PhD Scholarship - Vaccine misinformation and evidence

PhD Scholarship - Vaccine misinformation and evidence

Scholarship program


Allocation number



Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Centre for Health Informatics

Project name

Monitoring evidence and misinformation in the public domain to improve public health media interventions

Project description

This project is related to an interdisciplinary NHMRC Project (2017-2019) combining methods in machine learning, data science, epidemiology, and public health policy. The project will produce new ways to monitor misinformation and evidence about vaccines in the public domain, and will support the development of new media interventions that seek to influence the behaviours of a population or demographic. The aims of this PhD project may include developing new tools to measure how evidence and misinformation enter and spread through the public domain, or improving our understanding of how public health organisations can harness these novel sources of data to produce effective and targeted media interventions.

To be eligible, candidates must commence their candidature before 15 December 2017.

Other important information

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.

Contact name

Dr Adam Dunn

Contact email

Contact phone

(02) 9850 2413

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