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Scholarships

ACU offers a range of prestigious scholarships to reward outstanding academic achievement.

Scholarships are available to both domestic and international research candidates looking to undertake a research course.

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

Scholarship opportunities for research candidates are listed below. Conditions of Award and the closing dates for applications can be viewed by clicking on the relevant link.

ACU Scholarships



ACU Faculty, Research Institute and School Scholarships


  • Longitudinal Data Conference 2016 Scholarship for full-time PhD students

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    Longitudinal Data Conference 2016 Scholarship for full-time PhD students 

    The National Centre for Longitudinal Data (NCLD) is presenting for the first time the Longitudinal Data Conference 2016. The conference will showcase how survey and administrative longitudinal data provide a powerful evidence-base for the development and assessment of national policy.

    Dates of the conference

    The conference is being held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra,
    25-27 October 2016.

    The first day of the conference (25 October) is dedicated to delivering workshops that focus on survey and administrative longitudinal data and how this powerful evidence-base can assist in the development and assessment of national policy. The following two days
    (26 and 27 October) will include a series of keynote addresses and presentations from leading national and international speakers who are paving the way in longitudinal data and policy.

    Scholarship details

    The NCLD is offering two scholarships per Australian university for a full-time PhD student to attend the conference. The scholarship includes free registration to attend the conference on 26 and 27 October.

    Not included in the scholarship are the conference workshops which are being held on
    25 October. Students will need to pay their own travel and accommodation costs to attend the conference.

    Eligibility

    To be eligible candidates must:

    • Be a full-time PhD student with an excellent academic record in Honours, a Masters by Research or Masters by Coursework degree.
    • This scholarship is available to Australian and international candidates.

     

    Application procedure

    Interested applicants should email the following materials to Jeanine Parsons:

    • A cover letter (500 word) indicating the applicant’s research interests in one or more of the following conference themes.
      Powerful data — Methods for collection, design, linkage and analysis
      Strong evidence — Policy relevant research and analysis
      Informed policy — Australia’s challenges and translation of evidence to policy
    • List of publications (if any)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Academic transcript(s)
    • Thesis topics (Honours and/or Master’s degree).

    Email: res.cand@acu.edu.au

    Applications close:  Monday, 1 August 2016

    Confirmation of scholarship

    The university will notify the NCLD of the PhD student nominated to receive the conference scholarship. The NCLD will then notify the student in writing of the scholarship arrangements and the process to register their details with the conference organiser.

    For more information visit the Longitudinal Data Conference 2016 website.

  • Urban spaces and active ageing: understanding person-environment interactions to inform activity-friendly community design

    Australian Catholic University, Institute for Health and Ageing (IHA)

    The Australian Catholic University (ACU) is undergoing significant research transformation and intensification.  The initial phase of research intensification has included the establishment of seven research institutes, which have brought together world-class researchers who are committed to developing research expertise in ACU’s priority areas of health, psychology, education, theology and philosophy, and social justice and the common good.

    Recent success in the 2015 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) demonstrates the impact of this research transformation and intensification.  ACU was the most improved Australian university, moving up 14 places and was awarded the top score (well above world standard) in the fields of Public Health, Health Services, Psychology, Nursing, and Human Movement and Sports Science.

    Institute for Health and Ageing (IHA)

    IHA provides a dynamic and supportive environment for PhD candidates interested in pursuing projects with a focus on health and ageing. The work of the Institute recognises that positive ageing does not occur in isolation, and that living long and living well depends upon a range of factors including living environments. IHA draws on the multi-disciplinary expertise of our academics to undertake innovative and sustainable research that makes a positive difference to the lives of older people. Please visit http://iha.acu.edu.au/  for more information about the Institute.

    IHA has the following five PhD scholarships to support candidates who examine the role of environments in promoting healthy ageing.

