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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, and are usually tax-free for full-time candidates.

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.

Scholarships may also be available through external sources. You can find more information at:

  • JASON – this is an Australian database that allows you to search for postgraduate scholarships
  • Australian Awards – an initiative of the Australian Government that promotes development in the Asia-Pacific region

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ACU Scholarships


  • Australian Postgraduate Award

    Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)

    The Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scholarships are the main scholarships funded by the Commonwealth Government and administered by the University. These scholarships are open to domestic students and provide a living allowance for a period of three years.

    Eligibility: Must have a Bachelor degree with first class honours or equivalent
. Must have applied for candidature at ACU if not already enrolled.

    Study-mode: Full-time only
    Value: $25, 849 p.a. living allowance (2015 rate) plus a $10,000 p.a. non-indexed top up and a $2,000 p.a. research support allowance

    Conditions: APA Conditions

    Closing date: ACU is not offering further APA scholarships for study in 2015. Please check back later for closing dates for 2016 applications.

    How to apply:

    To apply, please complete the application form (MS Word, 230KB) and return to the Graduate Research Office: res.cand@acu.edu.au.

    As part of the application process, you are also required to request that two referees each complete a Confidential Referee Report (MS Word 200KB) form. 

  • ACU Postgraduate Award International (ACUPA-I)

    ACU Postgraduate Award International (ACUPA-I)

    The Australian Catholic University Postgraduate Award International (ACUPA-I) is open to international students and covers a candidate’s tuition fee and overseas health insurance costs. The tenure of the scholarship is two years for a Master and three years for a Doctoral candidature and also includes a living stipend.

    Eligibility: Must have a Bachelor degree with first class honours or equivalent; Must have applied for Candidature at ACU if not already enrolled

    Study-mode: Full-time only

    Value: Tuition feed and OSHC Policy for the duration of the course, a $25, 849 p.a. living allowance (2015 rate) plus a $10,000 p.a. non-indexed top up plus a $2,000 p.a. research support allowance

    Conditions: ACUPA-I Conditions

    Closing date: ACU is not offering further ACUPA-I scholarships for study in 2015. Please check back later for closing dates for 2016 applications.

    How to apply: To apply, please complete the application form (MS Word, 230KB) and return to the Graduate Research Office: res.cand@acu.edu.au

    As part of the application process, you are also required to request that two referees each complete a Confidential Referee Report (MS Word 200KB) form. 

  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship

    International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS)

    The International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) is the main scholarship funded by the Commonwealth Government for international students and administered by ACU. These scholarships are open to international students and cover a student’s tuition fee and overseas health insurance costs for the scholarship holder and their dependants. The tenure of the scholarship is two years for a Masters and three years for a Doctoral candidature and also includes a living stipend.

    Eligibility: Must have a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours or equivalent
Must have applied for candidature at ACU if not already enrolled

    Study-mode: Full-time only

    Value: Tuition fees and OSHC Policy for the duration of the course, plus a
$25, 849 p.a. living allowance with a $10,000 p.a. non-indexed top up and $2,000 p.a. research support allowance

    Conditions: IPRS Conditions

    Closing date: ACU is not offering further IPRS for study in 2015. Please check back later for closing dates for 2016 applications.

    How to apply:

    To apply, please complete the application form (MS Word, 230KB) and return to the Graduate Research Office: res.cand@acu.edu.au.

    As part of the application process, you are also required to request that two referees each complete a Confidential Referee Report (MS Word 200KB) form. 

    Students who apply for the IPRS will also be considered for the International Student Scholarship, which is an ACU funded scholarship for International students.

    Please note that a separate application is not required and you will be considered for both the IPRS and ISS upon submission of an IPRS application.

  • ACU Indigenous Postgraduate Research Scholarship

    ACU Indigenous Postgraduate Research Scholarships

    The Australian Catholic University offers the ACU Indigenous Postgraduate Research Scholarship. These scholarships are open to Indigenous candidates to undertake research degrees at the Master or Doctoral level.

    Eligibility: An honours degree with at least 2A level or equivalent qualification and identify as an Indigenous person as set out in the conditions of award. Must have applied for candidature at ACU if not already enrolled

    Study-mode: Full-time only

    Value: $25, 849 p.a. living allowance (2015 rate) plus a $10,000 p.a. non-indexed top up
$2,000 p.a. research support allowance

    Conditions: Indigenous Postgraduate Research Scholarship

    Closing date: ACU is not offering further ACU IPRS scholarships for study in 2015. Please check back later for closing dates for 2016 applications.

