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Name of Scholarship Eligible Program Status/Reference Closing Date
Research Pathway Scholarship
MRES2 CLOSED 30 SEPT 14

All full-time domestic candidates receive a stipend in Session 1 of $4,000. To receive a stipend of $4,000 in Session 2 candidates require an average Standardised Numerical Grade (SNG) of 65 or above at the end of Session 1. To be eligible to receive a stipend of $16,000 in Year 2 candidates require an overall average SNG of 75 or above in Year 1 of the program, or equivalent in the highest level of previous study.

In 2015, fulltime domestic candidates entering the second year of the program who have attained an average score over 85, in either the first year of the program or in the qualification they use for entry, will receive a stipend at the same rate as the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) for PhD (currently $25,392, subject to indexation). Fulltime domestic candidates who attain a score of 75 or more, but less than 85 will continue to receive $16,000.

From 2016, Macquarie will offer a significant number of scholarships at the APA rate for MRes Year 2 candidates, based on merit.

Further information can be found at the Research Pathway Scholarships webpage

Additionally, refer to scholarships listed below with an eligible program of MRES2 for further funding opportunities.

2015 Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
MPHIL
PHD
CLOSED 31 OCT 14

2015 APA / MQRES
Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarships/Macquarie University Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) are for domestic higher degree research candidates who will commence their scholarship in Semester 1, 2015.

The Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) is a Government funded scholarship offered to domestic higher degree research candidates of exceptional promise. Macquarie University has a number of APA scholarships available to offer newly commencing or currently enrolled suitably qualified higher degree research candidates for Semester One (1), 2015. Applicants applying for an APA may be automatically considered for a University funded Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) in the same round. No allocation reference numbers apply.

Who can apply?
Applicants must:

  • commence the APA in Semester One (1) 2015
  • be citizens of Australian or New Zealand or have been granted Australian Permanent Residency by the closing date
  • be eligible for entry into a PhD or MPhil program.

PLEASE NOTE: The Macquarie University Bachelor of Philosophy/Master of Research (BPhil/MRes) degree program is not a "research masters" degree for the purpose of applying for an APA.

Current MRES candidates do not need to apply for scholarships. They will be considered for scholarships automatically once their their examination outcomes are available. For more information, please refer to the MRES Examination FAQs

Information about eligibility requirements and the form to apply for PhD and MPhil programs is available at:
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

All applications are competitively rated and ranked. Successful applicants will usually have:

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

What do APA scholarship holders receive?

APA scholarship holders are awarded a scholarship for up to three years for a PhD candidate and for up to two years for a Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) candidate. All successful APA applicants will receive a fortnightly living allowance stipend at the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) stipend rate, $25,849 pa in 2015, tax exempt. APA holders in either a PhD or MPhil additionally receive Research Training Scheme (RTS) support to cover research degree tuition fee costs.

How do I apply?
Applicants need to:

  • complete a candidature/scholarship application form
  • arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office.

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 mail, fax or email this report directly to the University at the address provided.

Refer to: HDR Applications for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

While currently enrolled higher degree research candidates are eligible to apply, any consumed enrolment will be counted as advanced standing and will reduce the scholarship duration.

Additional information for applicants (PDF)

When do I need to apply by?

Closing Date: 31 October 2014

We strongly recommend that all applicants submit their application and all required documents well before the closing date.

Incomplete applications can not be considered.

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.

Japan - Nippon Foundation Research Scholarship
PHD OPEN 30 JUN 15

Department

MJS Centre

Scholarship application code

Nippon Foundation HDR Scholarship

Description

The Macquarie Japanese Studies (MJS) Centre at Macquarie invites applicants with a research interest in:
  1. Japanese language and pedagogy
  2. Japanese area study or
  3. study on cross-cultural issues.

The applicant must enrol as a full-time student at Macquarie University in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program, and should be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia. The scholarship is tenable for 3 years, subject to satisfactory yearly progress.

The 2015 full-time stipend rate is $25,849 pa tax exempt, for up to 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 scholarship application code on your application.

Other Important information

The applicant may enrol in a research program in any discipline at Macquarie University, however, an associate supervisor must be nominated from the Japanese Studies Department.