    Scholarship: Urban spaces and active ageing: understanding person-environment interactions to inform activity-friendly community design

    The proportion of older adults in urban areas is rapidly growing leading to increases in health-care costs associated with chronic diseases. This problem can be offset by creating urban environments that support an active lifestyle across mid-to-late adulthood. Projects funded by this scholarship will identify key elements of urban environments that promote an active lifestyle in the mid-aged, fully-functional workforce as well as the older, disadvantaged segment of residents with restricted mobility. This knowledge can inform equitable, universal activity-friendly community design suitable to all age groups.

    There are a number of potential PhD projects within these extant studies. Research candidates can choose to focus on substantive or methodological issues. Examples of projects that could arise from the studies include:

    Project 1: Age, gender and geographical differences in types and profiles of destinations promoting physical activity across mid-to-late adulthood. This project will identify mixes of neighbourhood services and destinations that are most supportive of an active lifestyle and the extent to which they are generalizable across genders, age groups and country of residence.

    Project 2: Activity spaces in mid-to-late adulthood. This project will identify places and types of destinations where mid-aged and older adults engage in physical activity and whether these differ across age groups.

    These projects will be led by Professor Ester Cerin (http://iha.acu.edu.au/people/professor-ester-cerin/).

     

    Eligibility

    Applicants must hold an appropriate undergraduate degree with Honours at a minimum level of Second Class Division A (Hons 2A) or equivalent; or a Master’s degree with appropriate research training in a relevant field; or an equivalent qualification.

    Value

    The successful candidates will be supported for three years. Each scholarship comprises a tuition fee waiver, a $26,288 per annum (in 2016) stipend, and a $5,000 per annum (non-indexed) top-up.

    Scholarship-specific criteria

    • Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards and grants
    • Ability to contribute to a team
    • Management and organisational skills
    • High level of verbal and written English proficiency
    • Knowledge and experience in one of the following fields: population health; built environment (urban design, planning, architecture); geography (including Geographic Information Systems)
    • Prior quantitative research experience and publication of research findings are highly desirable.


    Study mode: 
    Full-time

    Location: The successful candidates will be located in Melbourne.

    Closing date: 30 June 2016 or until a suitable candidate is appointed

    How to apply

    In addition, applicants should include a cover letter of no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area, and providing evidence of how they meet the scholarship-specific criteria listed above, along with a copy of their CV.

     

    Applications should be sent direct to:

    Graduate Research
    P.O. Box 968
    North Sydney NSW 2059

    AUSTRALIA
    E: res.cand@acu.edu.au

     

    For more information

    Please contact relevant supervisors shown above, or
    Dr David Sandall (david.sandall@acu.edu.au), +61 (3) 9230 8132

     

  • Engaging Students during the Early Years of Secondary School: A Scalable and Sustainable Teacher Professional Learning Intervention

    Institute for Positive Psychology and Education and Learning Sciences Institute Australia

    PhD Scholarship –  Engaging Students during the Early Years of Secondary School: A Scalable and Sustainable Teacher Professional Learning Intervention

    Associate Professor Chris Lonsdale (IPPE), Professor Carmel Diezmann (LSIA) and Professor Richard Ryan (IPPE) are seeking to recruit a promising student to complete a PhD under their supervision.

    In the recent 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, ACU received the top score of five in Human Movement and Sports Science (1106), Nursing (1110), Public Health and Health Services (1117), and Psychology (1701).

    The candidate will complete a doctoral thesis on a topic related to a randomised controlled trial of web-based teacher professional development intervention designed to motivate students during the transition to secondary school. The project is funded by the Australian Research Council.

    Thesis topics could include, but are not limited to, the effects of the intervention on students’ engagement; achievement in mathematics and/or physical education; or teachers’ professional learning experiences using the online learning platform.

    We welcome applications from individuals with a background in psychology, mathematics education, physical education/exercise science, teacher professional learning, information technology, or another discipline related to the project.

    A start date in mid-late 2016 or early 2017 is preferred.

    Value:

    • a tax free stipend of $35,000AUD per annum for three years;
    • funding for project costs;
    • a Commonwealth-funded place for domestic students; and
    • a tuition fee waiver and Overseas Student Health Care Policy for international students.