    How to apply:

    To apply, please complete the application form (MS Word, 200KB) and return to the Graduate Research Office: res.cand@acu.edu.au.

    As part of the application process, you are also required to request that two referees each complete a Confidential Referee Report (MS Word 200KB) form. 


ACU Faculty, Research Institute and School Scholarships


  • Mary Mackillop Institute for Health Research: Centre for Musculoskeletal Research (CMSR)

    Australian Catholic University, Faculty of Health Sciences

    Mary Mackillop Institute for Health Research: Centre for Musculoskeletal Research (CMSR)

    Research Scholarship: Musculoskeletal Research PhD Scholarships

    The Centre for Musculoskeletal Research (CMSR), a small, internationally recognised team of Brisbane-based researchers and part of the Mary Mackillop Institute for Health Research at ACU, is seeking applicants for two PhD scholarships in the field of musculoskeletal research.

    The CMSR is committed to promoting multidisciplinary, clinical translational research that has direct and sustainable outcomes for the quality of life and health of the Australian public. The broad research program investigates injury prevention and prediction in sporting teams (Soccer, AFL and Rugby) at the elite and community levels. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the research will examine how size and function of the lumbo-pelvic muscles predicts injury and the effect of concussion on balance and sensory system performance.

    Successful candidates will have access to a new state-of-the art research facility and opportunities for collaboration with the Mater Hospital, Mater Medical Research Institute, Australian Catholic University, and sporting teams.

    Scholarship recipients will be supervised by Professor Julie Hides, Director of the CMSR, with co-supervision from other CMSR researchers arranged in negotiation with the successful candidates relative to their specific research projects.

    For more information please visit: http://dev-mmihr.acu.edu.au/research/centre-for-musculoskeletal-research/

    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 tax free stipend of $25,849 (per annum) and a $10,000 per annum top-up for three years, subject to satisfactory progress; and
    • A fee waiver and OSHC policy for International research candidates.

    For further information on the scholarship and on ‘how to apply’ contact:
    Professor Julie Hides (E. Julie.Hides@acu.edu.au, P. 07 3623 7530)

    Graduate Research at res.cand@acu.edu.au with the subject line ‘Musculoskeletal Research PhD Scholarships’

    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: 19 June 2015

  • Postgraduate Scholarship in Virtue, Reason and Justice: Integrating Theory and Practice

    Research Scholarship: Postgraduate scholarship in Virtue, Reason and Justice: Integrating Theory and Practice

    Australian Catholic University, School of Philosophy, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

    Two PhD scholarships are being offered as part of a research project lead by Professor Robert Audi (University of Notre Dame and ACU).

    A start date around the middle of the year is envisaged.

    The scholarships will run concurrently with the operation of the new Centre for Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry. Projects within the Centre are aimed at uniting theoretical work – particularly on reasons and virtues – with applications to questions of the distribution of benefits and burdens within just and fair societies, and on questions of the treatment of the vulnerable, particularly in areas where agency and autonomy are undermined.

    Eligibility: Applicants should provide evidence of:

    • An Honours or research Master’s degree in philosophy, with first class honours (or H1 equivalent).
    • 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
    • Prior research experience and publication of research findings are desirable

    Study mode: Full-time only

    The scholarship provides:

    • A tax free stipend of $25,000 (per annum) for three years only, subject to satisfactory progress
    • Tuition fees for overseas students are not included.

    How to apply:

    Please use the Postgraduate Scholarship Application (MSWord, 200KB) form.

    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;
    • Ability to contribute to a team;
    • English language skills; and
    • Previous research experience.

    Scholarship Applications should be forwarded to:

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

    Closing date: May 29, 2015

    For more information:

    Dr Steve Matthews
    Stephen.Matthews@acu.edu.au

    Graduate Research
    res.Cand@acu.edu.au
    with the subject line ‘Virtue, Reason and Justice: Integrating Theory and Practice,’ for further information regarding enrolment and scholarships.

     

  • Involving Children in Social Research: Balancing the Risks and Benefits

    Australian Catholic University, Faculty of Education and Arts
    The Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS)

    Research Scholarship: Involving Children in Social Research: Balancing the Risks and Benefits

    The Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS) has one full-time PhD candidature opportunity attached to a recently-funded ARC Discovery Grant.  This project aims to better understand and address the tensions between the protection of children and young people and their participation in social research about sensitive issues. It will do this by exploring how ethics committees, parents, others gatekeepers and children themselves manage and navigate these tensions. It is being conducted in partnership with Southern Cross University, the University of NSW and the University of Melbourne. The project is led by Professor Morag McArthur.

