Scholarships for domestic candidates

Scholarships for domestic candidates

Please note, Universities were recently advised that Guidelines for 2017 Commonwealth Scholarships (Research) changed as at 30 September 2016. 

The University is undergoing a review of the currently published Conditions of Award for all 2017 Scholarships in view of these changes. Conditions of Award will be updated as soon as possible.

ALL current scholarship rounds will continue to be assessed in line with the advertised criteria and timelines.

Click on the faculty, then scholarship titles below to reveal more information about the specific projects or scholarship opportunities.

General Scholarships

Macquarie University Indigenous Research Pathway

Name of Scholarship Eligible Program Status/Reference Closing Date
Macquarie University Indigenous Research Pathway Program
MRES
MPHIL
PHD
OPEN (All Year)

The Macquarie University Indigenous Research Pathway Program provides scholarship support to Indigenous Australians to enrol in a postgraduate degree including Master of Research, Master of Philosophy, or Doctor of Philosophy, in any field of research.

The aim of the Program is to encourage and increase the number of Indigenous Australians undertaking postgraduate research study with a view to increasing the number of Indigenous Australian academic staff. The Program provides recipients with the opportunity to access:

  • Mentoring from academic and professional staff and fellow postgraduate students
  • Advanced research preparation and skills development
  • Career development and opportunity
  • The opportunity to present your research work at local, regional and national conferences

Candidates who are successful in receiving an Indigenous Research Pathway Program scholarship are welcomed into the host Faculty and encouraged to participate fully in academic life. As well as scholarship funding, there may be opportunity to undertake further paid employment such as tutoring, marking or Faculty activities.

Value and Tenure: The value and tenure of the scholarship varies according to the degree being undertaken, as follows:

  • Master of Research (MRes)
    For candidates enrolling in an MRes, the scholarship stipend is valued at $26,682 per annum (tax exempt) for up to 2 years.
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
    For candidates enrolling in an MPhil, the scholarship stipend is valued at $36,682 per annum (2017 rate), tax exempt and indexed annually, for up to 2 years. (This funding consists of the standard scholarship stipend based on the Commonwealth Government scholarship minimum funding rate, plus an additional $10,000 pa fixed rate supplementary stipend.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    For candidates enrolling in a PhD, the scholarship stipend is valued at $36,682 per annum (2017 rate), tax exempt and indexed annually, for up to 3 years. (This funding consists of the standard scholarship stipend based on the Commonwealth Government minimum scholarship funding rate, plus an additional $10,000 pa fixed rate supplementary stipend.)

For PhD and MPhil candidates, leave and other conditions are generally equivalent to that of the Commonwealth Government Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship and Macquarie University Conditions of Award. If the candidate has previously enrolled in study towards a research degree, the duration of the scholarship will be reduced by this period of prior enrolment. This is known as advanced standing.

Eligibility: To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Be enrolled or enrolling in a Master of Research (either year 1 or year 2), or a Master of Philosophy (MPhil), or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
  • Meet the University's minimum scholarship rating criteria.
  • Be an Indigenous Australian

Application: Applicants should refer carefully to candidature admission and scholarship criteria before lodging an application. All applicants will need to attach Letter of Confirmation of Aboriginality OR a completed Statutory Declaration (see below). All applicants will need to arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office (HDRO). Academic referee reports are available at the Forms page.

For MRes applications:

For MPhil/PhD applications:

  • Information for MPhil and PhD applicants can be found at Research Degrees.
  • Applicants should also refer to the University's scholarship requirements. Successful applicants will usually have a solid academic record, a history of scholarships/prizes at the undergraduate level; and may have undertaken peer-reviewed research activity. Further information can be found at HDR Scholarship Requirements.
  • Applicants applying for MPhil or PhD, or for an MRes/PhD Bundle*, should apply using the HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application form.

*An MRes/PhD Bundle is for entry into year 2 of the MRes program, followed by PhD.

Statutory Declaration: The Indigenous Research Pathways Program is open to Indigenous Australians only. Applicants must supply either a copy of their Letter of Confirmation of Aboriginality or a completed Statutory Declaration to confirm their Indigeneity (available below).

