Demographic & Social Dimensions of Migrant Ageing & Wellbeing in Australia

Demographic & Social Dimensions of Migrant Ageing & Wellbeing in Australia

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Opening Date

10 Dec 2019 12am AEDT 

Closing Date

29 Feb 2020 11pm AEDT 

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Applicants are sought for a Postgraduate (PhD) scholarship attached to an Australian Research Council project, “Demographic and social dimensions of migrant ageing and wellbeing in Australia”, being undertaken by Professor Lucy Taksa and Professor Fei Guo, in collaboration with Associate Professor Zhiming Cheng and Professor Max Tani of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and in partnership with Associate Professor Lihua Liu of Southern California University (USC) and Professor Klaus Zimmermann of Global Labour Organisation (GLO).

This project aims to examine the deterioration of health and wellbeing in migrant communities in Australia over time. By consolidating and analysing a wide range of quantitative data and conducting qualitative fieldwork among nine migrant groups in Australia, the project aims to produce new estimates of healthy life expectancy and to investigate how social capital sustains health throughout the ageing process. The project aims to inform government policymakers, migrant aged care service providers, and migrant communities in supporting quality of life outcomes for older migrants.

The suitable applicant will have a strong disciplinary background in demography or a related discipline (e.g. economics, actuarial studies, public health, or epidemiology) and should be interested in writing a doctoral thesis related to issues of mortality, morbidity, ageing, health, and migrant communities in Australia primarily adopting quantitative methodologies.  Topics for the PhD study should broadly focus on aspects of mortality and/or morbidity patterns and contributing factors among different sub-populations in Australia, health and wellbeing of migrant communities in Australia, and ageing among different sub-populations in Australia.

The successful applicant will receive supervision and mentoring from the project’s investigators, and support from the Centre for Workforce Futures, in which the project is located. Involvement with the project and the Centre and its members offers opportunities to be linked to a national and international network of scholars undertaking research on migration (including the Australian Population Association, the Global Labor Organisation and the Centre for Global Migration at Gothenburg University) and migrant ageing as well as with  the Macquarie Business School and across Macquarie University, UNSW, and the University of Southern California, as well as a range of migrant support organisations.


This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake a direct entry 3-year PhD program commencing Session 1, 2020.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity at a minimum level of a first-class Honours research degree or Master of Research in the discipline of demography or a related discipline (e.g. economics, actuarial studies, public health, or epidemiology), in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

If in doubt about your eligibility, please contact Professor Fei Guo or Professor Lucy Taksa (see details below).

Scholarship Components

The scholarship is comprised of the Tuition Fee Offset and a Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) Living Allowance/Stipend.

The stipend component of the scholarship is currently valued at AUD $28,092 per annum (2020 rate, tax exempt). The scholarship has been approved for a maximum of 3 years.

Contact Details

Name: Professor Fei Guo, Professor Lucy Taksa
Phone: 98508445 (Guo), 98504811 (Taksa)

How to Apply

For information on how to apply, select the "How to Apply" button below.

Please note, at the start of your application you should select the scholarship type of "HDR Project/Supervisor Specific Scholarship".

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