    This is an opportunity for a research candidate to consider an aspect of the project in more depth. This might include a focus on: particular groups of children or young people (e.g. Aboriginal children, children with disabilities, children from refugee backgrounds); children with particular social issues (e.g. child abuse, domestic violence, separation and divorce); or particular gatekeepers (e.g. specialised ethics committees, commissioners of research, parents).

    ICPS undertakes the Enhancing Children’s Safety and Life Chances research program within the Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA).  For more information on this scholarship opportunity and others available in LSIA: www.dev-lsia.acu.edu.au

    The successful candidate could be located in Canberra, Melbourne or Sydney.

    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 ($25,861 per annum) and top-up ($10,000 per annum), with tuition fee waiver and OSHC policy for international applicants

    How to apply:
    Please use the Postgraduate Scholarship Application Form (MSWord, 200KB). 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

    Applications close: 31 May 2015

    For further information contact:

    • Professor Morag McArthur (McArthur@acu.edu.au)
    • Graduate Research (cand@acu.edu.au), with the subject line ‘LSIA Scholarship Program 5,’ for further information regarding enrolment and scholarships.
  • New Play Pedagogies for Teaching and Learning in the Early Years

    Australian Catholic University, Faculty of Education and Arts
    The Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA)

    Research Scholarship: New Play Pedagogies for Teaching and Learning in the Early Years

    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 Early Childhood Futures research program has one full-time PhD candidature opportunity attached to a recently-funded ARC Discovery Award.  The project is led by Associate Professor Susan Edwards.  The focus area for the doctoral project will be children’s experience of digital play in home settings.  The successful candidate will be located in Melbourne.

    For more information on the opportunities available in LSIA visit: www.dev-lsia.acu.edu.au

    Scholarship criteria:

    • completed an Honours or research Master degree [or equivalent];
    • academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards or 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 ($25,861 per annum) and top-up ($10,000 per annum), with tuition fee waiver and OSHC policy for international applicants

    How to apply:
    Please use the Postgraduate Scholarship Application Form (MSWord, 200KB). 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

    Applications close: 31 May 2015

    For further information contact:

    • Associate Professor Joce Nuttall (Nuttall@acu.edu.au)
    • Graduate Research (cand@acu.edu.au), with the subject line ‘LSIA Scholarship Program 4,’ for further information regarding enrolment and scholarships.
  • 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.dev-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 ($25,861 per annum) and top-up ($10,000 per annum), with tuition fee waiver and OSHC policy for international applicants

    How to apply:
    Please use the Postgraduate Scholarship Application Form (MSWord, 200KB). 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

    Applications close: 31 May 2015

    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.
  • Effective and Optimal Teacher-Based Assessment Adjustments for Secondary School Students With Disabilities in Mainstream Curriculum

    Australian Catholic University, Faculty of Education and Arts
    The Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA)

    Research Scholarship: Effective and Optimal Teacher-Based Assessment Adjustments for Secondary School Students With Disabilities in Mainstream Curriculum

    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 Assessment, Evaluation and Student Learning research program has three full-time PhD candidature opportunities available attached to a recently-funded ARC Discovery Grant.  The project is led by Professor Joy Cumming with research team members from ACU and other Australian universities.  Focus areas for doctoral research could be educational assessment, special education, education disability law, or secondary curriculum subjects.  The successful candidates will be located in Brisbane.

    For more information on the opportunities available in LSIA visit: www.dev-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 ($25,861 per annum) and top-up ($10,000 per annum), with tuition fee waiver and OSHC policy for international applicants.

    How to apply:
    Please use the Postgraduate Scholarship Application Form (MSWord, 200KB). 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

    Applications close: 31 May 2015

    For further information contact:

    • Professor Joy Cumming (Cumming@acu.edu.au)
    • Graduate Research (cand@acu.edu.au), with the subject line ‘LSIA Scholarship Program 1,’ for further information regarding enrolment and scholarships.
  • Postgraduate Award in Training-related Changes in Motor Function and Structural Neuroplasticity in Brain-injured Patients

    Australian Catholic University, Faculty of Health Sciences

    Centre for Children with Complicated Lives and Their Families

    Scholarship: Postgraduate Award in Training-related Changes in Motor Function and Structural Neuroplasticity in Brain-injured Patients

    The Centre for Children with Complicated Lives and Their Families (C2LiFe) is seeking applicants for a PhD scholarship to work on a Virtual Reality (VR) training study in patients with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and in related conditions. Specifically, the PhD candidate will investigate whether a novel training program using VR can promote significant improvement in motor control, skill, and everyday function. Using state of the art medical imaging techniques (including diffusion MRI and myelin mapping) and/or neurophysiological methods (including EEG and ERP), the PhD candidate will investigate whether changes in motor control and skill learning are supported by modulations in brain connectivity. These findings will directly inform the development of more effective neurorehabilitation strategies, particularly those enlisting VR technologies.