Contact: For application queries, contact the HDRO Scholarships Officers at hdrschol@mq.edu.au. For other queries, contact the Head of Department, Department of Indigenous Studies – Walanga Muru - Office of Indigenous Strategy (OIS).

Please quote the scholarship reference 'Indigenous Research Pathway Scholarship' on your application.

Faculty of Arts

Arts: 'Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies - Switched-on Audiences: Australian Listeners and Viewers'

ARTS: 'Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies - Switched-on Audiences: Australian Listeners and Viewers'
PHD
MRES2
2014081 30 JUNE 16

Faculty of Business and Economics

MUCHE: Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy PhD Scholarship

FBE: MUCHE - Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy PhD Scholarship
PHD 2015153&2015154 2015153 - 30 MAY 16
2015154 - 30 JUNE 16

Department

Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy

Project Name

Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy PhD scholarships

We are currently advertising one domestic and one international scholarship.

The period of candidature is three years, full-time equivalent.

Closing Date:

Closing date for the application: 2015154 – 30th May
                                                                                   2015153 – 30th June

Domestic students will need to be willing to commence by the 1st June 2016 and International Students by the 1st December 2016.

Project Description

PhDs are offered in health economics in the following strategic areas:

  • Integrated care
  • Mental Health
  • Aged care
  • Disability
  • Medical technology
  • Funding and financing models
  • Performance measurement
  • Choice and competition in healthcare
  • Economic evaluation

What we offer:

The 2016 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 per annum tax exempt for 3 years.

Successful scholarship applicants may have access to Research Assistant work to supplement the scholarship stipend (on average for 14 hours per week)..

In addition to the scholarship, Macquarie University provides approximately $8,000 over the course of the PhD for research related activities (travel to present at conferences, training, copy editing, thesis production etc).

Essential requirements:

  • A first class (H1 equivalent) Bachelor's degree in economics or closely related subject (mathematics, statistics, and other social science subjects such as epidemiology or allied health, psychology, medically qualified individuals will also be considered);
  • Master's degree in an area relevant to health economics (and micro-economics);

More specifically:

  • completed Macquarie’s Master of Research with at least 75 per cent in second year; or
  • completed a Master of Philosophy; or
  • completed a masters (at least two years) from another institution with a major research component (a thesis component of approximately 50 per cent of the degree and 20,000 words) at distinction level (75 per cent or greater)
  • Demonstrated interest in health economics and/or public health;
  • Strong quantitative, analytical and writing skills reflected in research output i.e. at least 2 peer reviewed publications

Expression of Interest

To be considered for this opportunity, please register your Expression of Interest (EOI) directly through the Macquarie Higher Degree Research website using the following link:How to apply

Please quote the SCHOLARSHIP REFERENCE NUMBER:
#2015154 - Domestic MQRES
#2015153 – International MQRES

You will be required to submit a full application which includes all of the information listed in the table below

Documents to be submitted by a MQ scholarship applicant:

  • A personal statement (750 words maximum) outlining your suitability for undertaking a PhD, what you hope to achieve from the PhD and your research experience to date.
  • Academic curriculum vitae
  • Official academic transcripts, including master’s thesis results (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Your English language qualifications (if English is not your first language)
  • Written references on the specified referee report template, to include contact details for suitable academic referees ( two required)
  • Evidence of research output (peer reviewed publications)
  • Evidence of prizes, scholarships and awards (certificates, statements of award)

Candidates can note on the application form that they wish to be put forward for an APA (Australian Postgraduate Award - domestic) or an IPRS (International Postgraduate Research Scholarship –international) scholarship during their PhD if relevant.

See HDR Scholarship page

Faculty of Human Sciences

Faculty of Human Sciences: Psychology PhD Scholarship

Faculty of Human Sciences: Psychology PhD Scholarship
PHD 2016351 2016351 - 31 DECEMBER 16

Department

Psychology

Project Name

Violence in music: Psychological considerations PhD scholarship

Closing Date:

31 December, 2016

Project Description

Music with violent themes is often blamed for antisocial or criminal behaviour, but we have little scientific understanding of the extent to which violent music interacts with social attitudes, emotions, actions, and cognitive functions in musicians and fans.

