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Closing date

18 February 2021

Scholarship details




It is the intention of these scholarships to support students undertaking an honours research project into the role that user centred design can play in understanding and communicating healthy lifestyle behaviours. The successful recipients will be offered the opportunity to participate in a joint University of Newcastle/nib work integrated learning project which can be used as part of their honour’s curriculum.

These scholarships were established by nib to support the initiatives that have a positive and lasting impact on nationwide health issues and sees user centred design research as solving the complex social problems these issues represent. Nib knows there is a nationwide shortage of user centred designers in Australia and recognises that the University of Newcastle’s, School of Creative Industries' Honours programs are addressing these critical skills shortages.

It is anticipated that understanding the behaviour of both proactive health consumers and passive health consumers may inform the design of strategies to encourage the latter to take a more proactive approach to their health care. Research questions may be drawn from the following focus below.

Young adults (21 – 31) are almost invisible to a health insurer until they need to leave their family policy. Consider

  • Expectations vs reality gaps
  • Setting them up for success
  • Relevancy of private health insurance to them
  • Personalisation and proactive support.

Low health literacy contributes to increased health issues. Consider:

  • Social determinants of health
  • Technology to connect people
  • Behavioural motivations for change
  • Low value vs high value care.

Enriching and healthy international travel experiences in a post-COVID world. Consider:

  • Speculative changes to critical travel safety factors.
  • Health benefits of travel to different types of people
  • Mental wellbeing of travellers post-COVID
  • Links between Health Insurance and Travel Insurance.

Traditional views of work and career patterns are changing. Consider:

  • Productive labour, inclusion, healthy work, and good work-life balance
  • Transitions between education, work and care while working from home
  • Skills needed by workers and leaders
  • Measures of productivity.

Recipients of these scholarships will be offered the opportunity to undertake their honours’ research project as a combined work integrated learning placement at nib and attendance at relevant university classes. The project will use a joint supervisory model with a supervisory team consisting of 1 x principal supervisor from the University of Newcastle and 1 x associate supervisor from nib. Formal weekly joint supervisory meetings, typically 1 hour long, are to occur in both semesters. These will be held at the University of Newcastle, nib or over Zoom as needs dictate. This does not preclude any additional informal supervision, advice, guidance or instruction being provided by the principal and/or associate supervisors. The independent research/learning may occur on campus, at the site of research (nib), and other research sites to be determined by the requirements of the specific research project developed. Students will attend all required classes from the School of Creative Industries (Honours) as per the timetabled schedule.

For more information on this scholarship, please review the full Terms and Conditions.


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

  • Be enrolled in CIND4001 & CIND4002 in semester 1 and CIND4003 & CIND4004 in semester 2 in the Bachelor of Visual Communication, Bachelor of Communication, Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the University of Newcastle.
  • Be enrolled full-time.
  • Demonstrate academic achievement by having a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or higher in your current program.
  • Be an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen.
  • Not be the recipient of another University of Newcastle donor-funded or sponsored scholarship concurrently.

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.

  • Documents required may vary depending on your application responses. Please refer to the Your Documents section of your application for information on what you will need to provide.


This scholarship provides two payments of $6,000 after semester 1 and semester 2 census dates (usually in April and September).


Selection is a competitive process and will be based on assessment of the scholarship application and any required supporting documents.

The selection of the scholar will be made on the basis of:

  • The quality of the user centred design and visual design work in the portfolio;
  • The quality of the written statement;
  • The applicants Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent or GPA.


    Faculty of Education and Arts

    Contact Details

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    Phone: +61 2 4921 5000
    Fax: +61 2 4921 5759

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