Multiple Health Behaviour Change Intern Scholarship

Amount$1000Number Available7FacultiesFaculty of Education and ArtsFaculty of Health and MedicineFaculty of Science and Information Technology

The Priority Research Centre (PRC) for Physical Activity and Nutrition investigates physical activity and nutrition for population health, with particular emphasis on education and health promotion strategies for chronic disease prevention, treatment and wellbeing. The PRC Health Behaviour uses intervention and service delivery to promote healthy behaviours and good quality healthcare across communities. Members of these two PRCs, Associate Professor Erica James and Dr. Mitch Duncan are behavioural researchers with a research interest in multiple health behaviour change (physical activity, sedentary behaviours, sleep, diet, tobacco). A/Prof James and Dr. Duncan are seeking expressions of interest for five Intern Scholarships to assist with a range of research tasks across several health behaviour change projects.

Description of tasks: Interns will work with A/Prof James and Dr. Duncan across several current projects. This may include, but is not limited to): conducting database searches, undertaking data coding and extraction of research articles for a systematic review, coding and analysing accellerometry data, recruitment and screening of participants for a physical activity research trial, data collection (including anthropometric assessment such as 1RM for muscular strength assessment and patient-reported outcomes such as quality of life), and setting up accelerometers and pedometers for data collection in a research trial.

Hours of work: Interns will be required to undertake a total of 50 hours of work during semester 2. Interns will be required to attend face-to-face meetings at the Hunter Medical Research Institute (located on the John Hunter Hospital Campus) and/or the PRC Physical Activity and Nutrition (Callaghan campus). Hours and location of work will be by negotiation. Start dates for each of the intern scholarships are flexible and will be by negotiation. All scholarships will need to be completed by 31st October 2014.


To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be enrolled in the second (2nd), third (3rd), or fourth (4th) year of program
  • Be enrolled in one of the programs as listed under Selection Criteria
Required Documentation

If documentation is not provided your application will not be processed. Please have all required documents available for upload as PDF, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, or JPG files prior to completing the online application process.

  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  • Provide a written statement outlining academic strengths and accomplishments and intention to pursue studies in research; as well as outlining benefit from being awarded Priority Research Centre Health Behaviour Intern Scholarship (maximum 600 words)

Each scholarship is valued at $1000.00. The scholarship will be paid in two lump sum payments, the first of $200 mid-way through the internship, and the second of $800 at the satisfactory completion of the internship.


Selection of the scholar will be on the basis of:

  • Academic merit, namely Grade Point Average
  • Provision of requested written statement. Applicants will be selected based on their intention to pursue further studies in research, their ability to demonstrate how they will benefit from the internship, and the relevance of their interests/experience to the proposed research program.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in the second, third or fourth year of one of the following programs:

Bachelor of Psychology, Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics, Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours), Bachelor of Health Science (Honours), Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/ Bachelor of Health and Physical Education.

  • Faculty of Education and Arts
  • Faculty of Health and Medicine
  • Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Contact Details


Student Services Centre
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Phone: +61 2 4921 6404 or +61 2 4921 8849
Fax: +61 2 4921 6937