Scholarships for domestic candidates

Scholarships for domestic candidates

This page lists scholarships which are offered for domestic students. Please go to the faculty and click the scholarship required to reveal its details.

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.  Progression to the PhD is conditional up successful completion of the MRes Year 2 program.

Applicants for admission to PhD, who are (counter) offered entry to MRes Year 2 with a provisional 3-year PhD and who rank competitively for scholarship, may be offered a scholarship for MRes Year 2. Candidates must rank competitively for scholarship for continuation of the scholarship into the PhD candidature.

NOTE: The Conditions of Award of this scholarship are the same as the RTP and MQRTP Conditions of Award.

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 :
Professor Bronwyn Carlson
Head of Department, Indigenous Studies
Building W3A Room 411, Faculty of Arts
T: +61 2 9850 8891 | arts.mq.edu.au

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

Faculty of Arts

Ancient History - Memories of Utopia: Destroying the Past to Create the Future (300-650 CE)

Faculty of Arts: Ancient History- Memories of Utopia: Destroying the Past to Create the Future (300-650 CE)
PHD 2017658                     31 OCTOBER 2017

Department

Ancient History

Project Name

Memories of Utopia: Destroying the Past to Create the Future (300-650 CE)

Project Description

This project examines the evidence for competing utopian ideologies in early Christianity, which was a prelude to the later clash with Islam from the seventh century onward.  Evidence from pagan-Jewish-Christian conflicts in Late Antiquity (300-650 CE) shows that violent destruction of the past is not exclusive to fringe religious groups, but a propensity in mainstream religion.  These past conflicts are relevant for understanding the current conflict in the Middle East, precisely because our analysis of the sources shows that, in intra-and-inter-religious conflicts in Late Antiquity in this same geographic region, violent destruction of the past was a propensity in mainstream religion, not exclusive to fringe religious groups.  We are looking for a PhD project proposal which draws on Jewish, Christian or pagan sources from 300 to 650 CE that reflect on past conflicts within a utopianising framework or with a specific agenda of rewriting or reinterpreting them in light of present events.

Other Important Information

The successful candidate will have a Masters degree (or equivalent, e.g. MRes2 from Macquarie) in a relevant field, or pending award.

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 $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.

Contact Name: Prof Bronwen Neil

Contact Email: Bronwen.neil@mq.edu.au

Contact Phone: +61 2 9850 7933

Ancient History - Greek History 

Faculty of Arts: Ancient History - Greek History 
PHD Greek History Scholarships1 NOVEMBER 2017

Department

Ancient History

Project Name

Greek History 

We invite applications from current and prospective PhD candidates to apply for one of three Greek History Scholarship in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University.

Holders of these scholarships will be supervised by Professor Ian Worthington in one of the following areas:-

  • Classical and/or Hellenistic Athens
  • Classical and/or Hellenistic Macedonia
  • Alexander the Great and his Era
  • Classical and/or Hellenistic Greek interstate relations
  • Greek Oratory and Rhetoric

Successful applicants will work on their PhD theses in the Department of Ancient History that has more than 40 full-time permanent academic staff and a graduate community of over 100 students, and engage with the wider interest in Ancient History in Sydney (for example in schools, museums and other universities).

Students can enrol exclusively at Macquarie University or under the Cotutelle model, where a PhD student enrols at both Macquarie University and an international university (with supervisors in both universities with his/her thesis examined in both institutions leading to qualifications from each university). 

We expect successful applicants to take up their scholarship at the start of the academic year - 26 February 2018.

Contact: Professor Ian Worthington (ian.worthington@mq.edu.au)

The Greek History Scholarships include:

  * Tuition fees at Macquarie for up to 3 years

  * Financial stipend as per 2018 RTP rate of $27,082 p.a.

Entry requirements:

Applicant to have completed Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRES) with at least 75% in the second year;

OR

Applicant to have completed a Master of Philosophy;

OR

Applicant to have completed a Master’s degree with a major research component (e.g. research training plus dissertation).

The Research Proposal

Applicants will devise their own research proposal that lies within one of the following areas:

  • Classical and/or Hellenistic Athens
  • Classical and/or Hellenistic Macedonia
  • Alexander the Great and his Era
  • Classical and/or Hellenistic Greek interstate relations
  • Greek Oratory and Rhetoric

In drawing up the proposal, applicants should follow the on-line advice that provides key guidance of expectations of the research proposal.

Application Process

All applications are submitted online via this link to the relevant webpage giving guidance about the application process.

