Specialist research scholarships

SHE Scholarships

Murray Darling Honours scholarships - deadline 26 January 2018

The Murray–Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC) in association with The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (on behalf of the joint governments) is committed to the generation and adoption of freshwater ecological knowledge to inform decision making.

The MDFRC and MDBA Collaboration Partnership (MMCP) invites applications for students to receive one of three available scholarships, who are undertaking research on the ecology and biogeochemistry of floodplain rivers and wetlands. Research themes that are considered within scope for consideration include:

  • Plant ecology
  • Floodplain fish ecology
  • Food web ecology
  • Invasive aquatic species

Applicants must be enrolled or in the process for applying through La Trobe University for the Honours Program.

Through La Trobe University the MMCP will provide an Honours scholarship to successful applicants to the value of $6,000 ($4,000 stipend + $2,000 operating). These scholarships will be selected based on the students undergraduate course Weighted Average Mark (WAM) and the relevance of Honours project to the MMCP. Honours students will be supervised/co-supervised by MMCP researchers and will undertake a research project aligned with the objectives of the MMCP.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for one of the three potential scholarships:

You will be advised of an outcome early February 2018.

Closing date

Applications close 26 January 2018.

Contact us

For further information, please contact:

Dr Daryl Nielsen, Principal Research Scientist, Murray–Darling Freshwater Research Centre
E: d.nielsen@latrobe.edu.au

Supplementary information

These positions will be based at The Murray–Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC) at either the Albury–Wodonga or Mildura campuses of La Trobe University.

MDFRC specialises in the ecology of rivers and wetlands within the Murray–Darling Basin.

Flow ecology of floodplain rivers and wetlands research top-up scholarships - deadline 30 January 2018

The Murray–Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC) in association with The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (on behalf of the joint governments) is committed to the generation and adoption of freshwater ecological knowledge to inform decision making.

The MDFRC and MDBA Collaboration Partnership (MMCP) invites applications for top-up scholarships to support postgraduate students undertaking research on the ecology and biogeochemistry of floodplain rivers and wetlands. Research themes that are considered within scope for consideration include:

  • plant ecology
  • floodplain fish ecology
  • food web ecology
  • invasive aquatic species.

As well as a stipend top-up and operating funds to support travel and fieldwork, successful applicants will engage with state and federal water policy and management representatives with the aim of enhancing their understanding of evidence based decision making.

Applicants must be enrolled or in the process of applying through La Trobe University for a relevant scholarship for doctoral studies e.g. Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship (RTP) or La Trobe University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (LTUPRS). Through La Trobe University the MMCP will provide top-up scholarships to successful applicants to the value of $15,000 ($10,000 'top-up' + $5,000 operating) per annum.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for one of the three potential scholarships:

Applicants will be advised of an outcome early February 2018.

Closing date

Applications close 30 January 2018.

Contact us

For further information, please contact:

Dr Daryl Nielsen, Principal Research Scientist, Murray–Darling Freshwater Research Centre
E: d.nielsen@latrobe.edu.au

Supplementary information

These positions will be based at The Murray–Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC) at either the Albury–Wodonga or Mildura campuses of La Trobe University.

MDFRC specialises in the ecology of rivers and wetlands within the Murray–Darling Basin.

Industry PhD Scholarship in Derivatives Trading Analysis - open until filled

A doctoral scholarship awarded to an outstanding candidate to undertake research with a view of developing an open standard for the wholesale exchange traded derivatives market.

This Industry PhD scholarship, established by La Trobe University in partnership with Derivatives.com.au (DCA), will be awarded to a qualified applicant with a background in computer science, information technology, information systems, and related fields in engineering.

The aim of this research project is to develop an open standard to help the derivatives trading industry and regulators across various jurisdictions streamline the derivatives trading and compliance processes. This open standard will include an information transmission protocol that enables traders, brokers and regulators to monitor and analyse its data traffic in real time. The PhD candidate undertaking the research will be required to understand the current practice through on-site training, research into potential solutions, and specify requirements. Based on the findings, the PhD candidate will design and develop an industry standard, and build an experimental system to verify and evaluate the proposed standard and compliance process.

The research will be based at DCA in Sydney, Australia and the candidate will engage in frequent meetings with their supervisors and other staff members at La Trobe.