    The scholarship recipient will be supervised by Dr. Karen Caeyenberghs and Professor Peter Wilson (Co-Director of C2Life), who are internationally recognized for their research on motor control and executive functioning in children and adolescents within a wide range of clinical populations, including Traumatic Brain Injury, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Stroke, and Cerebral Palsy.

    The C2Life Centre provides a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment for PhD candidates to pursue an academic research career in the broad area of disability and development over the lifespan. It has a large network of local and leading international collaborators and a vibrant research culture for its staff and PhD candidates, alike.

    Eligibility:

    • A master degree in Psychology or Biomedical Sciences (or an equivalent degree) with an appropriate specialization.
    • Any experience with neuroimaging methods as well as programming skills (e.g., Matlab, C++, Python, E-Prime) would be an advantage.

    Study mode: Full-time only

    Value: Living allowance of $25,849 p.a. (tax exempt) and a $10,000 p.a. (tax exempt) top-up for three years, as well tuition fees and OSHC Policy for the duration of the course for International candidates.

    How to apply:

    If applying for this scholarship, please use the application form. 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);
    • Experience in cognitive or cognitive neuroscience research (including but not limited to that involving neuroimaging and neurophysiological methods);
    • Professional experience and/or relevant training and/or research experience involving adult or neurodevelopmental disorders affecting movement skill;
    • A marked interest to conduct a PhD in the area of the research scholarship; and
    • Academic publications and/or conference presentations, especially in the area of the research scholarship, relative to their career to date

    Closing date: Friday, 10 July 2015

    For more information:

    Professor Peter Wilson (E. peterh.wilson@acu.edu.au ; P. 03 9953 3445) or Dr Karen Caeyenberghs (E. karen.caeyenberghs@acu.edu.au ; P. 03 9230 8067)

     

    Graduate Research (res.cand@acu.edu.au), with the subject line ‘C2Life Scholarship,’ for further information regarding application and enrolment.

    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 in Asian Religions

    Australian Catholic University, Faculty of Education and Arts
    Institute for Religion, Politics and Society

    Research Scholarship: Postgraduate Scholarship in Asian Religions

     

    The Australian Catholic University seeks applications for a three year, fully funded PhD scholarship to work with Professor Bryan Turner and Associate Professor Irfan Ahmad in the newly established Institute for Religion, Politics and Society.

    Positioned within the research stream titled Asian Religions, the research undertaken by the scholarship recipient will compliment and be interrelated with other programs within the Institute, including Law and Religion, Cities and Successful Societies, Religion and Medicine, and Global Catholicism.

    The PhD candidate will undertake research with a particular emphasis upon political violence and solidarities, and the evolution of religious minorities in South Asia.

    Based upon this research, the PhD candidate will submit two research articles for publication in journals and a high quality dissertation.

    Academic criteria:

    • Bachelor of Arts with Honours (HI or HIIA) or Bachelor of Laws, or a Master degree in sociology, political science, anthropology, religious studies or a discipline applicable to the scholarship;
    • Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards or grants; and
    • Familiarity with the social science literature on the subject of research, as well as more broadly with the academic literature on religion in South Asia.

    Study mode:

    Full-time only

    The scholarship provides:

    • A tax free stipend of $25,849 (per annum) and a $10,000 per annum top-up for three years, subject to satisfactory progress; and
    • A fee waiver and OSHC policy for International research candidates.

    How to apply:

    Please use the Postgraduate Scholarship Application (MSWord, 200KB) form.

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

    • Research and leadership potential;
    • Experience in having conducted fieldwork-based research in the context of the broader study.
    • Excellent English (written and spoken) and knowledge of the language(s) relevant to the project;
    • Ability to contribute to a team;
    • Ability to meet deadlines;
    • Ability to contribute to an energetic research environment, to work well with others and to contribute to the intellectual life of the Institute; and
    • Administrative skills, especially in relation to email communications and coordination of tasks.

    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:

    Friday, 29 May 2015

    To obtain further information contact:

    • Raf Rooseleers (Rooseleers@acu.edu.au)
      +61 3 9230 8142 between 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
    • Graduate Research (res.cand@acu.edu.au), with the subject line ‘Scholarship in Asian Religions,’ for further information regarding application and enrolment.
  • Postgraduate Scholarship in Cities and Successful Societies

    Australian Catholic University, Faculty of Education and Arts
    Institute for Religion, Politics and Society

    Research Scholarship: Postgraduate Scholarship in Cities and Successful Societies

    The Australian Catholic University seeks to appoint a three year, fully funded PhD scholarship to work with Professor Bryan Turner, Dr Joshua Roose and Dr Thomas Barnes in the newly established Institute for Religion, Politics and Society.

