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UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarships

UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarships offer:

  • The opportunity to work on high quality research projects with the best supervisory teams in world class environments at UNSW Sydney
  • $41K a year stipend for four years
  • Tuition fees for the full 4 year period
  • Coaching and mentoring as part of a highly personalised leadership development plan
  • Up to $10k each year to assist career development and international research collaborations

For more information on the UNSW Scientia Scholarship scheme visit the Scientia website.

Applications are now open for the following three Scientia PhD Scholarship projects:

Cognition and decision-making in consumer-directed aged care markets

Project Description

New consumer-directed care markets in Australia's aged care system could provide older people and their carers with more choice and control over the services they receive. However, for older people to enjoy the benefits of consumer-directed care, they need the capacities and resources to exercise meaningful choice and control. Differences in cognitive functioning and access to appropriate family support interact in the new service landscape to create or amplify inequalities in older people’s access to aged care services. This interdisciplinary project explores these inequalities and the potential role of families in mitigating them, and proposes policy solutions.

Ideal Candidate

The project brings together the concepts and methods of social policy, psychogeriatrics and neuroscience to advance understanding of inequalities generated by consumer-directed aged care markets, and policy solutions.

The ideal candidate will have a disciplinary background in neuroscience and demonstrated experience in/commitment to social sciences/policy. They will have skills in quantitative and qualitative methods. Clinical experience is desirable. Previous expertise in older people, care services or family care will be highly regarded.

They will also have a record of academic excellence and demonstrated capacity to produce high quality outputs. They will contribute to the thriving research environments at the Social Policy Research Centre (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), the Australian Human Rights Institute where Hamilton leads the Gender Justice Programme, Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), the Faculty of Medicine, and the ARC Centre of Excellence on Population Ageing Research, on which Anstey is Deputy Director and Hamilton is Associate Investigator.

Supervisory Team

Myra Hamilton, UNSW Faculty of Science, Social Policy Research Centre

Kaarin Anstey, UNSW Faculty of Science, Psychology

Carmelle Peisah, UNSW Faculty of Medicine, Psychiatry

To submit an EOI by 9am on Monday 15th July

» Apply here «

Scientia PhD Scholarship: Frailty level and cognition over the adult life-course

Project Description

Over recent years it has become clear that dementia pathology accrues over the decades prior to diagnosis. Exciting recent developments highlight the potential role of frailty as a moderator in the development of dementia. However, the role of frailty over the life-course and prodromal phase of dementia is only just beginning to be explored. This project will use secondary data analysis of unique multinational longitudinal cohorts, imaging and medical-record data to explore, model and uncover the relationships between exposure to risk factors, frailty, quality of life, quality-adjusted-life-years (QALY) and cognition over the adult life-course and in various societal, socioeconomic and population groups.

Ideal Candidate

This project would suit someone with an interest in the use of secondary data analysis and statistical modelling. The project includes novel and traditional methods of analysis of long-term repeated measures data from varying assessment intervals drawn from differing population groups. It requires attention to detail, data management, sensitive data harmonisation, evidence synthesis and an ability to take a high-level overview of the evidence. There is scope to add in mixed methods and interviewing depending on the candidate. The ideal candidate will have an honours degree in psychology or equivalent discipline, a demonstrated interest in ageing, frailty and cognitive function and experience of basic statistical modelling. Additional experience of evidence synthesis, meta-analysis and data harmonisation, working with large data sets and missing data would be an advantage.

Supervisory Team

Ruth Peters, UNSW Faculty of Science, Psychology
Kaarin Anstey, UNSW Faculty of Science, Psychology
Kenneth  Rockwood, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, Geriatric Medicine

Scientia PhD Scholarship: Long-Term Care Insurance and Services in China

Project Description

This project studies the development of long-term care insurance and services in China. The project will make three contributions: (1) We will document different models of long-term care service provision, funding and governing structure that have emerged in China. (2) We will analyse the costs associated with different long-term care arrangements. (3) We will analyse the scalability of different long-term care models to the level needed given China’s rapid population ageing. The project will be supervised by an interdisciplinary team of top researchers in the field.

Ideal Candidate

We are looking for several candidates which are fluent in Mandarin and have one or more of the following skills:

  • a degree in Economics, Actuarial Studies, Social Policy or a related discipline
  • very good statistical, actuarial or econometric skills
  • interested in Chinese social policies
  • interested in fieldwork in China

Supervisory team

Katja Hanewald, UNSW Business School, Risk & Actuarial Studies
Hazel Bateman, UNSW Business School, Risk & Actuarial Studies
Bingqin Li, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences

» Apply here «


CEPAR Postgraduate Scholarship in Decision Making and Ageing

CEPAR is seeking applications for a Postgraduate Research Scholarship for Decision Making, Expectations and Cognitive Ageing Research

One PhD scholarship is on offer for up to 3 years starting in 2019. The CEPAR scholarship will be awarded under the same conditions and benefits as the Research Training Program (2019 base rate $27,596 p/a) and will include an additional $5,000 annual top-up.

The successful applicant will undertake a research project aligned with the core interests of the Centre’s decision-making, expectations and cognitive ageing research stream.

Example topics include:
1. Individual differences in financial and health decision-making: Impacts on productive ageing
2. Identifying individual and social influences on decision-making at older ages

Expressions of Interest
Expressions of interest are invited from outstanding and enthusiastic psychology honours graduates. Applicants must fulfil the PhD admission criteria for the University of New South Wales, including meeting English language requirements, and demonstrating excellent potential for research. Demonstrated evidence of research track record (e.g. research outputs such as publications or conference presentations) will be highly regarded but is not essential.

Expressions of interest have closed.

For enquiries: contact Dr Craig Sinclair (or 02 9399 1095) or Professor Kaarin Anstey to discuss development of a proposal.


CEPAR PhD Scholarships

CEPAR Supplementary Scholarships provide additional support to eligible international and domestic higher degree research students who are in receipt of an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) or university equivalent scholarship to assist them with pursuing a program of study related to CEPAR.

Please check the Guidelines for eligibility.

Applications have closed. Applications for 2020 will open in October 2019.

Summer Research Scholarships

CEPAR and the UNSW Business School offer highly competitive summer research scholarships to currently enrolled undergraduate students who are considering Honours and/or postgraduate research in the future. Students will participate in research projects supervised by CEPAR researchers and gain valuable research experience.

Futher information about the program can be found on the flyer.

Applications for 2018/2019 have closed. Applications for 2019/2020 will open in August 2019

CEPAR Honours Scholarships

Applications for 2019 scholarships have closed. Applications for 2020 scholarships will open in October 2019.

Review the CEPAR Honours Scholarship Guidelines