • Globalisation and education;
  • The role of intergovernmental and transnational organisations in education policymaking, such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Commission;
  • Innovative qualitative research methods aligned with digital policy sociology (e.g., network ethnography, topological approaches, policy mobilities, platform studies);
  • The impact of digital education platforms and data on teacher practice and school leadership;
  • International Large-Scale Assessments (ILSAs), such as PISA
PhD Eligibility criteria
The eligibility criteria for the PhD program at ACU can be found in the Higher Degree Research Regulations 

Scholarship criteria
In addition to the PhD Eligibility criteria, the successful applicant should also have research experience in education policy and/or sociology of education

Study mode and location
  • Full-time for three (3) years;
  • Based in Brisbane, Australia;
Commencement Date
  • For Domestic applicants: these scholarships are for commencement in Research Term A 2022
  • For International applicants: these scholarships are for onshore commencement from Research Term A 2022, although temporary offshore commencement may be possible in certain circumstances (refer to ‘If you receive an offer’ for further information).
Value and duration

The Successful applicant will be awarded:

  • An Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) stipend scholarship of A$28,854per annum (tax-free, indexed) for domestic candidates or an ACU Stipend Scholarship of A$28,854 (tax-free, indexed) for international candidates. The stipend duration is for three (3) years, subject to satisfactory progress and full-time study mode; 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;
  • Single OSHC for international applicants.
Application closes
11:59pm (AEDT), Sunday January 16, 2021

Application instructions:
How to apply: Expression of Interest
Step 1: Expression of Interest (EOI) to be submitted by application closing date.

Applicants must submit a 1 to 2-page cover letter and a brief Curriculum Vitae that details how they meet the PhD and scholarship eligibility criteria as listed above to Dr. Steven Lewis
Email: steven.lewis@acu.edu.au

Step 2: Invitation to submit formal application
Applicants who are successful in their Expression of Interest may be invited to interview. Shortlisted applicants will 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.

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line “PhD Stipend scholarship: The implications of digital platforms for education policymaking and governance”

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. More information about the scholarships can be found at https://www.acu.edu.au/research/our-research-institutes/institute-for-religion-and-critical-inquiry/study-with-us/phd-scholarships-for-religious-mobilities

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 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 as soon as possible.

For Domestic applicants: these scholarships are for commencement as soon as possible.

For International applicants: these scholarships are for onshore commencement though temporary offshore commencement may be possible in certain circumstances (refer 1 ‘If you receive an offer’ for further information).

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) Sunday 17 October  

As part of the application process, candidates may be invited to a virtual interview.

Dates for interview are on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th November 2021 Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Application instructions: 

Applicants are encouraged to contact the MEMS director, Prof. Megan Cassidy-Welch (megan.cassidy-welch@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
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 B 2022.
Value and duration
  • A Research Training Program tax-free stipend of A$14,427 per annum for six (6) years at part-time study mode, subject to satisfactory progress; and
  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is, a tuition fee waiver for six (6) years at part-time study mode.
Application instructions:

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

How to apply

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

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

Step 2: Invitation to submit formal application

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

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

For more information contact: Margaret.Wallen@acu.edu.au

This opportunity is open until a suitable applicant is found .

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

Overview

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

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

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

The successful applicants’ supervisory team will include

Dr Valentina Lorenzetti

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Professor Val Curran

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

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

ACU is a world-leading research university in our priority areas of education, health, and theology and philosophy. Research excellence at ACU is founded on the principles of social justice and attracts leading experts, students and collaborators from across the globe. These PhD scholarships are offered in the fields of psychology (1701 FOR Code) and exercise science (1106 FOR Code). According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, ACU is ranked in the top 100 Young Universities, worldwide. In the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia(ERA) assessment, psychology and exercise science research at ACU received the top score (5/5), rated aswell-above world standard.

About the Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre (HBMRC)

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

About the PhD stipend scholarships

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

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

  1. You will conduct world-leading research to unpack novel research questions, including:
    a) Who are the youth most vulnerable to develop substance use onset and entrenched mental health problems? You will address this question using cutting-edge multimodal imaging (functional/structural connectivity), psychosocial, and cognitive data.
    b) Are longitudinal trajectories of neurodevelopment different in adolescents who use substances and those who don’t, and what is the role of entrenched mental health problems?
    c) What is the role of neurotoxic and neuroprotective cannabinoids found in commonly available cannabis, in driving aberrant brain integrity in cannabis using youth?
  2. To address these research questions, you will learn sophisticated high-res imaging techniques that measure brain integrity in-vivo
  3. You will be working with multi-modal imaging data from prestigious longitudinal consortia, including
    a) the IMAGEN consortium: the first multicentre functional and structural genetic-neuroimaging study of a cohort of 2000 +14 year old adolescents followed-up for five years with comprehensive cognitive, behavioural, clinical and neuroimaging data. http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/depts/mrc/research/imagen.aspx
    b) The Brazilian High Risk Cohort.
  4. You will work with an ambitious, expert and inclusive supervisory team to disseminate study results via publication in high quality neuroscientific journals.
  5. You will be expected to complete a PhD thesis.

