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Available research scholarships

Applications for study in Semester 1 2022 close 11:59pm AEST 30 September 2021

How to apply: Application for this scholarship is submitted via the HDR Application Portal. For application instructions for admission and scholarship see here.

Eligibility: Domestic and International applicants

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must:

  • be a domestic student (Australian citizen or permanent resident, New Zealand citizen) or international student
  • not have previously held an Australian-Government-funded research scholarship for more than 6 months.

For the allocation of scholarships for 2022 the following applicants will be given priority:

  • Applicants approved for admission to PhD with an Australian First-Class Honours result, or qualification or Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) considered by the University to be equivalent (e.g. Master by coursework with a research project of at least 25% of the course with a result of at least 80).
  • Current PhD candidates who have successfully achieved Confirmation of Candidature and have completed less than two years of candidature (EFT) at 31 December 2021;
  • Indigenous Australian applicants approved for admission to a PhD.

In addition, at least 20% of scholarships will be awarded to applicants who have received First-Class Honours, and at least 20% to applicants who have received a Master by Coursework with a result of at least 80.

Benefits: The scholarship provides a stipend to assist with living costs, indexed annually ($28,854 for 2022, tax-free), for up to three years. In addition, scholarship recipients are eligible to apply for a reimbursement of relocation costs within six months of commencement (new candidates only) and a reimbursement of thesis production costs (for theses submitted prior to maximum submission date). Reimbursement amounts are detailed in the scholarship offer letter.

International candidates approved to commence offshore as part of the International Offshore Onboarding Pilot Program during 2022 will not be paid their stipend scholarship until they are able to undertake their research onshore, at which point they will be back-paid their stipend, and are eligible to apply for reimbursement of relocation costs within six months of their arrival in Australia.

See the RTP Stipend Scholarship Conditions of Award for more information.

Background: Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) scholarships are funded by the federal government to provide support to postgraduate research students of exceptional research promise.

Before 1 January 2017 the Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship (Domestic) was referred to as the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA).

Closing Date: No application necessary

Eligibility:

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be a domestic student (Australian citizen or permanent resident, New Zealand citizen)
  • be applying for or currently undertaking a Higher Degree by Research course (PhD, Professional Doctorate, Masters by Research).
  • RTP Fees Offsets may be offered to international HDR candidates whose application for stipend scholarship has been assessed in a competitive assessment process (University level process only).

Benefits

The scholarship is provided to offset the costs of tuition fees for domestic research students enrolled in higher degree by research courses. For more information see the RTP Fees Offset Conditions of Award.

How to apply

No application required for domestic candidates. This scholarship is automatically awarded to domestic research students undertaking a Higher Degree by Research course at the University of Canberra.

Background

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) scholarships are funded by the federal government to provide support to postgraduate research students.

From 1 January 2017 the Research Training Program (RTP) Offset Scholarship replaces the Research Training Scheme (RTS), which was previously used by universities to cover the cost of domestic tuition fees.

This scholarship is currently not available

The Indigenous Australian Higher Degree by Research Stipend Scholarship has been established to encourage applications from engaged and ambitious indigenous applicants to undertake a PhD or Master by Research course in any discipline at the University of Canberra.

The scholarship provides a tax-free living allowance of $30,000 per year for the duration of course, up to four years for a doctoral course and two years for a masters course. An additional $10,000 of research funding is available to be used for any cost related to the project. The scholarship also includes provisions for paid sick leave or family carers leave, paid maternity/parental leave and paid cultural leave.

Domestic applicants approved for entry to a Higher Degree by Research course at University of Canberra are also approved for an RTP Fee Offset to cover the cost of tuition fees for the duration of the course (four years for doctoral course and two years for master course).

Applicants who have also applied and are successful for an RTP Stipend Scholarship, will receive this scholarship as a top-up to the RTP Stipend, to the same value as above.

To be eligible for the scholarship, an applicant must:

  1. be enrolled, or seeking to enrol, as a full-time candidate in a Higher Degree by Research course at the University of Canberra;
  2. meet the requirements for admission to the course and receive of an offer of admission; and
  3. identify as an Indigenous Australian.