Ancient History - Roman Social History

Faculty of Arts: Ancient History - Roman Social History 
PHD Roman History Scholarships1 NOVEMBER 2017

Department

Ancient History

Project Name

Roman Social History 

We invite applications from current and prospective PhD candidates to apply for one of three Roman History Scholarship in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University.

Holders of these scholarships will be supervised by Professor Ray Laurence in one of the following areas:-

  • The City of Rome
  • Roman Space and Urbanism
  • Roman Roads and Communications
  • The Roman Life Course and Perceptions of Ageing in Antiquity
  • Quantitative Epigraphy

Successful applicants will work on their PhD theses in the Department of Ancient History that has more than 40 full-time permanent academic staff and a graduate community of over 100 students, and engage with the wider interest in Ancient History in Sydney (for example in schools, museums and other universities).

Students can enrol exclusively at Macquarie University or under the Cotutelle model, where a PhD student enrols at both Macquarie University and an international university (with supervisors in both universities with their thesis examined in both institutions leading to qualifications from each university). 

We expect successful applicants to take up their scholarship at the start of the academic year - 26 February 2018.

Contact: Professor Ray Laurence (ray.laurence@mq.edu.au)

The Roman History Scholarships include:

  * Tuition fees at Macquarie for up to 3 years

  * Financial stipend as per 2018 RTP rate of $27,082 p.a.

Entry requirements:

*Applicant to have completed Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRES) with at least 75% in the second year;

OR

*Applicant to have completed a Master of Philosophy;

OR

*Applicant to have completed a Master’s degree with a major research component (e.g. research training plus dissertation).

The Research Proposal

Applicants will devise their own research proposal that lies within one of the following areas:

  • The City of Rome
  • Roman Space and Urbanism
  • Roman Roads and Communications
  • The Roman Life Course and Perceptions of Ageing in Antiquity
  • Quantitative Epigraphy.

In drawing up the proposal, applicants should follow the on-line advice that provides key guidance of expectations of the research proposal.

Application Process

All applications are submitted  via this link to the relevant webpage giving guidance about the application process.

Ancient History - Forging Antiquity: Authenticity, forgery and fake papyri

Faculty of Arts: Ancient HistoryForging Antiquity: Authenticity, forgery and fake papyri
MRES/PHD 2017456         31 DECEMBER 2017

Department

Ancient History

Project Name

Forging Antiquity: Authenticity, forgery and fake papyri

Project Description

This project situates an examination of forged papyri within an historical analysis of the appearance of forgeries, the development of the discipline, traditional and emerging authentication techniques, and public debates over forgeries from the 19th century to the present day. It will encompass the technical study of fake papyri, investigation of traditional and emerging de-authentication practices, the disciplinary response to forgery, and the cultural context of forgery, concentrating on key case studies in the history and historiography of papyrus forgery.

Proposals are invited for PHD projects on forged (allegedly) ancient artefacts, especially manuscripts; or related topics, such as the antiquities trade, or the provenance of antiquities, the development of the discipline (papyrology or a related field) or studies of forgers. Proposed projects on forgeries from other periods may also be considered subject to appropriate associate supervision being arranged. A PhD project can also be developed in consultation with the project team. Prospective applicants should contact Malcolm Choat to discuss their proposed project.

Other Important Information

Direct entry to the 3 years PhD requires that candidates hold a degree equivalent to the Macquarie University Masters of Research. Candidates who do not hold such a degree may complete a 1 year MRes followed by a 3 year PhD.

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either a direct entry into a 3 year PhD program or a 4 year MRes + 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 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.

Contact Name: Malcolm Choat

Contact Email: malcolm.choat@mq.edu.au

Contact Phone: +61 2 9850 7561

Modern History, Politics and International Relations - Gender, Sexuality and Australian Citizenship since 1969

Faculty of Arts: Modern History, Politics and International Relations–Gender, Sexuality and Australian Citizenship since 1969
MRES YR2; PHD 2017460 15 October 2017

Department

Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Project Name

Gender, Sexuality and Australian Citizenship since 1969

Project Description

This project aims to study the effects and legacies of the feminist and sexual revolutions for citizenship in Australia. Australians have increasingly claimed rights and protections in the intimate languages of sexual and gendered identities. This has reorganised public culture in confounding ways and led to debates about intimate life and identity politics. This project will investigate the relationships between these diverse identities, and provide a critical genealogy of how these claims have opened up and challenged Australian citizenship since 1969. The project hopes to benefit policy makers and stakeholders with a new understanding and framework to navigate this complex landscape.  