    For more information about IPPE, please visit: https://ippe.acu.edu.au/
    For more information about LSIA, please visit: https://lsia.acu.edu.au/

    How to apply:

     

    Applicants should also include a cover letter of not more than two pages providing evidence of:

    • academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards or grants;
    • skills in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods;
    • previous research experience;
    • alignment of research experience and interests with the IPPE’s research themes or LSIA research areas; and
    • ability to contribute to a team.

     

    Closing date: Wednesday, 15 June 2016.

    For more information:

    Associate Professor Chris Lonsdale (chris.lonsdale@acu.edu.au) or Professor Carmel Diezmann (carmel.diezmann@acu.edu.au)

    For information regarding application and enrolment, email Graduate Research (res.cand@acu.edu.au), with the subject line ‘Engaging Students Scholarship’

    Applications should be forwarded to:

    Graduate Research
    Australian Catholic University
    P.O. Box 968
    North Sydney NSW 2059
    E: res.cand@acu.edu.au

     

  • Neighbourhood Environment and Ageing

    Australian Catholic University, Institute for Health and Ageing (IHA)

    The Australian Catholic University (ACU) is undergoing significant research transformation and intensification.  The initial phase of research intensification has included the establishment of seven research institutes, which have brought together world-class researchers who are committed to developing research expertise in ACU’s priority areas of health, psychology, education, theology and philosophy, and social justice and the common good.

    Recent success in the 2015 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) demonstrates the impact of this research transformation and intensification.  ACU was the most improved Australian university, moving up 14 places and was awarded the top score (well above world standard) in the fields of Public Health, Health Services, Psychology, Nursing, and Human Movement and Sports Science.

    Institute for Health and Ageing (IHA)

    IHA provides a dynamic and supportive environment for PhD candidates interested in pursuing projects with a focus on health and ageing. The work of the Institute recognises that positive ageing does not occur in isolation, and that living long and living well depends upon a range of factors including living environments. IHA draws on the multi-disciplinary expertise of our academics to undertake innovative and sustainable research that makes a positive difference to the lives of older people. Please visit http://iha.acu.edu.au/ for more information about the Institute.

    IHA has the following five PhD scholarships to support candidates who examine the role of environments in promoting healthy ageing.

    Scholarships: Neighbourhood environment and ageing

    IHA has three full-time PhD scholarships available to undertake research on how the neighbourhood environment influences health and wellbeing as we age. Many studies have documented an association between the neighbourhood that people live in and their health; however, we know very little about how and why the neighbourhood environment affects health. Possible areas of research include the built environment, the social environment, transport, planning, neighbourhood disadvantage and inequity, and urban design. These (and other) factors could be examined in relation to physical activity, active travel, sedentary behaviour, diet, overweight and obesity, smoking, and health (physical and mental). Depending on their chosen topic, research candidates will have access to HABITAT, an internationally recognised study that investigates how neighbourhoods influence health (see: http://www.habitat.qut.edu.au/). Importantly, each research candidate’s PhD project will be flexible in scope and there is considerable opportunity to design your own program of research. These projects will be led by Professor Gavin Turrell (http://iha.acu.edu.au/people/professor-gavin-turrell/ ).

    Eligibility

    Applicants must hold an appropriate undergraduate degree with Honours at a minimum level of Second Class Division A (Hons 2A) or equivalent; or a Master’s degree with appropriate research training in a relevant field; or an equivalent qualification.

    Value

    The successful candidates will be supported for three years. Each scholarship comprises a tuition fee waiver, a $26,288 per annum (in 2016) stipend, and a $5,000 per annum (non-indexed) top-up.

    Scholarship-specific criteria

    • Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards and grants
    • Ability to contribute to a team
    • Management and organisational skills
    • High level of verbal and written English proficiency
    • Knowledge and experience in one of the following fields: population health; built environment (urban design, planning, architecture); geography (including Geographic Information Systems)
    • Prior quantitative research experience and publication of research findings are highly desirable.

    Study mode: Full-time

    Location: The successful candidates will be located in Melbourne.

    Closing date: 30 June 2016 or until a suitable candidate is appointed

    How to apply

    In addition, applicants should include a cover letter of no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area, and providing evidence of how they meet the scholarship-specific criteria listed above, along with a copy of their CV.

