Investigating brain stimulation for Soldier Performance Enhancement with respect to mTBI diagnosis and treatment

Investigating brain stimulation for Soldier Performance Enhancement with respect to mTBI diagnosis and treatment

Programs Available

MRes Year 2 + PhD 

Reference Number


Opening Date

01 Mar 2019 12am AEDT 

Closing Date

15 Nov 2019 12am AEDT 

Scholarship available to



This project will advance approaches for detecting and characterising disordered patterns of brain activity that are caused by mTBI. By developing personalised non-invasive brain stimulation treatments to interrupt and prevent abnormal slow-wave oscillations in frontal brain regions that occur following mTBI. This combined measurement and intervention approach will provide a model approach for the treatment of post-mTBI symptoms. This has particular relevance to combat arms soldiers, in particular Special Forces soldiers, who, due to their mission profiles and frequency, experience a high number of events that may cause mTBI. In addition to investigating interventions such as brain stimulation, there is potential scope to look at physical interventions to treat mTBI depending on the candidate’s skillset and area of interest.

Student qualities:

Programming skills in Matlab/Python/etc. is highly desired. Previous studies in cognitive science, exercise/sport science, or a related field.

This scholarship is available through the Department of Health Professions and the Department of Cognitive Science.


This scholarship is available to eligible domestic candidates to undertake either a direct entry 3-year PhD program or a MRes Year 2 + PhD 4-year program..

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.

Scholarship Components

This scholarship provides a full-time living allowance/stipend currently valued at AUD $28,092 per annum, tax exempt (2020 rate) and a top-up scholarship of $5,500 per annum. Domestic candidates are also provided with a tuition-fee offset scholarship.

Contact Details

Name: Tim Doyle / Paul Sowman
Email: /
Phone: 0411 551 744 or 02 9850 6732

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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