ACU Research

Scholarships

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

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

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

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

 

Research Training Program Stipend Scholarships



ACU Faculty, Research Institute and School Scholarships


  • Reducing Sitting Time in Type 2 Diabetes Scholarships

    Postgraduate scholarships to undertake research on physical activity and Type 2 Diabetes

     

    Diabetes is a National Health Priority area and the sixth leading cause of death in Australia. Currently 280 Australians develop diabetes every day – that is one person every five minutes. Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) prevalence is especially high among middle-aged and older (45-65y) workers – up to 7.7% – with a substantial impact on work productivity, risk of absenteeism and inability to work.

     

    Diabetes treatment currently costs the healthcare system more than $14 billion each year, and the increased frequency of complications associated with poor glycaemic control in those with T2D contributes substantially to ill health, disability and early death.

     

    Against this background, new research capacities and controlled-trial evidence are now needed to take forward a paradigm shift in how T2D prevention and management is understood and implemented. Moderate-vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA) has long been – and remains – a mainstay of diabetes prevention and management. However, 20 years of initiatives to promote its uptake have not led to changes in population prevalence, and exercise adherence is a major challenge for those at risk of developing T2D and for T2D patients. Sedentary behaviour (put simply, too much sitting as distinct from too little exercise) is a newly-identified element of chronic disease risk, with implications for T2D.

     

    There are untested benefits for T2D management through reducing and breaking up sitting time.

     

    Two scholarships will be available. We welcome applications from individuals with a background in:

    • Public Health
    • Physical education/Exercise science
    • Diabetes Research
    • Workplace/Population Health
    • Sedentary Behaviour/Sitting Time
    • Nutrition
    • Another discipline related to the project

     

    Your Supervisor

    Your supervisory team will include Professor David Dunstan who holds appointments at both the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, ACU

     


    The Institutions

    The Baker Institute includes more than 300 scientists, health professionals and students who are committed to tackling the deadly trio of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research is focused on undertaking research that discovers and promotes effective strategies to create a healthier Australia, and brings national and international health experts together with leading organisations across a broad portfolio of health-related research areas.

     

    An early 2019 commencement date is preferred.

     

    Value of Scholarship

    • a tax-free stipend of AUD $32,596 per annum for three years;
    • funding for project costs;
    • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (that is, a tuition fee waiver) for domestic students; and
    • 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 excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards, publications, or grants;
    • skills in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods;
    • previous research experience;
    • alignment of research experience and interests; and
    • ability to contribute to a team.

     

    Closing date: 22 October 2018

    For more information:

    Professor David Dunstan (David.Dunstan@baker.edu.au)

    For information regarding application and enrolment email Graduate Research (res.cand@acu.edu.au), with the subject line ‘Reducing Sitting Time in Type 2 Diabetes Scholarships’

     

    Applications should be forwarded to:

    Candidature Services

    Australian Catholic University

    Locked Bag 4115

    Fitzroy MDC VIC 3065

    E: res.cand@acu.edu.au

  • Postgraduate scholarship to undertake research in metabolism and exercise biochemistry

    The Exercise and Nutrition Research Program (ENRP) is based at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. The ENRP is currently seeking applicants for a Ph.D. Scholarship to undertake innovative research studying the biochemistry of metabolism and exercise.

    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/exercise-and-nutrition-research-program/

    Exercise is essential in regulating metabolism and remains the most promising first-line therapy for obesity and associated metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes. The regulation of whole-body metabolism and health by exercise involves a coordinated network of molecular, cellular and physiological adaptations. Professor John Hawley leads an internationally renowned multidisciplinary team conducting translational exercise and nutrition research using humans, animal models and cellular systems. A major research theme of the ENRP is how signaling networks and energy-sensing proteins impact the health-promoting effects of exercise.

    The successful Scholarship recipient will be supervised by Professor John Hawley (Director, Exercise and Nutrition Research Program) and Dr Nolan Hoffman (Head of the newly formed Integrative Physiology group). The recipient’s candidature will also involve interaction with world-class researchers and health professionals in the fields of metabolism, exercise and nutrition.

    Scholarship eligibility criteria:

    • Australian First Class Honours degree or Masters degree by research/coursework in any of the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, physiology and exercise science, ‘omics’ technologies and/or bioinformatics
    • First or upper second class Honours degree (U.K.)
    • 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 and location: Full-time for three years at MMIHR, ACU Melbourne campus, commencing early 2019

       

    Value and duration:

    The scholarship offers

    • A tax-free stipend of A$26,288 per annum plus a A$5,000 per annum top-up for three years, subject to satisfactory progress and full-time study mode
    • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is a Commonwealth funded place for domestic candidates
    • A tuition fee waiver and Overseas Student Health Care Policy for international candidates

     

    Applications close: October 1st, 2018

     

    Candidates must include a 1 to 2-page cover letter with their application, demonstrating how they meet the scholarship eligibility criteria.

