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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


  • Postgraduate scholarship to undertake research in metabolism and exercise biochemistry

    Postgraduate scholarship to undertake research in metabolism and exercise biochemistry

    The Centre for Exercise and Nutrition based at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research is seeking applicants for a PhD Scholarship to undertake innovative research studying the biochemistry of metabolism and exercise.

    Exercise is essential in regulating metabolism and remains the most promising therapy for obesity and associated metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, which has reached epidemic proportions in the developed world. The regulation of whole-body metabolism by exercise involves a coordinated network of molecular, cellular and tissue physiological adaptations. Professor John Hawley leads an internationally renowned multidisciplinary team conducting translational exercise and nutrition research using human subjects, animal models and cellular systems. Using experimental animal models, a major research theme of this group is how energy-sensing proteins within this network regulate metabolism and how manipulating protein-nutrient interactions impact the health-promoting effects of exercise.

    The successful PhD Scholarship recipient will be supervised by Professor John Hawley (Director, Centre for Exercise and Nutrition) and Dr Nolan Hoffman (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Exercise and Nutrition). The recipient’s research projects will also involve interaction with expert researchers and health professionals in the fields of metabolism, exercise and nutrition.

    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, a vibrant PhD program, and world leading national and international collaborative partners. For more information visit:

    http://mmihr.acu.edu.au/research/centre-for-exercise-and-nutrition/

    Scholarship criteria:

    • Australian First Class Honours degree or Research Masters degree (Masters degree by research or equivalent is required for international applicants) in any of the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, physiology and exercise science
    • Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards and grants
    • Professional experience, relevant training and/or research experience in rodent handling and experimentation, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, physiology and/or metabolism
    • Academic publications and/or conference presentations, especially in the area of the PhD Scholarship, relative to their career to date

     

    Study mode: Full-time only

    PhD Scholarship provides:

    • Tax-free stipend of A$26,288 per annum and A$5,000 per annum top-up for three years, subject to satisfactory progress
    • Tuition fee waiver and Overseas Student Health Care Policy for international research candidates

     

    For information on the scholarship and ‘how to apply’ contact:

    Angela Colalillo

    Executive Assistant – Centre for Exercise and Nutrition

    Email: angela.colalillo@acu.edu.au

    Phone: +61 (0)3 9230 8201

     

    Scholarship applications should be forwarded to:

    Graduate Research

    Australian Catholic University

    PO Box 968

    North Sydney NSW 2059

    Email: res.cand@acu.edu.au

    Applications close: 31 December 2016

     

     

  • History of Professions Scholarship

    PhD Scholarship in History, Australian Catholic University

    The School of Arts at ACU is seeking to appoint an outstanding student to complete a PhD in history. The successful candidate would be attached to the ARC DECRA Project Are we all middle class now? A history of professions in Australia, led by Dr Hannah Forsyth.

    ACU’s History research concentration provides a supportive and well-respected environment for postgraduate supervision. History at ACU has been judged to be of ‘world-class’ in the 2012 and 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) reviews.

    For details, see http://www.acu.edu.au/about_acu/faculties,_institutes_and_centres/education_and_arts/national_school_of_arts/research/history_concentration

    The candidate will complete a doctoral thesis on a topic related to the history of professions. Thesis topics could include, but are not limited to:

    • The history of a particular profession or professions in Australia, such as social work, psychology, pathology, architecture, teaching, banking or others.
    • The history of aspects of the middle class or relevant forms of inequality in Australia’s labour market.
    • A transnational study of professionals or a profession, such as mining engineering, nursing, accounting or others.
    • The history of tertiary education and training in Australia, particularly topics related to professional education.
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Professionals in Australian history.

     

    We welcome applications from individuals with a BA(Hons) in History.

    A start date in early 2017 is preferred.

    Value:

    • A tax free stipend of $26,288 per annum (tax exempt) and a $5,000 per annum top-up (tax exempt) for three years.
    • Funding for project costs.
    • A Commonwealth-funded place for domestic students.
    • A tuition fee waiver and Overseas Student Health Care Policy for international students.

     

    How to apply:

     

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

    • academic qualifications, including honours topic and results;
    • skills in historical research methods;
    • previous research experience;
    • alignment of research experience and interests to the history of work, education or the professions; and
    • ability to work independently and to deadlines.