The candidate will complete research on a key case study area related to the overall project – the case study will be designed in consultation with the project team. It should centre on a campaign / set of campaigns articulated in relation to intimate life or gender/sexual identity. This opportunity will suit a student with strong undergraduate results in Australian History and/or Histories of Gender/Sexuality.

Other Important Information

The academic team (from Macquarie and Flinders Universities) are committed to supporting the intellectual and professional development of the candidate, with an awareness of the increasing vulnerability and precarity of higher degree research and academic life after the PhD.  In addition to the benefits of working closely with the team on their own research, the candidate will

  • Be considered first for increasingly scarce tutoring opportunities funded by the project in their emerging area of expertise;
  • Be eligible to apply for postgraduate research funding for travel and research costs at MQ;
  • Participate fully and publicly in the intellectual activities associated with the project in the early years (such as symposia and workshops);
  • Develop a profile within the Australian historical community as an emerging scholar in the field
  • Co-convene a symposium at the close of the project and co-edit the resulting publication (the candidate will also have first right of refusal for the funding allocated for a research assistant to assist with the organisation of this event); C
  • Co-author research publications where appropriate.

Candidates are encouraged to submit an expression of interest by Sep 15 to the project leader, Assoc Prof Robert Reynolds via email (robert.reynolds@mq.edu.au).   Applicants should include a copy of their academic transcript, a description of their current research project (if appropriate) and a sample of their undergraduate work in this email.

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 allocation number on your application.

Contact Name: Robert Reynolds

Contact Email: Robert.reynolds@mq.edu.au

Contact Phone: +61 2 9850 7861

Philosophy/Macquarie Law School - A Relational Theory of Procedural Justice

Faculty of Arts: Philosophy/Macquarie Law School–A Relational Theory of Procedural Justice
PHD 2017483 31 October 2017

Department

Philosophy/Macquarie Law School

Project Name

A Relational Theory of Procedural Justice

Project Description

We are seeking a PhD candidate to join an interdisciplinary research project in law and philosophy at Macquarie University on procedural justice. The project focuses on the moral evaluation of legal procedures, and draws on both philosophical literature and empirical evidence from social psychology. It also includes a case study of the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal.  

The PhD candidate will either work on the normative aspects or the institutional legal aspects of the project, depending on their qualifications and background.  Some examples of possible topics a candidate might research under the broad umbrella of the project are:

  • What is ‘due process’ and what moral values does it serve?
  • What kinds of procedural protections are necessary to serve these values?
  • In what circumstances are people morally entitled to procedural protections?
  • Are public perceptions of legal processes morally important?
  • To what extent do Tribunals satisfy the demands of procedural justice in particular spheres – eg, guardianship?
  • What role does procedural justice play in particular areas of the law – eg, health law?

Candidates are also invited to propose other topics they could pursue under the umbrella of the project. 

The candidate will be supported by the strong research environments of the Macquarie University Centre for Agency Values and Ethics, the Philosophy Department and Macquarie Law School.

·      Other Important Information

Enrolment must be by 15 December 2017.

Contact Name: Professor Denise Meyerson

Contact Email: Denise.Meyerson@mq.edu.au

Contact Phone: +61 2 9850-7079

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.

Faculty of Business and Economics

Faculty of Human Sciences

Cognitive Science - The development of predictive brain function in preschool children

Faculty of Human Sciences: Cognitive Science - The development of predictive brain function in preschool children
PHD 2017522 30 Nov  2017

Department

Cognitive Science

Project Name

The development of predictive brain function in preschool children

Project Description

We are looking for an excellent candidate to fill fully-sponsored domestic 3 year PhD positions that is part of an exciting ARC-funded research project in cognitive development. This project focuses on the cognitive and neural mechanisms of predictive brain function in preschoolers using magnetoencephalography (MEG).

Students will be supervised by A/Prof. Paul Sowman and Dr Wei He within the Department of Cognitive Science @ Macquarie University.                       

We have an excellent environment for research, with well-structured support schemes for PhD students (including conference funding and scholarships). Start dates are negotiable, but must be before 30 June 2018.

Other Important Information:

For more information on the project or position please email paul.sowman@mq.edu.au.

Contact Name:

Associate Professor Paul Sowman

Contact Email:

paul.sowman@mq.edu.au

Contact Phone:

+61 2 9850 6732 

The 2018 MQRTP stipend rate is $27,082 tax exempt for 3 years.

Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University'sMaster 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.

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 (#2017522) on your application.

