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Name of Scholarship Eligible Program Status/Reference Closing Date
Macquarie University Indigenous Research Pathway Program
MRES
MPHIL
PHD
OPEN (All Year)

Macquarie University Indigenous Research Pathway Program

The Macquarie University Indigenous Research Pathway Program provides scholarship support to Indigenous Australians to enrol in a postgraduate degree including Master of Research, Master of Philosophy, or Doctor of Philosophy, in any field of research.

The aim of the Program is to encourage and increase the number of Indigenous Australians undertaking postgraduate research study with a view to increasing the number of Indigenous Australian academic staff. The Program provides recipients with the opportunity to access:

  • Mentoring from academic and professional staff and fellow postgraduate students
  • Advanced research preparation and skills development
  • Career development and opportunity
  • The opportunity to present your research work at local, regional and national conferences

Candidates who are successful in receiving an Indigenous Research Pathway Program scholarship are welcomed into the host Faculty and encouraged to participate fully in academic life. As well as scholarship funding, there may be opportunity to undertake further paid employment such as tutoring, marking or Faculty activities.

Value and Tenure: The value and tenure of the scholarship varies according to the degree being undertaken, as follows:

  • Master of Research (MRes)
    For candidates enrolling in an MRes, the scholarship stipend is valued at $25,000 per annum (tax exempt) for up to 2 years.
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
    For candidates enrolling in an MPhil, the scholarship stipend is valued at $35,849 per annum (2015 rate), tax exempt and indexed annually, for up to 2 years. (This funding consists of the standard scholarship stipend based on the APA per annum rate, plus an additional $10,000 pa fixed rate supplementary stipend.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    For candidates enrolling in a PhD, the scholarship stipend is valued at $35,849 per annum (2015 rate), tax exempt and indexed annually, for up to 3 years. (This funding consists of the standard scholarship stipend based on the APA per annum rate, plus an additional $10,000 pa fixed rate supplementary stipend.)

For PhD and MPhil candidates, leave and other conditions are generally equivalent to that of the Australian Postgraduate Award. If the candidate has previously enrolled in study towards a research degree, the duration of the scholarship will be reduced by this period of prior enrolment. This is known as advanced standing.

Eligibility: To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Be enrolled or enrolling in a Master of Research (either year 1 or year 2), or a Master of Philosophy (MPhil), or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
  • Meet the University's minimum scholarship rating criteria.
  • Be an Indigenous Australian

Application: Applicants should refer carefully to candidature admission and scholarship criteria before lodging an application. All applicants will need to attach Letter of Confirmation of Aboriginality OR a completed Statutory Declaration (see below). All applicants will need to arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office (HDRO). Academic referee reports are available at the Forms page.

For MRes applications:

For MPhil/PhD applications:

  • Information for MPhil and PhD applicants can be found at HDR Research Degrees.
  • Applicants should also refer to the University's scholarship requirements. Successful applicants will usually have a solid academic record, a history of scholarships/prizes at the undergraduate level; and may have undertaken peer-reviewed research activity. Further information can be found at HDR Scholarship Requirements.
  • Applicants applying for MPhil or PhD, or for an MRes/PhD Bundle*, should apply using the HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application form.

*An MRes/PhD Bundle is for entry into year 2 of the MRes program, followed by PhD.

Statutory Declaration: The Indigenous Research Pathways Program is open to Indigenous Australians only. Applicants must supply either a copy of their Letter of Confirmation of Aboriginality or a completed Statutory Declaration to confirm their Indigeneity (available below).

Contact: For application queries, contact the HDRO Scholarships Officers at hdrschol@mq.edu.au. For other queries, contact the Head of Department, Department of Indigenous Studies – Warawara.

Please quote the scholarship reference 'Indigenous Research Pathway Scholarship' on your application.

Research Pathway Scholarship
MRES2 OPEN 30 SEPT 15

Year 1

All full time domestic candidates entering the BPhil/MRes program in Year 1 receive a scholarship stipend in Session 1 of $4,000, paid as a single payment after the census date of 31 March in 2015 and 26 March in 2016.

To receive a scholarship stipend payment of $4,000 in Session 2, candidates require a weighted average of 65 or above at the end of Session 1. The second payment is made after the census date for Session 2 of 31 August in 2015 and 26 August in 2016.

Program Year Value Minimum requirement
Year 1, Session 1 $4,000 Automatic with admission
Year 1, Session 2 $4,000 Weighted average of 65 or above obtained in year 1, session 1

Year 2

Macquarie's stipend scholarship scheme increases the amount of financial support for high-performing candidates in the second year of the program.

From 2016, scholarships for MRes year 2 will change.  Eligibility for the scholarship will no longer depend on a standardised cut-off mark.  Instead, the scholarship will be allocated on a competitive basis.  The total number of scholarships awarded will depend on the scholarship budget approved by the University. 

Current BPhil candidates progressing to Year 2:

Eligibility for Year 2 stipend will be determined through a competitive ranking, based on the performance of all Year 1 units.  Exempt units will not be counted for calculation of the 'weighted average'.  The final weighted average of all BPhil candidates will be ranked and only the top ranked candidates will be awarded the Year 2 scholarship. 

Candidates enrolling in Session 3 will also be considered provisionally based on their completed units.  Final outcome for eligibility will be dependent on meeting the required scholarship allocation cut-off weighted average.