    Applications should be sent direct to:

    Graduate Research
    P.O. Box 968
    North Sydney NSW 2059

    AUSTRALIA
    E: res.cand@acu.edu.au

    For more information

    Please contact relevant supervisors shown above, or
    Dr David Sandall (david.sandall@acu.edu.au), +61 (3) 9230 8132

     

  • Exercise and Cancer

    Australian Catholic University, Institute for Health and Ageing (IHA)

    IHA provides a dynamic and supportive environment for postgraduate research candidates interested in pursuing projects with a focus on health and ageing.  The work of the Institute recognises that positive ageing doesn’t occur in isolation, and that living long and living well depends upon a range of intersecting factors.  IHA draws on the multi-disciplinary expertise of our academics to undertake innovative and sustainable research that makes a positive difference to the lives of older people and those who support them, and we strive to set the benchmark for research into health and active ageing.

    Research scholarship: Exercise and cancer

    IHA is seeking an outstanding scholar for a full-time PhD scholarship opportunity in the area of exercise and cancer.

    IHA is a multidisciplinary team of experts who are passionate about making a positive impact on people’s lives.  The Institute has a research stream dedicated to Supportive Care in Cancer which strives to enhance the lives of people with cancer through innovative and impactful research.  The Supportive Care in Cancer team conducts research focused on the prevention and management of adverse effects of cancer and its treatment.  We aim to enhance outcomes for people with cancer by developing and evaluating interventions that improve physical, psychological and social wellbeing.  The main focus of our research is the application of exercise as medicine for the management of cancer.

    This is an opportunity for a research candidate to join our highly productive team.  The PhD candidate will have the opportunity to develop an independent research career with guidance from our senior academic staff and clinical collaborators.  The candidate will also have the opportunity to contribute to the team’s research activities and benefit from IHA’s collaborative, multidisciplinary research environment.

    The successful candidate will be supervised by Associate Professor Prue Cormie and located in Melbourne.

    Eligibility

    Applicants must hold an appropriate undergraduate degree with Honours at a minimum level of Second Class Division A (Hons 2A) or equivalent; or a Master’s degree with appropriate research training in a relevant field; or an equivalent qualification.

    Value

    Australian Postgraduate Award base rate ($26,288 per annum in 2016) plus a $5,000 per annum (non-indexed) top-up.

    Scholarship-specific criteria

    • completed an Honours or research Master degree [or equivalent] in exercise science or other health-related fields
    • experience conducting research in exercise science and/or other health-related fields
    • excellent management and organisational skills
    • strong communication and interpersonal skills
    • desire and demonstrated ability to contribute to a team
    • publication of research findings in peer-reviewed journals and/or presentation of research findings at conferences (desirable).


    Study mode 
    Full-time

    Closing date: Thursday, 30 June 2016 or until a suitable candidate is found.

    How to apply:

     

    In addition, applicants should include a cover letter of no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area, and providing evidence of how they meet the scholarship-specific criteria listed above, along with a copy of their CV.

    Applications should be sent direct to:

    Graduate Research
    P.O. Box 968
    North Sydney NSW 2059
    E: res.cand@acu.edu.au

    For more information contact

    Associate Professor Prue Cormie, prue.cormie@acu.edu.au, +61 ()3 9230 8242

  • Built Environment and Older Adults’ Active Living and Health

    Australian Catholic University, Institute for Health and Ageing (IHA)

    The Australian Catholic University (ACU) is undergoing significant research transformation and intensification.  The initial phase of research intensification has included the establishment of seven research institutes, which have brought together world-class researchers who are committed to developing research expertise in ACU’s priority areas of health, psychology, education, theology and philosophy, and social justice and the common good.

    Recent success in the 2015 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) demonstrates the impact of this research transformation and intensification.  ACU was the most improved Australian university, moving up 14 places and was awarded the top score (well above world standard) in the fields of Public Health, Health Services, Psychology, Nursing, and Human Movement and Sports Science.

