HDR Scholarships for domestic and international candidates

HDR Scholarships for domestic and international candidates

This page lists scholarships which are offered for domestic and international students. Please go to the discipline area (department) and click the scholarship required to reveal its details.

Australian Institute of Health Innovation

Faculty

Medicine and Health Sciences

Project Name

Enabling personalised cohort studies from large repositories of clinical practice data

Project Description

Rationale:  While clinicians provide treatment decisions for individual patients, traditional models of evidence are mostly based on averages over potentially heterogeneous populations, and often fail to represent patients with common comorbidities or medications. Since there are many circumstances under which treatments may work for some patients but not for others, this lack of personalisation results in inefficient and potentially unsafe care. 

Aims: We have received funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council to leverage the information contained in large, routinely collected health datasets, by enabling personalised cohort studies on demand. Findings from these studies can be used to crowdsource prioritisation of clinical questions in need of further evidence. They can also provide an avenue to discuss and support treatment recommendations at the point-of-care. This project will focus on the integration of observational studies with clinical trial data and findings.

Other important information: A scholarship is available for a full time PhD student to undertake research in this area. Applicants are expected to: (a) have a degree in Computer Sciences, Physics, Mathematics, or equivalent area; (b) have expertise in computational statistics and data analytics; and (c) have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience.

Contact

Dr Blanca Gallego Luxan
Blanca.gallegoluxan@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 1608

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake a direct entry 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The iMQRTP full-time stipend rate is $27,082 per annum (in 2018 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)
  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Online Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.   

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the  Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application in the Scholarships section of your application.

Biological Sciences

Faculty

Science and Engineering

Project Name

HIA Green Cities

Project Description

We are looking for a highly motivated and qualified PhD candidate for the Green Cities – Which Plant Where Project. 

The Which Plant Where Project (WPW) is a five-year program that brings together a consortium of researchers, government agencies, industry partners and nursery growers to facilitate resilient urban green spaces across Australia.

The collaborative team will align science with industry experience to develop tools and resources that will facilitate optimal plant selection for urban green spaces across Australia, while providing multiple co-benefits for our cities and its inhabitants.

Examples of potential topics may include: plant species tolerance; plant traits; urban forestry; urban green infrastructure; urban ecology; climate change adaptation; ecosystem services; human health; bioclimatic modelling; nature based solutions for climate change.

Applications are open to international candidates as well as Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of Australia.

The student will be based within the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University and depending on the selected project the student will work under the supervision of Professor Michelle Leishman, Professor Lesley Hughes, Dr Linda Beaumont, Dr Rachael Gallagher, Dr Alessandro Ossola.

Other important information:

The candidate must have an overall IELTES score 6.5 with no less than 6.00 in each band.

Contact

Professor Michelle Leishman
michelle.Leishman@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 9180

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake a direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $27,082 per annum (in 2018 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)
  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.   

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application

Biomedical Sciences

Faculty

Medicine and Health Sciences

Project Name

Testing treatments for spinocerebellar ataxia-3 using transgenic zebrafish, cell culture and mice

Project Description

Spinocerebellar ataxia-3 (SCA3, also known as Machado Joseph disease) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that causes impaired balance and movement control, progressing to paralysis and death. It is known that the disease is caused by inheritance of an abnormal form of the ataxin-3 gene, containing a long CAG-repeat region. We have developed a transgenic zebrafish model of the human disease and it develops signs of SCA3, including impaired swimming behaviour. We have tested the effect of treating the SCA3 zebrafish with a range of potential treatments, including drugs hypothesised to induce the quality control pathways autophagy and the proteasome. We have identified some drugs and small compounds that have beneficial effects on our SCA3 zebrafish. This project will involve testing the effect of these treatments further in our SCA3 zebrafish, but also on cell cultures (induced pluripotent stem cells) and a SCA3 mouse model. The effect of these treatments on the SCA3 mouse motor behaviour, development of neuropathology and survival will be examined.

Aims:

  1. Test and explore the effect of drugs and small compounds on the transgenic SCA3 zebrafish
  2. Confirm whether treatment with protective drugs identified above, and within our previous studies, are also protective in other SCA3 models (cell cultures and mouse model)

We aim that these studies will bring us closer to developing an effective treatment for SCA3 patients.

Other important information:

This scholarship is available to students wanting to undergo either just a PhD or a 2nd Year MRes/PhD combination.

