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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 Scholarship - Equity & Excellence in Australian Higher Education

PhD Scholarship - Equity & Excellence in Australian Higher Education

Closing date: 29 May 2015

A scholarship opportunity is available for a PhD student to study Equity & Excellence in Australian Higher Education under the supervision of Professor Geoff Whitty and Professor Penny Jane Burke.


PhD Scholarship - The prosodic structure of Kaytetye

PhD Scholarship - The prosodic structure of Kaytetye

Closing date: 30 June 2015

A scholarship opportunity is available for a PhD student to study The Prosodic structure of Kaytetye under the supervision of Dr Mark Harvey.


PhD Opportunity in Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice

PhD Opportunity in Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice

Closing date: 31 October 2015

A PhD or research masters opportunity is available to investigate Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice under the supervision of Dr Elena Prieto-Rodriguez.


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.



PhD Opportunity in Topological Analysis and Control Design for Heterogeneous Multi-agent Systems

PhD Opportunity in Topological Analysis and Control Design for Heterogeneous Multi-agent Systems

Closing date: 1 June 2015

A PhD opportunity is available to investigate Topological Analysis and Control Design for Heterogeneous Multi-agent Systems under the supervision of A/Professor Zhiyong Chen.


PhD Scholarship - Effects of climate change on the biogeochemical processes of Australian soft soils

PhD Scholarship - Effects of climate change on the biogeochemical processes of Australian soft soils

Closing date: 12 June 2015

A scholarship opportunity is available for a PhD student to study the effects of climate change on the biogeochemical processes of Australian soft soils and the implications to geotechnical engineering under the supervision of Dr Brett Turner and Dr Daniel Bishop.


PhD Scholarship in Error Correction Coding

PhD Scholarship in Error Correction Coding

Closing date: 30 June 2015

A PhD scholarship is available to conduct research on forward error correction coding for quantum key distribution systems under the supervision of Associate Professor Sarah Johnson.


PhD Scholarship - Network information theory and index coding

PhD Scholarship - Network information theory and index coding

Closing date: 30 June 2015

A PhD scholarship is available to conduct research on network information theory and index coding under the supervision of Dr Lawrence Ong.


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/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 - Scalable nutrition and physical activity interventions in childcare services

PhD Scholarship - Scalable nutrition and physical activity interventions in childcare services

Closing date: 29 May 2015

A scholarship is available for a PhD student to investigate scalable nutrition and physical activity interventions in childcare services under the supervision of Dr Luke Wolfenden and Serene Yoong.


PhD Scholarship -  Risk-based licensing and alcohol-related harm in Australia

PhD Scholarship - Risk-based licensing and alcohol-related harm in Australia

Closing date: 15 June 2015

A PhD Scholarship is available as part of an ARC-funded study evaluating risk-based schemes for the sale of alcohol at on-licensed premises in Australia under the primary supervision of Professor Kypros Kypri.


PhD Scholarship - Prognosis and management of childhood and adolescent pain

PhD Scholarship - Prognosis and management of childhood and adolescent pain

Closing date: 15 June 2015

A scholarship is available for a PhD student to investigate the Prognosis and management of childhood and adolescent pain conditions under the supervision of Professor John Wiggers and Dr Christopher Williams.


7 Faculty of Health and Medicine PhD or Research Masters Scholarships

7 Faculty of Health and Medicine PhD or Research Masters Scholarships

Closing date: 15 June 2015

The Faculty of Health and Medicine have 7 full scholarships on offer for high quality PhD or Research Masters candidates to study on a full-time or part-time basis in 2015.


5 PhD or Research Masters Opportunities - Stroke rehabilitation

5 PhD or Research Masters Opportunities - Stroke rehabilitation

Closing date: 15 July 2015

5 PhD or Research Masters opportunities are available for students interested in stroke rehabilitation within the Priority Research Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health.


2 PhD Scholarships - Translational Brain Repair and Rehabilitation

2 PhD Scholarships - Translational Brain Repair and Rehabilitation

Closing date: 31 July 2015

2 scholarship opportunities are available for PhD students to research Translational Brain Repair and Rehabilitation under the supervision of Dr Lin Kooi Ong, Associate Professor Rohan Walker and Professor Michael Nilsson.


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