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

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

Essential requirements

  • Highly motivated, with a strong interest in addiction, psychopathology, neuroscience, neurodevelopment and/or policy.
  • Excellent English written and verbal communications skills.

Desirable skills

  • Experience in neuroimaging / biostatistics data analysis
  • Experience in writing publications in peer reviewed scientific journals
  • Experience with statistical and computer programming skills (e.g., scripting, Matlab, LINUX).
  • A numerate background – e.g., a Master's degree in computer science, mathematics, engineering, medical image analysis or related discipline
Study mode and location

Full-time for three (3) years based at the Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences, Melbourne or Brisbane Campus, commencing in Research Term A 2022

Value and duration
  • A Research Training Program Stipend of A$28,597 per annum (tax-free, indexed) for three (3) years, subject to satisfactory progress and full-time study mode; and
  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is a tuition fee waiver for three (3) years.
Applications close

11:59pm Thursday 14th October 2021 AEST or until suitable candidates found

How to apply

This scholarship is open to domestic candidates who are either a citizen or permanent resident of Australia, or a citizen of New Zealand.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr Valentina Lorenzetti before submitting an application for the PhD program and this scholarship:

E: valentina.lorenzetti@acu.edu.au

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

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

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line ‘PhD Stipend Scholarship specialist research area: Neuroscience of Addiction and Mental Health’.

Overview

Australian Catholic University is offering one full-time, 3-year PhD scholarship 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

One PhD Scholarships is 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 Scholarship is  available for a high-performing candidates, with some prior experience in clinical psychology and/or digital interventions in mental health and interest in researching the following projects:

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

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

We welcome applications from individuals with a background in:

  • clinical psychology;
  • another discipline related to the project, e.g., research experience in digital technology applied to mental health assessment and treatment.
PhD Eligibility criteria
Study mode and location
  • Full-time for three (3) years based at the Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences, Melbourne or Brisbane Campus, commencing Research Term C (end of August 2021).

NB: 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

Open until suitable candidate is identified

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

We are now accepting applications from prospective domestic and international candidates for study commencing in 2022. Applications close 11.59pm 17 October 2021 AEDT.

Outstanding MPhil and PhD applicants are invited in the following priority areas:

  • Arts (especially history, sociology and political science)
  • Education (especially educational leadership, Indigenous education, specialist studies in education, and teacher education)
  • Health (especially psychology, exercise science, clinical sciences, allied health, nursing, and public health)
  • Philosophy (all areas)
  • Theology (especially systematic theology, biblical and early Christian studies, medieval and early modern studies, studies of religion, and Vatican II studies)
 

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

Dianoia Institute of Philosophy

Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry

Scholarship Value
  • An ACU Stipend Scholarship of $28,854* 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

We are now accepting applications from prospective domestic and international candidates for study commencing in 2022. Applications close 11.59pm 17 October 2021 AEDT.

Commencement dates

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

For International applicants: these scholarships are for onshore commencement though temporary offshore commencement may be possible in certain circumstances (refer 1 ‘If you receive an offer’ for further information).

How to Apply

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

If you are a currently enrolled candidate: download the ‘application for a Postgraduate Research Scholarship for currently enrolled candidates’ form in Orion and submit with required documentation to Candidature Services res.cand@acu.edu.au.

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

Overview

Australian Catholic University is offering two PhD Stipend Scholarships to conduct research aligned with an Australian Research Council Discovery Project researching masculinity and citizenship with reference to political ideas, extremism and the Far Right. Candidates will be embedded in ACU’s Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences and will be supervised by Professor Bryan Turner, the project’s chief investigator.