Contact

Tomoko Koyama
Email: tomoko.koyama@mq.edu.au
Phone: 02 9850 7910

Faculty of Arts

ARTS: Philosophy - Defining disease and the ethics of overdiagnosis
PHD 2014091 31 MAY 15

Applications are invited to join Wendy Rogers on her Future Fellowship project about defining disease and preventing overdiagnosis. The broad aim of the project is to develop an account of disease which is better able to answer questions about when a presentation is a disease warranting intervention, and when it is simply a risk factor or mild condition; and to use this definition to address some of the problems of overdiagnosis.

The successful candidate will develop her/his own project in a related area. Potential topics include the ethics of disease definition; screening ethics, the disease/risk factor distinction; specific cases of overdiagnosis; or policy responses to overdiagnosis. Projects may be entirely theoretical or use qualitative methods.

The candidate will be affiliated with the Macquarie Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics and have full access to all of the Centre’s activities. S/he will have the opportunity to visit Australian and international collaborators on the project.

Prospective applicants should, in the first instance, submit a cover letter detailing relevant experience, a CV and an academic transcript to Prof Rogers (wendy.rogers@mq.edu.au), phone: +61 (0)2 9850 8858.

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake a PhD.

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 reference number on your application.

ARTS: MPHI - A Secular State? Reason, Religion and the Australian Polity, 1788-1945
PHD 2015086 30 JUN 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: MMCS - Cultural Conversations: A History of ABC Radio National
PHD
MRES2
2014130 31 MAY 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 MAY 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: English- The Transnational and Inter-cultural Dimensions of J. M.Coetzee's Writing
PHD 2015093 15 JUN 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: MODERN HISTORY, POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: What Australia Thinks: A History of Australian Public Opinion Polls
PHD 2015080 30 JUN 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: Changing your mind by changing your brain: An interventionist perspective on cognitive neuroscience
MRES2
PHD
2014187 31 MAY 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

Faculty of Business and Economics: Department of Marketing and Management- Ethics and Organizations
PHD 2014182 & 2014183 31 MAY 15

Applications are invited for two PhD scholarships in the area of ethics and organizations. Successful applicants 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 candidates will each develop their own projects 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
  • 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.

Interested prospective candidates should contact Professor Carl Rhodes(Carl.rhodes@mq.edu.au) or Phone: 02 9850 8588 for further information

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

Faculty of Human Sciences

HUMAN SCIENCES: Psychology: Western-Style diet and impairments in food-intake control in humans
PHD 2015085 31 MAY 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 30 MAY 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.

HUMAN SCIENCES: Linguistics - Solving the puzzle of complex speech sounds
PHD 2015144 31 MAY 15

Department

Linguistics

Project Name

Solving the puzzle of complex speech sounds

Project Description

Speech sounds that fall into the ‘l’ and ‘r’ family of consonants (‘liquids’) are amongst the most difficult to master, both for children learning their first language and for learners of a second. This is because liquids are highly complex and require finely tuned, and language specific, coordination of articulatory gestures. The details of this complexity remain poorly understood, posing significant challenges for remediation of speech errors and for effective pedagogy in language learning. This project will use state-of-the-art articulatory methods to examine liquids in four typologically distinct languages of increasing importance in modern Australian society to lay essential foundations for future work on remediation and instruction.

Expressions of interest are invited from students interested in pursuing doctoral research on the phonetics and phonology of liquid consonants. Students will be free to pursue their own research interests on any topic which addresses the phonology of liquids in Mandarin Chinese, Tamil, Arabic, and Australian English. In addition, students will collaborate with Dr. Michael Proctor on an experimental program designed to examine perception and production of liquids in more detail, and to explore theoretical issues in liquid phonology and syllable structure. The project will make innovative use of Electromagnetic Articulography and real-time MRI to examine new aspects of liquid articulation, and computational phonological modelling software to explore hypotheses about the representation of liquid consonants.

Important Information

Applicants should have a strong background in phonetics, speech science, phonology, computational or general linguistics. Applicants must show initiative in research and skill development. Good computing, writing and statistical skills are required. Experience with phonetic experimentation – especially EMA – will be highly regarded, and programing skills would be an advantage.