    Institute for Health and Ageing (IHA)

    IHA provides a dynamic and supportive environment for PhD candidates interested in pursuing projects with a focus on health and ageing. The work of the Institute recognises that positive ageing does not occur in isolation, and that living long and living well depends upon a range of factors including living environments. IHA draws on the multi-disciplinary expertise of our academics to undertake innovative and sustainable research that makes a positive difference to the lives of older people. Please visit http://iha.acu.edu.au/  for more information about the Institute.

    IHA has the following five PhD scholarships to support candidates who examine the role of environments in promoting healthy ageing.

    Scholarship: Built environment and older adults’ active living

    Active living is recognised as vital for older adults to reduce the risk of chronic disease, to maintain functional capacity, and to support wellbeing. Neighbourhood and residential environments where older adults live can play an important role in active living because their activity is often constrained by contextual factors. This PhD project will examine built environmental attributes that can assist older adults to maintain active living and functional independence. The project may focus on neighbourhood (outdoor) or residential (indoor) environments.  The project is led by Professor Takemi Sugiyama (http://iha.acu.edu.au/people/professor-takemi-sugiyama/).

    Eligibility

    Applicants must hold an appropriate undergraduate degree with Honours at a minimum level of Second Class Division A (Hons 2A) or equivalent; or a Master’s degree with appropriate research training in a relevant field; or an equivalent qualification.

    Value

    The successful candidates will be supported for three years. Each scholarship comprises a tuition fee waiver, a $26,288 per annum (in 2016) stipend, and a $5,000 per annum (non-indexed) top-up.

    Scholarship-specific criteria

    • Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards and grants
    • Ability to contribute to a team
    • Management and organisational skills
    • High level of verbal and written English proficiency
    • Knowledge and experience in one of the following fields: population health; built environment (urban design, planning, architecture); geography (including Geographic Information Systems)
    • Prior quantitative research experience and publication of research findings are highly desirable.

    Study mode: Full-time

    Location: The successful candidates will be located in Melbourne.

    Closing date: 30 June 2016 or until a suitable candidate is appointed

    How to apply

    In addition, applicants should include a cover letter of no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area, and providing evidence of how they meet the scholarship-specific criteria listed above, along with a copy of their CV.

    Applications should be sent direct to:

    Graduate Research
    P.O. Box 968
    North Sydney NSW 2059

    AUSTRALIA
    E: res.cand@acu.edu.au

    For more information

    Please contact relevant supervisors shown above, or
    Dr David Sandall (david.sandall@acu.edu.au), +61 (3) 9230 8132

     

  • Designing and Implementing Effective Cross-Curricular Numeracy Tasks

    Australian Catholic University, Faculty of Education and Arts
    The Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA)

    Research Scholarship: Designing and Implementing Effective Cross-Curricular Numeracy Tasks

    The Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA) is a national research institute within the Australian Catholic University (ACU) focused on the generation and dissemination of new knowledge to improve the learning outcomes, wellbeing and life chances of children and young people.

    LSIA’s Mathematics Futures for All research program has one full-time PhD candidature opportunity available attached to a recently funded ARC Early Career Researcher Award.  The project is led by Associate Professor Vince Geiger.  Focus areas for doctoral research could be mathematical task design, critical thinking within numeracy contexts, teacher professional learning, the use of digital tools in mathematics teaching and learning, and students’ learning in cross-curricular mathematical contexts.  The successful candidate will be located in Brisbane.

    For more information on the opportunities available in LSIA visit: www.lsia.acu.edu.au

    Scholarship criteria:

    • completed an Honours or research Master- degree [or equivalent]
    • academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards and grants;
    • ability to contribute to a team;
    • management and organisational skills;
    • high level verbal and written English proficiency; and
    • prior qualitative or quantitative research experience and publication of research findings are desirable.

    Study mode: Full-time only

    The scholarship provides:

    A three-year tax-exempt stipend ($26,288 per annum) and top-up ($5,000 per annum), with tuition fee waiver and OSHC policy for international applicants.