    Positioned within the research stream titled Cities and Successful Societies, the research carried out by the scholarship recipient will compliment and be interrelated with other programs within the Institute, including Law and Religion, Asian Religions, Religion and Medicine, and Global Catholicism.

    The PhD candidate will undertake research on a comparative project examining the decline of the automotive industries in Melbourne/Geelong and Detroit. While there is considerable scope for the candidate to choose a topic, the research will tie into questions of how significant changes to the social structure, the nature of work and the so called ‘new’ economy are reflected in experiences of happiness and human flourishing.

    Based upon this research, the PhD candidate will submit two research articles for publication in journals and a high quality dissertation.

    Academic criteria:

    • Bachelor of Arts with Honours (HI or HIIA) or Bachelor of Laws, or a Masters in sociology, political science, law, religious studies or a discipline applicable to the position;
    • Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards or grants; and
    • Familiarity with the social science literature on the subject of research as well as more broadly with the academic literature on cities, the nature of work, decline and reinvention.

    Study mode:

    Full-time only

    The scholarship provides:

    • A tax free stipend of $25,849 (per annum) and a $10,000 per annum top-up for three years, subject to satisfactory progress; and
    • A fee waiver and OSHC policy for International research candidates.

     How to apply:

    Please use the Postgraduate Scholarship Application (MSWord, 200KB) form.

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

    • Research and leadership potential;
    • Excellent English (written and spoken);
    • Ability to contribute to a team;
    • Ability to meet deadlines; and
    • Ability to contribute to an energetic research environment, to work well with others and to contribute to the intellectual life of the Institute.

    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:

    Friday, 29 May 2015

    To obtain further information contact:

    • Raf Rooseleers (Rooseleers@acu.edu.au)
      +61 3 9230 8142 between 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday AEST.
    • Graduate Research (res.cand@acu.edu.au), with the subject line ‘Scholarship in Cities and Successful Societies,’ for further information regarding application and enrolment.
  • Postgraduate Scholarship in Law and Religion

    Australian Catholic University, Faculty of Education and Arts
    Institute for Religion, Politics and Society

    Research Scholarship: Postgraduate Scholarship in Law and Religion

    The Australian Catholic University seeks applications for a three year, fully funded PhD scholarship to work with Professor Bryan Turner, Dr Joshua Roose and Dr Dina Afrianty in the newly established Institute for Religion, Politics and Society, to work within the research stream titled Religion and Law.

    The Religion and Law program is concerned with the intersection of law and society and in particular, issues of legal pluralism, development, gender and political contestation. The flagship project run under this stream is SHARIASource, a collaboration with significant international partners. SHARIASource aims to be the world’s largest repository of Islamic legal sources and to inform the development of Islamic law globally.

    This research stream is complimented by and interrelated with other programs within the Institute, including Cities and Successful Societies, Asian Religions, Religion and Medicine, and Global Catholicism.

    The PhD candidate will undertake research on a comparative project examining public and official attitudes to and the practice of Islamic criminal law and punishment, including blasphemy and morality laws and hadud punishments, in South East Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei).

    Based upon this research, the PhD candidate will submit two research articles for publication in journals and a high quality dissertation.

    Academic criteria:

    • Bachelor of Arts with Honours (HI or HIIA) or Bachelor of Laws, or a Masters in sociology, political science, law, religious studies or a discipline applicable to the position;
    • Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards or grants; and
    • Familiarity with the social science literature on the subject of research as well as more broadly with the academic literature on Islamic Law in South East Asia.

    Study mode:

    Full-time only

    The scholarship provides:

    • A tax free stipend of $25,849 (per annum) and a $10,000 per annum top-up for three years, subject to satisfactory progress; and
    • A fee waiver and OSHC policy for International research candidates.

    How to apply:

    Please use the Postgraduate Scholarship Application (MSWord, 200KB) form.

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

    • Research and leadership potential;
    • Experience in having conducted fieldwork-based research in the context of the broader study;
    • Excellent English (written and spoken) and knowledge of the language(s) relevant to the project;
    • Quantitative skills, particularly in survey design and analysis;
    • Ability to contribute to a team;
    • Ability to meet deadlines; and
    • Ability to contribute to an energetic research environment, to work well with others and to contribute to the intellectual life of the Institute.