About Research at Australian Catholic University

ACU is a world-leading research university in our priority areas of education, health, and theology and philosophy and other liberal arts. Research excellence at ACU is founded on the principles of social justice and attracts global experts, students, and collaborators from across the globe. These PhD scholarships are offered to conduct research within the humanities, specifically sociology and political sciences, with a focus on social change, social theory, and citizenship. In 2020, ACU appeared in the CWTS Leiden Ranking for the first time and was the leading Australian university in the Humanities and Social Sciences when ranked both by the proportion of papers in the top 5% most frequently cited (a scientific quality measure) and by the proportion of papers demonstrating interinstitutional collaborative publication. In the newly-released 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, ACU has risen to the 251-300 band, skipping the 301-350 band entirely and holding its place in the top 2 per cent of universities in the world.. In the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, research in political science and sociology at ACU was assessed as being at world standard.

About the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (IHaSS)

The recently-established Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences will support ACU’s continued growth and success in the liberal arts, humanities and the social sciences. Under Director, Professor Joy Damousi, the new Institute will consist of a series of centres across the disciplines of History, Political Science, Sociology and Literature, and will strengthen and expand ACU’s interdisciplinary research.

About the PhD Stipend Scholarships

Two PhD Stipend Scholarships are available for high-performing candidates interested in researching non-conventional topics related to citizenship, right-wing politics and gender.

Possible research topics include but are not limited to:

  1. Examining the role of intellectuals both secular and religious, in influencing the formation of extreme political movements.
  2. Analysing the globalisation of radical political views.
  3. Studying how changes in employment, marriage, and gender relationships contribute to the transformations of masculinity in relation to militancy and violence.
  4. Working on the transformation of politics and the collapse of a simple left-right political framework.
  5. Examining the demographic basis of radicalism in the idea of ‘the displacement’ of the white population.
  6. The sociology and/or history of extreme political ideology.
  7. Exploring the role of women in far-right and other radical ideas and movements.
PhD Eligibility criteria
Scholarship Eligibility criteria

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

  • political philosophy, sociology or modern history.
Study mode and location
  • Full-time for three (3) years,
  • Based at ACU’s North Sydney or Melbourne Campus, Australia
  • Commencing 2021. (These scholarships are for onshore commencement only therefore the start date is subject to the Australian Government lifting the travel restrictions on International student arrivals. The restrictions currently in place as part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic means the start date may be delayed.)
Value and duration
  • A tax-free stipend of A$28,597 per annum for three (3) years, subject to satisfactory progress and full-time study mode; and
  • a Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is, a tuition fee waiver for three (3) years for domestic candidates; or
  • an ACU Tuition Fee waiver for three (3) years for international candidates.
Application closes

11:59pm AEST Sunday 10th April 2021

Application instructions:

Interested candidates should contact Professor Bryan Turner before submitting an application for the PhD program and these scholarships:

E: Bryan.Turner@acu.edu.au

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

  • A cover letter detailing demonstrated interest and/or experience in political theory, sociology or modern history.

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

Overview

ACU, in partnership with Lumsa Università, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP) and Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP), is offering one (1) PhD (in Contemporary Humanism) scholarship to an outstanding candidate.
About the PhD (in Contemporary Humanism) Program

The PhD (in Contemporary Humanism) is a three (3) year Double-Badged Doctoral Degree program that aims to develop knowledge and critical skills in reading and interpreting the historical, cultural, literary, philosophical and educational tradition in its making, and in its effects on the present, from the point of view of the category of “humanism”.

The international and interdisciplinary structure of the program aims to provide an adequate context not only for an integrated “humanistic approach”, but also for an integral education of students through a contamination of styles and methods of research and teaching, beyond disciplinary and national boundaries.

In addition to the development of specific scientific and methodological competences calibrated on each curriculum, the program’s common goals are to consolidate and improve:

  • language skills in an international context
  • public speaking skills
  • writing skills at academic level
  • skills in design and management in a high-level cultural environment.


The successful applicant will be enrolled as a doctoral student for the entire period of candidature at both ACU and at one of the four partner universities and will spend a research period of at least 12 (twelve) months at one other partner university.

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. 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, research at ACU was ranked above (4/5) or well-above world-average (5/5) for ten fields of research in Australia.
About the PhD Stipend Scholarship
One (1) PhD Scholarship is being offered for 2021/2022 commencement. The Scholarship is available for a driven and high-performing candidate undertaking research in the broad area of “humanism”.
PhD Eligibility criteria
Study mode and location
  • Full-time for three (3) years, commencing in 2021 or 2022
  • The successful applicant will normally spend a research period of at least 12 (twelve) months at one of the four partner universities though this will be subject to any travel restrictions in place. Find out more about the other institutes integral to the design and delivery of this program:
Value and duration
  • An Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) stipend scholarship of A$28,597 per annum (tax-free, indexed) for domestic candidates or an ACU Stipend Stipend Scholarship of A$28,597 (tax-free, indexed) for international candidates. The stipend duration is for three (3) years, subject to satisfactory progress and full-time study mode; 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.
  • The candidate will be exempt from paying fees to the overseas partner university.
Application instructions :
How to apply

Admission to the PhD (in Contemporary Humanism) Program is a three-step process.