    How to apply:

    Return to the Graduate Research Office: res.cand@acu.edu.au

    Applicants should also include a cover letter of not more than two pages providing evidence of how they meet the scholarship criteria listed above.

    Scholarship applications should be forwarded to:
    Graduate Research
    Australian Catholic University
    PO Box 968
    North Sydney NSW 2059
    res.cand@acu.edu.au

    Application closing date: Open until suitable candidates are identified.

    For further information contact:

    • Associate Professor Vince Geiger (Geiger@acu.edu.au)
    • Graduate Research (cand@acu.edu.au), with the subject line ‘LSIA Scholarship Program 3,’ for further information regarding enrolment and scholarships.
  • Effective and Optimal Teacher-Based Assessment Adjustments for Secondary School Students With Disabilities in Mainstream Curriculum

    Australian Catholic University, Faculty of Education and Arts
    The Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA)

    Research Scholarship: Effective and Optimal Teacher-Based Assessment Adjustments for Secondary School Students With Disabilities in Mainstream Curriculum

    The Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA) is a national research institute within the Australian Catholic University (ACU) focused on the generation and dissemination of new knowledge to improve the learning outcomes, wellbeing and life chances of children and young people.

    LSIA’s Assessment, Evaluation and Student Learning research program has three full-time PhD candidature opportunities available attached to a recently-funded ARC Discovery Grant.  The project is led by Professor Joy Cumming with research team members from ACU and other Australian universities.  Focus areas for doctoral research could be educational assessment, special education, education disability law, or secondary curriculum subjects.  The successful candidates will be located in Brisbane.

    For more information on the opportunities available in LSIA visit: www.lsia.acu.edu.au

    Scholarship criteria:

    • completed an Honours or research Master degree [or equivalent];
    • academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards and grants;
    • ability to contribute to a team;
    • management and organisational skills;
    • high level verbal and written English proficiency; and
    • prior qualitative or quantitative research experience and publication of research findings are desirable.

    Study mode: Full-time only

    The scholarship provides:

    A three-year tax-exempt stipend ($26,288 per annum) and top-up ($5,000 per annum), with tuition fee waiver and OSHC policy for international applicants.

    How to apply:

     

     

    Return to the Graduate Research Office: res.cand@acu.edu.au

    Applicants should also include a cover letter of not more than two pages providing evidence of how they meet the scholarship criteria listed above.

    Scholarship applications should be forwarded to:
    Graduate Research
    Australian Catholic University
    PO Box 968
    North Sydney NSW 2059
    res.cand@acu.edu.au

    Application closing date: Open until suitable candidates are identified.

    For further information contact:

    • Professor Joy Cumming (Cumming@acu.edu.au)
    • Graduate Research (cand@acu.edu.au), with the subject line ‘LSIA Scholarship Program 1,’ for further information regarding enrolment and scholarships.

Other Scholarships


  • Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria PhD Scholarship in Musculoskeletal Health

     

    Eligibility: Applicants must have obtained an Australian Bachelor’s Degree with Honours (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant area of study including science, medicine or health related field within the last five years. This period of time includes career breaks and working in other fields or abroad.

    Applicants must be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency status. Successful applicants will be required to provide proof of citizenship or residency status within the funding agreement.

    Applicants who have previously been awarded an AOV scholarship are not eligible, nor are those currently in receipt of other nationally competitive grants that include salary support.

    Applicants who are directly involved in competing research and or related initiatives as well as affiliations or financial investments with other organisations that have a commercial interest in the research being undertaken are also not eligible.

    Applicants must also meet the requirements of the university, including all the conditions for admission to the research higher degree program and be nominated by the enrolling school or institute.

    Value of Scholarship: The value of the scholarship is $30,000 per annum.

    Length of Scholarship: The scholarship is for three years. Any additional time taken to complete the PhD will not be paid.

    Number of Scholarships on offer: Currently a minimum of two scholarships are available within the five year budget.