Linguistics - How the Brain Creates a Sense of Auditory Space

Faculty of Human Sciences:Linguistics - How the Brain Creates a Sense of Auditory Space
MRES2
PHD
ARC Funded Scholarships 31 OCT 2017

Department

Linguistics

Project Name

How the Brain Creates a Sense of Auditory Space

Project Description

Humans are sensitive to tiny differences in the timing of a sound at each ear (interaural time differences,ITDs),enabling them to determine the location of the sound source. This project asks the question ‘What is the representation of ITDs in the human brain?'. Employing a combination of state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques-magneto-encephalography (MEG), functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and electro-encephalography (EEG), this project will explore how the brain's representation of this auditory spatial cue is transformed from brainstem to cortex. This project forms part of a broad research programme investigating mechanisms of spatial hearing that link cellular,systems and perceptual investigations. Ultimately, it will lead to an understanding of the human auditory brain that will facilitate novel technologies and interventions to improve hearing function

Other Important Information:

This project is a collaboration as part of an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship awarded to Professor David McAlpine. The successful candidate will work at Macquarie University with Professor McAlpine and Assoc. Prof. Blake Johnson using MEG and EEG to explore brain function in human listeners. Professor McAlpine's research team, located in Macquarie's Australian Hearing Hub, spans researchers linking data from in vivo recordings in experimental animals with data from neural models, to investigations of human brain function and cochlear implantation. A/Prof. Johnson's research laboratory investigates a broad range of cognitive brain function related to hearing and communication. The project will also involve a collaboration with Dr Hamish lnnes-Brown of the Bionics Institute in Melbourne, combining EEG with fNIRS to assess the utility of this emerging technique for understanding human brain function.

Contact Name:

Professor David McAlpine

Contact Email:

david.mcalpine@mq.edu.au

Contact Phone:

612 9850 8796 

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

  • Research Training Pathway MRes Year 2 Scholarship followed by a possible ARC scholarship 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:

- $26,694 rate listed on ARC website -salaries and stipends 2017

The MRes Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $26,694 per annum (2017 rate) tax exempt

  • The PhD full-time stipend rate is $26,694 per annum (in 2017 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 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

Psychology - Cue Utilisation in Organisational Environments

Faculty of Human Sciences: Psychology - Cue Utilisation in Organisational Environments
PHD 2017517 15 OCTOBER 2017

Department

Psychology

Project Name

Cue Utilisation in Organisational Environments

Project Description

Cue utilisation is a cognitive process through which people make sense of the world. Our team of researchers has explored cue utilisation in a wide range of settings and contexts, including power system control, aviation, rail control, water safety, and health.

This is an opportunity for a suitable candidate to extend research in cue utilisation into new domains and answer new questions about the acquisition, application, and loss of cue utilisation, particularly in high consequence operational settings.

Contact Name:

Professor Mark Wiggins

Contact Email:

Mark.wiggins@mq.edu.au

Contact Phone:

612 9850 9705 

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 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.

Psychology - Flood Risk

Faculty of Human Sciences: Psychology - Flood Risk
PHD 2017653 15 OCTOBER 2017

Department

Psychology

Project Name

Flood Risk

Project Description

This PhD opportunity will link and align with a new research project funded by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC) on Flood Risk Communication. The project is part of the Communication and Warnings cluster of BNHCRC funded research. http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/research/hazard-resilience/3400

Every year people put their lives at risk, with numerous near misses, rescues and fatalities, due to either driving into, or recreating in, floodwater. The main at-risk groups include younger and older males (driving) and children and younger people (recreating). The main project will investigate the decision-making processes, and contexts, in which these decisions are made and will evaluate the effectiveness of existing risk communication and community education materials.

The PhD research has flexibility to run alongside any component of the main research.

The lead researchers, Mel Taylor (Psychology) and Katharine Haynes (Geography) are looking for a strong candidate for this position, with an enthusiasm for applied research and a background in a social research discipline. Excellent writing skills, communication skills, and an inquisitive nature are core requirements.

Other Important Information:

The successful applicant would also be eligible for a scholarship top-up from the BNHCRC of $14,000 per annum for 3.5 years (subject to suitable candidate and application), and the student would also be part of the BNHCRC post graduate student program. http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/education

As the BNHCRC encourages cooperative research with end user organisations. There will be opportunities to conduct research with emergency service agencies and to undertake field work, or lab-based research.

Contact Name:

Mel Taylor

Contact Email:

mel.taylor@mq.edu.au

Contact Phone:

612 9850 8105 

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 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

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research - NHMRC Partnership Project: Delivering safe and effective test result communication, management and follow-up

Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research - NHMRC Partnership Project: Delivering safe and effective test result communication, management and follow-up
PhD or MRes/PhD bundle

2016174

31 October 2017

Department

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

Project Name

NHMRC Partnership Project:  Delivering safe and effective test result communication, management and follow-up

Project Description

The failure to follow-up test results is an area of patient safety risk, which can have major consequences for the quality of care, including missed diagnoses and suboptimal patient outcomes. The objective of this study is to establish effective, sustainable and safe test result management systems utilising evidence-based practice, health information technology (IT), consumer engagement and enhanced clinical governance processes.

