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Current Supervision Opportunities

PhD Scholarships in Physical Activity and Sleep Behaviours

PhD Scholarships in Physical Activity and Sleep Behaviours

Closing date: 15 November 2014

Three PhD scholarships are available focusing on a behavioural epidemiology approach to understanding physical activity and sleep behaviours for commencement in February 2015.


PhD and Masters by Research in Creative Arts

PhD and Masters by Research in Creative Arts

Closing date: Ongoing

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


PhD and Masters by Research in Education

PhD and Masters by Research in Education

Closing date: Ongoing

See information on undertaking a PhD or Masters by Research 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:


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 Masters by Research in Humanities and Social Science

PhD and Masters by Research in Humanities and Social Science

Closing date: Ongoing

See information on undertaking a PhD or Masters by Research 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.



PhD Scholarship in Nanopositioning

PhD Scholarship in Nanopositioning

Closing date: 31 December 2014

A PhD scholarship is available for a student to join the Precision and Nanopositioning project at the University of Newcastle under the supervision of Dr Yuen Yong


PhD Scholarship for Indigenous Australians - Engineering and Built Environment

PhD Scholarship for Indigenous Australians - Engineering and Built Environment

Closing date: 31 December 2014

This scholarship is open to Indigenous Australian applicants who are interested in undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Newcastle within the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment.


PhD Scholarship in Particle Scale Dynamics

PhD Scholarship in Particle Scale Dynamics

Closing date: 31 December 2014

A scholarship is available for a student to undertake a PhD in particle scale dynamics using variational framework under the supervision of Dr Andrei Lyamin


PhD Scholarship - Novel Implantable Pressure Monitor

PhD Scholarship - Novel Implantable Pressure Monitor

Closing date: 31 December 2014

A scholarship is available for a student to undertake a PhD project in the development of a novel implantable pressure monitor under the supervision of Professor Andrew Boyle


5 PhD Scholarships - Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation

5 PhD Scholarships - Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation

Closing date: Ongoing

Five PhD scholarships are available in the ARC Training Centre for Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation based at The University of Newcastle in Newcastle. As well as a world class academic environment, these posts include placement time with industry partners as an integral part of the research program.


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.



Kevin Sheridan Rural and Remote Mental Health PhD Scholarship

Kevin Sheridan Rural and Remote Mental Health PhD Scholarship

Closing date: 7 November 2014

A scholarship is available for a student to undertake a PhD in rural and remote mental health under the supervision of Professor David Perkins.


PhD Scholarships in Physical Activity and Sleep Behaviours

PhD Scholarships in Physical Activity and Sleep Behaviours

Closing date: 15 November 2014

Three PhD scholarships are available focusing on a behavioural epidemiology approach to understanding physical activity and sleep behaviours for commencement in February 2015.


Research Masters Scholarships in Cognitive Decline in the Elderly

Research Masters Scholarships in Cognitive Decline in the Elderly

Closing date: 1 December 2014

Two scholarships are available for research masters students with topics related to Dealing with Cognitive and Related Functional Decline in the Elderly under the supervision of Professor Dimity Pond.


PhD Opportunity - Abnormalities in innate immunity to viral infection in asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

PhD Opportunity - Abnormalities in innate immunity to viral infection in asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Closing date: 12 December 2014

A  honour, MSc, or PhD opportunity exists within a research group which focuses on the innate immune responses in airway epithelial cells against respiratory/infectious viral infections including influenza viruses and coronaviruses, and how these immune responses can be altered by viruses under the supervision of Dr Alan Hsu


PhD Scholarship - Modulating Cardiac Fibrosis

PhD Scholarship - Modulating Cardiac Fibrosis

Closing date: 31 December 2014

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 Scholarship - Novel Implantable Pressure Monitor

PhD Scholarship - Novel Implantable Pressure Monitor

Closing date: 31 December 2014

A scholarship is available for a student to undertake a PhD project in the development of a novel implantable pressure monitor under the supervision of Professor Andrew Boyle


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/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 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



2 PhD Scholarships - Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation

2 PhD Scholarships - Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation

Closing date: 28 November 2014

Two PhD scholarships are available in the ARC Training Centre for Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation. One in Edible Films and Coatings, the other in Waste Utilisation.


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


PhD Scholarship - Molecular Simulations of Carbon Nanotube Growth

PhD Scholarship - Molecular Simulations of Carbon Nanotube Growth

Closing date: 31 December 2014

A scholarship is available for a student to undertake a PhD in Molecular Simulations of Carbon Nanotube Growth under the supervision of Dr Alister Page.


5 PhD Scholarships - Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation

5 PhD Scholarships - Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation

Closing date: Ongoing

Five PhD scholarships are available in the ARC Training Centre for Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation based at The University of Newcastle in Newcastle. As well as a world class academic environment, these posts include placement time with industry partners as an integral part of the research program.