For more information see the UC Indigenous Australian HDR Stipend Scholarship Conditions of Award.

For enquiries, please contact graduateresearch@canberra.edu.au

This scholarship is not currently available.

Application for this scholarship is submitted via the HDR Application for Admission/Scholarship form.

This Scholarship is generously funded by the family of the late W J Weeden. The PhD scholarship provides exemption from tuition fees for international students and a stipend to assist with living costs, indexed annually ($28,597 for 2021, tax-free), for up to three years. In addition, scholarship recipients are eligible to apply for a reimbursement of relocation costs within six months of commencement (new candidates only) and a reimbursement of thesis production costs (for theses submitted prior to maximum submission date). Reimbursement amounts are detailed in the scholarship offer letter.

International candidates approved to commence offshore as part of the International Offshore Onboarding Pilot Program during 2021 will not be paid their stipend scholarship until they are able to undertake their research onshore, at which point they will be back-paid their stipend, and are eligible to apply for reimbursement of relocation costs within six months of their arrival in Australia.

The conditions of award for the W J Weeden scholarship is available here.

Applications for study in 2020 are now closed. 

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must:

  • be a domestic (Australian citizen or permanent resident, New Zealand citizen) or international student
  • be seeking to enrol, or be enrolled, as a full-time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) undertaking research on the molecular mechanisms of metastratic cancer
  • have a minimum first-class honours (H1) or be regarded by the University as having an equivalent level of attainment

Benefits

The scholarship provides a stipend to assist with living costs, indexed annually ($27,082 for 2018, tax-free), for up to three years. For more information see the Deepwater Higher Degree by Research Scholarship Conditions of Award

How to apply

Applicants must apply for admission and scholarship using the relevant forms (see link below) and ensure they include the Deepwater HDR Scholarship cover sheet with their application (available here).

For application instructions for admission and scholarship see here.

Established in 2016 by UC CIRI, this scholarship program has been set up to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying at UC who are pursuing a course of study beyond a Bachelor Degree.

This scholarship will provide financial assistance to selected students so they can focus on one of the following courses of study at the University of Canberra:

  • Honours
  • Postgraduate Coursework
    • Graduate Certificate
    • Graduate Diploma
    • Masters
  • Higher Degree by Research
    • Masters by Research
    • PhD
    • Professional Doctorate

When to Apply

Applications are accepted all year round and will remain current for 3 months.

Applications will be considered in the next offer round after lodgement.

How to Lodge Your Application

Completed documentation is to be emailed to uc-ciri@canberra.edu.au with the subject line:  UC CIRI Scholarship Application.

If you are unable to submit your application via email, please contact the UC CIRI Administrator on (02) 6206 8678.

Help with Completing your Application

If you need help with completing your application staff at the Ngunnawal Centre will be happy to help. They are located in Building 5, Room A13 or you can call them on (02) 6201 2454.  Alternatively, you can call Tamara Posch at UC CIRI on (02) 6206 8678.

Applying

Before completing or submitting your application please ensure you have read and understood the Terms and Conditions.

This PhD Scholarship is to support research to explore the implementation of a health service intervention in Australian aged care settings, using a mixed methods approach. This project (qualitatively and quantitively) will evaluate different aspects of the implementation of “integrating pharmacists into the aged care facilities in the Australian Capital Territory, Australia”. This project is funded by the Commonwealth.

To apply, interested candidates are invited to send their Curriculum Vitae, and information on relevant research along with the names and contact information of two academic referees to Assistant Professor Sam Kosari (Sam.Kosari@canberra.edu.au)

Scholarship opportunity: This is a funded full-time PhD position ($30,000 per year for each of the three years, tax free) however, applicants who are not Australian Citizens will be required to pay international fees.

Click here for more details on the scholarship and eligibility to apply.

See Health Research Institute Scholarship Conditions of Award for more information.

Closing Date: Closing dates vary, please refer to Data61 website for more information.