    How to apply: Applicants are asked to fill out and email the application form to research@arthritisvic.org.au. The referee and supervisor reports are part of the application and it is the applicants responsibility to supply their supervisor and referee with the relevant information and form with sufficient time for them to complete it and submit it to AOV prior to, or on, the specified closing date. The application form, referee form and supervisor form can be found at:  http://www.arthritisvic.org.au/Research/For-Researchers/PhD-Scholarships

    Key dates: Funding round opens July 4 and closes September 5, 2016

    Website for scholarship: http://www.arthritisvic.org.au/Research/For-Researchers/PhD-Scholarships

  • Endeavour Awards

    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 NSW Department of Education and Training.

  • External Scholarships and Bursaries

    There are a number of external scholarships and bursaries that can be obtained by students. Students should also consider the external scholarships listed on our Scholarships and Financial Support page.


    AusAID Scholarships

    The Australian Government’s international development arm AusAID offers a number of scholarships through Australian Awards, a government initiative to promote development in the Asia-Pacific Region and for students from developing countries.

    Details of these scholarships as well as eligibility and tenure information are available from AusAID.


    Australia Awards

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

    For more information visit Australian Awards


    Australian Bicentennial Scholarships and Fellowships

    The Australian Bicentennial Scholarships and Fellowships is a one-off award of up to £4,000 and is open to Australian postgraduate students or academic staff with wishing to undertake study or research in the UK.

    For more information visit the ABSF Webpage


    2016  Fulbright  Scholarships

    The Australian-American Fulbright Commission are offering a number of scholarships to postgraduate and postdoctoral students; offering an excellent opportunity to study and research in the United States.

    For more information and how to apply visit the Fulbright website

  • General Sir John Monash Foundation

    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.

  • National Church Life Survey PhD Scholarships

    NCLS Research is run jointly by the Australian Catholic University and church-based organisations and is situated on the ACU campus in Strathfield, Sydney.

    As part of the collaborative research arrangements between the Australian Catholic University and other NCLS Research partners, a project specific higher degree research scholarship is being offered to successful candidates enrolling at ACU in a higher degree research program in the following broad discipline areas:

    • Sociology or Sociology of Religion
    • Psychology or Psychology of Religion
    • Theology and Philosophy 

    A sample of possible research areas follow:

    About Church Vitality

    Faith development influences, experience of worship, social capital – bonding and bridging, corporate vision – formation and communication, experience of leadership, new initiatives/church plants, voluntarism in community, evangelism/evangelisation, joining and leaving church, young adult retention in church, church numerical growth.

    Denominational and Wider Church Issues

    Ecumenism, interfaith relations, multicultural issues, financial giving, attitude to changes in society and church life

    Individual Spirituality/Religiosity

    Religious beliefs, religious practices, religious experience, religious knowledge, religious orientation, religious and spiritual capital.

    About Individuals

    Psychological type, personal well being, personal character traits/strengths, world view.

    • Church and Community
    • Rural issues, local community well being, global poverty and justice, social issues: corporate responsibility/civil society, environmental issues, politics, media, science and faith, faith and work, church and society, schools.

    These NCLS Scholarships shall be awarded to candidates who meet eligibility requirements and are successful through the scholarship assessment and ranking process.

    Any enquiries may be directed to Director of NCLS Research, Dr. Ruth Powell: rpowell@ncls.org.au, or phone:  (02) 9701 4479.

    How to Apply:

    Return to the Graduate Research Office: res.cand@acu.edu.au.

     Applications should  be sent to ACU Graduate Research, PO Box 968, North Sydney, N.S.W. 2059. 

    As part of the application process, you are also required to request that two referees each complete a Confidential Referee Report (MS Word 200KB) form. 


Awarded Scholarships


  • PhD Research Scholarship: Goal setting and Chronic Condition Self-Management

    PhD Research Scholarship: Goal setting and chronic condition self-management

    Description: Two full time postgraduate scholarships are available for suitably qualified candidates with an Honours degree or equivalent in psychology, sociology, social sciences or health sciences, to undertake a full-time Doctoral degree commencing in 2015.

