HDR Scholarships for domestic and international candidates

HDR Scholarships for domestic and international candidates

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

Australian Institute of Health Innovation

Faculty

Medicine and Health Sciences

Project Name

Enabling personalised cohort studies from large repositories of clinical practice data

Project Description

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

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

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

Contact

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

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

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

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

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

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

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

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

Faculty

Medicine and Health Sciences

Project Name

Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Healthcare

Project Description

We are seeking several enthusiastic PhD students to contribute to a major new research program in Medical Artificial Intelligence (AI) under the supervision of Prof Enrico Coiera and other experienced researchers at the Centre for Health Informatics.

The aim of this research program is to investigate the future role of AI in healthcare and its social, ethical and technical implications.

The successful applicants will have the opportunity to work with a diverse team of highly experienced and internationally recognised senior researchers in the Centre for Health Informatics.

Potential topic areas include (but are not limited to):

  • Privacy, safety and ethical issues arising from the development and use of AI technologies in healthcare.
  • Understanding of consumer and clinician needs and perspectives when interacting with AI.
  • The design, development and evaluation of (AI) systems that could support either clinicians or consumers across a wide set of tasks.
  • Human-AI interaction design.
  • AI systems design.

The scholarships would suit applicants from a wide variety of disciplines. For example, candidates with a background in Computer Science, Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, Data Science, or a Health-related field would all be welcome.

Other Important Information

International candidates are welcome. Additional top-up scholarships or part-time research assistant roles may be available for highly ranked candidates.

Contact

Prof Enrico Coiera
enrico.coiera@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 2403

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

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

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

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their candidacy before submitting an application. Initial enquiries should be directed to Professor Enrico Coiera (enrico.coiera@mq.edu.au) or Dr. Baki  Kocaballi (baki.kocaballi@mq.edu.au).

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

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

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

Candidates who are not eligible for direct entry into a PhD program may be eligible for entry into a qualifying Master of Research degree (MRes), but would not be eligible for support by this scholarship.

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

Biological Sciences

Faculty

Science and Engineering

Project Name

Optimal photosynthetic traits on ecological time-scales

Project Description

A 3 year PhD scholarship is available for a bright and energetic candidate to join Prof. Ian Wright’s plant ecology group at Macquarie University to work on the ARC-funded project “Optimal photosynthetic traits on ecological time-scales” (joint funding to Wright and to I. Colin Prentice, Imperial College London).

In this project we will build new understanding of the interplay between soils and climate in shaping plant nutrient and water use “strategies” for photosynthesis. Underpinning the project is new theory – based on microeconomic and optimality principles – for how species optimise ecological-physiological traits in relation to environmental factors. A chief focus will be empirical analysis of local- and global-scale trait datasets. Within that framework this PhD project will depend somewhat on the strengths and interests of the successful candidate, but very likely include field-tests of key predictions. Previous experience in measuring plant physiological properties under field conditions would be highly regarded – especially photosynthetic and/or hydraulic traits.

Other important information:

The successful candidate must commence at Macquarie University before 31st March 2018.

This scholarship is open to both domestic and (exceptionally qualified) international applicants. A demonstrated ability to conduct independent research (research, data analysis & write-up) is essential.

Contact Name: Professor Ian Wright 

Contact Email: ian.wright@mq.edu.au

Contact Phone:+61 2 9850 4228

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.