Eligibility: Domestic and International applicants

To create a better world for future generations, CSIRO’s Data61 impart a calibre and depth of research that impacts a wide range of industries. From smart cities, data-driven health & social services, to digital economy, safety & security and digital government, at Data61 they create data you can trust.

Eligibility        

Data61 PhD Scholarships and Data61 Top-up Scholarships are open to domestic or international students. The successful applicant must have already applied for, or have already commenced a PhD research program at University of Canberra and accept Data61 scholarship conditions.

Benefits

Not only will D61 PhD scholars join a national team and rub shoulders with world leading researchers, they will apply their knowledge across data rich communities that inform, impact and continually evolve. Scholars will receive a full stipend set at a rate equivalent to the Research Training Program base rate (The Top-up Scholarship is valued at $10,000 per annum (in exceptional circumstances Data61 can award up to $15,000) per annum.

How to apply

Please visit the Data61 website for more details.

Applications open between 1 January and 1 June

The Elite Editing Thesis Write-up Scholarship is open to final year PhD and Master students conducting a thesis by research, and is intended to assist them with living expenses during the most intrusive part of their thesis write-up period. The scholarship provides a total of $6,000 over a 12-week period.

Applications can be made through the Elite Editing website at https://www.eliteediting.com.au/scholarship/ between 1 January and 1 June. The scholarship is awarded before 31 July each year.

Applications for the 2021 intake of the postgraduate scholarship program are now open.

The CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship Program provides opportunities in science and engineering for outstanding graduates at Australian tertiary institutions. Up to fifty scholarships are available for projects that align with CSIRO's priority research areas.

Scholarships will be offered to high achieving students who are enrolled in a PhD program at an Australian university.

Recipients of postgraduate scholarships are generally required to be Australian Citizens or hold Permanent Residency status. However, in fields in which there is a national skill shortage, scholarships may be awarded to overseas candidates, provided they meet Department of Immigration and Citizenship policy guidelines. International students must be able to provide evidence of admission to an Australian university.

For details visit CSIRO website

Up to five general Postgraduate scholarships are granted each year across all disciplines, to allow students undertaking an Australian PhD to undertake research in the U.S. as a Visiting Research Student.

What are the benefits?
  • Monthly stipend for living expenses
  • Travel Allowance
  • Establishment allowance
  • ASPE medical insurance of up to A$100,000 (for the scholar only)
  • National orientation program, showcase & gala presentation dinner
  • Assistance with identifying and applying to host institutions via Placement Services
  • In-country “gateway” orientation program, run by the IIE
  • Enrichment Seminars in the United States with other international Fulbright scholars
  • Access to a professional network of distinguished Australian and American Fulbright alumni
  • Ongoing assistance from the Commission with visas, enrichment opportunities and pastoral care
  • Media and publicity support
What are the conditions?
  • Funding is stipend based and is for a maximum of ten months (eight months is the preferred minimum) – this includes for those undertaking full degree programs (see below for more details).
  • Stipend is paid monthly and is pro-rata, i.e. it will be reduced for shorter programs
  • Funding does not cover tuition fees
  • Awardees must be admitted to a recognised host institution in order to take up the scholarship
  • VSR awardees can work with multiple institutions but should be based at and spend the majority of their program with one primary host
  • Awardees wishing to undertake degree programs which exceed the maximum ten months for which Fulbright funding is awarded must demonstrate sufficient additional funding to cover the costs of living and studying in the U.S. for the remainder of their program. Please note, the cost of obtaining a full postgraduate degree from a U.S. university is very high and must be considered carefully
  • Awardees must demonstrate they have sufficient additional funds to support any accompanying dependents during their stay in the U.S.
  • Please see General Award Terms and Conditions for more information

For more information on Fulbright Scholarships visit the Fulbright website.

RISTEKDIKTI PhD pathway and top-up stipend

The University of Canberra and the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education of Indonesia agreement provides a jointly sponsored pathway and scholarship agreement for approved applicants, and includes the following benefits:

For applicants required to undertake English language training prior to PhD commencement

  • UC sponsored ELICOS tuition fees (10 weeks)
  • UC sponsored living stipend at RTP scholarship rate (10 weeks)

For PhD study

  • RISTEKDIKTI sponsored living stipend
  • UC sponsored top-up living stipend
  • UC sponsored tuition fees for 7th and 8th semesters

Eligibility for this sponsored agreement is assessed and approved by RISTEKDIKTI. Assessment for admission to the course is undertaken by the University of Canberra.

