PhD Scholarship - Supporting Indigenous Smokers To Assist Quitting

Friday, 9 March 2018

The Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research (CBMHR) and the Wollotuka Institute are looking for  Supporting Indigenous Smokers To Assist Quitting (SISTAQUIT)

There is an exciting opportunity for up to three high-calibre fulltime PhD candidates to join the CBMHR team at University of Newcastle, commencing 2018.

Three scholarships are available, that include living allowance and tuition fees.

The annual stipend (2017 rate) is $26,682. Successful applicants will need to reside in Newcastle, NSW for at least the first year of candidature.

The aim of these scholarships is to build capacity for Indigenous Health research.

The scholarships will be linked to a large national NHMRC funded trial called SISTAQUIT trial

Smoking during pregnancy has a major impact on the health of the unborn baby, and we know from our research that pregnancy mothers need better access to evidence-based smoking cessation care.

SISTAQUIT will target health providers working with Aboriginal pregnant mothers, to improve how they manage smoking during pregnancy.

Research proposals for the scholarships will be negotiated with the successful candidates, and may address various health concerns for pregnant Aboriginal women, their families and communities.  

Suggested topics are below:

  • Topic 3: By negotiation

For more information please contact:

Contact Name: Judith Jobling
Phone: 02 4033 5719


Scholarship Value: $26,682 p.a. (2017 rate), indexed in January each year. The scholarship is for a period of three years and a half years.


This scholarship is for domestic students. You must Identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person OR have a keen interest in Indigenous Health. Will need to reside in Newcastle for at least the first year, be fluent in English, hold a Bachelor degree 1st class Hons or equivalent.


To enable us to assess your application, candidates will be expected to submit:

  • A 500-word document on why you are motivated to apply for one of these PhD scholarships
  • Which topic would be of interest
  • Previous experience or other interest in Indigenous Health research
  • Goals for future career in Indigenous Health, including Indigenous identity if relevant.
  • Intention to re-locate to Newcastle, NSW
  • Full CV including previous degrees, grades, research experience, employment, papers published, and any grants obtained

Contact Name: Judith Jobling
Phone: 02 4033 5719


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