Specialist research scholarships

Graphic encounters PhD scholarship

We seek applications from innovative Indigenous scholars in any discipline relevant to visual and/or print history to join the research team of the newly established Graphic Encounters research project based in the history department at La Trobe University.

The project is dedicated to the study of Australian print-making depicting Aboriginal Australians from ‘discovery’ to federation (1770-1901). This historical period encompasses an era of intercultural encounters imagined within the graphic medium of prints, from engraving to lithography. Concurrently the many techniques in image reproduction refined over these same decades. We seek to document particularly the production of prints featuring Aboriginal Australians and their recurrence and dissemination within a transnational web of print media and print making.

The PhD project may focus on the cultural, social, economic, geographic, or other dimensions of colonial print production and circulation during the period, and it is a requirement of the scholarship that the funded work contributes to the aims of the Graphic Encounters: Colonial Prints and the Inscription of Aboriginality research project. Our aim is to curate a major travelling exhibition and develop an online gallery resource, as well as convene an international conference, research publications and commentaries to facilitate access to published and unpublished prints for the period up to 1901.

Benefits

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three years, with a value of $26,682 per annum, to support your living costs
  • a fee-relief scholarship (LTUFFRS) for four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University (international applicants only)
  • opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers, and have access to our suite of professional development programs.

Eligibility criteria

Indigenous applicants should have a high level of achievement, including a first class honours degree or equivalent.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for the Graphic Encounters PhD Scholarship, follow these steps:

  • Send a single Word document comprising a CV; a one page statement which outlines your experience, training and expertise relevant to this project; a 200-300 word summary of your proposed project; and the names and email addresses for two referees by email to Liz Conor at l.conor@latrobe.edu.au
  • Please supply your referees with this form
  • If you are currently completing an Honour’s or Master’s degree please list your academic results to date and likely date for completion (which must be before the end of March 2017).
  • Review details on how to apply for candidature at: www.latrobe.edu.au/research/future
  • Complete and submit your PhD application to the La Trobe Graduate Research School (admissions.grs@latrobe.edu.au) by 31 May 2017 for admission into La Trobe’s PhD program, indicating you wish to be considered for a Graphic Encounters PhD Scholarship.

Closing date

Applications close 31 May 2017.

The University will carefully review your application and consider you for a Graphic Encounters PhD Scholarship. You will be advised of an outcome in late August.

Contact us

If you require further information, please contact

Dr Liz Conor

ARC Future Fellow
Chief Investigator | Graphic Encounters
Department of Archaeology and History

E: l.conor@latrobe.edu.au

Webster rural and regional dementia care PhD Scholarship

A doctoral research scholarship is available to an outstanding candidate to undertake research on innovative and sustainable dementia care pathway in Bendigo, and develop evidence-based research that will improve rural dementia care services for Bendigo residents.

As an applicant, you should have an interest in rural health, service delivery, and dementia care. Your project will address administrative, social, economic, environmental or technological challenges to delivering effective, timely and person-centred rural dementia care services.

Benefits

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three years, with a value of $26,682.00 per annum, to support your living costs [2017 rate]
  • opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers, and have access to our suite of professional development programs.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, you need to be:

  • An Australian citizen or permanent citizen.
  • Hold a first-class honours degree or equivalent

The successful awardee will also be expected to be based at the La Trobe University, Bendigo Campus, where the Webster project team is based.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for a Webster Rural and Regional Dementia Care PhD Scholarship, follow these steps:

  • Review details on how to apply for candidature at: www.latrobe.edu.au/research/future
  • Contact Associate Professor Irene Blackberry (i.blackberry@latrobe.edu.au) to discuss your application; and available research supervision
  • Upon confirmation of available research supervision, complete and submit your application to the La Trobe Graduate Research School (admissions.grs@latrobe.edu.au) by 31 July 2017 for admission into La Trobe’s PhD program, indicating you wish to be considered for the Webster Rural and Regional Dementia Care Research Fellowship.

Supplementary information

The Webster Rural and Regional Dementia Care project is a three-year research initiative, funded through the bequest of Gordon Webster through Sandhurst Trustees and administered by La Trobe University. Through conducting evidence-based research, this project aims to improve dementia care pathways within rural and regional Victoria, with a specific emphasis on developing innovative and sustainable care for residents of Bendigo and surrounding regions.

Closing date

Applications close 31 July 2017.

The University will carefully review your application and consider you for the Webster Rural and Regional Dementia Care Research Fellowship. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview in August 2017. The successful applicant will be expected to commence in September 2017.

Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by August 2017.