Faculty

Science and Engineering

Project Name

HIA Green Cities

Project Description

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other important information:

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

Contact

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

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

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

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

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

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

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

Please quote the allocation number on your application

Biomedical Sciences

Faculty

Medicine and Health Sciences

Project Name

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

Project Description

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

Aims:

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

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

Other important information:

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

Contact:

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

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

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

OR

  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

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

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

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

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

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

Faculty

Medicine and Health Sciences

Project Name

Assessment of known and candidate motor neuron disease genes using in vitro and in vivo models

Project Description

The only proven causes of MND are gene mutations that lead to motor neuron death. Identification of genes that cause or predispose to MND will unravel the underlying molecular mechanisms as a prerequisite to effective disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Using cutting edge genetics, genomics and bioinformatics tools, our group has identified novel MND causing gene mutations from familial MND patients (published in Science, Nature Communications and Nature Neuroscience), as well as candidate gene mutations. The overall aim of this project is to identify novel MND gene mutations as well as to investigate the functional consequences of mutations. This study will involve a wide range of cell biology, biochemistry and histology techniques, including advanced confocal microscopy, stem cell culture, CRISPR genome editing, flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, western blotting, as well as transgenic zebrafish and/or mouse models.

Contact:

A/Prof Ian Blair
Ian.blair@mq.edu.au
(02) 98502725

Dr Shu Yang
shu.yang@mq.edu.au
(02) 98502728

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.

Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences

Faculty

Science and Engineering

Project Name

Intelligent nanoparticles: interactive tools to decode brain activity

Project Description

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

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

Contact

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

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

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

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

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

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

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

Cognitive Science

Faculty

Human Sciences

Project Name

Speech production in the developing brain

Project Description

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

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

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

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

Other important information:

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

Contact

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

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

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

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

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

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

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

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

Faculty

Human Sciences

Project Name

The Cognitive Ecologies of Collaborative Embodied Skills: a philosophical study

Project Description

A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Training Program Scholarship (MQRTP) for either an Australian or an international student is available in the Department of Cognitive Science, to work on Professor John Sutton’s ARC-funded project ‘The Cognitive Ecologies of Collaborative Embodied Skills: a philosophical study’.

A number of potential PhD research topics are available within this project, depending on the experience, skills, and interests of the best applicants.

This project aims to develop a new theory of embodied collaboration and interaction in expert groups. It asks how individuals with diverse technical and emotional skills coordinate actions and decisions, sometimes acting as if of one mind. How do experts mesh distinct but complementary capacities, or recover together from challenges or adversity? The project combines foundational philosophical and cognitive theory with empirical and ethnographic studies of experts in the real world cognitive ecologies of sport and music.

Specifically, we seek to characterise the roles of individuals in collaborative embodied skill, and to determine what disparate group members bring to and do in expert team performance, complementing each other in joint action; to identify cues to collaborative embodied skill which are distributed across entire cognitive ecologies; and to illustrate and explain how shared memories and shared emotions influence control of skilled group action. We thereby make concrete progress in philosophical debates on embodied, enactive, distributed, and group minds; and implement a focus on historical and cultural dimensions of skill, working closely with practitioners in sport and music.

The PhD student will work on an independent project within the overall study. It is likely that one project will address foundational issues in the philosophy and cognitive theory of skilled action, while one will work in depth with expert groups in sport or music.

Applicants must meet the entry requirements for the program and may have a background in philosophy, psychology, anthropology, sport and exercise science, human movement, cognitive science, music, performance, or a related discipline.

Prospective applicants should, in the first instance, contact John Sutton for further information: john.sutton@mq.edu.au.

Other important information:

Cognitive Science at Macquarie University is a vibrant, research-focussed department that offers its many doctoral and postdoctoral researchers a world-class intellectual environment. The Department is also home to the ARC Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders (http://www.ccd.edu.au/).

This project is associated with the interdisciplinary Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training CEPET (https://www.mq.edu.au/research/research-centres-groups-and-facilities/healthy-people/centres/centre-for-elite-performance-expertise-and-training).

Funding for PhD students to present at conferences and/or to visit research groups overseas during their candidature is available.

Please quote the allocation reference number 2018312 on your application form.

Contact

John Sutton
john.sutton@mq.edu.au

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake a direct entry 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 a “MQRES” full-time stipend rate of $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

Faculty

Science and Engineering

Project Name

Quaternary Sea-Level Rise and Australian Coastal Response

Project Description

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

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

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

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

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

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

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

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

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

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

History

Faculty

Arts

Project Name

Big History Institute Anthropocene Project

Project Description

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

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

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

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

Expressions of interest should be sent to Dr David Baker.