Additionally, refer to scholarships listed below with an eligible program of MRES2 for further funding opportunities.
2016 Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
MPHIL
PHD
OPEN 31 OCT 15

2016 Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA)/
Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) Round

At 50 years of age, Macquarie University has an enviable reputation for research excellence.

  • 85% of research completed at MQ is rated world standard or higher (Excellence in Research for Australia, 2012)
  • 120 researchers are ranked in the top 1 per cent in the world (Essential Science Indicators, 2014)
  • #5 in Australia for international research collaborations (Thomson Reuters Web of Science 2008 – 2012)
  • More than 100 partner universities in more than 30 countries for Cotutelle and Joint PhD
  • 1st Australian research training degree to fully align with Asian, European and North American qualifications

Macquarie's global perspective is at the heart of everything we do and is embedded in our Strategic Research Framework 2015 to 2024 World - Leading Research with World - Changing Impact .

To help support our strategic objectives, Macquarie University is offering Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) and Macquarie University Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) for commencement in Session 1, 2016.

The number of available APA places varies from year to year. The University also offers Macquarie University Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) to the same value of the APA through this competitive round.

What is an APA?
The Australian Postgraduate Award is a government-funded scholarship offered to domestic postgraduate students of exceptional research promise.

APAs require applicants to be eligible for direct entry into Macquarie University’s new 3 year PhD program or 2 year MPhil program. Successful applicants are expected to undertake their candidature full-time and on-site.

  • Applications are open to new domestic applicants and to currently enrolled domestic MPhil or PhD candidates.
  • If you are unsure if you qualify for direct entry into a PhD, MPhil OR if you would be eligible for entry to a Master of Research (MRes), you are encouraged to apply on the PhD application form and nominate that you are applying for 2016 APA round. The University also offers a limited number of MRes/PhD 'bundles' (i.e. MRes Year 2* and a provisional 3-year PhD offer (1 plus 3 years)) through this competitive round to highly qualified candidates who do not meet the PhD direct entry criteria but rank highly for scholarship.

*MRes Year 2 is a master’s level postgraduate research training pathway program where you specialise in research preparation and focus on a specific research topic and are required to submit a 20,000 word thesis for completion. If you successfully complete this program you could successfully progress to a 3 year PhD program having gained an additional Master or Research qualification

  • Currently enrolled Macquarie University Master of Research (MRes) Year 2 students do not need to apply for scholarships through this main round. Domestic students who complete the MRes Year 2 will automatically be considered for PhD scholarships based on their program outcome. For more information, please refer to the MRES Examination FAQs

Value and tenure
The APA is valued at $25,849 per annum tax exempt (2015 rate) and is paid as a fortnightly stipend. APAs are awarded for up to three (3) years for a full-time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and for up to two (2) years for a full-time Master of Philosophy (MPhil).

The University also allocates a number of Macquarie funded MQRES scholarships to the same value as the APA through this competitive round.

Eligibility
Applicants must be citizens of Australian or New Zealand or have been granted Australian permanent residency by the closing date.

More information about eligibility requirements for PhD and MPhil programs is available at:

PhD- hyperlink to http://hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/research_degrees/doctor_of_philosophy_phd

MPhil - hyperlink to http://hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/research_degrees/master_of_philosophy_mphil

Successful applicants will usually have:

  • an outstanding academic record
  • a history of scholarships and prizes at the undergraduate or postgraduate level
  • and may have evidence of peer-reviewed research activity such as publications and/or conference presentations

For reference see the scholarship rating criteria at: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/Scholarships/scholarship_requirements#rating

While currently enrolled PhD and MPhil candidates are eligible to apply, any consumed prior enrolment will be counted as advanced standing and will reduce the scholarship duration offered.

Application
To apply, go to How to Apply. Applications via the E-application system are encouraged.

Additional Information for 2016 APA Applicants (PDF)

We strongly advise all applicants to submit their application and all required documents well before the closing date. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Important Note: Referee reports are checked for authenticity. Referees may be contacted to verify details. Once completed, referee reports should not be returned to the applicant. The referee is requested to email this report directly to the University at the address provided.

Emailed applications are not accepted. The completed and submitted E application or original hard copy application must be received no later than 31 October 2015.

Successful applicants must commence the APA in Session 1, 2016.

Application Outcome Notification
Applicants shall be advised of the outcome of their applications from early December 2015 onwards.

Contact

HDR Scholarships Officers, Higher Degree Research Office
Phone: (02) 9850 1893 or (02) 9850 9782
Email: hdrschol@mq.edu.au
Website: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/Scholarships/hdr_scholarships_domestic_and_international

Faculty of Arts

ARTS: MODERN HISTORY, POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: What Australia Thinks: A History of Australian Public Opinion Polls
PHD 2015080 31 AUG 15

Department

Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Project Name

What Australia Thinks: A History of Australian Public Opinion Polls

Project Description

Opinion polls are an increasingly prominent and problematic part of politics in modern societies. This project will produce an Australian history that documents and explains the diverse and changing methods, priorities and styles of the pollsters since polling was introduced to Australia in 1941. It will examine the growing media coverage of the polls, their impact, and the controversies they have engendered as well as the performances of polls in predicting voter behaviour. Combining archival research, oral histories and quantitative methods, the project will enrich our understanding of the nature, consequences, and history of polling nationally and transnationally. It will also produce a database containing over 75 years of poll results.

Important Information

Candidates interested in any aspect of the project, including candidates interested in comparing the history of polling in Australia with that of other countries, are encouraged to apply. Candidates should have a background in history, political science, sociology or the media.

