This 3-year fully-funded PhD scholarship at Murdoch University provides an exciting opportunity to undertake consumer-driven research with the MS community (patients, carers, healthcare providers) and the emergency-response community.
|Scholarship Sponsor||Murdoch University|
|Scholarships level||PhD Scholarship|
|Award Amount||$30,000AUD per year|
|Fellowship Period||Three years|
|Study area||Crisis Healthcare Management|
|Opening date||Now Open|
|Closing date||March 12, 2021|
In Australia, recent bushfires, flooding and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic have identified gaps in healthcare infrastructure, particularly for vulnerable populations such as persons with multiple sclerosis (MS).
These individuals may have a psychological and physical impairment and medical needs more significant than the general population. Our overall aim is to develop an understanding of the MS community’s healthcare needs during times of crises.
The project has scope for you to undertake qualitative and quantitative research based on your experience and interests. It is suitable for a candidate interested in public health, clinical practice, health services, and/or psychology. The project will include co-design and co-leadership of a research question of your interest, grounded in the overall project’s aims. While some data has already been collected, you will be expected to contribute to participant recruitment, data collection and analysis, writing of manuscripts, and communicating with stakeholders about interpretation and dissemination of findings.
On completion of your PhD we consider the transferable skills and collaborations you will have might lead to future job opportunities including leadership in non-profit organisations, leadership in local or national government, further academic or professional research, health and clinical communication roles, or furthering your current or future clinical expertise.
This overall project is titled Crisis Resilience in Persons with MS, Project C-RIMS. The project is considering the MS community’s experiences to identify a template for healthcare-based emergency management for persons with MS. The project is being undertaken in association with MS Research Australia, Murdoch University, the University of Melbourne and the Menzies Institute at the University of Tasmania, and MS societies.
You’ll be joining a collaborative team of enthusiastic researchers and experts in health behaviours, led by Drs Yvonne Learmonth, Brody Heritage (Murdoch University) and Claudia Marck (University of Melbourne) based within the Health Futures Institute at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.
Our research team and both Murdoch University and the University of Melbourne are committed to creating a friendly and diverse learning environment. Universities are proud to welcome equal opportunities for all students. All relevant and qualified applicant will receive consideration for a scholarship without regard to race, colour, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, or age in keeping with the research project and our experience completing our PhDs, the research team particularly welcome interest from participants who are collaborative critical thinkers, with a passion for persevering towards their goals.
The deadline for applications is March 12, 2021
The scholarship is open to domestic and international applicants. Essential criteria include:
- An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 or above or a TOEFL score of 110 or above (0.5 pt)
- A first-class Honours or Masters degree with a thesis component in relevant psychology, public health, medical or allied health field
- He demonstrated and developed interpersonal skills to communicate both with the interdisciplinary and collegial team and with public and professional representatives.
- Demonstrated high levels of written and oral communication in English and can demonstrate adaptability to rapidly changing communication and technology needs.
- They have demonstrated an interest in improving health outcomes and health opportunities for vulnerable populations, mainly persons with MS.
The scholarship provides tuition fee coverage and a stipend (tax-free) of $30,000AUD per year, plus additional funding on a case-by-case basis for archival research and fieldwork.
Please send the following on separate documents. On all documents marked* below, please include an ID of your initials and day/mo of birth (e.g. YCL0306). This will allow us to review applications anonymously.
- Maximum two pages of how you meet the application criteria*
- Current CV*
- Academic transcript (from former universities)
- Example of written work as the primary author (e.g. manuscript or thesis)*
- Single page justifying; your interest in the C-RIMS project and potential research questions you might like to address as part of the project. *
Selected applicants will then be invited to attend an interview and submit proposals via Murdoch University’s postgraduate scholarship application process. Applicants must be able to commence no later than June 1, 2021.