HDR Scholarships for domestic and international candidates

HDR Scholarships for domestic and international candidates

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

Biological Sciences

Biomedical Sciences

Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences

Cognitive Science

Clinical Medicine

Faculty

Medicine and Health Sciences

Project Name

Targeting neuroserpin/plasmin interactions to protect the retina in glaucoma

Project Description

Glaucoma is a major cause of blindness worldwide with significant social morbidity and economic loss. Its prominent features are loss of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and optic nerve (ON) excavation. The only treatment is to reduce the intra-ocular pressure, but despite this many patients continue to progress, with no therapy able to reliably protect the RGCs and ON. Plasmin activation is demonstrated to induce damage to the RGCs in glaucoma. Our novel findings reveal that neuroserpin, a protease inhibitor, interacts with plasmin and regulates its activity in the retina and that this serpin loses its protease inhibitory potential under glaucoma conditions. Therefore modulating this pathway has the potential to protect the retina from damage. We will specifically modulate neuroserpin and plasmin, and apply these to a rodent chronic glaucoma model using AAV mediated gene therapy. We have previously demonstrated the effectiveness of intravitreal injections for gene therapy delivery to the RGC’s. We will identify precise downstream effects utilising proteomics.

Contact

Prof Stuart Graham
Stuart.graham@mq.edu.au

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake a direct entry 3-year PhD program for commencement in 2019.

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

HOW TO APPLY:

New applicants to Macquarie University will need to complete the Online HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application via the Online Application System and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Further information can be found on the How to Apply page.

Current applicants with a successful candidature offer less than 12 months old and currently enrolled Macquarie University candidates:

  • MUST submit a Scholarship Only Application form with supporting documents to hdrschol@mq.edu.au.
  • Include any additional documentation/research output
  • MUST indicate the allocation number under the scholarship details question
  • MUST include ID number and full name in email subject line (in one PDF attachment)

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 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.

Computing

Faculty

Science and Engineering

Project Name

The Next generation of usable, secure and Privacy Preserving Networked Systems

Project Description

Today, a large number of data breaches and cyber security incidents happen as a consequence of limited considerations of the diversity of behaviour and interaction patterns of the end users with the networked systems. Designing cyber-security solutions that incorporate potential security vulnerabilities due to human factors and usability issues becomes critical in deploying resilient and provably reliable cyber systems. This project aims to take both a qualitative and quantitative approach to design and build usable privacy and security features. This includes modelling and understanding user behaviour in response to security enabling systems and user modelling with respect to cyber threats, personalised behaviour modification intervention and next generation authentication systems.

Other important information

Successful candidates are expected to have expertise and or prior experience in one or many of the following areas: Machine Learning, Web and Mobile systems Measurement, Data science, User Modelling, Human Factors, Skill Acquisition, Diagnosis, Applied Cryptography, Information Theory, Statistics.

Contact

Prof. Dali Kaafar
Dali.kaafar@mq.edu.au
+61294905635

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

  • Research Training Pathway MRes Year 2 followed by a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’.
    OR
  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend. The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’: Tuition Fee Offset and “MQRES MRES” Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $27,082 per annum (in 2018 tax exempt for up to 3 years - indexed annually).
    OR
  • Direct entry into a PhD: Tuition Fee Offset and “MQRES” full-time stipend rate is $27,082 per annum (in 2018 tax exempt for up to 3 years - indexed annually)

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form via the Online Application System and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Further information can be found on the How to Apply 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 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

Science and Engineering

Project Name

Privacy Preserving Technologies and Data Security

Project Description

Organisations have to ensure appropriate security measures are taken to protect their data and safely store, process and use personal information without breaching individuals' privacy. Ensuring data security and Privacy is also an enabler for businesses collaboration. In particular, providing solutions for sharing data and being capable of securely generating privacy preserving insights is a catalyser for Cyber Security solutions. Perhaps more importantly and more reflective of the privacy threats consequences, the relationship between privacy and cyber security risks has been overlooked while access to personal information and inference capabilities of attackers has been always a driving force of cyber criminals and involves several threats ranging from identity theft to transactional frauds and sensitive industrial data exfiltration. This project aims to investigate and explore approaches to enable the effective use of data by considering the tradeoff between privacy guarantees, utility and security threats. In the process of building solutions that are compliant to Privacy regulations, special attention should be taken to quantify and understand privacy threats, both theoretically and empirically through real life data analysis including but not limited to mobile platforms, web technologies, Edge-computing and Internet of Things.

Other important information

Successful candidates are expected to have expertise and or prior experience in one or many of the following areas: Machine Learning, Web and Mobile systems Measurement, Data science, Applied Cryptography, Information Theory, Statistics.

Contact

Prof. Dali Kaafar
Dali.kaafar@mq.edu.au
+61294905635

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

  • Research Training Pathway MRes Year 2 followed by a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’
    OR
  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend. The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’: Tuition Fee Offset and “MQRES MRES” Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $27,082 per annum (in 2018 tax exempt for up to 3 years - indexed annually).
    OR
  • Direct entry into a PhD: Tuition Fee Offset and “MQRES” full-time stipend rate is $27,082 per annum (in 2018 tax exempt for up to 3 years - indexed annually)

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form via the Online Application System and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Further information can be found on the How to Apply 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 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.

Environmental Sciences

History

Faculty

Arts

Project Name

Big History Institute Anthropocene Project

Project Description

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

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

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

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

Expressions of interest should be sent to Dr David Baker.

Contact

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

The Big History Institute Scholarships are Cotutelle scholarships that include:

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

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

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

Linguistics

Molecular Sciences

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