Contact:

Dr. Angela Laird
Angela.laird@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 2730

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either a:

  • Research Training Pathway MRes Year 2 Scholarship (MQRTPMRES) followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Training Program Scholarship (MQRTP) for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’.

OR

  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MQRTPMRES Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (2017 rate) tax exempt
  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (in 2017 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)
  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.   

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the scholarship code (#2017516) on your application.

Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences

Faculty

Science and Engineering

Project Name

Intelligent nanoparticles: interactive tools to decode brain activity

Project Description

Understanding how the brain works is one of the greatest challenges in modern science. This project seeks to create a suite of designer nanoparticles and integrated nanoparticle devices capable of real-time sensing of small analytes and adaptive responses With their capacity for real time sensing and precise drug delivery in complex biological samples, they will address the challenges of the current molecular diagnostic technology. They will be able to selectively perform their actions in a functionally heterogeneous mixture of different cell types communicating via secreted products (signalling molecules, neurotransmitters, exosomes etc). They will expose previously unmeasurable cellular events and help to establish their physiological effects. Eventually, these intelligent nanoparticles will be integrated to the device for in vivo diagnosis and therapy. This will lead to revolutionary insights into the complex dynamics in the living brain and transform leading edge in neuroscience and analytical chemistry. Applicable in vitro and in vivo, this novel approach responds to the key research challenge of our times, the understanding of brain activity. Broad national and international collaborations and industry partnerships will amplify the project impact.

Other important information:  Looking for candidates who have the background of nanotechnology, biosensors, neuroscience or microfluidics, et al.

Contact

Associate Professor Guozhen Liu
Guozhen.liu@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 8302

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either a direct entry 3 year PhD program or a Master of Research Year2 + PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $27,082 per annum (in 2018 tax exempt for up to 4 years (indexed annually)
  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the  Rating Scholarship Applicants  section for more information about these guidelines. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

Cognitive Science

Faculty

Human Sciences

Project Name

Speech production in the developing brain

Project Description

We are looking for an excellent candidate to fill a fully-sponsored 3 year, PhD position. The PhD project is part of an Australian Research Council-funded research program investigating mechanisms of speech production and control in the human brain. The program focuses on the articulatory and neural mechanisms of speech production in adults and children, using electromagnetic articulography (EMA) and magnetoencephalographic (MEG) brain imaging.

The candidate will be guided to develop and pursue distinctive research relevant to the neural mechanisms of speech and language production and/or speech and language pathologies. The student will be supervised by Associate Professor Blake Johnson in the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University; Professor Douglas Cheyne in the Program in Neurosciences and Mental Health at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada; and Professor Pascal van Lieshout, Head of Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada.

Macquarie University has an excellent environment for research, with well-structured support schemes for PhD students, including conference and research funding.

Start dates are negotiable, but must be before 30 June 2018.

Other important information:

The research program is an international collaboration between researchers at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia), the Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, Canada) and the University of Toronto. This is an international scholarship and qualified students from Australia, Canada and other countries are encouraged to apply. The student will be based at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia

Contact

Associate Professor Blake Johnson
blake.johnson@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 6879

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The iMQRTP full-time stipend rate is $27,082 per annum (in 2018 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)
  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.   

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

Department: Cognitive Science

Project Name:Cognition of Coding (Joint PhD MQ and University of Groningen)

Project Description:

We are looking for a PhD candidate who is interested in joining us in the study of a new field of research: Cognition of Coding.

The successful completion of this project will result in a Joint PhD from the University of Groningen and Macquarie University (Sydney)

The PhD candidate will have the opportunity to participate in local, national and international training activities from IDEALAB, Graduate School for Humanities Groningen, and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders

The successful candidate will be supervised by Wim Tops and Roelien Bastiaanse (University of Groningen) and Eva Marinus and Lyndsey Nickels (Macquarie University). The PhD student needs to start on 1/1/2018 latest and will spend 50% of the time at Macquarie University and 50% of the time at University of Groningen.

There are two general aims of the research project. First to study which cognitive skills are involved in learning to code and how these skills relate to natural language learning. Second, to compare computer ­programming skills of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) with those of typically developing controls and to examine how these differences can be mapped onto cognitive differences between individuals with and without ASD.