The partnership incorporates key stakeholders involved in the safe delivery of test results and effective clinical care. It will be undertaken by a team of internationally-recognised researchers in areas ranging from health informatics, pathology, emergency medicine and quality and safety. The collaborating partners are the South Eastern Area Laboratory Services and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Research experts from the Prince of Wales Hospital, Health Consumers NSW, The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and the Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists will provide input to the project.

The research will be undertaken across hospitals in the South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health Districts in Australia. It will involve the implementation of enhanced accountability and governance arrangements, engagement with consumers and the utilisation of health information technologies such as electronic reporting systems and patient portals. The expected outcomes from the research will be: a) key translational evidence about the performance of test result management systems using health IT; b) evidence-based standards and enhanced clinical governance processes related to the communication and governance of test result management; and c) enhanced consumer engagement.

Other important information

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 $27,082 per annum (2018 rate) tax exempt
  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $27,082 per annum (in 2017 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)
  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset (funded by the Australian Government) 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.

Contact name

Professor Andrew Georgiou

Contact email

andrew.georgiou@mq.edu.au

Contact phone

(02) 9850 2424

Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science - Genomics Implementation 1: Evaluating approaches to the implementation of genomic sequencing into Australian healthcare organisations: a theory-based process evaluation

Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science - Genomics Implementation 1: Evaluating approaches to the implementation of genomic sequencing into Australian healthcare organisations: a theory-based process evaluation
PhD or MRes/PhD bundle

2017157

31 October 2017

Department

Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science

Project Name

Genomics Implementation 1: Evaluating approaches to the implementation of genomic sequencing into Australian healthcare organisations: a theory-based process evaluation

Project Description

The Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) is part of the largest grant on genomics ever awarded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The Australian Genomics Health Alliance (AGHA) project aims to prepare Australia for the genomics revolution in health care, and will run for five years (2016-2020).

In this project, the PhD student will undertake a theory based process evaluation (alongside the main implementation project) to explore the key mechanisms behind successful implementation of genomic sequencing. Qualitative and quantitative data collection methods will include questionnaire data collection and semi-structured interviews, direct observation and coding of implementation activities, and participant feedback forms. New knowledge gained from this PhD will inform the design of a generic framework for implementation of genomic sequencing which the wider body of work aims to achieve. Furthermore, evidence generated will help advance understanding of how to effectively implement new evidence into practice.

AGHA project summary

The AGHA is supporting clinical implementation projects in two key areas: rare diseases and cancer. Genomic sequencing is offered for particular clinical indications in these key areas though clinical projects. These projects provide an opportunity to collect evidence for clinically effective and cost effective use of genomics whilst also simultaneously offering an opportunity to develop and test models of implementation. This hybrid effectiveness-implementation approach was adopted from the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance. Five Melbourne Genomics clinical ‘flagship’ projects (focusing on childhood syndromes, hereditary neuropathies, epilepsy, hereditary colorectal cancer and acute myeloid leukaemia) have been completed and have undergone research to assess clinical and cost effectiveness. To ensure that genomic sequencing, where found to be clinically effective and cost effective, is sustained beyond the life of the programmatic funding, we urgently require an understanding of service provision pathways and clinical processes for genomic sequencing that currently exist or are planned for the future. The previously completed Melbourne Genomics flagships and the current Melbourne and Australian Genomic flagships [focusing on solid tumours, paediatric care (complex care, intellectual disability) and immunology] offer an opportunity to conduct research to support implementation of genomic medicine. The AIHI Behaviour Change Stream has collaborated with the AGHA to design a project, which will address the following objectives:

a) Understand the nature of, or plans for, service provision pathways

b) Establish current clinical processes for genomic sequencing

c) Identify barriers and enablers to implementing genomic sequencing

d) Inform and support the development of a suite of interventions to facilitate the implementation of genomic sequencing into clinical practice

By studying flagship cohorts using implementation science methods, a suite of appropriate interventions to facilitate the implementation of genomic sequencing into clinical practice can be designed, tested, and generalized for future flagships and across organizations outside this program. Furthermore, a service provision pathway can be designed to optimize the likelihood of sustainability of genomic sequencing for flagships once program participation is complete, and for new organizations aiming to provide genomic sequencing. The final three years of the implementation science plan will work towards achieving these wider aims.

