PhD Research Scholarship (Neurological and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation)
UTS offers an innovative and stimulating scientific environment underpinned by the UTS Research Strategy. The UTS Research Strategy 2016–20 details an ambitious plan to support the University’s growing national and international reputation as a leading teaching and research institution. The University’s overall strategic goal is to increase the intensity, excellence, impact, and reputation of its research.
To support the University’s research direction in Health, the Graduate School of Health (GSH) is offering this scholarship in the discipline of Physiotherapy. It is suitable for applicants who wish to pursue research in the areas of neurological and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. The successful applicant will receive doctoral supervision from researchers from physiotherapy (see profiles) and may be supplemented by expertise from other disciplines within the GSH and outside of the School where applicable.
UTS’s Physiotherapy team is looking for a new doctoral candidate whose research interests align with the disciplines vision statement; ‘Reducing the Burden of neurological and musculoskeletal conditions in Society (RoBUST)’.
The full-time stipend rate associated with the scholarships is $27,082.00 per annum tax exempt. The total value of the scholarship is AU$81,246 over three years. It is available to suitable domestic and international applicants.
Tuition fees for domestic (Australian citizen or permanent visa holder) applicants are automatically covered by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset (Domestic). A successful international applicant may be offered a UTS International Tuition Fee Waiver.
Please note that this scholarship is governed by RTPS Conditions of Award. The successful candidate must commence in Autumn 2020 intake (preferably) or either Spring 2020.
In addition to the scholarship, the Graduate School of Health also provides approximately $1,500 per annum to directly support the research related activities (conference travel, training, copy editing, participant recruitment, etc.).
To be considered for the PhD, applicants must have:
a completed a Masters or Honours degree with a major research component (e.g., a thesis component of approximately 50 per cent of the degree and 20,000 words) at distinction level, unless the following exemption applies
- PhD applicants may be exempt from having to demonstrate either (a) a completed Masters with a major research component if they can
- also demonstrate capacity to undertake independent research through prior research engagement (e.g., as a research assistant with responsibilities in the conduct of research with publication in peer reviewed journals).
- PhD applicants will preferably have completed previous study (e.g., undergraduate or postgraduate degree) in a health-related field such as physiotherapy (preferred), exercise physiology, exercise science, epidemiology, or health science.
- PhD applicants must also demonstrate their interest in the area of research and their strong analytical and writing skills.
To discuss your eligibility for entry into the PhD program in Physiotherapy, and prior to preparing your application materials, please contact Professor Arianne Verhagen so that you can discuss your eligibility and the development of the application.
Name: Professor Arianne Verhagen
Phone: +61 2 9514 7368
Expression of Interest
To be considered for this opportunity, please register your Expression of Interest (EOI) directly by submitting an application through the UTS’s website:
You will be required to submit a full application which includes all of the information listed in the table below and any other information as listed on the website, as well as satisfy entry requirements
- A personal statement (750 words maximum) outlining your suitability for undertaking a PhD, what you hope to achieve from your research, and your research experience to date.
- Academic curriculum vitae.
- Official academic transcripts (undergraduate and postgraduate), including master’s thesis results (if applicable).
- Evidence of writing for research output (e.g., peer reviewed publications) demonstrating your capacity to undertake independent research (if applicable)
- Proof of English proficiency (if not having completed a minimum of 5 years study in Australia).
- Written references to include contact details for suitable academic referees (two required).
- Evidence of prizes, scholarships, and awards (certificates, statements of award).
To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and, preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes.
Expressions of interest - due date extended