ACU Research


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.


Research Training Program Scholarships

  • Research Training Program PhD Scholarships


    Applications are now open for Research Training Program PhD Scholarships.

    Meritorious students are encouraged to apply, noting that, in assessing applications, ACU will give priority to applicants whose proposed research aligns with one of the following areas: education, health, social justice and the common good, and theology and philosophy.  Priority will also be given to Indigenous Australian applicants.


    • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (that is, a tuition fee waiver); and
    • A Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship valued at $31,682 per annum (indexed annually).


    Please note: this round of Research Training Program PhD Scholarships is open to domestic students only who are either currently enrolled in the PhD program at ACU or willing to commence their PhD no later than 31 July 2017.

     Applicants for post 31 July 2017 commencement should make application for a Research Training Program PhD Scholarship in October 2017.  (Check the ACU Research Scholarships webpage in July for further information.)


    Closing date for applications:

    Friday 28 April 2017


    How to Apply

    If you are currently enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy at ACU please complete the Scholarship Application for currently enrolled students.

    If you are not currently enrolled, please visit the Graduate Research website and complete the Domestic Application for Candidature and Scholarship form.

    Applicants should also read the Conditions of Award, which, among other things, set out the eligibility criteria for the Research Training Program PhD Scholarships.

    Complete applications should be forwarded to:

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


ACU Faculty, Research Institute and School Scholarships

  • NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease, Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

    NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease, Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

    Three PhD Scholarships in ‘Optimising Outcomes in Cardiovascular Disease’

    • Chronic Heart Disease Management
    • Women and Heart Disease
    • Heart Disease from an International Perspective


    The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease, based at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, is seeking applicants for three PhD Scholarships to undertake innovative research in the field of cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular outcomes.

    Depending on the negotiated field of study, the Scholarship recipients will be co-supervised by Professor Simon Stewart (Director of the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow). Co-supervision will be arranged in negotiation with the successful candidate, with the potential to engage with leading academics in Europe, North America and Africa.

    The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research provides a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment for PhD students to pursue an academic and/or industry research career.  It has a large academic and support staff dedicated to its research program, substantial research funding, and a vibrant PhD program. Professor Stewart and his team are world-leading pioneers in the development of innovative surveillance and intervention programs across the spectrum of risk and heart disease.

    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).


    • A tax free stipend of $AUD 26,288 per annum and a tax-free top-up of $AUD 5,000 per annum for up to three years;
    • A Commonwealth-funded place for domestic students; and
    • Project costs and conference travel via NHMRC CRE to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease.


    For more information about The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease, please visit:

    How to apply:


    Please note: This scholarship is only open to domestic research candidates.

    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;
    • Professional experience and/or relevant training and/or research experience in their preferred area of research;
    • A marked interest to conduct a PhD in the area of the research scholarship if not already a PhD Candidate*;
    • Academic publications and/or conference presentations, especially in the area of the research scholarship, relative to their career to date; and
    • Ability to contribute to a team.


    *Current PhD candidates without an existing Scholarship and still in the 1st year of full-time equivalent or current Honours students.

    Closing date: Until suitable applicants are found.

    For more information:

    Dr Jocasta Ball

    For information regarding application and enrolment email Graduate Research (, with the subject line ‘Optimising Outcomes in Cardiovascular Disease’

    Applications should be forwarded to:

    Graduate Research
    Australian Catholic University
    P.O. Box 968
    North Sydney NSW 2059

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 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:

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

    Website for scholarship:

  • 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 Department of Education and Training website.

  • 2017 Fulbright Scholarships

    Interested in study or research in the US?

    Applications for Fulbright Scholarships are now open.

    Applications are invited for Postgraduate, Postdoctoral, Professional and Senior Scholarships in any academic discipline, as well as a Distinguished Chair in Agriculture & Life Sciences.

    The Fulbright Program is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarship programs in the world, enabling students, academics and professionals to undertake research or study in the United States. Applications are open from May 1 to August 1 each year.

    For more information and application forms visit


  • 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.

  • 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