Other important information

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 allocation number on your application.

Contact

Dr Janet Long
janet.long@mq.edu.au
02-9850-2420

Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science - Genomics Implementation 2: Consumer perspectives and experiences of the implementation of genomic sequencing in Australian healthcare organisations

Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science - Genomics Implementation 2: Consumer perspectives and experiences of the implementation of genomic sequencing in Australian healthcare organisations
PhD or MRes/PhD bundle

2017158

31 October 2017

Department

Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science

Project Name

Genomics Implementation 2: Consumer perspectives and experiences of the implementation of genomic sequencing in Australian healthcare organisations

Project Description

The Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) is part of the largest grant on genomics ever awarded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The Australian Genomics Health Alliance (AGHA) project aims to prepare Australia for the genomics revolution in health care, and will run for five years (2016-2020).

In this project, the PhD student will undertake research with the general public and recipients of genomic sequencing in the existing flagships to identify perceptions and experiences of the implementation of genomic sequencing in healthcare organisations. Investigations will be undertaken primarily using interviews and focus on areas including: (a) perceived public and individual need; (b) perceived and actual benefits; (c) experiences of the process (this will include a comparison to reports of the process from the clinician and service provision perspective); (d) perceived and actual barriers and facilitators to access; (e) perceptions of and plans to disseminate genetic disorder diagnosis information to family members; (f) perceptions of how and plans to manage conditions following diagnosis. New knowledge gained from this PhD will 1) inform the design of information materials for the public and patients about genetic sequencing; 2) help to streamline processes within and between healthcare systems (e.g., GP to hospital); 3) inform the design of interventions to support decision making about sequencing and dissemination of information to family members.

AGHA project summary

The AGHA is supporting clinical implementation projects in two key areas: rare diseases and cancer. Genomic sequencing is offered for particular clinical indications in these key areas though clinical projects. These projects provide an opportunity to collect evidence for clinically effective and cost effective use of genomics whilst also simultaneously offering an opportunity to develop and test models of implementation. This hybrid effectiveness-implementation approach was adopted from the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance. Five Melbourne Genomics clinical ‘flagship’ projects (focusing on childhood syndromes, hereditary neuropathies, epilepsy, hereditary colorectal cancer and acute myeloid leukaemia) have been completed and have undergone research to assess clinical and cost effectiveness. To ensure that genomic sequencing, where found to be clinically effective and cost effective, is sustained beyond the life of the programmatic funding, we urgently require an understanding of service provision pathways and clinical processes for genomic sequencing that currently exist or are planned for the future. The previously completed Melbourne Genomics flagships and the current Melbourne and Australian Genomic flagships [focusing on solid tumours, paediatric care (complex care, intellectual disability) and immunology] offer an opportunity to conduct research to support implementation of genomic medicine. The AIHI Behaviour Change Stream has collaborated with the AGHA to design a project, which will address the following objectives:

a) Understand the nature of, or plans for, service provision pathways

b) Establish current clinical processes for genomic sequencing

c) Identify barriers and enablers to implementing genomic sequencing

d) Inform and support the development of a suite of interventions to facilitate the implementation of genomic sequencing into clinical practice

By studying flagship cohorts using implementation science methods, a suite of appropriate interventions to facilitate the implementation of genomic sequencing into clinical practice can be designed, tested, and generalized for future flagships and across organizations outside this program. Furthermore, a service provision pathway can be designed to optimize the likelihood of sustainability of genomic sequencing for flagships once program participation is complete, and for new organizations aiming to provide genomic sequencing. The final three years of the implementation science plan will work towards achieving these wider aims.

Other important information

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 allocation number on your application.

Contact

Dr Janet Long
janet.long@mq.edu.au
02-9850-2420

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

Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research - Delivering safe and effective care for children in hospital with eHealth systems
PhD or MRes/PhD bundle

2015253

31 October 2017

Department

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

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:

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
02-9850-2402

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 allocation number on your application.

Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research - Evaluating delirium in Acute Care

Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research - Evaluating delirium in Acute Care
PhD

2017498

31 October 2017

Department

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

Project Name

Evaluating delirium in Acute Care

Project Description

AIHI is offering a domestic PhD Scholarship as part of a 3-year research project into evaluating the Delirium Clinical Care Standard (Standard). Up to 30% of patients over 65 years develop delirium (an acute confusional state) after admission to hospital. Although the confusion usually resolves, patients with delirium spend longer in hospital and have considerably poorer outcomes.  The Standard was developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care in order to reduce the incidence and impact of delirium. As part of a NSW Health Fellowship to evaluate the Standard, we are offering a PhD Scholarship to conduct research in this field.

