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Current Supervision Opportunities

PhD and Research Masters in Creative Arts

PhD and Research Masters in Creative Arts

Closing date: Ongoing

Apply now for a PhD or Research Masters in the School of Creative Arts.


PhD and Research Masters in Education

PhD and Research Masters in Education

Closing date: Ongoing

See information on undertaking a PhD or Research Masters degree that is specific to each research area within the School of Education. This includes available supervisors, research methodologies, current graduate research and how to apply:


PhD Scholarships in Physical Activity and Sleep Behaviours

PhD Scholarships in Physical Activity and Sleep Behaviours

Closing date: 9 March 2015

A PhD scholarship is available focusing on a behavioural epidemiology approach to understanding physical activity and sleep behaviours for commencement by June 2015.


Indigenous History Project PhD Scholarship

Indigenous History Project PhD Scholarship

Closing date: Ongoing

This scholarship is open to Indigenous Australian applicants who are interested in undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Newcastle examining an important aspect of Protection/Welfare Board history – the transition from the Protection Board era (1883 - 1940) to that of the Welfare Board (1940 - 1969).


PhD and Research Masters in Humanities and Social Science

PhD and Research Masters in Humanities and Social Science

Closing date: Ongoing

See information on undertaking a PhD or Research Masters degree that is specific to each discipline within the School of Humanities and Social Science. This includes available supervisors, research methodologies, current graduate research and how to apply.



BlinkMobile Innovation PhD top up scholarship

BlinkMobile Innovation PhD top up scholarship

Closing date: 28 February 2015

Top up scholarship opportunity for PhD or Research Masters students studying Business Innovation, Software Engineering and Computer Science.


PhD Scholarship - Computational modelling of hydraulic fracture

PhD Scholarship - Computational modelling of hydraulic fracture

Closing date: 13 March 2015

A PhD scholarship is available focusing on computational modelling of hydraulic fracture.


PhD Opportunity in Protecting Privacy

PhD Opportunity in Protecting Privacy

Closing date: Ongoing

The PhD candidate will investigate ways to protect privacy of individuals and entities whose data has been collected and stored in one of many databases / data warehouses and will be supervised by Associate Professor Ljiljana Brankovic.


PhD Opportunity in Graph Labellings and Extremal Graph Theory

PhD Opportunity in Graph Labellings and Extremal Graph Theory

Closing date: Ongoing

An opportunitiy exists for a PhD candidate to work on a project investigating graph labellings, in particular Graceful Labellings, and various extremal graph problems under the supervision of Associate Professor Ljiljana Brankovic.


PhD Opportunity in Parameterised Approximation Algorithms

PhD Opportunity in Parameterised Approximation Algorithms

Closing date: Ongoing

An opportunity exists for a PhD candidate to investigate parameterised approximation algorithms under the supervision of Associate Professor Ljiljana Brankovic.



PhD Opportunity - Biomarker for early Alzheimer's disease

PhD Opportunity - Biomarker for early Alzheimer's disease

Closing date: Ongoing

A PhD opportunity exists for someone with biological and analytic skills who would be interested in taking advantage of collected data from an NHMRC funded study focussed on a novel potential biomarker for early Alzheimer's disease under the supervision of Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Schofield and Professor John Attia.


PhD Opportunity - Manual Therapy and Sympathetic Nerve Activity

PhD Opportunity - Manual Therapy and Sympathetic Nerve Activity

Closing date: 2 March 2014

A PhD opportunity is available focusing on manual therapy and sympathetic nerve activity under the supervision of Associate Professor Philip Bolton.


PhD Opportunity - Spinal Cord Compression and Vertebral Subluxation

PhD Opportunity - Spinal Cord Compression and Vertebral Subluxation

Closing date: 2 March 2014

An opportunity is available for a PhD or Research Masters student to work on a project investigating Spinal Cord Compression and Vertebral Subluxation under the supervision of Associate Professor Philip Bolton.


PhD Scholarships in Physical Activity and Sleep Behaviours

PhD Scholarships in Physical Activity and Sleep Behaviours

Closing date: 9 March 2015

A PhD scholarship is available focusing on a behavioural epidemiology approach to understanding physical activity and sleep behaviours for commencement by June 2015.


PhD Scholarship - the p53 network in breast cancer

PhD Scholarship - the p53 network in breast cancer

Closing date: 13 March 2015

A PhD opportunity is available focusing on determining the clinical significance of the p53 network in breast cancer under the supervision of Dr Kelly Avery-Kiejda and Professor Rodney Scott


PhD Scholarship - Modulating Cardiac Fibrosis

PhD Scholarship - Modulating Cardiac Fibrosis

Closing date: 30 March 2015

A scholarship is available for a student to undertake a PhD in modulating cardiac fibrosis at the state-of-the-art HMRI building located on the John Hunter Hospital site under the supervision of Professor Andrew Boyle


PhD Opportunity - Effects of resveratrol supplementation in postmenopausal women

PhD Opportunity - Effects of resveratrol supplementation in postmenopausal women

Closing date: 31 March 2015

An opportunity is available for a PhD or Research Masters student to work on a pilot investigation on the effects of resveratrol supplementation on mood and cognition in postmenopausal women under the supervision of Professor Peter Howe


PhD Opportunity - Effects of Omega-3 supplementation on brain function

PhD Opportunity - Effects of Omega-3 supplementation on brain function

Closing date: 31 March 2015

An opportunity is available for a PhD or Research Masters student to work on a project investigating the effects of long-chain Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCn-3PUFA) supplementation on brain function under the supervision of Professor Peter Howe.


