Research Advantage

Early Career Researcher HDR Candiate Scholarships

The University recognises the contribution Early Career Researchers (ECRs) make to the University’s research profile and productivity. UON is committed to supporting and developing ECRs research and research leadership, through the provision of PhD candidate scholarships.



Faculty of Business and Law
Faculty of Education and Arts

Dr Kcasey McLoughlin

Dr Nick Riley

Dr Courtney Molloy

Dr Julia Cook

Dr Sidsel Grimstad

Dr Deborah Trevallion

Faculty of Science

Dr Bernadette Drabsch

Dr Khay Fong

Dr Michael Meany

Dr Heather Douglas

Dr Benjamin Matthews

Faculty of Health and Medicine

Dr Chris Krogh

Dr Melissa Tadros


These scholarships provide an opportunity for ECRs to facilitate their own research, mature their leadership capabilities and build their reputation both as a supervisor and as a researcher.

In establishing their research careers, ECRs can often find it difficult to secure research funding to support HDR candidates; these scholarships provide an opportunity for ECRs to supervise a fully funded domestic PhD candidate.

These scholarships also fast track the ECR to being a principal HDR supervisor. The ECR must be the principal supervisor for the scholarship recognition but is required to have an experienced supervisor as supervisory mentor and co-supervisor for the candidate.


Up to 15 scholarships are available through a competitive process to boost ECR projects, support the aspirations of ECRs and advance the University’s future leading researchers. These scholarships are available to domestic candidates (Australian and New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents and Humanitarian visa holders) and seek to bring together quality prospective research candidates with committed early career supervisors for their mutual benefit.


The relevant dates for this scholarship scheme are as follows:

  • Closing date for ECR applications: 2 August 2019
  • ECR applicants advised of outcome: By 9 August 2019
  • Closing date for PhD candidates’ applications: 19 August 2019
  • PhD candidates advised of outcome: By 6 September 2019
  • Latest date for PhD candidates to commence candidature and scholarship: 1 October 2019

Due to the constrained timelines, prospective ECR applicants are advised to identify a suitable PhD candidate as soon as possible. At the same time, ECR applicants may also wish to consider supporting a candidate’s application to the University’s main Scholarship Round, which has a closing date of 1 September 2019; with all outcomes issued by 1 December, 2019.