Contact

Emeritus Professor Murray Goot
murray.goot@mq.edu.au
0422 657 927

The 2015 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 pa (2015 rate) tax exempt for 3 years.

Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University's Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.

To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants would be expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University's scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements for more information about this.

Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/applications for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer. Please quote the allocation number on your application

ARTS: MPHI - A Secular State? Reason, Religion and the Australian Polity, 1788-1945
PHD 2015086 31 AUG 15
Department

Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Project Name

A Secular State? Reason, Religion and the Australian Polity, 1788-1945

Project Description

What does it mean to say that Australia is a secular state? How did that self-conception develop and how has the meaning of 'secular' changed over the course of the nation's history? These are the fundamental questions which will shape this study of the inter-relationship of the secular and religion within the Australian polity from 1788 to the end of World War II. The project will be illuminated by the increasingly sophisticated literature on secularisation and the international comparisons it will facilitate. The outcome will be a historically informed explanation of distinctively Australian attitudes to secularity, which will provide the basis for a more informed national debate over issues of religion and citizenship.

The 2015 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 pa (2015 rate) tax exempt for 3 years.

Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University's Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.

To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants would be expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University's scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements for more information about this.

Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/applications for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer. Please quote the allocation number on your application.

Important Information

Prospective candidates are invited to submit a topic that will complement this project. This can include topics of a historical nature and/or topics which engage with the theoretical literature on secularism and secularisation. The candidate will be supervised by Dr Ian Tregenza with input from Professor John Gascoigne (UNSW).

Contact

Dr Ian Tregenza
ian.tregenza@mq.edu.au
(02) 9850 8808

ARTS: English- The Transnational and Inter-cultural Dimensions of J. M.Coetzee's Writing
PHD 2015093 31 AUG 15

Department

English

Project Name

The Transnational and Inter-cultural Dimensions of J. M.Coetzee's Writing

Project Description

Applications are invited for an MQRES-funded PhD that will investigate J. M. Coetzee's writing in an international or transnational context, examining his work outside of an exclusively South African or Australian national framework. This studentship is attached to the ARC-funded project "Transnational Coetzee" and as such is a unique opportunity to undertake postgraduate research in conjunction with an active, collaborative international research project that will provide unparalleled opportunities for networking and professional development.

The dissertation supervisor Dr Paul Sheehan has an extensive background in cultural modernism and its aftermath, literary theory, Beckett studies and film studies. The student will also gain cross-institutional benefits from co-supervision with Dr Lynda Ng at UWS, and a mentorship with Prof Elleke Boehmer at the University of Oxford, UK.

Key research questions may include, but are not limited to: geographic and intercultural areas of influence in Coetzee’s work, the impact of Coetzee's work in translation, and of work in translation on Coetzee, the transnational platform generated by Coetzee’s multimedia collaborations or translations of his work into other media, philosophical or theoretical approaches to Coetzee.

Contact

Dr Paul Sheehan
paul.sheehan@mq.edu.au
02-9850 8757

The 2015 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 pa (2015 rate) tax exempt for 3 years.

Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University's Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.

To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants would be expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University's scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements for more information about this.

Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/applications for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer. Please quote the allocation number on your application

ARTS: MMCS - Cultural Conversations: A History of ABC Radio National
PHD
MRES2
2014130 31 AUG 15

The successful applicant will be working as part of a team to contribute to a qualitative and historical study of the ABC’s national radio network, Radio National (RN). This ARC funded project associated with Dr Virginia Madsen (Lead CI), CIs Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley and Prof. John Potts of Macquarie University, and in collaboration with CI John Tebbutt at Monash University, is mapping RN’s practices and programs to understand their changing contribution to Australian public life, media and culture. The project aims to investigate and assess RN’s singular role as a democratic polity and as a mix of dynamic cultures in conversation, exploring value and impacts of the network’s programming and ‘ideas culture’ on Australian debate and within the wider society over 80 years. It is addressing an underestimated area of Australian cultural history through foundational empirical, contextual and comparative research, examining policy and productions of a longstanding and respected media and cultural institution. The outcomes of this project will be significant for media, radio and public service broadcasting studies nationally and internationally, and offer a resource for policy makers here and abroad.

The successful applicant’s Doctoral study could focus on one of a range of topics relating to the history and impacts over time of this national ideas broadcaster and cultural institution. Possible areas of research could include: science broadcasting on Radio 2/RN (a prominent strand of RN’s programming); the important nexus between Australian literary cultures and the ABC’s cultural radio outlet over 80 years; qualitative audience studies relating to RN’s influence and impact on diverse communities and the public sphere including/or how it may have influenced public interest discourses, public affairs and policy formation; or, a study of RN’s contributions to the rural sphere and its impacts on regional Australia and/or education in those communities.

The successful candidate would be expected to produce research with a complementary yet stand-alone focus with respect to the research project outlined above.

Principal Supervisor: Dr Virginia Madsen.
Co-supervision: Professor John Potts.

Interested prospective candidates should contact Dr Virginia Madsen (virginia.madsen@mq.edu.au) or Phone: +61 (0)2 98502180 for further information.

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

  • Research Training Pathway (RTP) MRes Year 2 followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’. MRES Year 2, Semester 2 commencement is subject to further approval;
  • OR
  • Direct entry to a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MRES Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $16,000 per annum for students achieving a GPA of 75-84% in the qualification used for entry, tax exempt, for 1 year. In 2015, MRES candidates who have attained a GPA over 85% will receive a stipend at the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) rate for PhD, $25,849 per annum (2015 rate) tax exempt (indexed annually).
  • The MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 per annum (2015 rate) tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually).