     

    Closing date: Friday, 16 December 2016

    For more information:

    Dr Hannah Forsyth Hannah.Forsyth@acu.edu.au

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

    Applications should be forwarded to:

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

  • Compassion and Well-being scholarship

    John Templeton Foundation, USA and Institute for Positive Psychology and Education

    Compassion and Well-being PhD Scholarship at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education

    We are seeking to appoint an outstanding student on a research project which examines the relationship between compassion and well-being. The project is entitled “Compassion at the heart of well-being: an inter-disciplinary study of well-being in a healthcare setting” and is funded by the John Templeton Foundation in the US as part of its Happiness and Well-being Project.

    In the recent 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, ACU’s Psychology research was ranked well above world standard.

    The candidate will complete a doctoral thesis on a topic related to an enriched randomised controlled trial of the effects of mindfulness and compassion training on nurses in the Sydney local health district. For further details see
    http://www.happinessandwellbeing.org/huppert/

    Thesis topics could include, but are not limited to:

    • comparison of a meditation-based versus a positive psychology intervention on well-being and compassion;
    • examination of the mechanisms through which mindfulness and compassion training exert their effects on a range of outcome measures; and
    • analysis of physiological responses such as heart rate variability to the interventions

     

    We welcome applications from individuals with psychology degrees and a background in psychometric analysis, psychophysiological methodology, positive psychology or related fields.

    A start date in early 2017 is preferred.

    Value:

    • a tax free stipend of $26,288AUD per annum (tax exempt) and a $5,000 AUD per-annum top-up (tax exempt) 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: http://ippe.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 and interests with IPPE’s research themes; and
    • ability to contribute to a team.

     

    Closing date: Friday, 16 December 2016

    For more information:

    Professor Felicia Huppert (felicia.huppert@acu.edu.au) or Dr Paul Atkins (paulw.atkins@acu.edu.au)

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

    Applications should be forwarded to:

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

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

    Learning Sciences Institute Australia and Institute for Positive Psychology & Education

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

    Professor Carmel Diezmann (LSIA), Associate Professor Chris Lonsdale (IPPE), 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’s Education research was ranked at and above world standard. Psychology, Human Movement and Sports Science were ranked well above world standard.

    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 mathematics education, teacher professional learning, motivation and engagement or another discipline related to the project.

    A start date in 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: http://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 LSIA research areas or IPPE’s research themes; and
    • ability to contribute to a team.

     

    Closing date: Wednesday, 30 November 2016

    For more information:

    Professor Carmel Diezmann (carmel.diezmann@acu.edu.au) or Associate Professor Chris Lonsdale (chris.lonsdale@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
    PO Box 968
    North Sydney NSW 2059
    E: res.cand@acu.edu.au

  • Musculoskeletal Science and Health Economics

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

    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 people and those who support them. We strive to set the benchmark for research into health and active ageing.

    Research scholarship: Musculoskeletal Science and Health Economics

    There are three major studies that have scope for potential PhD candidates.

    The studies address the principle areas where the immense burden of disease imposed by fracture and osteoporosis in older adults can be significantly reduced –

    • Improvements in identifying those at risk of fracture;
    • Reducing the substantial risk of recurrent fracture(s);
    • Improving recovery in patients with fracture.

    The outcomes of these three studies will close these gaps in the field not only of relevance in Australia but will have a high impact on an international scale.

    Overview:

    • Osteoporosis is a disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced, leading to weakness of the skeleton and increased risk of fracture, particularly at the hip, spine and wrist. It is a relatively common disease that is usually silent until a fracture occurs.
    • It is estimated that 66% of Australians aged 50 and over have low bone mass and are at higher risk of fracture
    • We have estimated that in 2016 there is a fracture occurring in older Australians every 3.4 minutes, equating to 156,000 fractures each year
    • Fractures cause acute pain and loss of function. Recovery can be slow and rehabilitation is often not complete


    In Australia there are three important identified gaps in the model of care in fracture risk assessment and management:

    • Community medical practitioners do not routinely assess older patients for both sarcopenia (low muscle mass and/or strength) and falls risk to improve prediction of their fracture risk not only for hip fracture but fracture at any site. Sarcopenia has been shown to be identified with falls risk and inclusion of these additional factors could improve identification of cases at high risk of fracture.
    • Lack of routine investigation of the underlying cause of fracture to prevent recurrent fracture.
    • Under recognition from care providers of the longer term loss of quality of life following fracture

    The three studies in this program each address one of these gaps.  We have access to very large Australian and international cohort studies. Data from these studies has been collected with appropriate scientific rigour and includes all the variables needed to address these identified gaps in knowledge. We also have the opportunity to conduct a pilot intervention phase in two clinical settings that will facilitate transfer of findings into clinical practice and offer results to inform government support for policy and national guidelines on fracture management and care.