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

Benefits of the scholarship

Benefits of the scholarship include:

  • a La Trobe PhD Scholarship for three years, with a value of $27,082 per annum (2018 rate)
  • a fee-relief scholarship (LTU-FFRS) for up to four years for international applicants
  • academic supervision provided by La Trobe
  • industry supervision and mentoring provided by DCA
  • conduct research in shaping the future compliance processes for the wholesale derivatives industry in Australia and the United States
  • opportunity to build professional networks in the sector
  • opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers
  • access to La Trobe’s suite of professional development programs
  • access to industry-specific on-site training with DCA.

Eligibility criteria

Essential

  • First class honours degree or equivalent in computer science, information technology and/or electrical engineering
  • International applicants: Meet the English language entry requirements at La Trobe University

Desirable

  • Understanding of the current industry practice in wholesale derivatives training
  • Knowledge of computer networks, data communication and cybersecurity

How to apply

If you wish to apply for the Industry PhD Scholarship in Derivatives Trading Analysis, follow these steps:

  1. Expression of interest: Send your resume, transcripts, certificates and relevant publications (if any) in one PDF file to Ka.Chan@latrobe.edu.au . You will be notified of the outcome of your expression of interest by email.
  2. Interview: If your expression of interest is successful, you will be invited to an interview with representatives of La Trobe and DCA.
  3. Invitation to apply: If you are shortlisted for the scholarship, you will be invited to formally apply for both the scholarship and for PhD candidature. Instructions on how to apply will be provided to shortlisted candidates.

La Trobe will carefully review your application and consider you for this scholarship. We anticipate that shortlisted applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by February 2018 and that the successful applicant will commence candidature by March 2018.

Closing date

Expressions of interest are open until the position is filled.

Contact us

Dr Ka Chan
Lecturer, Computer Science and Information Technology
Tel: +61 (0)3 5444 7276
E: Ka.Chan@latrobe.edu.au

PhD scholarship in immunoparasitology - deadline 1 October

This scholarship will be offered to an enthusiastic and hard-working candidate, who wishes to forge a career in science. Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including a first class honours degree or equivalent.

Explore host-parasite interactions, especially the interaction between domestic sheep and the nematode Teladorsagia circumcincta. The aims of the research are to identify the molecular targets of the protective IgA response; to determine the mechanisms of action and to explore the evasion mechanisms used by the parasite. The research will involve a variety of techniques including ELISA, Western blotting, capillary electrophoresis, mass spectrometry, cloning, expression and protein conformation, enzyme kinetics and bioinformatics. The candidate is expected to know some of these procedures and training will be supplied as necessary.

Benefits

Benefits  include:

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three years, with a value of $26,682 per annum, to support your living costs (under review)
  • opportunities to attend national and international conferences
  • opportunities to research and publish in cutting edge science.
  • 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 this scholarship, follow these steps:

  • review details on how to apply for candidature
  • contact Professor M.J. Stear at m.stear@latrobe.edu.au with a full CV including three referees, and a cover letter outlining why you would like to be considered for this scholarship.
  • 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) for admission into La Trobe’s PhD program, indicating you wish to be considered for this scholarship.

Closing date

Applications close 1 October 2017, unless filled sooner. You will be advised of an outcome by December 2017.

Contact us

If you require further information, please contact:

La Trobe Graduate Research School
E: grs@latrobe.edu.au

PhD scholarship in quantitative biology - deadline 1 October

A PhD scholarship offered to an exceptional student, to investigate the mathematical biology of host-parasite interactions. This scholarship will be offered to an enthusiastic and hard-working candidate, who wishes to forge a career in science. Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including a first class honours degree or equivalent.

Take a quantitative approach to studying the interaction between livestock and their parasites, especially sheep and the nematode Teladorsagia circumcincta. You will join a group of quantitative and molecular biologists. The research will include the identification of genes underlying resistance to parasitic infection, bioinformatic analysis in both host and parasite and mathematical modelling of the protective immune response. The project will involve bioinformatic and statistical analysis as well as mathematical modelling. The aim is to enhance our understanding of the mechanisms that underlie resistance to parasite infection and use this understanding to develop sustainable methods of disease control.