UC-MORA PhD pathway agreement

The University of Canberra and Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA), Indonesia agreement provides a jointly sponsored pathway agreement for approved applicants, and includes the following benefits:

For applicants required to undertake English language training prior to PhD commencement

  • UC sponsored ELICOS tuition fees (10 weeks)
  • UC sponsored living stipend at RTP scholarship rate (10 weeks)

For PhD study

  • MORA sponsored PhD tuition fees
  • MORA sponsored living stipend

Additional benefits

  • MORA sponsored overseas health cover and student amenities fees

Eligibility for this sponsored agreement is assessed and approved by MORA. Assessment for admission to the course is undertaken by the University of Canberra.

UC-VIED PhD pathway agreement

The University of Canberra and Vietnam International Education Development agreement provides a jointly sponsored pathway agreement for approved applicants, and includes the following benefits:

For applicants required to undertake English language training prior to PhD commencement

  • UC sponsored ELICOS tuition fees (10 weeks)
  • UC sponsored living stipend at RTP scholarship rate (10 weeks)

For PhD study

  • Co-sponsored living stipend at RTP scholarship rate
  • UC sponsored tuition fees

Additional benefits

  • UC sponsored visa costs (reimbursement), overseas health cover student amenities fees

Eligibility for this sponsored agreement is assessed and approved by VIED. Assessment for admission to the course is undertaken by the University of Canberra.

Call for Applications: PhD Scholarship in Deliberative Democracy

Location: Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra

Start: March 2021

Position Description

The Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance is accepting applications for a PhD student to work on a doctoral thesis about the practice of deliberative democracy. The student will work closely with a team of researchers based at the Centre in developing the concept of ‘deliberative integrity’ to evaluate deliberative forums, such as citizens’ assemblies or citizens’ juries.

The stipend rate of the Scholarship will be the same as the full-time rate of the University of Canberra Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend (RTP) Scholarship, indexed annually. The student will receive a stipend (tax free) for three years starting from March 2021. The scholarship is funded by the Australian Research Council’s Special Research Initiative.

The supervisory panel will be chaired by Associate Professor Nicole Curato, with support from other members of the project team including Professor John Dryzek, Associate Professor Selen Ercan, Professor Simon Niemeyer and Dr Nick Vlahos.

Successful applicant is expected to undertake the PhD on a full-time basis and relocate to Canberra (once travel restrictions are lifted) to conduct the study.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this PhD scholarship, the applicant must:

  • have completed a Bachelor degree with First Class Honours, or be regarded by the University of Canberra as having an equivalent level of attainment;
  • be enrolled, or seeking to enrol, as a full-time candidate in a Doctor of Philosophy course at the University; and
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen; or an Australian permanent resident; or an international student eligible to study in Australia on an international student visa or granted approval by the University to commence studies offshore.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Familiarity with the scholarly literature on/or practice of deliberative democracy, democratic innovations, or citizen engagement
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Strong ability to work in teams
  • Experience in database management and building professional networks is highly desirable but not required

How to apply

    Interested candidates are invited to send the following documents to Associate Professor Nicole Curato, Nicole.Curato@canberra.edu.au latest by 31 January 2021.

  • A completed application form (Click here)
  • Writing sample (an essay, journal article, op-ed piece).

The N&MRC invites applications from outstanding candidates to undertake a PhD funded by an N&MRC PhD Stipend Scholarship.