    Benefits for the candidates

    The results of all three studies are likely to lead to invited plenary presentations at international meetings as well as highly cited publications in influential journals.  The breadth and quality of the data available to the team is outstanding.

    The outcomes have high relevance at the patient level of care and with appropriate translation to policy and guidelines promises to improve the quality of life of the majority of older Australians with compromised bone health status.

    The calibre of the research team is outstanding both by national and international standards. The combined record of research is excellent and offers a unique opportunity for a talented student to engage in project(s) and the research team that will offer the highest standard of supervision and enable outcomes that are highly relevant and immediate impact in an international setting. The team has both breadth and depth of skills and experience to ensure findings are translated to practice at all levels – policy and government, clinical, community and patient point of view.

    The musculoskeletal team is led by Professor Kerrie Sanders. Co investigators include Professor John Kanis, Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield and principal investigator in the development of the Fracture Risk Assessment (FRAX) tool. Other investigators include Prof Ego Seeman who is internationally renowned for his work in bone quality and fracture risk.

    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 Masters’ degree with appropriate research training; or an equivalent qualification.

    Value:

    • Each PhD scholarship recipient will receive a tax free stipend of $26,288 per annum (2016 rate and indexed annually) plus a $5,000 per annum (non-indexed) top-up.
    • A Commonwealth-funded place for domestic research candidates.
    • A tuition fee waiver and Overseas Student Health Care Policy for international research candidates.

     

    Scholarship specific criteria:

    • Completed Honours or research Masters [or equivalent] in a related field
    • Experience in clinical research
    • Excellent management and organisational skills
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
    • Desire and demonstrated ability to work within a team environment
    • Publication of research findings in peer-reviewed journals and/or presentation of research findings at conferences (desirable).


    Study mode:
    Full-time

    How to apply:

     

    Closing date: Open until the scholarships are filled

  • 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: http://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, 30 November 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

     

  • Postgraduate scholarship to undertake research in sedentary behaviour

    Postgraduate scholarship to undertake research in sedentary behaviour

    The Centre for Exercise and Nutrition based at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research is seeking an applicant for a PhD Scholarship to undertake innovative research in the field of sedentary behaviour and health outcomes.

    Sedentary behaviours — put simply, too much sitting, as distinct from too little exercise — are a new focus for research on physical activity and health. Professor David Dunstan leads a team conducting an internationally leading program combining evidence from laboratory experiments and epidemiological studies, demonstrating that time spent sitting is detrimentally associated with multiple chronic diseases, related risk factors and premature mortality. While the links between sitting time and chronic disease risk have been identified, the mechanisms, dose–response relationships and feasibility of making real-world changes — key elements needed for informing public health and clinical recommendations — are not known. The current focus is work directed at optimal permutations in interrupting sitting (frequency, duration, intensity), and interactions of breaking up prolonged sitting time with moderate-to-vigorous activity and dietary intake/meal patterns.

    The successful Scholarship recipient will be supervised by Professors David Dunstan (Professor, Centre for Exercise and Nutrition and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow) and John Hawley (Director, Centre for Exercise and Nutrition). Co-supervision will include other relevant health professionals and researchers who are experts in their field.

    The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research provides a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment for PhD students to pursue a research career.  It has a number of academic and support staff dedicated to its research program, substantial research funding, a vibrant PhD program and several collaborative partners, including Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. Professor David Dunstan and his team are world-leading pioneers in experimental and field based interventions focusing on understanding the role of sedentary behaviour on health outcomes.

    Visit: http://mmihr.acu.edu.au/research/centre-for-exercise-and-nutrition/

    Scholarship criteria:

    • An Australian First Class Honours degree or Research Master’s degree in any of the fields of Health Services Research, Psychology, Biological Sciences and Bio-statistics.
    • Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards and 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.

    *Current PhD candidates without an existing Scholarship and still in the 1st year of full-time equivalent candidature are still eligible to apply

    Study mode: Full-time only

    The scholarship provides:

    • A tax free stipend of $26,288 and a $5,000 per annum top-up for three years, subject to satisfactory progress.
    • A fee waiver and OSHC policy for International research candidates.
    • Project costs and conference travel.