Possible research topics, depending on background and experience, include:  

1. An evaluation of tools to detect, measure and predict delirium

2. Development of methods to assess implementation of measures to reduce delirium in acute care

3. Development and application of methods to identify and measure hospital, patient and health system outcomes to assess the impact of delirium

4. Development of economic models to assess the effectiveness of the care components in the Delirium Clinical Care Standard

This research will make significant contributions nationally and internationally in identifying and managing an important hospital acquired condition.

This project is open to students with background or interest in health services research, applied health economics, patient safety and quality of care , or related disciplines.

Candidates must commence before December 15, 2017

Contact

Dr Virginia Mumford
virginia.mumford@mq.edu.au
(02) 9850 2498

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 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.

Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science, Human Factors and Resilience Stream- Productive safety in the Emergency Department (ED): developing ED safety capacity when responding to high patient demand and unexpected events

Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science, Human Factors and Resilience Stream - Productive safety in the Emergency Department (ED): developing ED safety capacity when responding to high patient demand and unexpected events
PhD

2017496

31 October 2017

Department

Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science, Human Factors and Resilience Stream

Project Name

Productive safety in the Emergency Department (ED): developing ED safety capacity when responding to high patient demand and unexpected events

Project Description

This project will address an internationally-important healthcare problem in hospital Emergency Departments: with a surging demand for services, how can we ensure a safe environment for patients while still maintaining throughput?

The purpose of this project is to design and implement ED processes to improve system resilience in NSW public hospitals. We seek to identify key quantitative and qualitative behavioural and organisational measures that are predictive of a resilient response to unexpected events and periods of peak patient demand in the ED. Based on these measures, processes will be developed for assessing and improving productive safety. By doing so, we will assist ED leaders and clinicians to evaluate their organisation, and implement action to improve the number of things that go right when faced with challenging or unanticipated conditions. Such a proactive effort is likely to strengthen ED responses to threats and crises, and thereby save money and lives.

The project aims are:

  1. To establish baseline measurement of productive safety in EDs in NSW public hospitals.
  2. To refine productive safety processes, following an in-depth study of NSW ED cases.
  3. To develop a suite of context-dependent and generic tools to support re-design of processes to improve productive safety in EDs in NSW public hospitals.

A scholarship is available for a full time domestic PhD student to undertake mixed-method research in these areas, with the specific research project able to be negotiated.

Contact

Dr Robyn Clay-Williams
robyn.clay-williams@mq.edu.au
02-9850-2438

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 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.

Biomedical Sciences - New Nanoparticle Strategies for Efficient Delivery for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) therapy

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences: Biomedical Sciences–New Nanoparticle Strategies for Efficient Delivery for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) therapy
MRES Y2/PhD 2016368 31 October 2017

Department

Biomedical Sciences

Project Name

New Nanoparticle Strategies for Efficient Delivery for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) therapy

Project Description

One of the challenges for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) therapy is how to efficiently deliver a therapeutic drug into the brain for improvements in cognitive behaviors. This project will directly address this challenge through developing an effective BBB penetrative “nanotheapeutics” based on exploiting the glucose transporter pathway and RNAi technology. To provide proof-of-concept validation of our nanotheapeutics, we will evaluate it in an AD transgenic mouse model to confirm its ability for future AD therapy.

Other Important information

Contact Name: Bingyang Shi

Contact Email: Bingyang.shi@mq,edu.au

Contact Phone: + 61 02 9850 2702

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.

THIS WILL BE UPDATED DEPENDING ON TYPE OF ALLOCATION

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 - Mapping the renal afferents

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences: Biomedical Sciences– Mapping the renal afferents
MRES Y2/PhD 2017523                 31 December 2017 - applicants must commence before 30 June 2018

Department

Biomedical Sciences

Project Name

Mapping the renal afferents

Project Description

Nervous control of the kidney consists of both afferent (sensory) and efferent (sympathetic) communication from the kidney to the central nervous system and back again, and functions to act as a major regulator of kidney function. The kidney plays a key role in blood pressure control and as such, the renal nerves are a target for novel antihypertensive treatments, with a decrease in the level of sympathetic activity being an important outcome. However, current knowledge of the pathway by which sensory signals from the kidney are sent to the brain is limited.

