ACU Research

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.

 

Research Training Program Stipend Scholarships



ACU Faculty, Research Institute and School Scholarships


  • Caregiver learning about play in community playgroups and social media

    The Project

    Play in early childhood is important for the promotion of children’s educational outcomes. Caregiver learning about play benefits children’s access to play in the home and community. This project investigates caregiver learning about play in community playgroups and affiliated social media. The project is funded by the Australian Research Council and we are looking for a candidate to complete a Masters in Philosophy research degree (2 years) as part of the project.

    These topics could include, but are not limited to:

    • caregiver learning about play and the home learning environment;
    • organisational use of social media in early childhood;
    • community playgroups and outcomes for children.

     

    This Masters of Philosophy scholarship offers the successful candidate the opportunity to commence a research career in the strong and supportive environment of the Early Childhood Futures research program in the Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA) at Australian Catholic University. Benefits of undertaking this Masters of Philosophy include mentoring in a strong research program and access to expertise to support career development using new knowledge and  innovative methodologies for researching with families in early childhood and the use of sociocultural theory for understanding learning in contemporary times.

     

    MPhil Candidate

    We welcome applications from individuals with a background in:

    • early childhood or early years education ;
    • early childhood service delivery (including playgroups);
    • psychology;
    • information technology (e.g. social media); or
    • another discipline related to the project.

     

    The Supervisors

    Your principal supervisor will be Dr Karen McLean (LSIA).  Co-supervision expertise will be selected based on the final project topic from a pool of well-respected international researchers in the field of early childhood education and playgroup research.

     

    The Institution

    The scholarship is offered by the Australian Catholic University (ACU), the largest initial teacher educator in Australia. The Learning Sciences Institute Australia is an interdisciplinary research institute at ACU focused on studying teaching methods, engagement and diversity to improve the learning outcomes of students. The institute comprises 26 research only academics, 38 Higher Degree Research students, and 30+ research staff. This MPhil project will be located in the Early Childhood research concentration.

     

    Value, location, and duration

    The scholarship offers

    • a tax free stipend of $26,300 AUD per annum for two years, full-time study;
    • funding for project costs;
    • a Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; (that is, a tuition fee waiver);
    • the MPhil project is offered at LSIA in Melbourne, Victoria.

     

    How to apply:

     

    Applicants should also include a cover letter of no more than two pages providing evidence of:

    • academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards, publications, or grants;
    • skills in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods;
    • previous research experience; and
    • alignment of research experience and interests.

     

    Commencement date: Research Term A, January 2019

    Closing date for applications: 7th September 2018

    For more information:

    Dr Karen McLean (Karen.McLean@acu.edu.au)

    For information regarding application and enrolment email Graduate Research (res.cand@acu.edu.au), with the subject line ‘Community playgroups and social media 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

  • ACU-Ursuline Partnership for Capacity Building for Women

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    Ursuline Scholarship

    Australian Catholic University – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Female Students

     

    About this Scholarship
    Significant progress is being made in raising the educational achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in secondary school and undergraduate studies, particularly females. A relatively small number, however, study at doctoral level, and consequently there are few Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics teaching in Australian Universities. Through this scholarship, support for living expenses will be provided to the recipient to complete a three year PhD program.

    The Ursuline were founded in Brescia, Italy, in 1535 by Angela Merici. The Ursuline community has been committed to the education of girls in Australia since the late 1800s, founding primary schools and colleges in New South Wales, Queensland, and Australian Capital Territory. In 2017, Australian Catholic University and the Ursuline community established a partnership to create opportunity to build capacity for women.

     

    About the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education

    The Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE) is led by its Director Professor Rhonda Craven. The Institute conducts research in three interrelated program areas: The Australian Centre for Indigenous Thriving (ACIT); Positive Psychology; and Human Motivation and Behaviour. This scholarship will be based in ACIT which conducts qualitative and quantitative research that investigates how to enable Indigenous children and youth educational, physical, psychological, and family and community thriving.

    ACIT employs: a positive psychology strengths-based approach founded upon identifying, building upon, and augmenting Indigenous success; excellence in research to integrate and leverage in new ways, Indigenous research methods with advances in international research that are based on Western scientific approaches; and prioritising the voices and agency of Indigenous children, youth, and communities. Current research themes include but are not limited to: Indigenous children and youth wellbeing; literacy, oral language, and numeracy interventions; positive parenting; Indigenous youth-devised technological innovations; and capitalising on the voices and agency of Indigenous youth.

     

    Value

    • A stipend for living expenses of $30,000 per annum (tax exempt) for three years.
    • An Australian Government Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (that is, a tuition fee waiver).

     

    Eligibility

    • The scholarship recipient will be a female of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin and eligible to commence a full-time PhD in the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at Australian Catholic University.
    • 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.
    • The recipient will be an Australian citizen who is able to study full-time on the North Sydney campus of Australian Catholic University (part-time applicants will not be considered).

     

    Scholarship-specific Selection Criteria

    Applications are assessed based on the strength of the following:

    • Meeting eligibility requirements
    • Commitment to the research approach employed by the Australian Centre for Indigenous Thriving
    • Quality of the research proposal and alignment of research interests with the research program of Australian Centre for Indigenous Thriving
    • Ability to contribute to a team
    • Excellent time management and organisational skills
    • High level verbal and written English proficiency
    • Commitment to the Mission and Values of ACU

     

    Ongoing or Other Requirements

    The successful applicant will be required to submit letters of appreciation to the donor explaining how the scholarship has assisted them. A letter should be submitted at the time of Confirmation of Candidature and at Graduation.