     

    For information on the scholarship and ‘how to apply’ contact:

    Angela Colalillo
    Executive Assistant – Centre for Exercise and Nutrition
    E: angela.colalillo@acu.edu.au
    T: +61 3 9230 8201

    Scholarship applications should be forwarded to:

    Graduate Research
    Australian Catholic University
    PO Box 968
    North Sydney NSW 2059
    Eres.cand@acu.edu.au

     

    Applications close: 30 November 2016

  • Scholarship to Study the Empirical Landscape of Educational Science

    Scholarship to Study the Empirical Landscape of Educational Science

    Professor Herb Marsh, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE), is seeking one domestic/international applicant for a PhD scholarship to join his research program under his supervision. The scholarship recipients will work collaboratively with the research team as an integral part of the entire project and lead specific projects under the umbrella of the larger study. Benefits include: a generous PhD scholarship; a world-class training environment and facilities; working within a vibrant PhD program, an internationally recognised research program (see section on IPPE Research Environment), and associated networks of leading international universities; experienced supervisors who are leading international researchers; training workshop and conference attendance; and first and co-authorships on academic articles associated with the project. This scholarship is an ideal setting from which to launch an academic career.

    http://www.acu.edu.au/research/research_institutes_and_programs/ippe

    The scholarship is for the project “The Empirical Landscape of Psychological and Educational Science” which will use citation information from online databases and other data sources to provide an empirical picture of the current state of educational science. The project will include aspects of the following topics:

    1. The project will provide a general framework for collecting and developing a cross-citation network of education and psychology journals, using social network analysis and associated methods to identify patterns in the relationships between journals.
    2. Develop a taxonomy of subdisciplines in education and psychology based on cross-citations education and psychology journals.
    3. The use of citation and cross-citation data to develop empirical procedures for ranking journals, universities, and individual researchers in education and psychology.
    4. The use of author publication records and ongoing author citation information to evaluate the procedure of using researchers’ publication track record as a means of predicting future publication success resulting from awarding a grant.

     

    IPPE Research Environment

    ACU is undergoing significant research transformation and intensification, providing substantial funding to position it as a leader in selected areas of national and international strategic research. Due in part to this research intensification and the contribution of IPPE, ACU is now ranked as equal first in psychology among Australian universities (an ERA ranking of 5) by the Australian Government.

    This project is central to the strategic research plan of the IPPE, a flagship research institute of the ACU. Institute status at ACU continued our established reputation as a world-class research centre that is internationally recognised for: substantive and methodological advances in positive psychology and education, wellbeing, resilience, motivation, self-determination and self-concept research; advanced quantitative analysis; developing psychometrically sound measures of important psychosocial outcomes. IPPE also leads the international SELF Research Centre (founded in 2000 by Craven & Marsh), and is closely aligned to the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPE member Vallerand is a past president). The researchers on this proposal are part of IPPE’s integrated team of outstanding researchers, which currently holds over 20 large-scale, multi-year National Competitive Grants, Internationally funded grants, and privately funded projects. Large-scale studies such as the proposed research are supported by substantial research facilities, infrastructure and personnel (e.g. 14 tenured research-only academics—including such notables as Richard Ryan, Ed Deci, Felicia Huppert, Robert Vallerand, Ralf Schwarzer, Herb Marsh, and Rhonda Craven; 15 FTE professional staff with specialised research administration skills, most with doctorates; 7 post-docs, and 29 PhD students). IPPE’s recent success in being short-listed in the current round of the ARC Centre of Excellence proposals demonstrates its research strength.

    This project further builds on IPPE’s track record of successful ongoing collaboration with high-profile partners in addition to those on this grant (e.g. NSW Aboriginal Educ Consultative Group, NSW Aboriginal Educ Council, NSW Dept of Educ, NSW Catholic Educ Commission, NSW Police, Peer Support Foundation, Learning Links, Black Dog Inst.) as well as international partners (e.g., Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research, German Max Planck Inst., German Inst. for International Educational Research, UK Higher Educ. Academy, UK Centre for Multilevel Modelling, OECD PISA, Pearson Research & Assessment, National Inst. of Educ. Singapore).

    Professor Marsh is one of the most widely cited researchers in the world in both psychology and education (IPPE), and has previously been awarded PhD Supervisor of the Year. His research focus is on substantive-methodological synergy, integrating cutting-edge quantitative methodology to tackle substantive and theoretical issues with important policy/practice implications.

