Knee Injury Rehabilitation Research Scholarship


Per annum, for three and a half years. Fee relief additional.

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Closing date



Who is it for?

Future graduate researchers, Future PhD candidates, Graduate researchers

Where is it available?


How is it paid?

Fortnightly stipend


Doctoral research scholarship awarded to an outstanding candidate to undertake research aimed at improving outcomes following knee injury and reconstruction.

This prestigious scholarship, established by La Trobe University, will be awarded to an outstanding applicant who is interested in exploring the effect of exercise-therapy on optimising knee symptoms and quality of life and preventing osteoarthritis after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and reconstruction.

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 knee injuries, rehabilitation and osteoarthritis. Your project will address symptomatic, functional and structural changes after ACL reconstruction to identify risk factors and optimal management for early osteoarthritis outcomes as part of a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded project.
Benefits of the scholarship

Benefits of the scholarship include:

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three and a half (3.5 years) years, with a value of $27,596.00 per annum, to support your living costs (2019 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
  • supervised by Professor Kay Crossley and Dr Adam Culvenor within the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre.

Are you eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must:

- a Masters by research degree in a relevant discipline completed within the last ten years assessed at a La Trobe Masters by research standard of 75 or above; or

- an Honours degree, Masters by coursework or ungraded Masters by research degree completed within the last ten years where you achieved a weighted average mark of 70 or above across any coursework subjects; AND any of the following assessed at a La Trobe Masters by research standard of 75 or above:

  • a research thesis of approximately 15,000-20,000 words; or
  • the degree includes a written research component comprising at least 3/8 of one year; or
  • you are the lead author of a peer-reviewed publication or other research published within the last ten years.

How to apply

  • review details on how to apply for candidature
  • submit an enquiry to Dr Adam Culvenor: including a letter of motivation together with a detailed CV
  • when you have received in-principle agreement for your application to be considered, complete and submit your application to the La Trobe Graduate Research School ( if you are a domestic applicant or for international applicants for admission into La Trobe’s PhD program, indicating you wish to be considered for a DVCR Internal Scholarship.

The research team will carefully review your application and consider you for a PhD Scholarship.

Who to contact for further information

Adam Culvenor,