     

    Acknowledgement of the Australian Government’s contribution

    The successful applicant  will be offered an Australian Government Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship for the duration of their candidature. The Award holder must acknowledge the support provided by the Australian Government when, at any time during or after the completion of the degree she or her supervisors or any other party, publishes or produces material such as books, articles, newsletters, reports or other literary or artistic works which relate to the research project carried out by the Award holder.

     

    How to Apply

    This scholarship is open to domestic applicants only. Please visit the Graduate Research website and follow the instructions to submit your application.

    Please ensure you clearly state that you wish to apply for the Ursuline Scholarship in the scholarship section on the application form.

    Applicants must also include:

    • Proof of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander identity
    • A cover letter of no more than three pages outlining your interest in the scholarship, and providing evidence of how you meet the scholarship-specific criteria listed above.
    • A written statement of 300 words outlining:
    • how the Scholarship will assist you to contribute to your local/professional community in accordance with the spirit of the Ursulines; and
    • commitment to the Mission and Values of ACU.

     

    Closing Date for Applications

    Thursday 16 August 2018

     

    Contacts:
    Janet Mooney, Professor and Program Lead, Australian Centre for Indigenous Thriving, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education
    janet.mooney@acu.edu.au or 0412 959 690

    Robert Brockman, Indigenous Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Deputy Program Lead, Australian Centre for Indigenous Thriving, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education
    robert.brockman@acu.edu.au or 0407 225 381
    For information regarding application and enrolment, email Graduate Research (res.cand@acu.edu.au), with the subject line ‘Ursuline 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

  • Using Mathematics to Solve Real World Problems: The Role of Enablers

    The Project

    The purpose of this PhD research project is to identify, apply and refine teaching approaches that help secondary mathematics students learn how to use mathematics to solve real world problems; the processes of mathematical modelling. The study will investigate the factors— mathematical, cognitive, social, and environmental—that “enable” Year 10/11 (16/17 year old) students to successfully begin the modelling process; that is, develop mathematical representations of a real world problem. This research will generate new theoretical and practical insights into the role of these enablers in promoting successful modelling.

    The potential benefits of learning to use mathematics to solve real world problems include enhanced student engagement and achievement in the range of school subjects, access to a wider range of career options (e.g., STEM), and the capability to take a critically informed approach to participation in society.

    Focus areas for doctoral research include, but are not limited to, the role of assumptions in defining students’ initial efforts to model a real world situation, the design of tasks that support students’ development as modellers, and effective teaching approaches that promote student capability and interest in mathematics. A mixed methods methodology is being employed within the project.

     

    PhD Candidate

    We welcome applications from individuals with a background in at least one of the following:

    • mathematics or science education
      • teaching and learning of mathematical modelling
      • developing numeracy (mathematical literacy) capability
      • use of digital tools to enhance mathematics learning
    • teacher professional learning.

     

    Supervision

    The Principal Supervisor for this award will be Professor Vince Geiger. Professor Geiger has an international reputation in mathematics education within the areas of the teaching and learning of mathematical modelling, developing numeracy (mathematical literacy) capability, and the use of digital tools to enhance mathematics instruction. He is currently a member of the Expert Numeracy Group for the Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies and an Associate Editor of Mathematics Education Research Journal—the pre-eminent journal within the field of mathematics education in Australasia.

     

    The Institution

    The PhD scholarship is offered by the Australian Catholic University (ACU), the largest initial teacher educator in Australia. The Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA) is an interdisciplinary research institute at ACU focused on studying teaching methods, engagement and diversity to improve the learning outcomes of students. The Institute comprises 26 research only academics, 38 Higher Degree Research students, and 30+ research staff.

    This PhD project will be located in the “STEM in Education: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Education” research concentration. This concentration focuses on how to assist young people and adults to understand and apply mathematics to problems within real world contexts, empowering them to act as informed and constructive citizens who contribute to society within personal, civic and work life.

     

    Value, Duration, and Location

    The scholarship offers:

    • a tax free stipend of $32,082 per annum for three years, full-time study;
    • funding for project costs; and
    • a Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (that is, a tuition fee waiver).

     

    The PhD training is offered at LSIA in Brisbane (Central Business District), Queensland.

     

    How to Apply:

    Please note that this scholarship is open to domestic applicants only.

    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, publications, or grants;
    • skills in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods;
    • previous research experience; and
    • ability to contribute to a team.

     

    Commencement Date: 2018 is preferred

    Closing Date: Close of business on Monday 13 August 2018

    For More Information:

    Professor Vince Geiger (Vincent.Geiger@acu.edu.au)

    For information regarding application and enrolment email Graduate Research (res.cand@acu.edu.au), with the subject line ‘Using mathematics to solve real world problems.’

    Applications should be forwarded to:

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

     


Other Scholarships


  • Fulbright Future Scholarships 2018

    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

     

  • 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.

    Applications for the 2018 round of Endeavour Scholarships are now open

  • 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.

  • Australia Awards

    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