This project will examine the forms and prevalence of violent music; its short- and long-term effects on aggression, emotional states, and cognitive function; and neurological correlates of engagement with violent music.

We will then develop an empirically driven model of the pathways between violent music, thought and action, and test hypotheses for how negative consequences of exposure to violent music can be minimized and the social and psychological benefits maximized.

Other Important information

There are two Chief Investigators at Macquarie University involved in this grant, William Thompson and Wayne Warbuton. The successful applicant will have the choice of working with either Investigator as her or his primary supervisor, with the other Investigator available as an associate supervisor.

Contact

William Thompson or Wayne Warbuton
Bill.Thompson@mq.edu.au or wayne.warburton@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850-4083 or +61 2 9850-8643

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 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $26,288 per annum (in 2016 tax exempt, for up to 3 years indexed annually).

Applicants will need to apply for a research degree and scholarship at Macquarie University and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office.

The form can be downloaded from the Forms 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 on your application.

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Australian Institute of Health Innovation: Delivering safe and effective care for children in hospital with eHealth systems

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences: Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Australian Institute of Health Innovation - Delivering safe and effective care for children in hospital with eHealth systems
MRES2
PHD
2015253 30 JUNE 16

Department

Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Australian Institute of Health Innovation

Project Name

Delivering safe and effective care for children in hospital with eHealth systems

Project Description

The Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, one of the core research centres within AIHI, was recently awarded an NHMRC Partnership Grant on medication safety and eHealth systems in paediatric hospitals. The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network plans to adopt new eHealth systems to significantly reduce patient risk and improve outcomes for patients. Two major electronic health record components will be implemented: 1) an electronic medication management system (eMM) for all patients and 2) an electronic medical record for oncology patients (eMR). This is a multi-method study which will run over five years. A core element is a stepped wedge cluster randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of the eMMs to reduce errors and patient harm.

Six possible research topics are available for post graduate research students depending upon their backgrounds and experience:

    1. An evaluation of computerised decision support for prescribers in the eMMS
    2. Economic evaluation of the eMMS implementation
    3. Development and application of methods for the measurement of adverse drug events and harm in paediatric patients
    4. Development and application of statistical analysis methods for stepped wedge cluster randomised controlled trials
    5. Development and application of methods to assess the effects of ehealth systems on clinical workflow and processes.
    6. Evaluation of eMMS training models

This research will make significant contributions nationally and internationally in delivering critical new evidence which will translate into better and safer eHealth system design and use to support clinical care for children.

Contact

Professor Johanna Westbrook
Johanna.westbrook@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 2402

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

  • Research Training Pathway (RTP) MRes Year 2 followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD 'bundle offer'. MRES Year 2, Semester 2 commencement is subject to further approval.

OR

  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MRES Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $26,288 per annum (2016 rate) tax exempt (indexed annually).
  • The MQRES full-time stipend rate is $26,288 per annum (2016 rate) tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually).

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 form can be downloaded from the Forms page 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.

Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research - Delivering safe and effective test result communication, management and follow-up

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences:Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research - Delivering safe and effective test result communication, management and follow-up
MRES2
PHD
2016174 30 JUNE 16

Australian Institute of Health Innovation - Exploring complexity to create a sustainable healthcare system

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences:Australian Institute of Health Innovation– Exploring complexity to create a sustainable healthcare system
MRES2
PHD
2017164 - 169         15 DEC 17

Department

Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI)

Project Name

Exploring complexity to create a sustainable healthcare system

Project Description

The Director of the Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science (CHRIS) and Founding Director of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, together with other colleagues in CHRIS, is undertaking an exciting body of innovative research that explores how complexity science and other theories of context and culture can be applied to sustainable healthcare systems for the improvement of patient care.

Scholarships are available for full time domestic MRES/PhD students to undertake mixed-method research in these areas, with specific research projects able to be negotiated.

In addition to this offer, there will also be opportunities to gain further paid research experience alongside leading academics in healthcare services and systems.