The PhD candidate will be supervised by the Centre’s academic leaders in the field of Communication and Media Studies, on a topic related to one of its three research Labs:

  • Digital News+ Lab. The home of the Digital News Report: Australia, DN+L researches the changing nature of the news and media industries in the digital environment. Potential research projects include:
    • Journalism in the digital age
    • News consumption in regions, generations and social groups
    • Digital media policy and regulations
    • Digital platforms
  • Critical Conversations Lab investigates the way issues of social and political concern emerge through media and digital networks to enable public participation and influence political agendas. Projects might include:
    • Royal Commissions as ‘critical conversations’
    • Public discourse and networks (e.g. climate change, ageing, or work)
    • Media and social policy
    • Political and government communication
  • The Media Cultures Lab examines the impact of digital media technologies on social behaviour and social change, particularly in our daily lives. Projects include:
    • Media discourse of active transport policy
    • Parents and technology
    • Cyber safety
    • Generations and technology

The N&MRC provides a stimulating and supportive research training environment, where Higher Degree by Research candidates work with experienced researchers and participate in seminars, workshops and masterclasses.

Applications for this PhD Scholarship are invited from competitive applicants with excellent academic track records, and relevant professional experience. The N&MRC Stipend will be paid at the full RTP Scholarship rate of $28,597 (2021 rate), plus $4,000 Faculty of Arts and Design infrastructure support.

Interested candidates should prepare an Application incorporating:

  1. Covering letter of no more than two pages addressed to Professor Kerry McCallum, Director, News and Media Research Centre.
  2. Curriculum Vitae. This should include academic qualifications and professional experience.
  3. Research Proposal of up to 1000 words should include: Title, aims and purpose of the proposed research; reference to key academic literature; understanding of the topic and its professional context; proposed research design and methods; and potential outcomes of the study. **Candidates are strongly advised to identify potential supervisors and contact them, or the N&MRC Director, Kerry McCallum to discuss their proposed topic.
  4. References: All applications require two academic and/or professional references.

Applications are welcome by Friday 22 January 2021, for commencement in 2021.

Please email your completed application to nmrc@canberra.edu.au.

Applications close 6 September 2021

Eligibility: Graduate Women-NSW Central West invites applications for a postgraduate scholarship (to the value of $5,000) from women with a connection to rural/regional NSW. The applicant will have completed an undergraduate degree or equivalent and intend to undertake postgraduate studies in 2022 or have commenced such a degree/research after 30 June 2021.

For details contact Dr L.E. Foster via email: lfos@bigpond.com or Ph: 06 6341 1408

Applications available from: https://www.gwnsw.org.au/scholarships/

This PhD Scholarship aims to support research that explores the application of geospatial analysis (spatial regression, spatial microsimulation, etc) in socio-economic research. The research will be conducted under supervision of research leaders at the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) at the University of Canberra.

For over 20 years NATSEM has been, and remains, one of Australia’s leading economic and social policy research centres, and is regarded as one of the world’s foremost centres of excellence for microsimulation, economic and geospatial modelling, as well as policy evaluation. NATSEM undertakes independent and impartial research, and aims to be a key contributor to social and economic policy debate and analysis Australia-wide and throughout the world through expert economic modelling of the highest quality, and supplying applied research  services to commercial, government and not-for-profit clients. Through its research NATSEM is an active contributor to social and economic policy debate and receives extensive media and public attention.

To apply, interested candidates are invited to send their Curriculum Vitae, a short proposal of a research they would like to undertake, and information on relevant research they have completed previously along with the names and contact information of two academic referees to Associate Professor Yogi Vidyattama at yogi.vidyattama@canberra.edu.au.

Scholarship opportunity: The annual rate of the Scholarship will be the same as the full-time rate published for the relevant RTP Grant Year each year on the University of Canberra website, and indexed annually in accordance with the Higher Education Support Act 2003. Applicants who are not Australian Citizens will be required to pay international fees.

The Centre for Change Governance is accepting applications for a PhD student to work on a doctoral thesis using agent-based modelling in water governance. The student will work closely with a team of researchers based at the Centre and UNSW in developing innovative applications of agent-based modelling in water governance, with an emphasis on compliance and enforcement in non-urban settings.

The stipend rate of the Scholarship will be the same as the full-time rate of the University of Canberra Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend (RTP) Scholarship, indexed annually. The student will receive a stipend (tax free) for three years starting from April 2021. The scholarship is funded by the Australian Research Council’s Special Research Initiative.