    Value:

    • a tax free stipend of $31,288 AUD 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 the project please visit:

    http://www.principalhealth.org

    For more information about IPPE, please visit: http://www.acu.edu.au/research/research_institutes_and_programs/ipp

    Academic Criteria – applicants should provide evidence of:

    • academic excellence (including but not limited to academic awards or grants) and degrees in the fields of applied mathematics, statistics, informatics, quantitative psychology, or associated fields;
    • working knowledge of R and/or Python. Knowledge of one or more programming languages is preferable;
    • academic or professional background in information systems and/or informatics;
    • experience with web scraping, database management, and computational statistics;
    • academic publications and presentations;
    • alignment of research experience and interests with The Empirical Landscape of Education and psychology Science project; and
    • a high level of English proficiency. International applicants should refer to the following webpage regarding English Language requirements:

    http://www.acu.edu.au/courses/research/doctor_of_philosophy

    Eligibility: An Australian First Class or Second Class Upper Division Honours degree, Master-by-Research degree, or equivalent qualifications in the fields of education, psychology, health sciences, or a related field.

    Study mode: Full-time only

    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, grants, or professional attainments;
    • skills in quantitative/qualitative research methods;
    • alignment of research experience and interests with the overall project; and
    • coursework/experience/research in positive psychology and well-being.

    Closing date:

    1 February 2017 or until there is a suitable pool of candidates.

    For more information:

    Herb Marsh (herb.marsh@acu.edu.au)
    Deborah Blackmore (deborah.blackmore@acu.edu.au).

    Applications should be forwarded to:

    Graduate Research
    Australian Catholic University
    P.O. Box 968

    North Sydney NSW 2059
    E: res.cand@acu.edu.au

  • School Principals’ Health and Wellbeing: Making A Positive Difference?

    2 PhD Scholarship Opportunities – School Principals’ Health and Wellbeing: Making A Positive Difference?

    This research, including the two PhD scholarships, is funded through an Australian Research Council Linkage grant. The scholarship recipients will work collaboratively with the research team as an integral part of the entire project and lead specific projects under the umbrella of the larger study. Benefits include: a generous PhD scholarship; a world-class training environment and facilities; working within a vibrant PhD program, an internationally recognised research program (see section on IPPE Research Environment), and associated networks of leading international universities; experienced supervisors who are leading international researchers; training workshop and conference attendance; and first and co-authorships on academic articles associated with the grant.

    The current crisis in School Principals’ health and wellbeing threatens Australia’s socioeconomic outcomes as school leaders’ impact on student learning outcomes. This research seeks to establish what works to improve School Principals’ wellbeing, and addresses national strategic objectives in health through rapid mobilization of excellent applied research that has the potential to reverse the declining wellbeing of Australia’s school leaders.

    The Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE) for the last six years has collected annual surveys into the occupational health, safety, and wellbeing of school leaders—all principals, assistants, and deputies in every sector of every state and territory of Australia. This newly funded extension of our ongoing research investigates the impact of recent/current policy interventions by State Education Departments designed to mitigate School Principals’ flagging wellbeing in the context of increasing competition, accountability, and public scrutiny. This will be the first comprehensive, systematic and rigorous study undertaken to assess the comparative impact of policy interventions on issues such as stress, burnout, and retention. Sophisticated quantitative and qualitative analysis of our extant database and new data will map policy interventions to changes in school principal motivation and wellbeing as value-added, natural experiments. New knowledge about the most productive and cost effective of these interventions will then be mobilized to all key stakeholders across the country.

    Research Team

    Academic Researchers/PhD Supervisors:

    Prof Herbert Marsh; A/Prof Philip; Prof Richard Ryan; Dr Theresa Dicke; Prof Robert Vallerand; Dr Philip Parker; Dr Paul Atkins

    Industry Partners:

    Australian Primary Principals Association; New South Wales Secondary Principal’s Council; Teachers Health Fund; Catholic Church Insurance; Association of Heads of Independent Schools Australia

    PhD Project 1: Quantitative

    The first project will be a quantitative study, interrogating the extensive, extant database and extended new data collected over the next three years. Analyses will involve newly developed approaches to factor analysis, latent profile analysis, person-environment fit and the degree to which characteristics of individual school principals match characteristics of their schools. Quantitative analyses will be repeated for data based on the new, extended Principal Survey and data from the MySchool website that will be integrated into the data archive each year of the study.

    PhD Project 2: Qualitative

    The second project will be a qualitative study on person-environment fit, the degree to which characteristics of individual school principals match characteristics of their schools, and the policy settings in which they operate. The scholarship recipient will collect and analyse new policy interventions designed, directly or indirectly, to improve the health and well-being of school principals. Intended outcomes of these policy initiatives and interventions will be mapped onto measures from our principal survey and MySchool data.