PhD/Research Masters Opportunity - Fathers Perinatal Depression

PhD/Research Masters Opportunity - Fathers Perinatal Depression

Closing date: Ongoing

Applications are invited from motivated graduates to undertake a PhD or research masters in Fathers Perinatal Depression under the supervision of Dr Richard Fletcher.


PhD Scholarship - Decision aids for breast cancer treatment

PhD Scholarship - Decision aids for breast cancer treatment

Closing date: 8 April 2015

A PhD opportunity is available focusing on the implementation of decision aids for breast cancer treatment under the supervision of Laureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher and Dr Nicholas Zdenkowski


PhD Scholarship - Teleoncology post-operative support

PhD Scholarship - Teleoncology post-operative support

Closing date: 8 April 2015

A PhD opportunity is available focusing on Implementing teleoncology post-operative support models following cancer resection: a feasibility study under the supervision of Dr Mariko Carey and Associate Professor Anthony Proietto


PhD Scholarship - Treatment decisions for prostate cancer patients

PhD Scholarship - Treatment decisions for prostate cancer patients

Closing date: 8 April 2015

A PhD opportunity is available focusing on the impact of a decision aid and negotiation skills intervention for patients with prostate cancer and their supportive other on treatment decision making: A randomised-controlled trial under the supervision of Dr Mariko Carey and Dr Nick McLeod.


PhD Scholarship - Improving end of life communication in oncology patients

PhD Scholarship - Improving end of life communication in oncology patients

Closing date: 8 April 2015

A PhD opportunity is available focusing on improving patient-centred end of life communication and decision making in oncology patients under the supervision of Laureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher, Professor Katherine Clark and Dr Amy Waller.


PhD Scholarship - Aspirin and gastrointestinal cancer

PhD Scholarship - Aspirin and gastrointestinal cancer

Closing date: 8 April 2015

A PhD opportunity is available focusing on aspirin and survival for patients with gastrointestinal cancer under the supervision of Dr Stephen Smith, Associate Professor Andrew Searles and Associate Professor Christine Paul.


PhD Scholarship - Psychosocial care

PhD Scholarship - Psychosocial care

Closing date: 8 April 2015

A PhD opportunity is available focusing on a feedback-based approach to increasing provision of guideline-recommended psychosocial care under the supervision of Laureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher and Associate Professor Anthony Proietto


PhD Scholarship - Assisting Indigenous mothers quit smoking in pregnancy

PhD Scholarship - Assisting Indigenous mothers quit smoking in pregnancy

Closing date: 10 April 2015

A PhD opportunity is available focusing on Indigenous Counselling and Nicotine Quit in Pregnancy Guidelines: ICANQUIT Trial under the supervision of Dr Gillian Gould and Associate Professor Billie Bonevski


PhD Scholarship - Genetic factors of inherited colon cancer

PhD Scholarship - Genetic factors of inherited colon cancer

Closing date: 30 April 2015

A PhD opportunity is available focusing on the identification of genetic modifying factors of inherited colon cancer under the supervision of Dr Bente Talseth-Palmer and Professor Rodney Scott.


PhD Opportunities in Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

PhD Opportunities in Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Closing date: 1 December 2015

Applications are invited from motivated graduates to undertake a PhD in Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy (MRS) under the supervision of Dr Saadallah Ramadan


PhD Scholarship - Role of mechanical forces in asthma pathogenesis

PhD Scholarship - Role of mechanical forces in asthma pathogenesis

Closing date: Ongoing

Applications are open for a PhD scholarship at the University of Newcastle. As the successful applicant you will undertake your doctoral studies in the Priority Research Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Disease at the Hunter Medical Research Institute in Newcastle.



Research Opportunity - Using Physiological Measurements in Game Analysis

Research Opportunity - Using Physiological Measurements in Game Analysis

Closing date: 31 December 2015

A PhD or research masters opportunity exists focusing on using physiological measurement in game analysis under the supervision of Dr Karen Blackmore and Dr Keith Nesbitt


Research Opportunity - Game Technology in Climate Change Scenarios

Research Opportunity - Game Technology in Climate Change Scenarios

Closing date: 31 December 2015

A PhD or research masters opportunity exists focusing on using game technology in climate change scenarios under the supervision of Dr Karen Blackmore