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

  • Research Training Program MRes Year 2 (RTPMRES) 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’. MRES Year 2, Semester 2 commencement is subject to further approval;

OR

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.
  • The MRES 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).

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Dr Louise Ellis (louise.ellis@mq.edu) or Dr Kate Churruca (kate.churruca@mq.edu.au) as soon as possible.

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

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: What drives neurodegeneration in frontotemporal dementia and motor neuron disease?

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences: Biomedical Sciences: What drives neurodegeneration in frontotemporal dementia and motor neuron disease?
MRES2
PHD
2016189 30 NOV 16

Department

Biomedical Sciences

Project Name

What drives neurodegeneration in frontotemporal dementia and motor neuron disease?

Project Description

Neurodegenerative diseases are characterised by accumulation of specific pathology in affected brain and spinal cord regions. TDP-43 is the essential DNA/RNA-binding protein that forms this pathology in patients with either of two devastating neurodegenerative diseases: motor neuron disease (MND, causing rapid paralysis leading to death) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD, causing progressive deficits in personality, behaviour, and/or language). However, how TDP-43 dysfunction causes disease remains unknown.

In recent high-profile studies conducted in the USA at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr Walker developed TDP-43 transgenic mice that for the first time show the key progressive pathological, neurodegenerative and behavioural features of human MND and FTD. Now forming an exciting new research stream in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Dr Walker is using these transgenic TDP-43 mice, in conjunction with studies of cell cultures and human autopsy material, to identify the key biochemical determinants of disease onset and progression and to test potential new therapeutics.

As the successful candidate for this MRes/PhD project, you will gain experience in a wide range of molecular biology, biochemical, cell biology, imaging and in vivo techniques, including neuronal and glial cultures, advanced quantitative mass spectrometry, fluorescence confocal microscopy, and mouse stereotaxic surgery and behavioural testing.

You will be joining an enthusiastic and supportive team environment, and aspects of this project can be individualised based on your experience and interests. Please contact Dr Walker to discuss research avenues and potential projects in more detail prior to submitting your application.

Contact

Dr Adam Walker
adam.walker@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 2782

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

  • Research Training Pathway (RTP) MRes Year 2 followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) 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:

  • In 2016, MRES candidates will receive a stipend at the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) rate for PhD, $26,288 per annum (2016 rate) tax exempt (indexed annually).
  • The MQRES full-time stipend rate is $26,288 per annum (2016 rate) tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually).

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 form can be downloaded from the Forms page 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.

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Joint Research Engagement - Engineering Cadetships

Joint Research Engagement - Engineering Cadetships
MPHIL
PHD
 OPEN

Joint Research Engagement (JRE) - Engineering Cadetships are available to HDR students in relevant areas of engineering or science, and involve a combination of formal research training with the Higher Education Provider (HEP) and concurrent employment with a business to carry out R&D activities.

Macquarie University has been successful in securing 5 grant awards valued at $5,538 per annum in 2016 for currently enrolled MQ HDR and MRes Year 2 candidates to supplement the research training costs for each domestic student participating in the program. This funding enables the HEP to customise the student's research training experience to enhance their career prospects as well as to increase overall collaboration between universities and industry to strengthen R&D outcomes.

Interested applications should submit a JRE Coversheet and attach an expression of interest (EOI) to the HDR Scholarships Manager, HDRO, Macquarie University, NSW 2209, or by email at: hdrschol@mq.edu.au

  • JRE MQ Cover sheet

  • EOI's should contain information about the proposed cadetship and industry partner along with information about current enrolment and how this research training opportunity fits in their research and/or research career path, and how this might enhance future research collaboration with the industry or business partner.

    Applications are open all year round.

    Biological Sciences - Antarctic Palaeoceanography with a focus on diatom records from the Totten Glacier region through multiple glacial cycles

    Biological Sciences - Antarctic Palaeoceanography with a focus on diatom records from the Totten Glacier region through multiple glacial cycles
    PHD 201524725 NOV 2016    

    Department

    Biological Sciences 

    Project Name

    Antarctic Palaeoceanography with a focus on diatom records from the Totten Glacier region through multiple glacial cycles

    Project Description

    PhD position with $7K top-up in Antarctic Palaeoceanography. Open to Australian citizens only.

