ACU Research


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

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

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

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


Research Training Program Stipend Scholarships

ACU Faculty, Research Institute and School Scholarships

  • 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.



    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 (

    For information regarding application and enrolment email Graduate Research (, 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


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