    The study (funded by an ARC discovery grant) investigates how chronic condition self-management goals are negotiated and enacted between patients and their healthcare providers. It will identify differences in the health goals of individuals and healthcare providers and why they occur. One scholarship will be based at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University (Sydney Campus preferred) and the other scholarship will be based at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney. Each candidate will be a full time member of the research team, and assist with the management of the overall project, working in collaboration with researchers at both ACU and University of Sydney.

    Value and duration: Each scholarship is valued at $30,392 per annum (tax exempt) for up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

    Eligibility criteria:

    • Applicants must be enrolling full time.
    • Applicants must hold an Honours degree (H1 or H2/1) or its equivalent, in psychology, sociology, social science or health sciences.
    • Applicants must be accepted for entry for the institution to which they wish to apply: 
      • Australian Catholic University: http://www.acu.edu.au/research/future_research_students/application_process/domestic
      • Sydney University: http://sydney.edu.au/future-students/domestic/postgraduate/research/apply/
    • Applications are open to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens.
    • Prior experience in qualitative research methods and an interest and/or experience in chronic condition self-management research or practice are desirable.

    How to apply:

    Scholarship Applications should be sent direct to Associate Professor Lorraine Smith, University of Sydney (Lorraine.Smith@sydney.edu.au ) and should include a curriculum vitae and a copy of academic transcripts.

    As part of the application process, you are also required to request that two referees each complete a Confidential Referee Report (MS Word 200KB) form. 

    Closing Date: Wednesday 21st January, 2015

    Further information can be obtained by contacting:

    Associate Professor Lorraine Smith
    Faculty of Pharmacy
    University of Sydney
    P +612 9036 7079
    E Lorraine.smith@sydney.edu.au

    Professor Karen Willis
    Faculty of Health Sciences
    Australian Catholic University
    P +612 9036 7432
    E Karen.willis@acu.edu.au

    Dr Sophie Lewis
    Faculty of Health Sciences
    University of Sydney
    P +612 9036 7432
    E Sophie.lewis@sydney.edu.au

  • Postgraduate Scholarship in Promoting Self-Determination in Young Children with Disability

    Australian Catholic University, Faculty of Health Sciences

    Research Scholarship: Postgraduate Scholarship in Promoting Self-Determination in Young Children with Disability

    Funding is available for a PhD study embedded in an ARC-funded project exploring the effectiveness of school-based interventions for 1) changing the way parents and teachers view manageable risk-taking for children with disabilities and 2) increasing the level of responsibility children take for their own actions. The multidisciplinary research team represents occupational therapy, psychology, geography, paediatric exercise science, health economics, paediatric medicine and statistics. The PhD candidate will be a full member of the team, assisting with the overall project and implementing/evaluating the risk-reframing intervention.

    The successful candidate will be attached to the School of Exercise Science, at the Strathfield Campus of the Australian Catholic University and work in close collaboration with the Project Office which is based at the University of Sydney’s Cumberland Campus. The project team has had success in grants, publications and presentations on the benefits of unstructured play for children. It is multidisciplinary and extends across four universities.

    Academic criteria – Applicants should provide evidence of:

    • An Honours or research Master’s degree
    • Academic excellence (including but not limited to academic awards or grants)
    • Demonstrated ability to contribute skilfully to a team
    • A high level of verbal and written English proficiency
    • Prior qualitative research experience and publication of research findings are desirable

    Study mode:

    Full-time only

    The scholarship provides:

    A tax free stipend of $25,392 (per annum)  for three years, subject to satisfactory progress

    How to apply: 

    Please use the Postgraduate Scholarship Application Form. Applicants should also include a cover letter of not more than two pages providing evidence of:

    • Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards or grants;
    • Ability to contribute to a team;
    • English language skills; and
    • Previous research experience.

    Scholarship Applications should be forwarded to:

    Graduate Research
    Australian Catholic University
    PO Box 968
    North Sydney NSW 2059

    Applications close:

    Monday, 1 December 2014

    To obtain further information contact:

    Professor Geraldine Naughton (Geraldine.Naughton@acu.edu.au)

    Graduate Research (res.cand@acu.edu.au), with the subject line ‘Promoting self-determination Scholarships,’ for further information regarding enrolment and scholarships.