    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:

    Friday, 29 May 2015

    To obtain further information contact:

    • Raf Rooseleers (Rooseleers@acu.edu.au)
      +61 3 9230 8142 between 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday AEST.
    • Graduate Research (res.cand@acu.edu.au), with the subject line ‘Scholarship in Law and Religion,’ for further information regarding application and enrolment.

     

  • Centre for Health and Social Research Postgraduate Scholarships

    Australian Catholic University, Centre for Health and Social Research (CHaSR)

    Research Scholarship: CHaSR Postgraduate Scholarships

    The Centre for Health and Social Research (CHaSR) is seeking applicants for PhD scholarships to join our growing team of Melbourne-based researchers.

    CHaSR is a dynamic and contemporary research centre specialising in social marketing.  The Centre’s mission is to work with communities to improve population health.  We are committed to research that has a direct and sustainable impact on the health and wellbeing of Australian communities.

    CHaSR’s PhD students are ideally positioned to work on exciting projects in collaboration with leading academics, practitioners, NGOs, and communities on projects that have an immediate impact on health and social outcomes.

    We are recruiting PhD students to work on projects in one of the following areas:

    • Changing social norms about (excessive) alcohol consumption
    • The role of new digital technologies in alcohol-related harm
    • Engaging people with disabilities in health promoting behaviours
    • Social marketing in disadvantaged and marginalized communities
    • Exploring the nature and effects of controversial advertising (alcohol, gambling, pharmaceuticals, infant formula)

    Academic criteria – Applicants should provide evidence of:

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

    Study mode:

    Full-time only

     The scholarship provides:

    • A tax free stipend of $30,000 (per annum)  for three years, subject to satisfactory progress;
    • Funding for project costs;
    • A Commonwealth-funded place for domestic students and a tuition fee waiver and Overseas Health Care Policy for international students..

     How to apply: 

    Please use the Postgraduate Scholarship Application (MSWord, 200KB) form.

    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 publications;
    • Ability to contribute skilfully to a team;
    • A high level of verbal and written English proficiency;
    • Prior qualitative research experience;
    • Alignment of research experience and interests with CHaSR’s research program;
    • A commitment to community engagement, volunteering, or service.

    Scholarship Applications should be forwarded to:

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

    Applications close:

    Monday, 1 December 2014 (or until suitable candidates have been found to be short-listed)

    To obtain further information contact:

    Professor Sandra Jones (Sandra.Jones@acu.edu.au)

    Graduate Research (res.cand@acu.edu.au), with the subject line ‘CHaSR Scholarships,’ for further information regarding enrolment and scholarships.

  • Goodstart Early Learning - Early Childhood Scholarship

    Australia Catholic University in partnership with Goodstart Early Learning has a fantastic opportunity for an outstanding candidate in the field of Early Childhood Education.

    Reporting to the Director, Early Learning and Research, the successful candidate will develop PhD research that investigates listening to the perspectives of very young children. The purpose of this research is to generate high quality evidence in the area of early learning and development.

    Eligibility: We are seeking a dynamic and highly motivated candidate who has a background in early childhood education. You will hold a Master’s or Honours degree that includes appropriate research training in the field of education or child development – a post-graduate early childhood education award would be seen as advantageous.

    Value: living allowance of $30,000 per annum for 3 years and a Goodstart Professional Development Allowance of $600 per annum will be made available to the successful applicant.

    How to Apply: Applicants must provide:

    • A completed application form (MSWord, 200KB).
    • A letter of motivation to the Executive Dean, Faculty of Education, ACU, that includes:
      • a short description of the reasons why the applicant intends to undertake study at PhD level and the benefits they hope their study will bring personally and to the field of Early Childhood Education
    • A Curriculum Vitae

    Please send applications to the Graduate Research office by email to res.cand@acu.edu.au or by mail to Graduate Research, ACU,PO Box 968, North Sydney NSW. 2059.

    For More Information: please contact Associate Professor Joce Nuttall, (03) 9953 3532, joce.nuttall@acu.edu.au

  • Translating Research, Integrated Public Health Outcomes & Delivery (TRIPOD)

    A full-time postgraduate scholarship is available for  a suitably qualified candidate in a health related discipline to undertake research studies leading to a PhD in Health Sciences. The project is to develop and evaluate a new and innovative Optimal Health Programme (OHP) that builds on the proven mode of, integrated care and collaborative therapy. The explicit purpose of the OHP is to enhance self-efficacy by mapping vulnerabilities and strengths at an individual patient level, and building the individual’s skill set such that they can effectively negotiate the ‘health care system’ and keep themselves well, in terms of their mental and physical health. The overarching aim of the OHP is to improve the mental and physical health, social connectedness and health service utilisation of patients and carers affected by stroke.