This project aims to develop a detailed anatomical map of the pathway taken by sensory neurons as they carry signals from the kidney to the brain. Using a rodent model, we will use stimulation of the renal sensory nerves to induce cFOS protein expression in the central nervous system, allowing us to determine which regions in the brain (circumventricular organs, hypothalamus, brain stem), spinal cord (dorsal horn) and ganglia become activated. Labelling will be combined with detailed neurochemical phenotyping of the activated neurons. Future studies will involve viral tracing to further reveal the detailed organization of sensory pathway from the kidney to the central nervous system.

Other Important information

Candidates are expected to have some experience in medical research laboratory techniques such as immunohistochemistry and experience working with laboratory animals.

Contact Names: Professor Jacqueline Phillips; Dr Simon McMullan

Contact Email: Jacqueline.phillips@mq.edu.au

Contact Phone: 02 9850 2753

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake into the 2nd Year of the MRes 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 1 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 - Mechanisms of vascular calcification in kidney disease

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences: Biomedical Sciences– Mechanisms of vascular calcification in kidney disease
MRES Y2/PhD 2017524                 31 Deember 2017

Department

Biomedical Sciences

Project Name

Mechanisms of vascular calcification in kidney disease

Project Description

Arteriosclerosis is a thickening and hardening of blood vessels that causes them to become stiff, and is a common finding that significantly increases the risk of high blood pressure and dying from cardiovascular disease. It is commonly seen in association with ageing and in people with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Using animal models of CKD and high blood pressure, we have shown correlations between increased vascular stiffness and the level of vascular calcification. The pathology underlying vascular calcification arises from an imbalance between calcium resorption and deposition and is associated with changes in pathways that control mineral balance in the body. This project will examine the relationship between mineral balance and vascular calcification by measuring samples collected from normal rodents and those with kidney disease, and comparing the levels of markers for mineral balance (such as parathyroid hormone, fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23), Ca and phosphorus) and determining when during the disease process these changes start to occur. Future studies will examine markers in animals that have undergone treatment to try and limit the tissue calcification. Long term, if we can understand the pathways that lead to vascualr calcificaiton, it will allow us to develop therapies that slow or prevent the process, thereby reducing the impact of hypertension and cardiovascular disease in the ageing and CKD population.

Other Important information

Candidates are expected to have some experience in medical research laboratory techniques such as ELISA, immunohistochemistry, RT-PCR or western blots and experience working with laboratory animals.

Contact Names: Professor Jacqueline Phillips

Contact Email: Jacqueline.phillips@mq.edu.au

Contact Phone: 02 9850 2753

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake into the 2nd Year of the MRes 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 1 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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Faculty of Science and Engineering

Environmental Sciences - DustSafe - Measuring and evaluating the risk of harm from contaminants of concern in household dusts

Environmental Sciences -DustSafe - Measuring and evaluating the risk of harm from contaminants of concern in household dusts
PHD2017687 31 October 2017

Please quote the allocation number on your application. Department

Environmental Sciences

Project Name

DustSafe - Measuring and evaluating the risk of harm from contaminants of concern in household dusts

Project Description

Fine dust particles are capable of penetrating deep into the lung and can contain a variety of harmful agents, including metals/metalloids, organic substances, microbes and allergens. Their ultra-fine nature means that they can readily migrate into the blood stream causing systemic adverse human health effects. Given that (a) communities are becoming more urbanised and (b) people spend up to 90% of their time indoors it is critically important that we are able to characterise potential exposures to such environmental agents so that a more complete understanding of the human health risks can be developed.

The PhD will form part of a new Australian Government funded citizen science project called DustSafe. This project involves a network of participating Australian and international institutions that will investigate human exposure to potentially harmful contaminants in household dust. Household dusts samples will be collected via a citizen participation platform across three continents: Australia, Europe and North America). Participants will be invited to submit their vacuum dust to the program for analysis, along with data about the home environment (metadata).

The research will develop analytical protocols for the characterisation of selected key components of indoor dust (e.g. metals/metalloids; flame retardants; asbestos; REEs; microbiome; POPs). A range of analytical instrumentation (e.g. XRF, XRD, ICP-MS, SEM) and methods (e.g. bioaccessibility, microbiome sequencing, GIS, household questionnaire survey) will be utilised in the study and the data will inform home exposure studies. Participant metadata will be explored using GIS, allowing spatial and temporal trends to be investigated. Data from the project will contribute to an international resource and databank developed in collaboration with the DustSafe global network of institutions.

Applicants will need skills in the above identified research areas and also a demonstrable ability to communicate to a high standard including with the public, in writing (reports and journals) and to other scientists and regulators.

Contact

Professor Mark Patrick Taylor
mark.taylor@mq.edu.au
02 9850 4221 | 0422 940 916

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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