    IPPE RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT

    IPPE’s PhD program will provide you with:

    • Competitive PhD scholarships; financial support to attend training courses and present papers at conferences; advanced technological facilities and fully-equipped research laboratories.
    • A world-class research training environment; a lively international intellectual environment; intellectual and social network of postgraduates; interaction with leading international scholars from IPPE and around the world.
    • Experienced supervisors who are leading scholars; supervision to completion within minimum time periods; mentoring to create publications of international repute; support for writing successful research grants.
    • An outstanding foundation from which to launch an academic career.

    ACU is undergoing significant research transformation and intensification, providing substantial funding to position it as a leader in selected areas of national and international strategic research. Due in part to this research intensification and the contribution of IPPE, ACU is now ranked as equal first in psychology among Australian universities (an ERA ranking of 5) by the Australian Government

    This project is central to the strategic research plan of the IPPE, a flagship research institute of the ACU. Institute status at ACU continued our established reputation as a world-class research centre that is internationally recognised for: substantive and methodological advances in positive psychology, wellbeing, resilience, motivation, self-determination and self-concept research; advanced quantitative analysis; developing psychometrically sound measures of important psychosocial outcomes. IPPE also leads the international SELF Research Centre (founded in 2000 by Craven and Marsh), and is closely aligned to the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPE member Vallerand is a past president). The researchers on this proposal are part of IPPE’s integrated team of outstanding researchers, which currently holds 24 ARC grants. Large-scale studies such as the proposed research are supported by substantial research facilities, infrastructure and personnel (e.g. 14 tenured research-only academics—including such notables as Richard Ryan, Ed Deci, Felicia Huppert, Robert Vallerand, Ralf Schwarzer, Herb Marsh, and Rhonda Craven; 15 FTE professional staff with specialised research administration skills, most with doctorates; 7 post-docs, and 29 PhD students). IPPE’s recent success in being short-listed in the current round of the ARC Centre of Excellence proposals demonstrates its research strength.

    This project further builds on IPPE’s track record of successful ongoing collaboration with high-profile partners in addition to those on this grant (e.g. NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, NSW Aboriginal Education Council, NSW Department of Education, NSW Catholic Education Commission, NSW Police, Peer Support Foundation, Learning Links, Black Dog Institute) as well as international partners (e.g., Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research, German Max Planck Institute, German Institute for International Educational Research, UK Higher Education Academy, UK Centre for Multilevel Modelling, OECD PISA, Pearson Research and Assessment, National Institute of Education Singapore).

    Value:

    • Each PhD scholarship recipient will receive a tax free stipend of $36,288AUD per annum for three years.
    • Funding for project costs.
    • A Commonwealth-funded place for domestic research candidates.
    • A tuition fee waiver and Overseas Student Health Care Policy for international research candidates.

     

    For more information about the project please visit: http://www.principalhealth.org
    For more information about IPPE, please visit: http://www.acu.edu.au/research/research_institutes_and_programs/ippe

    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, grants, or professional attainments;
    • skills in quantitative/qualitative research methods;
    • alignment of research experience and interests with the overall project; and
    • coursework/experience/research in positive psychology and well-being.

     

    Closing date:

    4 November 2016 or until there is a suitable pool of candidates.

    For more information:

     

    Applications should be forwarded to:

    Graduate Research
    Australian Catholic University
    P.O. Box 968

    North Sydney NSW 2059
    E: res.cand@acu.edu.au

  • Postgraduate Scholarship to Undertake Research in Cardio-metabolic Health

    Postgraduate Scholarship to Undertake Research in Cardio-metabolic Health  

    The Centre for Primary Care and Prevention based at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research is seeking an applicant for a PhD Scholarship to undertake innovative research in the field of cardio-metabolic disease and health outcomes.

    The metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a cluster of cardio-metabolic risk factors and confers risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The MetS is largely determined by poor life-style factors (e.g unhealthy diet, sedentary behaviour) and is preventable, yet affects a significant proportion of Australian adults. This PhD aims to explore the clinical utility of a newly developed MetS Severity Score by analysing clinical data to assess associations with bio-markers of sub-clinical disease and validation via linkage with the Australian National Death Index. If validated, the MetS Severity Score holds promise as an outcome for behavioural and health services based interventions. It also provides a means to track aggregate MetS severity over time to assess improvement or worsening of risk factors.