The supervisory panel will be jointly chaired by Professor Darren Sinclair and Dr Juan Castilla Rho, with support from other members of the project team.

The successful applicant is expected to undertake the PhD on a full-time basis and to relocate to Canberra when circumstances allow to conduct the study (as such, the candidate may begin remotely).

Eligibility

To be eligible for this PhD scholarship, the applicant must:

  • have completed a Bachelor degree with First Class Honours, or be regarded by the University of Canberra as having an equivalent level of attainment;
  • be enrolled, or seeking to enrol, as a full-time candidate in a Doctor of Philosophy course at the University; and
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen; or an Australian permanent resident; or an international student eligible to study in Australia on an international student visa or granted approval by the University to commence studies offshore.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria

  • Familiarity with the scholarly literature on/or practice of agent-based modelling, particularly in the context of water governance
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Strong ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Basic coding / programming experience (e.g., Python, R)
  • Experience/ability to work in multi-stakeholder settings, facilitate workshops (desirable but not essential)

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to send the following documents to Professor Daren Sinclair, darren.sinclair@canberra.edu.au on/before 24 March 2021.

  • A completed application form
  • Writing sample (an essay, journal article, op-ed piece).

The Centre for Change Governance is accepting applications for a PhD student to work on a doctoral thesis regarding hybrid/grey zone/information warfare. The student will work closely with a team of researchers based at the Centre in developing innovative approaches to detecting the tactics and identifying the strategies of these operations as well as developing countermeasures to disrupt them.

The stipend rate of the Scholarship will be the same as the full-time rate of the University of Canberra Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend (RTP) Scholarship, indexed annually. The student will receive a stipend (tax free) for three years starting from April 2021. The scholarship is funded by the Australian Research Council’s Special Research Initiative.

The supervisory panel will include Associate Professor Michael Jensen and Professor Sascha Dov Bachmann, with support from other members of the National Security Hub within the Centre for Change Governance.

The successful applicant is expected to undertake the PhD on a full-time basis and to relocate to Canberra when circumstances allow to conduct the study (as such, the candidate may begin remotely).

Eligibility

To be eligible for this PhD scholarship, the applicant must:

  • have completed a Bachelor degree with First Class Honours, or be regarded by the University of Canberra as having an equivalent level of attainment;
  • be enrolled, or seeking to enrol, as a full-time candidate in a Doctor of Philosophy course at the University; and
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen; or an Australian permanent resident; or an international student eligible to study in Australia on an international student visa or granted approval by the University to commence studies offshore.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Familiarity with the literature regarding hybrid/grey zone warfare
  • A background in war studies is a plus, but not essential.
  • A background in computational methods is a plus, but not essential.
  • A background/work experience in national security domains is desirable, but not essential.
  • Experience/ability to work in multi-stakeholder settings, facilitate workshops (desirable, but not essential).
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Strong ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to send the following documents to Associate Professor Michael Jensen (Michael.Jensen@canberra.edu.au) on/before 24 March 2021.

  • A completed application form
  • Writing sample (an essay, journal article, op-ed piece).

The University of Canberra is establishing 20 Industry co-funded research scholarships for PhD candidates commencing in semester 2, 2021 available in the following research areas:

  • water quality; and blue green algae
  • Australian flora and fauna – platypus; dung beetle; invasive plants ecology
  • women in sports; cognitive fatigue and e-sports
  • consumer engagement in health; health data
  • lymphoma care seeking
  • heritage and wellbeing
  • lifetime returns to education

For more information about these scholarships and how to submit an Expression of Interest application, contact us at graduateresearch@canberra.edu.au

PhD Scholarship in bespoke body armour systems for the Australian Army

The University of Canberra, Australia

May, 2021

The Project

A fully funded PhD Scholarship is available for an outstanding candidate to work on a project at the University of Canberra in collaboration with the Defence Science and Technology Group investigating performance and comfort improvements achievable with bespoke body armour systems. This is an area of research focus for the Defence Science and Technology Group and researchers at the University of Canberra. A key focus of the project will be on the female soldier. Data collection will be undertaken at Army bases across Australia, as well as at the University of Canberra. The research project will also involve industry experience at the Defence Science and Technology Group, Melbourne. This is an exciting experience for a PhD candidate based at the University of Canberra to collaborate closely with researchers at the Defence Science and Technology Group, Melbourne, as well as collaborate with other other military researchers in Canada, the US, New Zealand and the UK as part of a collaborative research program.