Contact us

If you require further information, please contact:

Associate Professor Irene Blackberry
John Richards Initiative, La Trobe University
E: i.blackberry@latrobe.edu.au
T: (02) 6024 9613

PhD scholarship in Diophantine approximation and dynamical systems

We have an opportunity for a suitably skilled candidate to work on a PhD with Dr Mumtaz Hussain on interconnected topics of Diophantine approximation and dynamical systems.

Diophantine approximation and dynamical systems are broad and topical areas of research in mathematics. Working on problems in these areas requires strong understanding and skills in number theory, measure theory and analysis. Diophantine approximation searches for answers to a simple question: how well is it possible to approximate an irrational number with rational numbers? Finding quantitative answer to this question in reasonable generality and in various settings will be the aim of this PhD project. In particular, the candidate will be working on several problems arising in metric Diophantine approximation and its connections with shrinking target problems in dynamical systems.

Benefits

Benefits of the scholarship include:

  • a La Trobe research scholarship for three years, with a value of A$26,682.00 per annum, to support your living costs (2017 rate)
  • a full fee-relief scholarship (LTUFFRS) for four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University (international applicants only)
  • opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers, and have access to our suite of professional development programs.

Eligibility criteria

This prestigious scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding applicant (Australian or international) interested in working on problems in Diophantine approximation and dynamical systems.

Applicant should hold a first-class Honours degree or equivalent (such as Masters degree) in pure mathematics. Strong academic credentials with excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are essential. Further, the candidate should satisfy the admission requirements laid out on.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for this scholarship, follow these steps:

  • In the first instance, please contact Dr Mumtaz Hussain at m.hussain@latrobe.edu.au, to informally discuss the research problems. Ensure you attach your latest CV and transcript of your academic record, or copy of your Master's dissertation.
  • review details on how to apply for candidature
  • when you have received an in-principle agreement for supervision, complete and submit your application to the La Trobe Graduate Research School (admissions.grs@latrobe.edu.au) by 30 June 2017 for admission into La Trobe’s PhD program, indicating you wish to be considered for a Diophantine approximation and dynamical systems PhD Scholarship.

You will be advised of the outcome by 30 July 2017.

Closing date

30 June 2017

Contact us

If you require further information, please contact Dr Mumtaz Hussain at m.hussain@latrobe.edu.au.

PhD scholarship - social media sentiment analysis (SMSA)

This prestigious scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding applicant who is interested in building technologies to enhance Australia’s capacity to fight against cybercrime.The successful applicant will work closely with the research team who were recently awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant to investigate “Auto-internet warnings to prevent the viewing of minor-adult sex images” (DP160100601).

Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including a first class honours degree or equivalent in computer science, information technology, linguistics, psychology, or a cognate discipline.

As an applicant you should have an interest in creating algorithms, and protecting Australians against cybercrime.

Benefits

Benefits of the scholarship include:

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three years, with a value of $26,682.00 per annum, to support your living costs
  • a fee-relief scholarship (LTUFFRS) for four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University (international applicants only)
  • opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers, and have access to our suite of professional development programs.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for the SMSA Scholarship, follow these steps:

  • review details on how to apply for candidature
  • contact A/Prof Paul Watters as a potential supervisor, submit an enquiry using our online enquiry system, indicating that you wish to be considered for an SMSA Scholarship. We will direct this to the appropriate La Trobe staff member
  • when you have received in-principle agreement for supervision, complete and submit your application by 30 April 2017 for admission into La Trobe’s PhD program, indicating you wish to be considered for the SMSA Scholarship.
  • Applications and supporting documentation to be submitted to Admissions.grs@latrobe.edu.au

The University will carefully review your application and consider you for the SMSA Scholarship and you will be advised of an outcome in June 2017. If you are unsuccessful for the AFR Scholarship, you will be considered for a standard La Trobe scholarship.

Closing date

Applications close 30 April 2017.

Contact us

If you require further information, please contact Associate Professor Paul Watters at P.Watters@latrobe.edu.au

La Trobe Law School higher degree research scholarships

La Trobe Law School is celebrating its 25th birthday in 2017.  We have a vibrant and supportive research culture dedicated to research excellence. Our doctoral students benefit from a wide variety of professional development opportunities within the School and within the University. We seek applicants for seven doctoral research scholarships to be awarded to outstanding candidates to undertake research in a variety of research areas.

Benefits

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three years, with a value of $26,682.00 per annum, to support your living costs
  • a fee-relief scholarship (LTUFFRS) for four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University (international applicants only)
  • opportunities to work with La Trobe’s Law School’s outstanding researchers and Research Centres, as well as access to our suite of professional development programs
  • opportunities to teach in the School's undergraduate degree programs may be made available to qualified candidates.