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The form can be downloaded from the Forms page and further information can be found on the Application page.

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, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation reference number on your application.

ARTS: Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies - 'Switched-on Audiences: Australian Listeners and Viewers'
PHD
MRES2
2014081 31 AUG 15

A full-time domestic PhD Macquarie Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies associated with Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley’s ARC Future Fellowship, ‘Switched-on Audiences: Australian Listeners and Viewers’.

It is hoped the successful domestic applicant will work on an aspect of twentieth-century Australian radio or television reception history. Proposals for an Australian newspaper or magazine reception historical study will also be considered.

Macquarie University is also home to Australia’s only Centre for Media History

Interested prospective candidates should contact Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley (b.foley@mq.edu.au) or Phone: (02) 9850 8828 for further information and before submitting an application form.

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

  • Research Training Pathway (RTP) MRes Year 2 followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’. MRES Year 2, Semester 2 commencement is subject to further approval;
  • OR
  • Direct entry to a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MRES Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $16,000 per annum for students achieving a GPA of 75-84% in the qualification used for entry, tax exempt, for 1 year. In 2015, MRES candidates who have attained a GPA over 85% will receive a stipend at the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) rate for PhD, $25,849 per annum (2015 rate) tax exempt (indexed annually).
  • The MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 per annum (2015 rate) tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually).

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The form can be downloaded from the Forms page and further information can be found on the Application page.

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, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application

ARTS: Changing your mind by changing your brain: An interventionist perspective on cognitive neuroscience
MRES2
PHD
2014187 31 AUG 15

Department

Philosophy

Project Name

Changing your mind by changing your brain: An interventionist perspective on cognitive neuroscience

Project Description

Applications are invited to join Dr. Colin Klein on his Future Fellowship project on the foundations of cognitive neuroscience. The project focuses the epistemological status of functional neuroimaging, the scientific and ethical implications of noninvasive manipulation of neural activity, and background philosophical issues in scientific explanation, intervention, and intertheoretic reduction.

The successful candidate will develop a project in a related area. Projects may be purely theoretical, though candidates interested in doing empirically-informed philosophy of psychology are especially urged to apply.

Important Information

Prospective applicants should submit a cover letter detailing relevant experience, a CV, and an academic transcript to Dr Klein (colin.klein@mq.edu.au).

Contact

Colin Klein
colin.klein@mq.edu.au

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

  • Research Training Pathway (RTP) MRes Year 2 followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD 'bundle offer'.
  • OR
  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MRES Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $16,000 per annum for students achieving a GPA of 75-84% in the qualification used for entry, tax exempt, for 1 year. In 2015, MRES candidates who have attained a GPA over 85% will receive a stipend at the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) rate for PhD, $25,849 per annum (2015 rate) tax exempt (indexed annually).
  • The MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 per annum (2015 rate) tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually).

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The form can be downloaded from the Forms page and further information can be found on the Application page.

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, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

Faculty of Business and Economics

FBE: Ethics and Organizations
PHD 2014182 31 AUG 15

Department

Marketing and Management

Project Name

Ethics and Organizations

Project Description

Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship in the area of ethics and organizations. The successful applicant will join Professor Carl Rhodes in researching and theorizing the vexed relationship between ethics and politics as they relate to the everyday goings on in work organizations. The general direction of this research concerns the meaning of ethics in organizational practice, the ways that subjectivity in organisations is related to ethics, and how ethics informs political action in organizations.

The successful candidate will develop his or her own project within the areas outlined above. Proposals for either qualitative of purely theoretical projects will be considered.

Specific topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Ethics and justice in organizations
  • Ethics and resistance to organizations
  • Organizational ethics and neoliberalism
  • Ethics and political activism
  • Ethics and organizational surveillance
  • Ethics and gender in organizations
  • Ethics, generosity and hospitality in organizations

It is expected that projects will be inter-disciplinary in nature, and applicants from any relevant disciplinary background will be considered. This includes organization studies, business ethics, philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, political theory, gender studies and literary theory.

Contact

Professor Carl Rhodes
carl.rhodes@mq.edu.au
(02) 9850 8588

The 2015 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.

To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants would be expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements for more information about this.

Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/applications for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

FBE: Leadership, Storytelling and Disruptive Change in Organizations
PHD 2014183 31 AUG 15

Department

Marketing and Management

Project Name

Leadership, Storytelling and Disruptive Change in Organizations

Project Description

Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship in the area of leadership and change in organizations.

The successful applicant will be supervised by Professors Carl Rhodes and Richard Badham and will join a team researching narratives of disruptive change and their implications for the leadership and management of contemporary organizations.

This team is engaged in an ongoing research project with a partner organization in the IT industry. The PhD research will be conducted in this organization.

It is expected that projects will be inter-disciplinary in nature, and qualitative in methodology.

Proposals should locate the applicant’s research interests in relation to:

  • Leadership in organisations
  • Leading change
  • Sense making, sense giving and storytelling in organisations
  • Organisations as narrative and performance
  • Qualitative methodology, narrative and dialogue in organizational research

Important Information

The successful applicant will be joining a research team with privileged access to and a close working relationship with the CEO, senior executives and project teams in a large international IT company.

Contact

Professor Carl Rhodes and Professor Richard Badham
carl.rhodes@mq.edu.au
richard.badham@mq.edu.au
(02) 9850 8588
(02) 9850 9038

The 2015 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.