    Eligibility: Must have achieved Honours 1 or 2A or equivalent in a health related discipline and should have a particular interest in psychosocial aspects of cardiovascular disease. Applicants must be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens.*

    Value: Living allowance of $30,000 p.a. and may be renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

    Study Mode: Full- time only

    For More Information: contact Professor Chantal Ski:
    Email: chantal.ski@acu.edu.au
    Phone: 03 9953 3681

    Closing date: Applications welcome until further notice

    How to Apply: If applying for this scholarship please use the application form (MSWord, 170KB). Applications should be sent direct to Graduate Research P.O. Box 968, North Sydney, NSW 2059 and should include a curriculum vitae and academic transcripts of all tertiary studies completed.

    As part of the application process, you are also required to request that two referees each complete a Confidential Referee Report (MS Word 200KB) form. 

  • ACU/OBI Regenerative Tissue Engineering Centre (AORTEC) Scholarships

    AORTEC is a Medical Research Centre run jointly by the Australian Catholic University and the O’Brien Institute and is situated on the campus of St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne.

    As part of the collaborative research arrangements between the Australian Catholic University and the O’Brien Institute (AORTEC), a number of project specific higher degree research scholarships are being offered to successful candidates enrolling at ACU in a higher degree research program through AORTEC arrangements in the following broad disciplne areas:

    • Adipose Tissue Engineering
    • Lymphangiogenesis/Tissue Damage in Radiation Therapy
    • Vascular Biology

    These scholarships, the ACU/OBI Regenerative Tissue Engineering Centre Scholarships (AORTECs) shall be awarded to candidates who meet eligibility requirements and are successful through the scholarship assessment and ranking process.

    Applying for this Scholarship

    Please, use the application form (Word 191KB). Applications should be sent to the postal address below or to Res.Cand@acu.edu.au

    As part of the application process, you are also required to request that two referees each complete a Confidential Referee Report (MS Word 200KB) form. 

    Eligibility: Must have completed tertiary studies equivalent to a four year honours degree, with minimum second class honours or equivalent.
    This scholarship is for study in Australia. Only citizens of Australia or New Zealand or Australian permanent residents can apply.

    Study-mode: Full-time only

    Value: Living allowance. The value of this scholarship is AUD $25,000 (per annum). This award is to be used for living expenses. This scholarship is paid fortnightly for a period of 3 years. Further funds may be made available during the period of candidacy for conference travel and other research-related activities.

    Closing Date: Open until further notice


Other 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.

  • 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.

    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

    2014  Fulbright  Scholarships

    The Australian-American Fulbright Commission are offering a number of scholarships to postgraduate and postdoctoral students; offering an excellent opportunity to study and research in the United States.

    For more information and how to apply visit the Fulbright website

  • National Church Life Survey PhD Scholarships

    NCLS Research is run jointly by the Australian Catholic University and church-based organisations and is situated on the ACU campus in Strathfield, Sydney.

    As part of the collaborative research arrangements between the Australian Catholic University and other NCLS Research partners, a project specific higher degree research scholarship is being offered to successful candidates enrolling at ACU in a higher degree research program in the following broad discipline areas:

    • Sociology or Sociology of Religion
    • Psychology or Psychology of Religion
    • Theology and Philosophy 

    A sample of possible research areas follow:

    About Church Vitality

    Faith development influences, experience of worship, social capital – bonding and bridging, corporate vision – formation and communication, experience of leadership, new initiatives/church plants, voluntarism in community, evangelism/evangelisation, joining and leaving church, young adult retention in church, church numerical growth.

    Denominational and Wider Church Issues

    Ecumenism, interfaith relations, multicultural issues, financial giving, attitude to changes in society and church life

    Individual Spirituality/Religiosity

    Religious beliefs, religious practices, religious experience, religious knowledge, religious orientation, religious and spiritual capital.

    About Individuals

    Psychological type, personal well being, personal character traits/strengths, world view.

    • Church and Community
    • Rural issues, local community well being, global poverty and justice, social issues: corporate responsibility/civil society, environmental issues, politics, media, science and faith, faith and work, church and society, schools.

    These NCLS Scholarships shall be awarded to candidates who meet eligibility requirements and are successful through the scholarship assessment and ranking process.

    Any enquiries may be directed to Director of NCLS Research, Dr. Ruth Powell: rpowell@ncls.org.au, or phone:  (02) 9701 4479.