    The Totten Glacier is a large outlet glacier in East Antarctica that is thinning rapidly. It drains a very deep subglacial basin, which has the thickest ice covering the Antarctic landmass. Rapid thinning could cause accelerated melting of the Antarctic ice sheet and accelerated sea level rise. We seek a PhD candidate to contribute to the aims of the international collaborative project "Interactions of the Totten Glacier with the Southern Ocean through multiple glacial cycles" in studying how the Totten Glacier behaved during past times of warming climate by examining the sediment it delivered to the continental slope. We will study how the biology, water masses and sea ice evolved around the Totten Glacier during these warm episodes to better understand the mechanisms causing the present melting. This will help understand the role of ocean warming in melting the Antarctic ice sheet and reduce uncertainties in sea level predictions.

    The PhD project will principally focus on the fossil diatom records recorded from deep seafloor cores and will be expanded to suit a student's background and interest in either genomics (e.g. ancient DNA, rna), geochemistry (e.g. isoprenoids) or palaeo climate modelling/sea-ice estimation (i.e. GAM statistics/modelling), with co-supervision from experts at MQ in these specific disciplines.

    A candidate with an outstanding background and an enthusiasm for marine biology, geoosciences, or palaeontology is sought to fill this candidacy.

    Other Important Information

    The candidate may be included in the January-March 2017 voyage on the RV Investigator, if the candidate is suitable, able to commence before Dec 2017 and a required remote activity medical is passed. The PhD project will still be offered regardless of participation on this voyage.

    Contact

    Dr Leanne Armand
    Leanne.armand@mg.edu.au
    02 9850 8351

    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 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $26,288 per annum (in 2016 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)
    • This scholarship includes an additional top up of $7 000 per annum funded from the research project.

    Applicants will need to Apply for a research degree and scholarship at Macquarie University and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The form can be downloaded from the Forms 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 on your application.

    Biological Sciences - Behaviour and evolutionary adaptation in freshwater fishes

    Biological Sciences - Behaviour and evolutionary adaptation in freshwater fishes
    MQRES 201631921 OCT 16 (midnight)    

    Department

    Biological Sciences 

    Project Name

    Behaviour and evolutionary adaptation in freshwater fishes

    Project Description

    We offer a fully-sponsored PhD position that will form a key part of exciting ARC-funded research in evolutionary adaptation. This program focuses on guppies (Poecilia reticulata), a small, colourful freshwater fish with a rich heritage in evolutionary research. Our broad purpose is to understand how interactions among environmental, genetic and epi-genetic factors may drive evolution in non-conventional ways.

    The candidate will be guided to develop and pursue distinctive research in an area commensurate with broader program goals. We particularly encourage candidates with interests in behavioural genetics and/or the study of adaptive trajectories at whole-organism levels. There will be opportunities to integrate with replicate mesocosm-based evolution experiments in Sydney, and abundant opportunities for fieldwork in both Australia and abroad.

    This project will be supervised by Dr. Darrell Kemp and Dr. Kate Lynch (Macquarie University), and co-supervised by Prof. David Reznick (University of California, Riverside). The linkage with Prof Reznick offers the potential for internship in the USA and travel to study wild experimental populations in Trinidad.

    Other Important Information

    For more information on the project or position please email Dr. Darrell Kemp directly.

    This position must be filled prior to the end of 2016.

    Contact

    Dr. Darrell Kemp
    darrell.kemp@mq.edu.au
    02-9850-8355

    The 2016 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $26,288 pa (2016 rate) tax exempt for 3 years.

    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.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants would be expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and 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 HDR Scholarship Requirements for more information about these guidelines.

    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: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/applications for further application instructions.  Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer. Please quote the allocation number on your application.

    Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences (CBMS) - Towards point-of-care diagnostics with rationally designed multifunctional nanomaterials

    Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences (CBMS) -Towards point-of-care diagnostics with rationally designed multifunctional nanomaterials
    MRES/MQRES 2016354 9 JUL 17
    Department

    Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences (CBMS)

    Project Name

    Towards point-of-care diagnostics with rationally designed multifunctional nanomaterials

    Project Description

    Point-of-care (POC) diagnostics are promising tools for rapid diagnosis and on-site assessment of diseases, in particular in resource-limited settings, which have the great potential to revolutionize global health care. Current diagnostic techniques are labour-intensive, slow and can be insensitive with a high percentage of false negative results. A simple and sensitive diagnostics test, with multiplexing capability, by passing the need for intensive laboratory processing, would result in faster diagnosis in time-critical situations and significant saving in costs.

    This project addresses the significant problem of designing new non-invasive technologies that can rapidly and ultrasensitivity detect various biomarkers signatures (multiplex). By using rationally designed multifunctional nanomaterials, in particular the super-active plasmonic nanoassemblies as barcodes, a sensor platform will be developed for POC diagnostics of the critical disease such as cancer, which will provide opportunity for students to acquire diverse skills in nanotechnology, biochemistry and bioengineering.

    Successful applicants can expect to gain experience with a variety of fundamental nanomaterial synthesis and characterization, as well be introduced to cutting edge POC technologies including microfluidic and pulling down assays. 

    Other Important Information

    The project is open to students with background or interests in biochemistry, biotechnology and nanotechnology, or related disciplines.

    Contact

    Dr. Yuling Wang
    yuling.wang@mq.edu.au
    0450 605 664

    This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

    • Research Training Pathway (RTP) MRes Year 2 followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) 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:

    • In 2016, MRES candidates will receive a stipend at the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) rate for PhD, $26,288 per annum (2016 rate) tax exempt (indexed annually).
    • The MQRES full-time stipend rate is $26,288 per annum (2016 rate) tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually).

    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 form can be downloaded from the Forms page 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.

    Biological Sciences - Drivers of landscape genetic patterns and environmental adaptation in grasshoppers

    FSE: Biological Sciences - Drivers of landscape genetic patterns and environmental adaptation in grasshoppers
    PHD 2015248 30 JUN 16
    Department

    Biological Sciences

    Project Name

    Drivers of landscape genetic patterns and environmental adaptation in grasshoppers

    Project Description

    The successful candidate will investigate how landscape and environmental features affect dispersal and local adaptation using genomic data together with ecological variables. The focal species is the native ‘wingless’ grasshopper (Phaulacridium vittatum), which is an economically important grasshopper pest that causes damage to agricultural pastures and horticultural crops in Australia. Field work will be conducted along a latitudinal and altitudinal gradient of New South Wales in Australia. The 'wingless' grasshopper has both winged and wingless forms and shows colour polymorphism that varies geographically, opening up many evolutionary questions. This project has relevance for understanding the consequences of climate change-induced range shifts for pest spread and persistence. With both applied and theoretical outcomes, this project is of interest to pest management, biosecurity and conservation biology, while developing novel methodologies in landscape genomics. The candidate will apply the latest genome sequencing technologies and bioinformatics approaches, including identifying functional genes involved in local adaptation simulation modelling.

    The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop independent avenues of research within the study system that fit her/his research interests. We are looking for a highly-motivated candidate who is passionate about science and has a strong background in evolutionary or conservation biology/genomics. A strong interest or experience in bioinformatics, GIS, independent programming in unix/python/perl, and data analysis skills in R is highly favourable. Experience in the fields of landscape ecology and population genetics is also desirable.

    Contact

    Dr Rachael Dudaniec
    Rachael.dudaniec@mq.edu.au
    61 2 9850 8193

    The 2015 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 pa (2015 rate) tax exempt for 3 years.

    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.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants would be expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and 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 HDR Scholarship Requirements  for more information about these guidelines.

    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 page for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number on your application.