To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants would be expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements for more information about this.

Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/applications for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

MUCHE: Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy PhD Scholarship
PHD 2015154 30 SEP 15

Department

Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy

Project Name

PhDs are offered in health economics in the following strategic areas

  • Integrated care, Clinical networks and complex public health interventions
  • Mental Health
  • Aged care
  • Disability
  • Medical technology
  • Models for funding and financing
  • Performance measurement
  • Choice and competition in healthcare

Project Description

Macquarie University's Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE) was recently established as a strategic initiative to undertake innovative research on health, ageing and human services policy. The Centre’s vision is to be the largest health, ageing and human services policy research Centre in Australia within five years, and the first choice for business, government and students. We are interested in investigating the Health Economy at the macro level, with particular focus on the interdependencies of the health, ageing and human services sectors with each other, and the broader economy. This includes investigating factors beyond these sectors that impact the health and wellbeing of populations.
The Centre has close research links to the Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty of Human Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and co-supervision is planned for PhD purposes.
Successful scholarship applicants may have access to Research Assistant work to supplement the scholarship stipend.

Important Information

Essential selection criteria:

  • Eligible for entry into the PhD program view PhD entry criteria
  • A first class (H1 equivalent) Bachelor's degree in economics or closely related subject (mathematics, statistics, and other social science subjects such as epidemiology or allied health, psychology, medically qualified individuals will also be considered);
  • Master's degree (or equivalent) in an area relevant to health economics (and micro-economics);
  • Demonstrated interest in health economics and/or public health;
  • Strong quantitative, analytical and writing skills.

Contact

Dr. Henry Cutler, Dr. Liz Schroeder
health.economy@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 2999

The 2015 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants would be expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements for more information about this.

Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/applications for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

Faculty of Human Sciences

HUMAN SCIENCES: Cognitive Science- ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders
MRES2
PHD
2014197 30 SEP 15

The CCD offers unique opportunities for interdisciplinary and international collaborative research in the study of cognition, its disorders, and their treatment.

We integrate and coordinate research so that formal theories of human cognition can inform studies of cognitive processing using neural imaging techniques, as well as the assessment and treatment of cognitive disorders.

Four full-time MRes Year 2/PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships, (2 for domestic and 2 for international students) are now available in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and it's Disorders (CCD) in the research areas of belief formation, language, memory, reading and their associated disorders, involving studies of neural imaging and assessments and interventions in cognitive disorders.

Applicants should have research qualifications in a relevant discipline (eg, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Behavioural Neuroscience, Linguistics, Philosophy) equivalent to an Australian Masters degree or Australian undergraduate degree with first class honours. International applicants are welcome. Please visit the CCD to see a list of our researchers and areas of interest.

This scholarship is available for both domestic and international students for up to four years (one year for MRes and three years for PhD).

Interested applicants should first contact Lesley McKnight for further information, on email: Lesley.mcknight@mq.edu.au  Phone +61 2 9850 9599

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

  • Research Training Pathway (RTP) MRes Year 2 followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’. MRES Year 2, Semester 2 commencement is subject to further approval;
  • OR
  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MRES Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $16,000 per annum for students achieving a GPA of 75-84% in the qualification used for entry, tax exempt, for 1 year. In 2015, MRES candidates who have attained a GPA over 85% will receive a stipend at the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) rate for PhD, $25,392 per annum (in 2014) tax exempt (indexed annually).
  • The MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 per annum (in 2014) tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually).

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The form can be downloaded from the Forms page and further information can be found on the Application page

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, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the scholarship code on your application..

HUMAN SCIENCES: Cognitive Science - Making words stick: Lexical consolidation effects in learning to read
MRES2
PHD
2015077 30 SEP 15

Department

COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Project Name

Making words stick: Lexical consolidation effects in learning to read

Project Description

We are looking for a graduate student to join our team working on a newly-funded Australian Research Council Discovery Project on reading. The project will be investigating how children learn to read, why they sometimes have difficulty, and how sleep and long-term memory consolidation interact with this learning process. The project will be supervised by Distinguished Professor Anne Castles at Macquarie University, and will also involve international collaboration with two overseas investigators, Professor Kate Nation (Oxford University) and Professor Gareth Gaskell (University of York). The successful applicant will also be part of the stimulating research environment of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD).

Applicants should have research qualifications in a relevant discipline (e.g., Psychology, Cognitive Science, Behavioural Neuroscience, Linguistics, Philosophy) equivalent to an Australian Masters degree or Australian undergraduate degree with first class Honours.

The Department is located in the Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University, and will be part of a multidisciplinary group of researchers and postgraduate students in state of the art facilities.

Please quote the allocation reference 2015077 on your application form.

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

  • Research Training Pathway (RTP) MRes Year 2 followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD 'bundle offer'. MRES Year 2, Semester 2 commencement is subject to further approval.

OR

  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MRES Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $16,000 per annum for students achieving a GPA of 75-84% in the qualification used for entry, tax exempt, for 1 year. In 2015, MRES candidates who have attained a GPA over 85% will receive a stipend at the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) rate for PhD, $25,849 per annum (in 2015) tax exempt (indexed annually).
  • The MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 per annum (in 2015) tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually).

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The form can be downloaded from the Forms page and further information can be found on the Application page.

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, awards and/or prizes in line with the University's scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

Important Information

This scholarship is available for up to four years (one year for MRes and three years for PhD).