    The Scholarship recipient will be supervised by Associate Professor Melinda Carrington (Director of the Centre for Primary Care and Prevention and Future Leader Fellow of the National Heart Foundation). Co-supervision will include other relevant health professionals and researchers who are experts in their field.

    The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research provides a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment for PhD students to pursue a research career.  It has a number of academic and support staff dedicated to its research program, substantial research funding, and a vibrant PhD program. Associate Professor Melinda Carrington and her team are world-leading pioneers in comprehensive risk assessment and nurse-led interventions to prevent cardio-metabolic disease and manage chronic disease.

    Visit: http://mmihr.acu.edu.au/research/centre-for-primary-care-and-prevention-cpcp/

    Scholarship criteria:

    • An Australian First Class or Second Class Upper Division Honours degree or Research Master’s degree in any of the fields of Health Services Research, Psychology, Biological Sciences and Bio-statistics.
    • Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards and 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.

    *Current PhD candidates without an existing Scholarship and still in the 1st year of full-time equivalent candidature are still eligible to apply.

    Study mode: Full-time only

    The scholarship provides:

    • A tax free stipend of $26,288 and a $5,000 per annum top-up for three years, subject to satisfactory progress.
    • A fee waiver and OSHC policy for International research candidates.
    • Project costs and conference travel.


    For information on the scholarship and ‘how to apply’ contact:

    Jessica Stagnitti
    Executive Assistant/Research Assistant to A/Professor Melinda Carrington
    Email: Jessica.Stagnitti@acu.edu.au
    Phone: +61 3 9230 8180

    Scholarship applications should be forwarded to:

    Graduate Research
    Australian Catholic University
    PO Box 968
    North Sydney NSW 2059
    res.cand@acu.edu.au

    Applications close: 31 December 2016

  • Multiliteracies in School Science

    Multiliteracies in School Science

    Learning Sciences Institute Australia

    The Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA) focuses on generating and disseminating new knowledge to improve the learning outcomes of children and young people, especially those experiencing disadvantage, on the margins or at risk.

    The Educational Semiotics in English and Literacy Pedagogy research concentration has one scholarship linked to its Australian Research Council funded Linkage Project.

    Research Scholarship: Multiliteracies for addressing disadvantage in senior school science

    This project develops discipline-specific literacies in senior high school physics, chemistry and biology, which aim to improve students’ critical comprehension and creation of verbal and visual representations, enabling them to actively build understanding of progressively more complex scientific concepts and demonstrate this understanding in examinations.

    Scholarship criteria:

    • Completed an Honours or research Masters-degree with major studies in systemic functional linguistics and/or multimodal semiotics, 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;
    • Prior qualitative or quantitative research experience and publication of research findings are desirable; and
    • Experience in educational research would be an advantage.

     

    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: Tuesday 1st December 2016.

    For further information contact:

  • Institute for Religion, Politics and Society (IRPS) Scholarship

    Institute for Religion, Politics and Society

    Research Scholarships

    The Institute for Religion, Politics and Society (IRPS) at the Australian Catholic University examines religion as a dynamic political and social force shaping the world around us. Researchers at IRPS focus on the interplay between religion and major social structures — including the economy, politics, and law — from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

    IRPS is seeking scholars of exceptional quality and international ambition to apply for a number of PhD scholarships. Scholarships are available within the following areas:

    • Law and Religion;
    • Religion and Violence;
    • Cities and Globalization;
    • Gender Relations and Religion in Asia;
    • Religious Minorities and Cultures in Asia; and
    • Catholicism in South East Asia.

     

    Each PhD scholarship includes the opportunity to spend time overseas researching and visiting at another institution. IRPS has research collaborations in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Indonesia. IRPS will also work with the research candidate to assist them in gaining a visiting position at universities outside of these contexts.

    Scholarship criteria:

    • Completed an Honours or research Master degree [or equivalent].
    • Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards and grants.
    • Management and organisational skills.
    • High-level verbal and written English proficiency.
    • Prior qualitative or quantitative research experience and publication of research findings are desirable.

    Please note: These scholarships are not available to international applicants.

    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).

    How to apply:

     

    In addition to the formal application process, applicants are asked to provide the following:

    • Two page cover letter detailing academic track record, suitability for the PhD program at IRPS, the proposed topic and disciplinary perspectives to be applied;
    • Five page (max) CV detailing academic and professional (post undergraduate) experience; and
    • A sample of academic writing.