    How to Apply:

    Please use the Postgraduate Scholarship Application (MSWord, 200KB) form.

     Applications should  be sent to ACU Graduate Research, PO Box 968, North Sydney, N.S.W. 2059. 

    As part of the application process, you are also required to request that two referees each complete a Confidential Referee Report (MS Word 200KB) form. 


Awarded Scholarships


  • PhD Research Scholarship: Goal setting and Chronic Condition Self-Management

    PhD Research Scholarship: Goal setting and chronic condition self-management

    Description: Two full time postgraduate scholarships are available for suitably qualified candidates with an Honours degree or equivalent in psychology, sociology, social sciences or health sciences, to undertake a full-time Doctoral degree commencing in 2015.

    The study (funded by an ARC discovery grant) investigates how chronic condition self-management goals are negotiated and enacted between patients and their healthcare providers. It will identify differences in the health goals of individuals and healthcare providers and why they occur. One scholarship will be based at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University (Sydney Campus preferred) and the other scholarship will be based at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney. Each candidate will be a full time member of the research team, and assist with the management of the overall project, working in collaboration with researchers at both ACU and University of Sydney.

    Value and duration: Each scholarship is valued at $30,392 per annum (tax exempt) for up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

    Eligibility criteria:

    • Applicants must be enrolling full time.
    • Applicants must hold an Honours degree (H1 or H2/1) or its equivalent, in psychology, sociology, social science or health sciences.
    • Applicants must be accepted for entry for the institution to which they wish to apply: 
      • Australian Catholic University: http://www.acu.edu.au/research/future_research_students/application_process/domestic
      • Sydney University: http://sydney.edu.au/future-students/domestic/postgraduate/research/apply/
    • Applications are open to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens.
    • Prior experience in qualitative research methods and an interest and/or experience in chronic condition self-management research or practice are desirable.

    How to apply:

    Scholarship Applications should be sent direct to Associate Professor Lorraine Smith, University of Sydney (Lorraine.Smith@sydney.edu.au ) and should include a curriculum vitae and a copy of academic transcripts.

    As part of the application process, you are also required to request that two referees each complete a Confidential Referee Report (MS Word 200KB) form. 

    Closing Date: Wednesday 21st January, 2015

    Further information can be obtained by contacting:

    Associate Professor Lorraine Smith
    Faculty of Pharmacy
    University of Sydney
    P +612 9036 7079
    E Lorraine.smith@sydney.edu.au

    Professor Karen Willis
    Faculty of Health Sciences
    Australian Catholic University
    P +612 9036 7432
    E Karen.willis@acu.edu.au

    Dr Sophie Lewis
    Faculty of Health Sciences
    University of Sydney
    P +612 9036 7432
    E Sophie.lewis@sydney.edu.au

  • Postgraduate Scholarship in Promoting Self-Determination in Young Children with Disability

    Australian Catholic University, Faculty of Health Sciences

    Research Scholarship: Postgraduate Scholarship in Promoting Self-Determination in Young Children with Disability

    Funding is available for a PhD study embedded in an ARC-funded project exploring the effectiveness of school-based interventions for 1) changing the way parents and teachers view manageable risk-taking for children with disabilities and 2) increasing the level of responsibility children take for their own actions. The multidisciplinary research team represents occupational therapy, psychology, geography, paediatric exercise science, health economics, paediatric medicine and statistics. The PhD candidate will be a full member of the team, assisting with the overall project and implementing/evaluating the risk-reframing intervention.

    The successful candidate will be attached to the School of Exercise Science, at the Strathfield Campus of the Australian Catholic University and work in close collaboration with the Project Office which is based at the University of Sydney’s Cumberland Campus. The project team has had success in grants, publications and presentations on the benefits of unstructured play for children. It is multidisciplinary and extends across four universities.

    Academic criteria – Applicants should provide evidence of:

    • An Honours or research Master’s degree
    • 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
    • Prior qualitative research experience and publication of research findings are desirable

    Study mode:

    Full-time only

    The scholarship provides:

    A tax free stipend of $25,392 (per annum)  for three years, subject to satisfactory progress

    How to apply: 

    Please use the Postgraduate Scholarship Application Form. 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;
    • Ability to contribute to a team;
    • English language skills; and
    • Previous research experience.

    Scholarship Applications should be forwarded to:

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

    Applications close:

    Monday, 1 December 2014

    To obtain further information contact:

    Professor Geraldine Naughton (Geraldine.Naughton@acu.edu.au)

    Graduate Research (res.cand@acu.edu.au), with the subject line ‘Promoting self-determination Scholarships,’ for further information regarding enrolment and scholarships.