Contact

Michael Proctor
michael.proctor@mq.edu.au
(+61) 02 9850 4137

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)

MEDHS - PhD Scholarship in Patient-Centric Care
PHD AIHI-CMCRC OPEN

Department

Australian Institute for Health Innovation (AIHI)

Project Name

Patient-Centric Care

Project Description

The Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) at Macquarie University has recently joined the Health Program of the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (CMCRC). The CMCRC Health Program is highly interdisciplinary and combines elements of health policy, health economics, epidemiology, public health, data mining, predictive analytics and simulation modelling.

AIHI has a PhD scholarship available for an outstanding candidate who will undertake research related to patient-centric care. It is proposed that the project will study the case for patient-centric care, the role to be played by primary health initiatives and the case for engagement.

The scholarship is placed within AIHI in the Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science (CHRIS), formerly the Centre for Clinical Governance Research. CHRIS has a successful track record of undertaking research and evaluation projects on health sector issues since 1991. Our core interest is to investigate issues of policy, governance and leadership in the health sector. We are involved in conducting original research providing a scholarly capability by which to evaluate health sector policies, programs and projects, and contributing to undergraduate medical, postgraduate health services management, and public health and doctoral education.

Contact

Associate Professor David Greenfield
Associate Professor of Health Improvement Research, Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science, Australian Institute of Health Innovation
david.greenfield@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 2414

This scholarship is offered at $50,000 per annum tax exempt for up to three years.

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 for more information.
  • An exceptional academic record, strong written and verbal communications skills, and an ability to work in a team environment.
  • Candidates will have strong research skills in either or both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
  • An understanding of the Australian health care system and a background in health research is preferred, but is not a strict requirement.

Applicants should submit an expression of interest (EOI) to Assoc. Prof. Greenfield in the first instance.

If invited to apply, 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 scholarship application code on your EOI to Assoc. Prof. Greenfield

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 $5,195 per annum in 2013 for currently enrolled MQ HDR 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: Computing: Empathic Agents to Support Understanding Science Understanding in a Virtual Learning Environment
    PHD 2015113 31 MAY 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 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 MAY 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

    FSE: Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences - Discovery of new antibacterial drug targets using chemical proteomics
    PHD 2014089 31 MAY 15

    A full-time Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences for a suitably qualified prospective PhD candidate to work with Dr Andrew Piggott on his ARC Future Fellowship project (FT130100142).

    Project Description:

    Multidrug-resistant bacteria have become increasingly prevalent in the community in recent years and are now one of the most significant threats to human health. Consequently, there is an urgent need for new antibiotics with novel modes of action to combat these deadly superbugs and to address the emergence of new infectious diseases.

    In this project, the successful applicant will develop innovative new chemical proteomics techniques to rapidly identify and characterise the cellular targets and modes of action of both newly discovered and historic antibiotic natural products. In addition to accelerating the development of next-generation antibiotics, knowledge of the cellular targets and modes of action of natural product antibiotics may lead to the discovery of new biochemical pathways and cellular processes, allowing function to be assigned to previously unknown (orphaned) receptors and advancing knowledge in fundamental systems biology.

    This exciting multidisciplinary project offers research opportunities spanning chemical proteomics, biodiscovery, natural products chemistry, organic synthesis, molecular biology and chemical biology. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to collaborate with leading Australian and International researchers in antibiotic discovery across academia and industry.

    Applicants must have a strong track record in organic chemistry and/or molecular biology at the Masters level.

    The successful applicant must commence before 30 June 2015.

    For further information and inquiries in the first instance, please contact Dr Andrew Piggott, email: andrew.piggott@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 2 9850 8251.

    The value and tenure of the scholarship 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 PhD 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.

    BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: Identifying regions of high drought mortality risk for tree species in NSW
    PHD 2015139 30 JUN 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 Brad Evans and Dr Linda Beaumont
    Bradley.evans@mq.edu.au and Linda.beaumont@mq.edu.au
    02 9850 6270 (Dr Evans) and 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.