Contact

LESLEY MCKNIGHT
LESLEY.MCKNIGHT@MQ.EDU.AU
9850 9599

HUMAN SCIENCES: Psychology: Western-Style diet and impairments in food-intake control in humans
PHD 2015085 31 AUG 15

Department

PSYCHOLOGY

Project Name

Western-Style diet and impairments in food-intake control in humans

Project Description

Animals fed a Western-style (W-S) diet high in saturated fat and sugar develop cognitive impairments that disrupt food-intake regulation before they become obese. This project aims to see if this also occurs in lean healthy young people who eat a W-S diet. That is are W-S diets associated with impaired food-intake control in adults and children and are such impairments caused by a W-S diet? Obesity is a major public health issue and the significance of this project lies in testing a new account of how overeating may first occur. The expected outcome will be to show that a W-S diet can disrupt various aspects of cognition in adults and children, including food-intake control, thus providing an entirely new basis to argue for better diet.

The 2015 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 pa (2015 rate) tax exempt for 3 years.

Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University's Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.

To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants would be expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University's scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements for more information about this.

Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/applications for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer. Please quote the allocation number on your application.

Contact

Prof. Dick Stevenson
dick.stevenson@mq.edu.au
9850-8098

HUMAN SCIENCES: Institute of Early Childhood - An early childhood community-based mathematics and science approach to addressing Indigenous disadvantage in remote communities
PHD 2014220 31 AUG 15

Department

Institute of Early Childhood, Children and Families Research Centre

Project Name

An early childhood community-based mathematics and science approach to addressing Indigenous disadvantage in remote communities

Project Description

Many Indigenous families in remote areas are not accessing early childhood and health services. The project will provide data on effective ways to enhance access to early childhood education and health as well as promoting social inclusion in remote communities. It will evaluate a research-based model on how organisations can collaboratively plan and implement an effective mathematics and science program that simultaneously improves the quality of early education, connects families with their children’s education, and provides vital access to health information and services. Further, the research will assess the effectiveness of an intervention on improving Indigenous children’s numeracy achievement.

The project aims to close the gap in children’s numeracy achievement prior to formal schooling. Through integrated and participatory experiences the project builds community capacity while increasing family involvement with children’s education. The project ensures greater uptake of community health and educational services.

Important Information

The project will be based in three remote communities from Far Western New South Wales: Broken Hill, Wilcannia and Menindee. Some visits to these locations will be required. The recipient will contribute to data collection and analysis focused on the development of young Indigenous children scientific literacy and numeracy skills. This will form the focus of his/her research project. Research training will promote the development of the student’s research skills and will build their research capacity and develop knowledge and skills in working ethically with Indigenous communities. Knowledge and/or experience in working in Aboriginal communities is desirable.

Contact

Associate Professor Marina Papic or Associate Professor Joanne Mulligan
Marina.papic@mq.edu.au or Joanne.mulligan@mq.edu.au
02 98509867 02 98508621

The 2015 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 pa (2015 rate) tax exempt for 3 years.

Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University's Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.

To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants would be expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University's scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements for more information about this.

Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/applications for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer. Please quote the allocation number on your application.

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (MEDHS)

Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE)

Joint Research Engagement - Engineering Cadetships
MPHIL
PHD
OPEN

Joint Research Engagement (JRE) - Engineering Cadetships are available to HDR students in relevant areas of engineering or science, and involve a combination of formal research training with the Higher Education Provider (HEP) and concurrent employment with a business to carry out R&D activities.

Macquarie University has been successful in securing 5 grant awards valued at $5,446 per annum in 2015 for currently enrolled MQ HDR and MRes Year 2 candidates to supplement the research training costs for each domestic student participating in the program. This funding enables the HEP to customise the student's research training experience to enhance their career prospects as well as to increase overall collaboration between universities and industry to strengthen R&D outcomes.

Interested applications should submit a JRE Coversheet and attach an expression of interest (EOI) to the HDR Scholarships Manager, HDRO, Macquarie University, NSW 2209, or by email at: hdrschol@mq.edu.au

  • JRE MQ Cover sheet

  • EOI's should contain information about the proposed cadetship and industry partner along with information about current enrolment and how this research training opportunity fits in their research and/or research career path, and how this might enhance future research collaboration with the industry or business partner.

    Applications are open all year round.

    FSE: Biological Sciences- Effects of miniaturisation on the visual information processing capacities in ants
    PHD 2015140 30 SEP 15

    Department

    Biological Sciences

    Project Name

    Effects of miniaturisation on the visual information processing capacities in ants

    Project Description

    Size is thought to dictate the performance of sensory systems and through this the lifestyle and the information processing capacities of animals. Ants exhibit dramatic differences in body size both within and between species. Irrespective of size, all individuals have to be competent navigators, pinpoint goals, detect polarised skylight, estimate distances, view landmarks, memorise and recall crucial information. This project will identify the behavioural costs and neural adaptations for navigating at the limits of size.

    The project will involve state-of-art ant tracking techniques (Differential GPS, high speed videography), video analysis and insect view reconstructions. In addition, there will be opportunities to learn histological, neuroanatomical and micro-CT techniques to measure, map and reconstruct the sensory and information processing structures in ants. This research addresses many fascinating areas of biology and offers tremendous scope for students to pursue their own interest in the field of insect navigation.

    We are looking for students enthusiastic about experimental research, are self-driven, and fully dedicated to work on an exciting project in a vibrant and stimulating environment alongside a team of international researchers. Candidates with experience in video and image analysis and/or working with social insect behaviour are particularly encouraged to apply. Start date is negotiable, but must be before October 2015.