     

    For further information, contact:

    Dr Nolan Hoffman

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Exercise and Nutrition Research Program

    Email: Nolan.Hoffman@acu.edu.au

    Phone: +61 (0)3 9230 8277

     

    Applications from domestic and currently enrolled candidates should be submitted to:

    Candidature Services

    Australian Catholic University

    Locked bag 4115

    Fitzroy MDC VIC 3065

    Email: res.cand@acu.edu.au

     

    Applications from international candidates should be submitted to ACU International:

    http://www.acu.edu.au/international/study_research

  • Caregiver learning about play in community playgroups and social media

    The Project

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

    These topics could include, but are not limited to:

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

     

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

     

    MPhil Candidate

    We welcome applications from individuals with a background in:

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

     

    The Supervisors

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

     

    The Institution

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

     

    Value, location, and duration

    The scholarship offers

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

     

    How to apply:

     

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

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

     

    Commencement date: Research Term A, January 2019

    Closing date for applications: 7th September 2018

    For more information:

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

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

    Applications should be forwarded to:

    Candidature Services
    Australian Catholic University
    Locked Bag 4115
    Fitzroy MDC
    Victoria 3065
    E: res.cand@acu.edu.au

  • ACU-Ursuline Partnership for Capacity Building for Women

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    Ursuline Scholarship

    Australian Catholic University – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Female Students

     

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

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

     

    About the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education

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

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

     

    Value

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

     

    Eligibility

    • The scholarship recipient will be a female of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin and eligible to commence a full-time PhD in the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at Australian Catholic University.
    • An appropriate undergraduate degree with Honours at a minimum level of Second Class Division A (Hons 2A) or equivalent; or a Master’s degree with appropriate research training in a relevant field; or an equivalent qualification.
    • The recipient will be an Australian citizen who is able to study full-time on the North Sydney campus of Australian Catholic University (part-time applicants will not be considered).

     

    Scholarship-specific Selection Criteria

    Applications are assessed based on the strength of the following:

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

     

    Ongoing or Other Requirements

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

     

    Acknowledgement of the Australian Government’s contribution

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

     

    How to Apply

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

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

    Applicants must also include:

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

     

    Closing Date for Applications

    Monday 1 October 2018

     

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

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

     

    Applications should be forwarded to:

    Candidature Services
    Australian Catholic University
    Locked Bag 4115
    Fitzroy MDC
    Victoria 3065
    E: res.cand@acu.edu.au

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

    The Project

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

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

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

     

    PhD Candidate

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

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

     

    Supervision

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

     

    The Institution

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

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

     

    Value, Duration, and Location

    The scholarship offers:

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

     

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

     

    How to Apply:

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

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

    • academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards, publications, or grants;
    • skills in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods;
    • previous research experience; and
    • ability to contribute to a team.

     

    Commencement Date: 2018 is preferred

    Closing Date: Close of business on Monday 13 August 2018

    For More Information:

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

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

    Applications should be forwarded to:

    Candidature Services
    Australian Catholic University
    Locked Bag 4115
    Fitzroy MDC
    Victoria 3065
    E: res.cand@acu.edu.au


Other Scholarships


  • Fulbright Future Scholarships 2018

    The Fulbright Commission offers a diverse selection of scholarships for Australian students, scholars, and professionals seeking to study or conduct research in the U.S. Applicants can be at any career stage and from any academic background.

    The Fulbright Future Scholarships offer funding for full tuition/visiting researcher fees at any U.S. institution, as well as travel and living costs.

    The Scholarships are currently open for application from postgraduate students, PhD researchers, academics and professionals who propose innovative research projects with potential for significant impact.

    For further information and to apply, visit the Fulbright website

     

  • Endeavour Awards

    The Endeavour Awards is the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia. Awards are also available for Australians to undertake study, research and professional development abroad.

    Learn more about the Endeavour Awards on the Department of Education and Training website.

    Applications for the 2018 round of Endeavour Scholarships are now open

  • General Sir John Monash Foundation

    The John Monash Scholarships are postgraduate scholarships awarded to outstanding Australians with leadership potential who wish to study overseas. The John Monash Scholarships are amongst the most important postgraduate scholarships currently available in Australia. The Scholarship is open to Australian citizens who have completed an undergraduate degree in Australia and wish to pursue postgraduate study at a university outside of Australia. The Scholarship is not restricted by age, discipline or choice of overseas institution.

  • Australia Awards

    Australia Awards

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

    For more information visit Australia Awards