The University of Newcastle, Australia

UON PhD scholarships and opportunities

Tackling nicotine together

Impact of Vocation and Workplace Culture on Tobacco and Alcohol Use

Closing Date: 31 October 2019
PhD Scholarship

The Technical and Further Education (TAFE) setting offers a diverse variety of vocational education courses. However, whether students’ choice of vocation and workplace culture influences tobacco and alcohol use among TAFE students is unknown.

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Does Mismatch Between Preference and Random Allocation Influence Use of Support, Satisfaction, and Smoking Cessation?

Closing Date: 31 October 2019
PhD Scholarship

Randomised trials do not account for participant preference of the support they would like to receive. The impact of mismatch between preference and random allocation on use of services, satisfaction, and smoking cessation is unexplored.

Psychological Aspects of Recovery: Promoting Holistic Recovery to Improve Performance Health in Elite Athletes

Closing Date: 31 October 2019
PhD Scholarship

Optimal recovery involves good sleep quality and hygiene, and strategic planning to prepare and adapt to the demands of being an elite athlete in order to maintain health and perform at one’s best. This PhD Scholarship will review holistic recovery in elite athletes focusing on psychological and behavioral factors, and develop and evaluate an intervention to improve athletes’ recovery and improve health.

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Drug-Drug Interactions and Cannabis Medicines

Closing Date: 01 November 2019
PhD Scholarship

This project will address the clinical question of if and how prescribed cannabis medicines interact with other prescribed medications.

Brain MRI

Brain Cancer and Cannabinoids

Closing Date: 01 November 2019
PhD Scholarship

Intensive studies of cannabinoids in brain cancer to enable rapid uptake into practice.


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

Closing Date: 24 November 2019
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.

Smoking during pregnancy

Implementing Evidence-Based Smoking Cessation Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pregnant Women

Closing Date: 30 November 2019
PhD Scholarship

This is a scholarship to be awarded only to a female Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student. She will research an aspect of the iSISTAQUIT (implementing Supporting Indigenous Smokers To Assist Quitting) project. The project will improve health service management of smoking in pregnancy.

Coal Mining

Improving Environmental Management Strategies through Characterisation, Visualisation and Evaluation of Dust Emission Sources

Closing Date: 30 November 2019
PhD Scholarship

Exciting opportunity to be a part of the Advanced Mining, Equipment, Technology & Services (METS) Doctoral Training Centre


Visual Mesh Based Multi-Object Tracking

Closing Date: 30 November 2019
PhD Scholarship

The project objective is to achieve the highest currently possible frame rates when tracking several targets of known size and shape from a static camera with high accuracy and robustly in high resolution video.

Early modern writer

Marginalia and the Early Modern Woman Writer, 1530-1660.

Closing Date: 30 November 2019
PhD Scholarship

The research undertaken is part of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship and will provide an ambitious new literary history of how early modern women read and wrote in the margins of their books, uncovering new texts, practices, writers and readers across 150 years. It aims to change the ways in which we understand reading and writing practice in the English Renaissance.

Big Field

Food Security and the Governance of Local Knowledge in India and Indonesia

Closing Date: 30 November 2019
PhD Scholarship

The aim of this ARC project is to examine the way small farmers identify, conserve and exchange plant material and incorporate it into cultivated crops through plant selection and breeding and to identify the ways regulatory structures in India and Indonesia help or hinder this process.

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Understanding Molecular Mechanisms that Regulate Spermatogonial Stem Cell Function

Closing Date: 31 December 2019
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.

skin protection strategies

Preventing Pressure Injury Through Skin Protection Strategies

Closing Date: 10 January 2020
PhD Scholarship

The objective of this project is to explore the use of barrier products for skin protection in hospitalised patients and or residents of aged care facilities

Baby Doctor

The Role of the Placenta in the Pathophysiology of Preeclampsia

Closing Date: 31 January 2020
PhD Scholarship

Applications are invited from graduates from a range of disciplines to undertake a PhD that focusses on the discovery of novel factors secreted by the placenta that cause preeclampsia.