Eligibility

These prestigious scholarships will be awarded to outstanding applicants who are interested in undertaking doctoral research with one of our new professorial leaders:

  • Health Law and Society (x 2), including human tissue, reproduction, gender, mental health, disability, public health; lead supervision by Professor Anne-Maree Farrell, ARC Future Fellow, Director, Centre for Health Law and Society: www.latrobe.edu.au/law/research/chls
  • Court Administration (x 1), including media, information and communications technology; lead supervision by Professor Anne Wallace, Associate Head, La Trobe Law School
  • Data and the Law, Financial Crime & Digital Financial Services (x 2); supervision by Professor Louis de Koker, Project Lead, Law Node, Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) & Associate Professor Sara Smyth, Coordinator, La Trobe’s new Master of Cybersecurity (Law)
  • Australian Public Law (x 2), government decision-making, fairness and rights protection, particularly as it concerns legal, political and social challenges facing Australia; lead supervision by Professor Matthew Groves, Director of the Public Law Program, La Trobe Law School; Editor, Australian Journal of Administrative Law

How to apply

If you wish to apply for a Research Scholarship within the Law School, follow these steps:

Closing date

Applications close 30 April 2017.  Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 30 June and successful candidates will be expected to enrol no later than 1 October 2017.

Contact us

If you require more information, or wish to discuss your proposal, please contact Dr Emma Henderson, Director ofGraduate and Postgraduate Studies at e.henderson@latrobe.edu.au

La Trobe Alcohol Policy research PhD scholarship

The Centre for Alcohol Policy Research is looking for outstanding applicants who are interested in alcohol-related research, as part of a NHMRC-funded project. The study aims to develop, pilot and field test a novel approach to collect self-report data on current drinking behaviour (consumption and other patterns of use, dependence and harms) at a population level in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. The study is led by the University of Sydney, in collaboration with La Trobe University, Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council SA, Curtin University, Inala Indigenous Health Service Qld and the University of NSW.

Benefits

  • a La Trobe research scholarship for three years, with a value of $30,000 per annum, to support your living costs
  • a fee-relief scholarship (LTUFFRS) for four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University (international applicants only)
  • opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers, and have access to our suite of professional development programs.

Selection criteria

Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including a first class honours degree or equivalent. The degree could be in a range of relevant fields, for example epidemiology, sociology, public health, psychology, medicine.

As an applicant you should have an interest in alcohol’s role in society and in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The tablet computer-based survey instrument has already been developed to measure alcohol use behaviours among Indigenous Australians (aged ≥ 16). Your part of the project would be to work on a quantitative analysis of data to assess its validity compared with a detailed clinical interview, and to assess its test-retest reliability.

How to apply

Follow these steps to apply:

  1. review the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research website (www.capr.edu.au)
  2. review details on how to apply for candidature
  3. submit an enquiry to Michael Livingston at m.livingston@latrobe.edu.au to identify a potential supervsiro. Ensure you outline your academic background and research interests.
  4. once  you have received in-principle agreement for supervision, complete and submit your application to be admitted into La Trobe's PhD program at admissions.grs@latrobe.edu.au by 24 March, 2017, indicating you wish to be considered for the Alcohol Policy Research Scholarship.

The University will carefully review your application and for scholarship and you will be advised of the outcome in April 2017.

Closing date

Application close 24 March 2017.

Contact us

If you require futher in formation, please contact Michael Livingston, Research Fellow at m.livingston@latrobe.edu.au

Materials Science Additive Manufacturing research scholarship

A Doctoral research scholarship in Materials Science & Engineering aimed at improving the advanced manufacturing capability of Australian enterprises.

A fully funded 3-year PhD position is available in the Department of Engineering at La Trobe University in the field of Advanced Materials to start in early 2017. This exciting role forms part of a collaboration between the university and a research partner involved in the production of advanced metal products by additive manufacturing.  The project will involve the processing, design and validation of alloys and processes for demanding applications.

Applicants should hold a first class honours degree or Masters degree in a related engineering or science discipline and be eligible to work in Australia.  Experience with Non-destructive testing as well as advanced CAD & CAE packages would be desirable.