     

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

    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:

    Inquiries are encouraged and are to be forwarded, in the first instance, to the IRPS Executive Officer, Raf Rooseleers by email: Raf.Roosleers@acu.edu.au or by phone: +61 3 9230 8142

    About the Institute

    The Institute of Religion, Politics and Society (IRPS) is a strategic initiative of the Australian Catholic University that seeks to further the University aims of becoming one of the most significant Catholic Universities in the world by 2020.

    IRPS aims to become one of the world’s leading interdisciplinary institutes for the study of the intersection of religion, politics and society. The Institute features five program areas led by world leading research professors including Professor Bryan S. Turner, Professor Jose Casanova, and Professor Jack Barbalet (from 2017). These programs are both international in scope and seek to bring together leading scholars to address critical social issues that will shape the world into the future: Law and Religion, Cities and Successful Societies, Asian Religions, Religion and Medicine, and Global Catholicism.

    The Institute Advisory Board, including Professor Robert Hefner (Boston), Professor Lori Beaman (Ottawa), Professor Gary Bouma (Monash), Professor Marion Maddox (Macquarie) Dr Erica Hunter (University of London) and Dr Mohamad Basheer (Pew Research Forum), provides critical insights that shape our direction and develop our projects.

  • 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).

    Value:

    • 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;
    • A tuition fee waiver and Overseas Student Health Care Policy for international 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: http://mmihr.acu.edu.au/research/nhmrc-centre-for-research-excellence-cre-to-reduce-inequality-in-heart-disease/

    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;
    • 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: Monday, 15 August 2016 or until suitable applicants are found.

    For more information:

    Dr Jocasta Ball
    Jocasta.Ball@acu.edu.au

    For information regarding application and enrolment email Graduate Research (res.cand@acu.edu.au), 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
    E: res.cand@acu.edu.au

  • 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

     

  • 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://iha.acu.edu.au/research/research-projects/habitat-project/). 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.
  • Developing Technology to Investigate Exploration and Perception-Action Expertise for Interpersonal Decision-Making in Field Hockey

    The successful applicant will conduct applied research on interpersonal decision-making in field hockey. The work will be conducted through collaborative involvement of the Australian Catholic University (ACU) and the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS). Supervisors from both the ACU and the QAS will oversee the research program. The scholarship is for a research student interested in the roles of perception and action in high performance sport. The applicant should have a strong Australian First Class or Second Class Upper Division Honours degree, Master-by-Research degree, or equivalent qualifications. It is essential that the recipient has a strong background in perception and action and quantitative methods, with an interest in applying these skills to the sport science context.

    The National School of Exercise Science comprises staff and students across four campuses – Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney (Strathfield) and Brisbane, offering a range of dynamic and exciting programs in Exercise Science at the undergraduate level. The School also has a rapidly growing suite of postgraduate courses, including coursework degrees in Clinical Exercise Physiology and High Performance Sport and research degrees at the Masters and Doctoral level, delivered nationally. This PhD project is located at ACU’s Brisbane campus.

    In the recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2015) assessment, ACU received the highest possible rating (ERA 5) in Human Movement and Sport Science research (FoR 1106).

    Academic criteria – Applicants should provide evidence of:

    • An interest and experience in working within a team sports context,
    • Experience in working with GPS player-tracking hardware and software,
    • First Class or Second Class Upper Division Honours degree, Master-by-Research degree, or equivalent qualifications,
    • 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,
    • A strong background in quantitative methods; Matlab programming skills are desirable, and
    • Prior quantitative research experience and publication of research findings are desirable.

     

    The successful applicant will need to meet the academic entry requirements and follow the procedures for enrolment at the Higher Degree by Research program of the Australian Catholic University.

    Study mode: Full-time only

    Value:

    • A tax free stipend of $35,000 AUD per annum (tax exempt) for three years; and
    • a tuition fee waiver and Overseas Student Health Care Policy for international applicants.

     

    For more information about the School of Exercise Science, please visit: http://www.acu.edu.au/about_acu/faculties,_institutes_and_centres/health_sciences/schools/exercise_science

    How to apply:

    Prior to submitting an application using the links below, please contact Dr Gert-Jan Pepping (gert-jan.pepping@acu.edu.au) to discuss your application.

     

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

    Closing date: Monday, 26 September 2016 or until a suitable applicant is found.

    For more information:

    Dr Gert-Jan Pepping, gert-jan.pepping@acu.edu.au

    For information regarding application and enrolment email Graduate Research (res.cand@acu.edu.au), with the subject line ACU/Queensland Academy of Sport Research 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


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.

  • 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 www.fulbright.com.au

     

  • 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