    Important Information

    Project will be suitable for candidates with a background and an interest in evolutionary biology, neurobiology, computational biology and myrmecology. Additional information: http://ecologicalneuroscience.com

    Contact

    Ajay Narendra
    ajay.narendra@mq.edu.au
    02 6125 4799

    The 2015 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 pa (2015 rate) tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University's Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants would be expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University's scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements for more information about this.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/applications for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer. Please quote the allocation number 2015140.

    BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: Identifying regions of high drought mortality risk for tree species in NSW
    PHD 2015139 30 SEP 15
    Department

    Biological Sciences

    Project Name

    Identifying regions of high drought mortality risk for tree species in NSW

    Project Description

    The climatic zones in which Australia’s native forests and woodlands occur are shifting, due to higher temperatures and more variable rainfall. It is critical that we identify and quantify risks associated with climate change, to optimise conservation and management actions.

    As the successful candidate for this PhD project, you will identify where in New South Wales recent heatwaves and drought have had the greatest impact on forest and woodland condition. You will use species distribution models, state-of-the-art remote sensing techniques and Australia’s super-computing infrastructure to map and monitor forest and woodland changes, and will quantify these using robust statistical methods. You will determine where impacts are most likely to occur in future. In short, your research will be vital to understanding the resilience of Australia’s vegetation to climate change.

    Many of the techniques and data upon which this research hinges have only just become available. Therefore, we are seeking an adaptable individual with strong computing skills who is motivated by the challenges of using new technology to tackle one of the most critical research frontiers of our time.

    Although based at Macquarie University, you will also collaborate with scientists at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

    Important Information

    The project will provide a top-up to the PhD stipend of $5000 pa

    Contact

    Dr Linda Beaumont and Dr Martin De Kauwe
    linda.beaumont@mq.edu.au and martin.dekauwe@mq.edu.au
    02 9850 8157 (Dr Beaumont)

    The 2015 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 pa (2015 rate) tax exempt for 3 years. This scholarship is available for a domestic candidate only.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University's Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this. Special dispensation can be granted for students with exceptional research records and professional experience related to the technical aspects of this project.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants would be expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University's scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements for more information about these guidelines.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/applications for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer. Please quote the allocation number on your application.

    FSE: Biological Sciences- The ecology and evolution of somatic mutation in plants
    PHD 2014191 31 AUG 15

    Somatic mutations (mutations in the body tissues) are fundamentally important in the ecology and evolution of plants, and they have huge implications for agriculture and plant industry. Surprisingly though, very little is known about them. This project will use cutting-edge sequencing and bioinformatic approaches to gain some of the first insights into the causes and consequences of somatic mutation in plants. The work will be carried out on an experimental population of eucalyptus trees planted in the beautiful Australian alps.

    The research involves sequencing and comparing genomes to reconstruct the history of somatic mutations within individual plants. These histories will then be used to test hypotheses about the causes and consequences of somatic mutation within and between plants. The work will illuminate many fascinating and underexplored areas of biology, and there is great scope for students to develop the research in line with their interests.

    Those with experience in the generation and analysis of high-throughput sequencing data are particularly encouraged to apply.

    Start date is negotiable, but must be before October 2015.

    Candidates who are citizens of Australia or NZ, please quote the domestic allocation number. Candidates who are citizens of other countries, please quote the international allocation number.

    For further information and inquiries in the first instance, please contact Robert Lanfear, email: Robert.lanfear@mq.edu.au or phone: 9850 8204

    The 2015 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University's Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University's scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number on your application.

    FSE: From aquatic ecosystem classification to ecosystem service valuation
    PHD 2015089 31 AUG 15
    Department

    Environmental Sciences

    Project Name

    From aquatic ecosystem classification to ecosystem service valuation

    Project Description

    The project will focus on the classification and characterisation of rivers and wetlands in NSW, in particular identifying attributes that can be mapped at large spatial scales which inform the conservation priority assigned to individual wetlands and river reaches. The project will incorporate remote sensing of rivers and wetlands, strategic conservation prioritorisation, and the application of assessment methodologies relevant to identifying ecosystem services.

    Contact Infomation

    Professor Neil Saintilan
    Neil.saintilan@mq.edu.au
    61 2 9850 8422

    This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

    -Research Training Pathway (RTP) MRes Year 2 followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD 'bundle offer'.

    OR

    -Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

    The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

    -The MRES Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $16,000 per annum for students achieving a GPA of 75-84% in the qualification used for entry, tax exempt, for 1 year. In 2015, MRES candidates who have attained a GPA over 85% will receive a stipend at the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) rate for PhD, $25,849 per annum (2015 rate) tax exempt (indexed annually).

    -The MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 per annum (2015 rate) tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually).

    Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The form can be downloaded from theForms page and further information can be found on the Application page.

    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, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

    Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number on your application.
    FSE: Factors contributing to scientific impact in environmental decision making
    PHD 2015090 31 AUG 15
    Department

    Environmental Sciences

    Project Name

    Factors contributing to scientific impact in environmental decision making

    Project Description

    This collaborative project with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) will review the role of science in informing government decision making in the environmental sector. The project will consider a range of models of science delivery, identify metrics for the measurement of government science impact, and review the effectiveness of science uptake in policy development and environmental management.

    Contact Infomation

    Professor Neil Saintilan
    Neil.saintilan@mq.edu.au
    61 2 9850 8422

    This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

    -Research Training Pathway (RTP) MRes Year 2 followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD 'bundle offer'.