Benefits of the scholarship

Benefits of the scholarship include:

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three years, with a value of $26,689 per annum, to support your living costs [2017 rate]
  • a fee-relief scholarship (LTUFFRS) for four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University (international applicants only)
  • opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers, and have access to our suite of professional development programs
  • The program is based with a research partner meaning the applicant must be hands on and able to adapt to this environment.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for this Scholarship, follow these steps:

  • review details on how to apply for candidature at: latrobe.edu.au/research/
  • To Apply, submit an enquiry using our online enquiry system, indicating that you wish to be considered for the scholarship. We will direct this to the appropriate La Trobe staff member
  • When you have received in-principle agreement for supervision, complete and submit your application to the La Trobe Graduate Research School (admissions.grs@latrobe.edu.au) by March 3 2017 for admission into La Trobe’s PhD program, indicating you wish to be considered for this Scholarship.

The University will carefully review your application and consider you for the Materials Science Additive Manufacturing Research Scholarship.

Applications will be advised of an outcome by March 31, 2017.

Closing date - Applications close 7 April, 2017.

Contact us - If you require further information, please contact:  Prof. Roger Lumley, Head, Department of Engineering
R.Lumley@latrobe.edu.au

Material Science Aluminium Alloys research scholarship

A Doctoral research scholarship in Materials Science & Engineering aimed at improving the advanced manufacturing capability of Australian enterprises.

A fully funded 3-year PhD position is available in the Department of Engineering at La Trobe University in the field of Advanced Materials to start in 2017. This exciting role forms part of a collaboration between the university and an industry partner involved in the production of advanced metal products for aerospace, defence and biomedical applications.  The project will principally involve the processing and design of novel specialty aluminium alloys for demanding applications.

Applicants should hold a first class honours degree or Masters degree in a related engineering or science discipline and be eligible to work in Australia.  The applicant will also need to comply with eligibility requirements of the industry partner.  Experience of foundry practices, casting simulation and non-destructive testing would be highly desirable.

Benefits of the scholarship

Benefits of the scholarship include:

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three years, with a value of $26,689 per annum, to support your living costs [2017 rate]
  • a fee-relief scholarship (LTUFFRS) for four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University (international applicants only)
  • opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers, and have access to our suite of professional development programs
  • The program is industry based meaning the applicant must be hands on and able to work in a busy environment.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for this Scholarship, follow these steps:

  • review details on how to apply for candidature at: latrobe.edu.au/research/future
  • To Apply, submit an enquiry using our online enquiry system, indicating that you wish to be considered for the scholarship. We will direct this to the appropriate La Trobe staff member
  • When you have received in-principle agreement for supervision, complete and submit your application to the La Trobe Graduate Research School (admissions.grs@latrobe.edu.au) by March 3 2017 for admission into La Trobe’s PhD program, indicating you wish to be considered for this Scholarship.

The University will carefully review your application and consider you for the Material Science Aluminium Alloys Scholarship.

You will be advised of an outcome by 31 March 2017.

Closing date - Applications close 7 April, 2017.

Contact us - If you require further information, please contact:  Prof. Roger Lumley, Head, Department of Engineering
R.Lumley@latrobe.edu.au

PhD scholarship: Youth drinking cultures

Young people today are drinking less alcohol than the generations before them. What is driving this change in youth behaviour?

Over the past 15 years, rates of drinking among teenagers have steadily declined in Australia. Similar trends have been identified internationally but there has been little progress in identifying the factors underlying these developments. This project will use quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate whether these reductions are being driven by policy, changes in youth leisure time, shifts in social and cultural norms and/or family influences.

Two prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) scholarships, one quantitative and one qualitative, will be awarded to outstanding applicants who are interested in exploring the factors driving reductions in teenage drinking. This project is located with the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research in the School of Psychology and Public Health.

Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including a first class honours degree or equivalent.

As an applicant you should have an interest in sociology, youth studies, epidemiology, public health, cultural studies or a similar social sciences field. One qualitative and one quantitative PhD will be offered exploring the social, cultural, environmental, economic and political influences on youth drinking practices.

Benefits of the scholarship

Benefits of the scholarship include:

  • A La Trobe Research Scholarship for three years, with a value of $26,288 per annum, to support your living costs [2016 rate]
  • A fee-relief scholarship (LTUFFRS) for four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University (international applicants only)
  • The opportunity to work with an experienced and international project team, primarily located with the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research
  • Access to La Trobe University services, including a suite of professional development programs

How to apply

If you wish to apply for this ARC funded scholarship on youth drinking cultures, follow these steps:

  • review the Centre for Alcohol Policy website: www.capr.edu.au
  • review details on how to apply for candidature at: latrobe.edu.au/research/future
  • contact Dr Amy Pennay by the 1st March 2017 at a.pennay@latrobe.edu.au indicating that you wish to be considered for the youth drinking cultures scholarship; the application should include a cover letter explaining why the project is of interest to you and how your skills and experience align with the project, an academic transcript, your CV and contact information for two referees
  • the successful applicant will then submit an application to the La Trobe Graduate Research School (admissions.grs@latrobe.edu.au)

The University will carefully review your application and consider you for this Scholarship.