The Scholarship

This PhD is co-funded by the University of Canberra and the Defence Science and Technology Group.  The annual stipend is $30,000 per annum (tax free) for a period of 3.5 years of full-time study, including full tuition fee waiver. The opportunity is open to Australian citizens only, with demonstrated research track record (relative to opportunity). Anticipated enrolment is Semester 2, 2021.

The Candidate

The successful candidate will be based at The University of Canberra, Australia, under the supervision of Dr Celeste Coltman and Prof Nick Brown. External co-supervisors include Mr Richard Molloy (Defence Science and Technology Group, Australia), Emeritus Professor Julie Steele (University of Wollongong, Australia) and Associate Professor Jenny Burbage (Portsmouth University, United Kingdom). There will be opportunities to develop industry skills at The Defence Science and Technology Group and to collaborate with international military researchers.

This project would suit students with a strong background in biomechanics, mechanical or biomedical engineering, exercise science (kinesiology), ergonomics or human factors. Potential candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with Honours/ Masters in any of the fields described above or a related field. This opportunity is open to Australian citizens only. This is a competitive process with shortlisted applicants going to a second stage videoconference interview.

EOI Process – DUE June 30, 2021

Interested applicants are asked to submit an expression of interest (EOI) to Celeste Coltman, containing:

  • A brief (2-page maximum) covering letter, describing your background, interests, and why you would be a good candidate for the project,
  • A CV of relevant experience and any peer-reviewed publications,
  • Academic transcripts,
  • Two relevant references.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Celeste.Coltman@canberra.edu.au

The MaddCog UC scholarship will support a HDR candidate undertaking Doctor of Philosophy on the topic:  “Identifying methods and processes of reducing cognitive fatigue in Gamers

The Scholarship will provide stipend support of $30,000 per annum for up to 3.5 years. The scholarship is funded by industry (MaddCog) co-investment with UC with the student sitting within UC’s Research Institute for Sport and Exercise (UCRISE).

Project outline: The focus of the Research Project will be to identify methods and processes of reducing cognitive fatigue. This will look at activities and durations to aid cognitive recovery. Specifically, the fatigue will be induced by sedentary, gaming related stimuli.

An ideal outcome of this project would see:

  • a number of activities being identified as being effective recovery interventions;
  • an understanding on the impact of duration on recovery;
  • how these durations and activities vary based on the level of cognitive fatigue; and
  • how the impacts of these durations and activities vary between individuals.


Proposed supervisory team: The student will work with Associate Professor Ben Rattray and Dr Kristy Martin as well as Ben Wisbey (MaddCog) and sit within the Active brain research group at the UCRISE. UCRISE brings together staff from a wide variety of academic disciplines around the central uniting theme of sport and exercise:https://www.canberra.edu.au/research/institutes/ucrise


Project alignment: This project aligns with UCRISE strategy, through its synergy with the Active Brain research theme and the University’s Strategic Defence Engagement plan with “Human Performance” as a key element. The successful candidate may have opportunities to work with other existing projects. The work aligns with existing collaborations with The Australian National University, the Australian Institute of Sport, Defence, the University of Melbourne and international research teams.


Facilities: The team have access to state-of-the-art exercise science facilities including transcranial doppler ultrasound, electroencephalography and software related to neurocognitive assessments (e.g.,e-Prime, CogState) and data collection (e.g., MatLab, LabView, BrainVision Analyser2). UCRISE and the Faculty of Health at UC have dedicated areas to complement this research, including exercise sciences labs, a climate chamber, training facilities and dedicated spaces ideal for neurocognitive assessments.


Contact: ben.rattray@canberra.edu.au for further details.