Faculty of Health HDR Scholarships

Faculty of Health

PhD Scholarships (up to 3 available)

Federation University’s Faculty of Health invites applications from highly motivated suitably qualified candidates for a fully funded scholarship* for commencement in Semester 2, 2017. Successful applicants will pursue a program of research within a Faculty area of research focus.

Up to three full scholarships* are available in the following research focus areas. Successful applicants will be required to study full time. Indigenous Australians are encouraged to apply. In the circumstance of insufficient suitably qualified PhD scholarship applicants, Masters by Research scholarships may be considered.

Research Focus Areas:
  • Sports Surface Safety: A specific topic will be developed within the area of performance and safety of sports surfaces, preferably with a focus on artificial, hybrid or natural turf surfaces.

The closing date for applications is June 19th 2017.

All applicants must also submit an Application for Enrolment available on the Higher Degree by Research Apply webpage and identify two academic/professional referees to support their application and email them the Confidential Referee Report Form (docx, 855kb). Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

Scholarship* details

Scholarships* are valued at the APA rate (2017 rate at $26,681), indexed each year. Scholarships are available for a period of three years, with the possibility of an extension for an additional 6 months in exceptional circumstances. Domestic students awarded scholarships will also be allocated a research-training place (which means there are no fees, either up-front of deferred).

Applicants must have qualifications in a relevant discipline and must provide evidence of well-developed research skills. Experience relevant to the scholarship* area is highly desirable.

Scholarships* are available for domestic students or international students who can demonstrate eligibility for study in Australia. For international students, a fee relief scholarship will not apply. Scholarships* are full-time. Students will be expected to commit a minimum of thirty two hours per week to their study.

General conditions of HDR scholarships* at FedUni can be found at:http://federation.edu.au/research/research-degrees/scholarships/evaluation-of-applicationsWhere these conditions differ to those on this form, the conditions outlined for this specific scholarship* take precedence.

Eligibility to undertake a PhD

To be eligible to undertake a PhD, applicants must meet eligibility requirements outlined on the Research website. If you are applying for 'Honours equivalence' please ensure that you provide detailed information to support your case.

Applicants must meet minimum entry requirements of having a relevant bachelor's degree and relevant experience.

Please contact Research Services via email at research.degrees@federation.edu.au with any enquiries regarding applying for candidature or the process of applying for a scholarship*.

*All scholarship offers are subject to funding and individual student agreements.

PhD Scholarship in Exercise Prescription for Chronic Disease:An epidemiological evaluation of controlled exercise therapy (‘prehabilitation’) on health outcomes of patients undergoing surgery.

Physical inactivity has major effects on worldwide population health and is estimated to cause: 9% of premature mortality, 10% of breast cancer, and 10% of colon cancer (Lee et al., Lancet, 2012). Almost four decades of evidence-based research has focused on the potential for exercise therapy to moderate independent risk factors associated with disease and subsequent long-term models of disease. Surprisingly, there has been little focus on how pre-treatment controlled exercise therapy (‘prehabilitation’) might impact post-treatment/surgical health in patients who do not regularly exercise.

This scholarship will be supervised by Prof Fergal Grace (Exercise Physiology), Dr Matthew Wallen (Clinical Exercise Physiology) and Associate Professor Madhu Chetty (Bioinformatics) at Federation University, Australia. The PhD program has a degree of flexibility depending on the experience of the successful candidate. Therefore, we welcome applications from Epidemiology, Data-mining in Health, and Clinical Exercise Physiology. The successful candidate will receive training and expert guidance but will be required to demonstrate the capacity to undertake high quality research in one of the above disciplines.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates who have graduated from disciplines related to either Health Epidemiology or Clinical Exercise Science. Applicants should hold (or be about to obtain) a minimum of Honours Degree, MSc by coursework, MSc by research. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate an active interest in exercise science and an understanding of the research methodologies employed in health and exercise research. For informal discussion or to discuss your application, contact Prof. Fergal Grace; f.grace@federation.edu.au

PhD Scholarship in Exercise Genomics: An examination of exercise therapy on gene expression during ageing.

It is known that regular physical exercise can moderate many biological systems that can potentially impact the human ageing process. It is also becoming more widely appreciated that long-term (phenotypic) biological change centres on the communication between genes and very small proteins. Although there is still much to learn, if we can progress our understanding of the ways that genes and proteins respond to exercise, we can gain further insights into the role of exercise (metabolic stress) on health, disease, and ageing.

This scholarship will be supervised by Prof Fergal Grace (Exercise Physiology), Dr Brendan O Brien (Exercise Physiology), and Prof Fadi Charchar (Genomics) from the exercise genomics research group at Federation University, Australia. The PhD program will consist of 3 controlled exercise experiments that measure gene expression in response to metabolic stress. The successful candidate will receive expert guidance and full training in laboratory and research techniques. This is a remarkable opportunity for a determined individual with ambitions of contributing new knowledge to the fields of exercise science and genomics.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates who have graduated from disciplines related to one or more of the following; Clinical Exercise Physiology; Medicine; Biosciences. Applicants should hold (or be about to obtain) a minimum of Honours Degree, MSc by coursework, MSc by research. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate an active interest in the genomics of clinical exercise physiology and an understanding of the research methodologies employed in health and exercise research. For informal discussion or to discuss your application, contact Prof. Fergal Grace; f.grace@federation.edu.au

PhD Scholarship in Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare is keen to attract eligible PhD applicants with backgrounds in any healthcare field. In line with our expertise we would encourage applications in collaborative projects that focus upon workforce development and clinical safety e.g. education innovations, clinical simulation, teamwork, health promotion.  Applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Simon Cooper to discuss their proposal prior to submission s.cooper@federation.edu.au

PhD Scholarship in Psychology

PhD Scholarship* applications will be considered from highly motivated candidates for study in the field of Psychology. Candidates with an outstanding background in psychology are encouraged to apply. Applicant minimum entry requirements are a Graduate Diploma or Honours degree in Psychology. Areas of investigation can include: (1) development, evaluation, and dissemination of innovative biopsychosocial digital health interventions for mental illness, physical health, and wellbeing, including the creation and validation of online psychological screening and assessment methods through the My Digital Health platform, (2) the integration of digital mental health technologies within real world settings and evaluating new models of service delivery (e.g., step care), (3) investigating the causal and disease maintenance mechanisms (biological, physiological, neural, psychological, social and environmental factors) associated with and contributing to mental ill health and wellbeing. For further information contact Professor Britt Klein.

PhD Scholarship in Sport Surface Safety

Performance and safety of playing surfaces can have a significant effect on players’ perception and experience. While natural turf surfaces have been the preferred option for many sports, changes in climatic conditions and improvements in artificial turf and hybrid turf playing surfaces have resulted in these surfaces becoming an increasingly popular choice for a variety of different sports. Despite the growing popularity of these surfaces, there are unanswered questions regarding their potential effects on athlete performance and safety.

Our research in the sport surface safety area to date includes, injury risk, player perceptions, surface property testing and the biofidelic nature of test equipment. There are many diverse and exciting areas of research that a PhD project could focus on to advance the understanding of performance and safety aspects of sport surfaces. Such projects are likely to have a significant impact on players, sporting organisations and the broader industry.

The requirements of the projects would suit a candidate with a background in sport science, biomechanics, sports medicine or sports engineering. For further information contact Dr Dara Twomey or Dr Lauren Petrass.