    Computing - Empathic Agents to Support Understanding Science Understanding in a Virtual Learning Environment

    Computing - Empathic Agents to Support Understanding Science Understanding in a Virtual Learning Environment
    PHD 2015113 31 OCT 16
    Department

    Computing

    Project Name

    Empathic Agents to Support Understanding Science Understanding in a Virtual Learning Environment

    Project Description

    Research has found that learner relationships (teacher and peer) involving computer-based learning are similar to the equivalent human-human learning relationships in the classroom. Intelligent Virtual Agent (IVA) research over the past decade has focused on the creation of characters that are socially capable requiring IVAs to have good verbal and non-verbal communication skills including congruent language, facial expressions and body gestures. More recently, there is strong interest in affective agents who are able to express emotions. The work on empathetic or empathic agents goes even further as the IVA seeks to demonstrate understanding of the emotional state of the human and respond in a way that is supportive. This work has been found to deliver improved interactions. Despite growing interest in affective and empathetic agents to create intelligent agents that are more believable and socially capable, their use in education is emerging. This project will involve the design, development and evaluation of the use of empathetic agents in a multi-user virtual environment to support basic self-regulated learning strategies. The project is likely to incorporate the use of data/learning analytics to inform the IVA about the human’s learning progress to provide personalised support to the learner.

    The project is part of larger and ongoing ARC-funded Discovery grant "Agent-based virtual learning environments for understanding science", and it involves a collaboration between Macquarie University and the University of Sydney.

    Contact

    Prof. Deborah Richards
    deborah.richards@mq.edu.au
    02 98509567

    The 2016 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $26,288 pa (2016 rate) tax exempt for 3 years.

    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.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants would be expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and 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 HDR Scholarship Requirements  for more information about these guidelines.

    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 page for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number on your application.

    The scholarship is intended for domestic students but international students can apply but, if successful, will need to pay their own tuition fees

    Environmental Sciences - Quaternary Sea-Level Rise and Australian Coastal Response

    FSE: Environmental Sciences - Quaternary Sea-Level Rise and Australian Coastal Response
    PHD 2016279 30 SEPT 16
    Department

    Environmental Sciences

    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 Dept 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 ‘Geomorphic 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
    0488 022 115

    The 2016 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $26,288 pa (2016 rate) tax exempt for 3 years.

    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.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants would be expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and 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 HDR Scholarship Requirements  for more information about these guidelines.

    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 page for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number on your application.

    Environmental Sciences - The timing of the great ape's last stand in southern Asia; defining a precise extinction window

    Environmental Sciences - The timing of the great ape's last stand in southern Asia; defining a precise extinction window
    PHD 2017160 31 JULY 2017
    Department

    Environmental Sciences

    Project Name

    The timing of the great ape's last stand in southern Asia; defining a precise extinction window

    Project Description

    A highly motivated student that is passionate about Quaternary Science is invited to join an international research team supported by an ARC funded Discovery Project (“Unravelling the mystery of the great ape’s last stand; primate extinction versus human survival in southern Asia”) led by Dr Kira Westaway in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Macquarie University. The aim of the project is to determine precisely when and why a large megafaunal species become extinct in Southern China

    The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Gigantopithecus blacki, the largest ever primate, has never been resolved despite evidence for contemporaneous human survival in the region. This project will provide critical new insights into the fate of primates in southern Asia where evidence for megafaunal extinction is rare. Applying multiple dating techniques modelled across key sites will identify a precise extinction window and enable a focused comparison of behaviour and past environmental conditions to determine why the ape failed and humans persevered. This will generate a new understanding of past extinction in comparison with human adaption and survival.

    The successful candidate will join the team at the MQ luminescence dating facility and apply luminescence and U-series dating techniques to cave sites in the southern Chinese region of Guangxi to define a precise window of extinction for G.blacki. Knowledge or experience of geochronological and/or luminescence techniques is recommended but not required.

    Other Important Information

    This project will involve fieldwork to remote areas in Southern China, working in cave environments and laboratory analysis of luminescence samples in red light conditions and therefore requires experience in science related disciplines and/or geoscience fieldwork. Interested candidates are encouraged to get in contact with Dr Kira Westaway to discuss the project before applying.

    (associated with DP170101597)

    Contact

    Dr Kira Westaway
    kira.westaway@mq.edu.au
    02 9850 8429 or 0424285977

    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.

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