    OR

    -Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

    The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

    -The MRES Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $16,000 per annum for students achieving a GPA of 75-84% in the qualification used for entry, tax exempt, for 1 year. In 2015, MRES candidates who have attained a GPA over 85% will receive a stipend at the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) rate for PhD, $25,849 per annum (2015 rate) tax exempt (indexed annually).

    -The MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 per annum (2015 rate) tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually).

    Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The form can be downloaded from theForms page and further information can be found on the Application page.

    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, awards and/or prizes in line with the University's scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

    Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number on your application.
    FSE: Nano- and atom-scale structuring of diamond using 2-photon induced carbon ejection
    PHD 2015084 31 AUG 15
    Department

    Physics and Astronomy

    Project Name

    Nano- and atom-scale structuring of diamond using 2-photon induced carbon ejection

    Project Description

    Optical techniques for processing materials with a resolution less than the wavelength of light have advanced significantly in recent years. However, despite the highly selective nature of light-matter interactions, efforts to increase resolution towards the atomic scale are hampered by diffusion of the absorbed energy into the surrounding matrix. We have recently shown that diamond surfaces exhibit the remarkable capability to be patterned using ultraviolet lasers with ultra-precise depth and lateral resolution (Nature Commun. 2013). Furthermore, the detailed shape of structures depends sensitively on the polarization with respect to lattice bond directions. This PhD project is aimed to further understand the mechanism underpinning the atom removal process and to exploit the technique to demonstrate a range of novel diamond processing capabilities. These include fabrication of nano-scale optical elements, precision atomic-layer removal for surface electronics and complex 3D micro-structures made of diamond. It is aimed to develop techniques for solving current challenges in fabrication of diamond devices for future applications spanning a range of disciplines. The project will provide excellent experience in a broad range of scientific skills spanning optics, surface physics and nano-engineering.

    A/Prof Rich Mildren
    rich.mildren@mq.edu.au
    61 2 9850 8965

    The 2015 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 pa (2015 rate) tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University's Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants would be expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University's scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements for more information about this.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/applications for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer. Please quote the allocation number on your application

    FSE:Environmental Sciences- Wave and Current Controls on Cross-Shelf Sand Transport
    PHD 2015087 31 AUG 15
    Department

    Environmental Sciences

    Project Name

    Wave and Current Controls on Cross-Shelf Sand Transport

    Project Description

    Onshore/Offshore sand supply on the NSW coast is a major uncertainty in projecting future coastal response to sea-level rise. Offshore transport of sand is generally expected as beaches respond to sea level rise however ongoing sand supply from the shoreface as part of a geological scale process has the potential to offset some of the potential impacts of sea-level rise, such as coastline recession. However, little is known about the exchange of sand between the shelf and the shoreface , and the respective role of directional wave power , the East Australian Current , and wind-driven upwelling and downwelling currents.

    The postgraduate student will investigate these processes using Regional Ocean Modelling (ROMS), wave and sediment transport modelling. The specific aims are: (i) To investigate and model the wave climates responsible for deepwater (20-40m water depth) entrainment and shoreward transport of sand. (This aim is of relevance because it forms the basis for understanding how future wave climate change may impact shoreward sand transport). (ii) To investigate the impact of current and wind-driven upwelling and downwelling events on sand transport .

    The 2015 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 pa (2015 rate) tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University's Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants would be expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University's scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements for more information about this.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/applications for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer. Please quote the allocation number on your application.

    Important Information

    This PhD project is part of a NSW OEH/Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences Coastal Processes and Responses research program of study that is focused on understanding the sources and transport paths of sand on the eastern Australian continental shelf.

    Contact

    A/Prof Ian Goodwin
    Ian.Goodwin@mq.edu.au
    61 2 9850 8354 or 0488 022 115

    Empathic Agents to Support Understanding Science Understanding in a Virtual Learning Environment
    PHD 2015113 31 AUG 15
    Department

    Computing

    Project Name

    Empathic Agents to Support Understanding Science Understanding in a Virtual Learning Environment

    Project Description

    Research has found that learner relationships (teacher and peer) involving computer-based learning are similar to the equivalent human-human learning relationships in the classroom. Intelligent Virtual Agent (IVA) research over the past decade has focused on the creation of characters that are socially capable requiring IVAs to have good verbal and non-verbal communication skills including congruent language, facial expressions and body gestures. More recently, there is strong interest in affective agents who are able to express emotions. The work on empathetic or empathic agents goes even further as the IVA seeks to demonstrate understanding of the emotional state of the human and respond in a way that is supportive. This work has been found to deliver improved interactions. Despite growing interest in affective and empathetic agents to create intelligent agents that are more believable and socially capable, their use in education is emerging. This project will involve the design, development and evaluation of the use of empathetic agents in a multi-user virtual environment to support basic self-regulated learning strategies. The project is likely to incorporate the use of data/learning analytics to inform the IVA about the human’s learning progress to provide personalised support to the learner.

    Important Information

    The project is part of larger and ongoing ARC-funded Discovery grant "Agent-based virtual learning environments for understanding science", and it involves a collaboration between Macquarie University and the University of Sydney.

    Contact

    Prof. Deborah Richards
    deborah.richards@mq.edu.au
    02 98509567

    The 2015 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 pa (2015 rate) tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants would be expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements for more information about these guidelines.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/applications for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer. Please quote the allocation number on your application.