The PhD candidate will have considerable freedom in shaping the project

Application procedure:

Please send your application as a single PDF ­file to w.tops@rug.nl and eva.marinus@mq.edu.au

Submission should contain the following:

  • A cover letter introducing yourself, describing your motivation to do scientific research and to do this project in particular;
  • A full CV, including publications (also submitted and in progress) and conference presentations;
  • A copy of your BA and MA diploma showing academic record (marks per topic);
  • Names and contact details of two academic references.

We will start reviewing applications from 15 September onwards and will start interviewing in October. We will continue reviewing until the position is filled.

Should your interview be successful, you will need to lodge a formal application for admission/ scholarship. Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to How to apply for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the scholarship application name ‘Cognition of Coding’ on your application.

Contact:

For more information or project proposal please contact: Dr. Eva Marinus via eva.marinus@mq.edu.au or Dr. W. Tops, RUG via w.tops@rug.nl

The Joint PhD scholarship includes:

  • Tuition fees for up to 3 years
  • Financial stipend as per 2018 RTP rate of $27,082 p.a. This is payable while at Macquarie University only.
  • Airfare provided between two institutions

Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s 2-year Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. We also consider candidates that hold a 1 year Masters degree. In this case, we will offer a scholarship for a 2nd MRes year at Macquarie University. Subsequent enrolment into the PhD part is conditional on the student getting an average of at least 80%. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information.

Environmental Sciences

Faculty

Science and Engineering

Project Name

Quaternary Sea-Level Rise and Australian Coastal Response

Project Description

An opportunity exists for a highly motivated student to join the research team at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Macquarie University to work on the Coastal Sedimentological and Geomorphological Response of the Australian Coast to Rapid Sea-Level Rise During the Late Quaternary. The research will contribute to an ARC funded Discovery Project (Ice sheet collapse, sea-level rise and Australian coastal response) led by A/Prof Goodwin at Macquarie University. The overall aim of the ARC DP research is to answer which polar ice sheets are the most vulnerable to warming, how fast will sea level rise and the impact on global coasts during the 21st century?

The response of polar ice sheets to modest increases in global temperature and the rate of future sea-level rise period and the sea-level record archived in the Australian coastal sediments and morphology. The research will contribute to mapping the configuration of the southern Australian coast under higher sea-levels than present. There are two potential PhD topic areas that the successful applicant could focus their study on. These are:  (1) a Field Coastal Geoscience Project on the ‘Construction of a Palaeo Sea Level Network Across Australia, which requires a background in coastal sedimentology, geomorphology and Quaternary Geochronology; and, (2) a Modelling Project on ‘Morpho-Sedimentary Modelling of Coastal Geologic Response to Sea Level rise and Coastal/Shelf Sediment Budget Changes throughout the Late Quaternary, which would requires a background in coastal sedimentology, geomorphology and numerical modeling.

Contact
A/Prof Ian Goodwin
Ian.Goodwin@mq.edu.au
0488022115

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either a direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (in 2017 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually))
  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.   

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

History

Faculty

Arts

Project Name

Big History Institute Anthropocene Project

Project Description

We invite expressions of interest from current and prospective PhD candidates to apply for a Big History Institute Anthropocene Scholarship. In 2016, ten scholarships will be awarded. Big History Institute Scholars will pursue a Cotutelle PhD on a transdisciplinary theme.

Under the Cotutelle model a PhD student is/will be enrolled at both Macquarie University and an international university. Both universities will appoint at least 1 of its staff as the supervisor and these supervisors will jointly guide the research. At the conclusion of the research a single thesis is prepared that is submitted for individual examination by both universities.

The Big History Institute is currently seeking expressions of interest in the scholarship from current and prospective PhD candidates. PLEASE NOTE: students who are currently PhD candidates at an international university are also eligible to apply.

Expressions of interest should include: details on academic background, research interests, and an attached Curriculum Vitae and list of any publications. Attachments should be in word or .pdf format.

Expressions of interest should be sent to Dr David Baker.

Contact

Dr. David Baker
david.baker@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 8839

The Big History Institute Scholarships are Cotutelle scholarships that include:

  • Tuition fees at Macquarie for up to 3 years
  • Financial stipend as per 2016 RTP rate of $26,288 p.a. This is payable while at Macquarie University only.
  • Airfare provided between two institutions

Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.

Should your expression of interest be successful, you will need to lodge a formal application for admission/ scholarship.

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