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UON PhD scholarships and opportunities

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Non-Pharmacological Strategies to Support Smoking Cessation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mothers

Closing Date: 29 May 2020
PhD Scholarship

‘Which Way?’ is a community led research project that will partner with 5 ACCHS’ in New South Wales over 3 years to explore what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s needs and desires are for holistic smoking cessation during pregnancy. The project asks, “Which way?” to develop an Indigenous led evidence base for what our communities want and need to support smoking cessation during pregnancy that is non-pharmacological.

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Antimicrobial Drug Resistance in Gram-negative Bacterial Pathogens

Closing Date: 29 May 2020
PhD Scholarship

The current global COVID-19 pandemic has thrust infectious disease into the limelight as a major force of social and economic disruption. Alongside this current and urgent threat, sits a larger more deadly and potentially more economically damaging issue in infectious disease - the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacterial “superbugs”. This PhD project will aim to investigate the mechanisms used by the most problematic superbugs to overcome antibiotic killing and develop strategies to overcome resistance

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Pathways to Improved Bushfire Disaster Resilience Policy

Closing Date: 29 June 2020
PhD Scholarship

CIFAL Newcastle has a PhD Scholarship opportunity available for students to join our team interested in undertaking research in the area of bushfire disaster resilience. As part of this research project, the successful student will investigate the role of communities of practice in shaping disaster resilience policy at a national to local levels.

Climate Change

An Integrated Framework for Climate Change Adaptation Implementation for Local Governance in Australia

Closing Date: 29 June 2020
PhD Scholarship

CIFAL Newcastle has a PhD Scholarship opportunity available for students interested in undertaking research in the area of climate change. As part of this research project, the successful student will explore the growing need for local level implementation of more effective measures to reduce the effect of climate change vulnerability. This research proposes to develop an integrated framework for effective climate change response with practical implications for local government, policy-makers and community stakeholders.

Natural disaster

Capability Development for Catastrophic Events for the Emergency Management Sector

Closing Date: 29 June 2020
PhD Scholarship

CIFAL Newcastle has a PhD Scholarship opportunity available for students interested in undertaking research in the area of emergency management response. As part of this research project, the successful student will examine funding, political and resourcing priorities at a national level that will contribute to a national interoperability and resource sharing agenda; and investigates how collaboration and maturity can be encouraged across the sector and, to work together to build relationships and trust.

Green DNA

Optimising the Use of the 2D Computer-Vision FaceMatch Algorithm to Enhance Opportunities for Novel Intellectual Disability Gene Discovery and Reduced Time to Diagnosis of Syndromic ID

Closing Date: 30 June 2020
PhD Scholarship

A computer science/biomedical science PhD scholarship to optimise the use of the 2D computer-vision FaceMatch algorithm ( to enhance opportunities for novel gene discovery and improved interpretation of DNA sequencing data in the diagnosis of syndromic ID (computer science/ biostatistics/ mathematics/ biomedical science/ genetic counselling graduates welcome to apply)

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The Importance of Classical Versus Backdoor Androgen Production Pathways in Masculinisation, Fertility, and Lifelong Male Health

Closing Date: 31 July 2020
PhD Scholarship

Male development, fertility, and lifelong health are all androgen-dependent. Perturbed androgen action at any stage of life significantly impacts quality of life ([1]), and low androgens are an independent risk factor contributing to early death ([2]). The aim of the project is to understand the regulation of androgen production and identify factors that work to support this regulation. The final goal is to refine androgen-based therapies that support wellbeing through the course of life.


Characterising the Role of the Glucocorticoid Receptor in Gonadal Function through Conditional Gene-Targeting

Closing Date: 31 July 2020
PhD Scholarship

This project will both increase our understanding of androgen signaling control within the reproductive system and have wider implications for other body systems, with obvious human relevance. The combination of these factors means this project is likely to produce a series of high impact publications.

Multifaceted Clustering of Complex Electricity Time-Series Data to Support Data-Driven Decision-Making in the Energy Sector

Closing Date: 31 July 2020
PhD Scholarship

The primary goal of this project is to create clustering methods and appropriate visualisations especially designed for complex time-series data from the energy sector, in collaboration with the CSIRO. The focus is on the development of highly specialised statistical/machine learning techniques able to properly categorise, visualise, model and interpret relevant electricity consumption patterns, while meeting domain-specific requirements, such as suitable characterisation of anomalies and motifs.

Interactions on the nanoscale: what happens when nanomaterials meet complex fluids

Closing Date: 01 August 2020
PhD Scholarship

Towards better treatments and diagnostic tools, this project will use state of the art methods to interrogate the surface and structure of particles to reveal the fundamental science behind interactions at the interface between physiological fluids and nanomaterials.


Janet Copley Doctoral Scholarships for Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Closing Date: 15 August 2020
PhD Scholarship

Expression of Interest for the 2020 scholarship are now invited using the Janet Copley Doctoral Scholarship Expression of Interest form. The successful candidate will join a diverse School of Humanities and Social Science with an active research culture and a lively HDR cohort.


Conservation ecology of threatened wallabies

Closing Date: 01 September 2020
PhD Opportunity

Two PhD projects are available within the Conservation Science Research Group of the University of Newcastle’s School of Environmental and Life Sciences to study the conservation ecology of threatened wallabies under the supervision of Associate Professors Matt Hayward, John Clulow and Andrea Griffin, in association with staff from DPIE, DPI and UNE. One student will work on parma wallabies Macropus parma and the other on red-legged pademelons Thylogale stygmatica.


Investigating the Link Between Cerebrovascular and Brain Structural/Functional Processes Contributing to Cognitive Ability Across the Lifespan

Closing Date: 24 November 2020
PhD Scholarship

Using innovative optical imaging methodology that maps the brain’s regional arterial health, this research program aims to characterize the link between the brain’s arterial system and progressive changes in cognitive control ability and in brain structure and function in across the lifespan in healthy and clinical groups. This project is a collaboration between scientists at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who have pioneered and patented this optical method, and UON cognitive neuroscience researchers.

Recently expired PhD Scholarships


New Supercapacitor and Battery Concepts for Large-Scale Energy Storage

Closing Date: 24 April 2020
PhD Scholarship

This PhD project focusses on research into new electrochemical energy storage concepts. In specific, we will use a new type of electrolyte to achieve high storage capacity using simple, low-cost redox species, for example sodium or magnesium.

Royal Newcastle Hospital Heritage Dr Chris McCaffrey HDR Scholarship Equity and Quality of Healthcare in an Australian Context

Closing Date: 27 April 2020
PhD Scholarship

The main purpose of the Royal Newcastle Hospital Heritage Dr Chris McCaffrey HDR Scholarship is to continue the tradition of Royal Newcastle Hospital in Equity in Healthcare and to assist students undertaking PhD studies focusing on research that promotes ‘Equity in Healthcare’.

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Understanding Molecular Mechanisms that Regulate Spermatogonial Stem Cell Function

Closing Date: 25 May 2020
PhD Scholarship

An exciting opportunity to uncover novel molecular mechanisms that regulate spermatogonial stem cell function using cutting-edge technologies such as single cell RNA sequencing, modern proteomics and lipidomics.