Renae smoke free

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

Closing Date: 31 January 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.


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

Closing Date: 31 January 2020
PhD Scholarship

Expression of Interest for the 2019 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.

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Totally Disconnected, Locally Compact Groups

Closing Date: 29 February 2020
PhD Scholarship

A PhD scholarship opportunity is available for students to investigate totally disconnected, locally compact groups under the supervision of ARC Laureate Professor George Willis. The students will join a team seeking to bring our understanding of these groups to a level comparable to that of finite groups and connected groups.

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Chronic disease and sexual/reproductive health

Closing Date: 31 March 2020
PhD Opportunity

Applications are invited from graduates from a range of disciplines to undertake a PhD focused on chronic disease and either sexual or reproductive health under the supervision of Dr Melissa Harris. The project will take advantage of longitudinal data (such as the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health; linked with administrative health records. There is the opportunity to conduct quantitative as well as qualitative analyses.

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Exploring the Latest Developments in Smoking Cessation Treatments for People with Substance Use Disorders

Closing Date: 30 April 2020
PhD Scholarship

A PhD scholarship is available to study the latest developments in smoking cessation treatments for people with substance use disorders, supervised by Prof Billie Bonevski and Conjoint Prof Adrian Dunlop from Hunter New England Local Health District.

Investigation the Regulation of Androgen Biosynthesis and Androgen Action Under Normal and Pathological Conditions

Closing Date: 31 July 2020
PhD Scholarship

Four PhD scholarships are available to start work, in either August or December of 2020, in Professor Lee Smith’s research group at the University of Newcastle in their brand new lab. The PhD projects will utilise unique and cutting-edge transgenic mouse techniques to investigate the regulation of androgen biosynthesis and androgen action under normal and pathological conditions.

Recently expired PhD Scholarships


Epigenetic Heterogeneity and Dynamics in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

Closing Date: 31 August 2019
PhD Scholarship

Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is a predominantly fatal disease characterised by cellular heterogeneity and epigenomic dysregulation. This project will use cutting-edge single-cell multi-omic methods to investigate epigenetic heterogeneity during AML progression.

Brain stroke

Role of the Blood-Brain barrier (BBB) in Stroke and Dementia, and Other Ageing Related Brain Conditions

Closing Date: 15 September 2019
PhD Scholarship

Irregular and rapid heartbeat can lead to cardiovascular disease, including heart failure, blood clots and stroke, affecting millions of people worldwide. Recent evidence suggests a link between cardiovascular disease and brain injury, most likely due to disrupted blood-brain barrier (BBB, the physiological barrier that protects the brain from blood-borne toxins and pathogens, and regulates molecular traffic between the blood and the brain). Maintaining normal blood flow is essential for brain endothelial function, including maintaining barrier integrity. We have shown that microvessicles (MVs, small membraneous vesicles released by cells) are released from brain endothelial cells during inflammatory conditions leading to barrier dysfunction. We hypothesise that MVs released during conditions with altered blood flow or sheer stress will lead to disruption of the BBB and worsening of outcomes. The aim of this project is to investigate the underlying mechanisms with a focus on the BBB.


Implementing the Provision of Care to Address Chronic Disease Risk Behaviours in Community Mental Health Services

Closing Date: 27 September 2019
PhD Scholarship

This collaborative research project is focused on developing and implementing strategies to support mental health clinicians to provide preventive care as part of their routine practice. A co-design approach will be used to tailor evidence based practice change strategies, in order to develop an intervention package that will support the implementation of a model of preventive care within community mental health services in the Hunter New England Local Health District.

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: 01 October 2019
PhD Scholarship

A biomedical / biostatistics PhD scholarship to optimise the use of the 2D computer-vision FaceMatch algorithm ( to enhance opportunities for novel intellectual disability (ID) gene discovery and improved interpretation of DNA sequencing data in the diagnosis of syndromic ID.