Contact

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

The Big History Institute Scholarships are Cotutelle scholarships that include:

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

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

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

Linguistics

Faculty

Human Sciences

Project Name

Conversational Interaction in Aboriginal and Remote Australia

Project Description

Macquarie University is offering a bundled Masters by Research + PhD scholarship (1+3 years) in Conversation Analysis/Interactional Linguistics and Language Documentation, as part of a comparative research project ‘Conversational Interaction in Aboriginal and Remote Australia’, funded by the Australian Research Council (2018-2022). The research team consists of Dr Joe Blythe (Macquarie University), Professor Lesley Stirling (University of Melbourne), Associate Professor Ilana Mushin  (University of Queensland) and Associate Professor Rod Gardner (University of Queensland). The project will compare informal conversations conducted in four Australian Aboriginal languages (Jaru, Gija, Murrinhpatha and Garrwa) with conversations conducted in non-Aboriginal English in rural and remote outback regions of Australia. The successful applicant will work with Dr Joe Blythe on documenting conversation in Jaru, a Pama-Nyungan language of Western Australia.

The candidate will help build a video corpus of Jaru conversation for his/her dissertation, and contribute to the larger project which will investigate possible variation within the interactional domain by comparing conversation conducted in under-described Indigenous languages and poorly documented varieties of English, by people with very different cultural backgrounds. The specific topic of the student’s dissertation is negotiable.

The candidate should have a background in typologically oriented linguistics, conversation analysis/interaction linguistics, or linguistic anthropology. 

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either a direct entry 3 year PhD program or a Master of Research Year 2 + PhD program. The scholarship includes the stipend plus tuition fees, and is open to either international or domestic applicants. Indigenous applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Other important information

Applicants are asked to provide their CV, academic transcript, a sample of their writing (e.g., publications, theses, etc.) and a covering letter.

Contact
Dr Joe Blythe
joe.blythe@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 8089

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.

Molecular Sciences

Faculty

Science and Engineering

Project Name

Protein-biomolecular assemblies - Analytical techniques to characterize protein-biomolecular assembly interactions for intelligent drug design to combat health problems such as antimicrobial resistance

Project Description

Intelligent drug design, whether it is to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR), cancer, or other diseases, requires understanding of how a drug interacts with the molecular assemblies in cells. Even after identifying putative biomolecular targets, traditional molecular assay methods are not appropriate to characterise the interaction because of the overall size, complexity, and dynamic heterogeneity of molecular drug targets. We critically need to develop new sensitive and high-throughput analytical techniques to identify modes of action. Two complementary cross-discipline collaborative PhD studentships are available in the Department of Molecular Sciences at Macquarie University to work with Professor Alison Rodger to develop and apply new techniques based on optical spectroscopy and flow microscopy to assess the mode of action of potential drugs. This work holds the potential to provide a step-change in our ability to rapidly and quantitatively screen potential antimicrobial drugs for new modes of action with further application to the full range of drug discovery challenges.

Project 1: Identifying the modes of action of antibiotic peptides. In collaboration with Margaret Brimble, University of Auckland

Project 2: Measuring and visualizing flow oriented biomacromolecular assemblies. In collaboration with Ravi Jagadeeshan, Monash University002E

For more details see link at: https://www.mq.edu.au/about/about-the-university/faculties-and-departments/faculty-of-science-and-engineering/departments-and-centres/department-of-molecular-science/our-research

Other important information:  Domestic applications are encouraged in the first instance to apply but international applications will also be considered from candidates who are deemed suitable to the project also.

Contact

Alison Rodger
Alison.rodger@mq.edu.au 
+61426627077

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

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

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

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

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

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

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

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