You will be advised of an outcome shortly after the decision is made.

Closing date - Applications will close at 5pm on 13 April 2017.

Contact us - If you require further information, please contact Dr Amy Pennay: a.pennay@latrobe.edu.au

Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University www.capr.edu.au

Embryo Development and Craniofacial Defects research scholarship

A Ph.D. scholarship offered to an exceptional student, to investigate genetic mechanisms which underpin vertebrate birth defects, with a particular focus on craniofacial defects such as cleft palate.

This scholarship will be offered to an independent, proactive, forward thinking and enthusiastic candidate, who wishes to forge an independent career in science.

Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including a first class honours degree or equivalent.

As an applicant you should have an interest in developmental genetics and understanding the processes which govern embryo formation, as well as a keen interest and aptitude in biochemistry and molecular genetics. Your project will address biological and cellular behaviours which regulate how the vertebrate embryos forms, using the mouse, and zebrafish as genetic developmental models.

Benefits of the scholarship

Benefits of the scholarship include:

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three years, with a value of $26,288 per annum, to support your living costs [2016 rate]
  • a fee-relief scholarship (LTUFFRS) for four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University (international applicants only)
  • opportunities for authorship on high impact scientific manuscripts.
  • opportunities to attend national and international conferences
  • opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers, and have access to our suite of professional development programs

How to apply

  • Review how to apply for a graduate research scholarship at: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/research/future/apply
  • Contact Dr. Seb Dworkin by email at s.dworkin@latrobe.edu.au, with a full CV, academic transcript, and a cover letter outlining why you would like to be considered for this scholarship.
  • Dr. Dworkin, and the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology will carefully review your application and consider you for this Scholarship.
  • The successful applicant who receives in-principle agreement for supervision, will then submit a complete PhD application to the La Trobe Graduate Research School, attaching a copy of the agreement to Admissions.grs@latrobe.edu.au

Closing date - Applications close 1 April 2017, unless filled sooner. You will be advised of an outcome by 30th April, 2017.

Contact us - If you require further information, please contact: s.dworkin@latrobe.edu.au or the La Trobe University Graduate Research School: grs@latrobe.edu.au

PhD Scholarship in Vision and Cognitive Neuroscience (Australian Research Council Funded Project)

This project aims to determine how we select actions to visual cues rapidly, unconsciously and automatically. Learning associations between visual stimuli and motor responses is part of normal development and continues throughout life. Rapid deployment of these actions is often critical for safety yet we have limited knowledge of how the human brain does this. This project will use visual psychophysics and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to characterise the neural architecture underlying these processes and determine how the dorsal and ventral streams of visual processing, specialised for motor control and recognition respectively, interact in vision-based actions as these actions become learned. Outcomes will provide new frameworks for driving improvement in any domain in which goal-directed actions depend on the rapid processing of visual information, including human-machine interfaces for defence, economic development, education, health, science and technology.

This project is funded by a research grant awarded to Dr. Philippe Chouinard, Prof. Sheila Crewther, and Prof. Melvyn Goodale (Western University, Canada) by the Australian Research Council (DP170103189).

Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including first class honours or equivalent for an undergraduate degree.

Download the scholarship flyer for full details (PDF 26.4KB)

Economics of Autism research scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding applicant who is interested in evaluating services designed to improve the lives of children with autism.

Working across both the Department of Public Health and the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC), the successful applicant will join a team of researchers investigating a range of services designed to improve the health and well-being of children with autism. The program of work comprising this research is built around an economic evaluation of alternative ways of supporting children in early childhood settings. The thesis could also include an assessment of the costs of different service delivery options, evaluation of the burden falling on families, and a review of outcome measures suitable for economic evaluation in this area.

Download the scholarship flyer for full details [PDF 138KB]

DairyBio graduate researcher scholarships

These prestigious scholarships, established by DairyBio, will be awarded to outstanding applicants who are interested in best practise research training in bioinformatics, computational biology, systems biology, engineering, genomics, phenomics, metabolomics, animal nutrition, agronomy or quantitative genetics.

Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including a first class honours degree or equivalent.

Your project will address economic, environmental or technological challenges that have significance for the long-term future of the Australian Dairy Industry.

This scholarship will remain open until the place is filled.

Download the scholarship flyer for full details [PDF 41KB]