Benefits

Benefits  include:

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three years, with a value of $26,682 per annum, to support your living costs (under review)
  • opportunities to attend national and international conferences
  • opportunities to research and publish in cutting edge science
  • 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 a Quantitative Biology PhD Scholarship, follow these steps:

  • review details on how to apply for candidature
  • contact Professor M.J. Stear at m.stear@latrobe.edu.au with a full CV including three referees, and a cover letter outlining why you would like to be considered for this scholarship.
  • 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) for admission into La Trobe’s PhD program, indicating you wish to be considered for this scholarship.

Closing date

Applications for this scholarship close 1 October 2017, unless filled sooner.

You will be notified of an outcome by December 2017.

Contact us

If you require further information, please contact:

La Trobe Graduate Research School
E: grs@latrobe.edu.au

DairyBio graduate researcher scholarships - open until filled

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]

Vision and cognitive neuroscience PhD scholarship (Australian Research Council Funded Project) - open until filled

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)

Webster rural and regional dementia care PhD scholarship - deadline 31 January 2018

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
  • 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 January 2018 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.

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

Nursing workforce research scholarship (mental health) - open until filled

Doctoral research scholarship awarded to an outstanding candidate to undertake research aimed at exploring the association between nursing skill mix and outcomes for patients in mental health.

This scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding applicant who is interested in evaluating how specialist mental health nursing influences clinical outcomes for patients (readmission). Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including a first class honours degree or equivalent.

Working across the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Healthscope private hospitals group, the successful applicant will join an established international team of researchers investigating the associations between nursing skill mix in mental health care and psychiatric patient outcomes. The program of work will use routinely collected hospital administrative data. A good understanding of the research methods that underpin clinical epidemiology (particularly statistical modelling) would be a distinct advantage.

Benefits

Benefits include:

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three years, with a value of $26,682.00 per annum ($80,046 in total), 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.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, you need to:

  • have an Australian Bachelor’s degree with honours year at an H1 standard, or approved international equivalent.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for a Nursing Workforce Research Scholarship, follow these steps:

  • review details on how to apply for candidature
  • contact Professor Richard Gray (r.gray@latrobe.edu.au) to discuss your application and available research supervision
  • 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) for admission into La Trobe’s PhD program, indicating you wish to be considered for this scholarship.

Closing date

Applications will remain open until this scholarships is awarded.

Contact us

If you require further information, contact:

Professor Richard Gray
School of Nursing and Midwifery
r.gray@latrobe.edu.au

Nursing workforce research scholarships (skill mix) - open until filled

Doctoral research scholarship awarded to an outstanding candidate to undertake research aimed at exploring the association between nursing skill mix and clinical outcomes for adult medical and surgical patients.

This scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding applicant who is interested in evaluating how nursing skill mix impacts on clinical outcomes for patients (mortality, 30-day readmission, falls). Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including a first class honours degree or equivalent.

Working across the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Healthscope private hospitals group, the successful applicant will join an established international team of researchers investigating the associations between various aspects of nursing skill mix and medical and surgical patient outcomes. The program will use routinely collected hospital administrative data. A good understanding of the research methods that underpin clinical epidemiology would be a distinct advantage.

Benefits

Benefits include:

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three years, with a value of $26,682.00 per annum ($80,046 in total), 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.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, you need to:

  • have an Australian Bachelor’s degree with honours year at an H1 standard, or approved international equivalent.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for a Nursing Workforce Research Scholarship, follow these steps:

  • Review details on how to apply for candidature
  • contact Professor Richard Gray (r.gray@latrobe.edu.au) to discuss your application and available research supervision
  • 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) for admission into La Trobe’s PhD program, indicating you wish to be considered for this scholarship.

Closing date

Applications will remain open until this scholarships is awarded.

Contact us

If you require further information, contact:

Professor Richard Gray
School of Nursing and Midwifery
r.gray@latrobe.edu.au

ASSC Scholarships

Graphic encounters research scholarship - deadline 15 October 2017

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:

  1. 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
  2. Please supply your referees with this form [PDF 80KB]
  3. 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).
  4. Review details on how to apply for candidature
  5. 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.

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

La Trobe Law School higher degree research scholarships - open until filled

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
  • 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:

  • In the first instance, please contact Dr Emma Henderson, Director of Graduate and Postgraduate Studies, to informally discuss your doctoral research proposal (E.Henderson@latrobe.edu.au)
    Review details on how to apply for candidature.

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 of Graduate and Postgraduate Studies at e.henderson@latrobe.edu.au.

Social media sentiment analysis (SMSA) - deadline 30 September 2017

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.

Contact us

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