 

Step 1: Admission to ACUs PhD program

Applicants apply for admission to ACU’s PhD program and the Contemporary Humanism Scholarship as per ACU’s HDR Regulations. Applications close Friday 29 October 2021 11:59pm (AEST).

Applicants must submit all documentation 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 and outlining the research alignment with the goals of the Contemporary Humanism program.

Step 2: Provisional Admission to the Contemporary Humanism program.

Applicants who are successful in step 1 are automatically then considered for admission to the Contemporary Humanism program by the Contemporary Humanism Committee.The Committee, comprised of representatives from the five partner institutions, will consider the applicant’s documentation submitted as part of Step 1 and may offer provisional admission to the Contemporary Humanism program.

 

Step 3: Formal Admission to the PhD (in Contemporary Humanism) program and Awarding of Stipend Scholarship
An applicant who is provisionally approved for admission will be invited to apply for formal admission to the chosen partner University’s PhD program. Once formally admitted to the partner institution, the applicant will be considered enrolled in the PhD (in Contemporary Humanism) program and will be awarded the ACU stipend scholarship.

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line: “PhD (in Contemporary Humanism) Scholarship”.

Overview

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

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

About Research at Australian Catholic University

ACU is a world-leading research university in our priority areas of education, health, and theology and philosophy and other liberal arts. Research excellence at ACU is founded on the principles of social justice and attracts global experts, students, and collaborators from across the globe. These PhD scholarships are offered in the field of bioethics, which may include research and publication in cognate fields, such as theology, philosophy, law, and health sciences.
About the PhD Stipend Scholarships

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

Possible research topics include but are not limited to:

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

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

  • bioethics, including conceptual and/or empirical ethics methods
  • some familiarity with either sustainable development or issues in global health research
Study mode and location
  • Based at ACU’s Brisbane campus, Australia, commencing 2022
  • For domestic candidates, study mode is either full-time for three (3) years or part-time for six (6) years
  • For international candidates study mode is full-time for three (3) years. (Due to COVID-19 Australian border closures, successful international candidates may apply to the University to temporarily commence their studies from an offshore location. Further information is available here)
Value and duration
  • A tax-free stipend of A$28,597 per annum indexed, full-time for three (3) years subject to satisfactory progress (part-time pro-rata value of $14,298 per annum); and and
  • a Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is, a tuition fee waiver for three (3) years full-time/ six (6) years part-time for domestic candidates; or
  • an ACU Tuition Fee waiver for three (3) years for international candidates.
Application closes
Applications are open until end October 2021 or until suitable applicants have been found. 
Application instructions:

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

E: david.kirchhoffer@acu.edu.au

Step 2: Expression of Interest (EoI) to be submitted to david.kirchhoffer@acu.edu.au

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

Step 3: Invitation to submit formal application

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

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

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

Overview

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

About ACU Engagement

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

About the PhD Stipend Scholarships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PhD Eligibility criteria

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

Essential requirements

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

Desirable skills

  • Experience in writing publications in peer reviewed journals

Study mode and location

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

Value and duration of Scholarship

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

Closing date for applications

23 June 2021

How to apply

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

Step 1:

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

 Step 2:

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

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

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

  • A CV detailing relevant academic and practical experience.

For more information contact

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

Non-ACU scholarships

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

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

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

For further information and to apply, visit the Fulbright website

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

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

Applications for the 2019 round of Endeavour Scholarships are now open

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

Australia Awards

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

For more information visit Australia Awards

Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarships

The Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarships were established through the generosity of the founder of the Ramsay Centre, Mr Paul Ramsay.

Scholarships are open annually to Australian citizens to pursue graduate study abroad. The scholarships aim to enable coursework and/or research to be undertaken at the world’s best universities and colleges for up to two years (and in select cases up to three years).

Levels of support for tuition and living costs are fully competitive with such prestigious awards as the General Sir John Monash, Commonwealth, Rhodes and Fulbright Scholarships.

Scholarships are valued at up to AUD 85,000 pa. The first students will commence graduate study in 2021.

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