Scholarships

Scientia PhD Scholarships

Offering three scholarships with CSRH

The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme is part of our dedication to harnessing our cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of people in local and global communities. Scientia scholars will have a strong commitment to making a difference in the world with demonstrated potential for contributing to the social engagement and/or global impact pillars of the UNSW 2025 Strategy. The Scientia Scheme is targeted in that applicants will apply to a specific research area with an identified supervisory team and application is by nomination.

  • Work on high quality research projects with the best supervisory teams in world class environments
  • $40K a year stipend for four years
  • Tuition fees covered for the full 4 year period
  • Coaching and mentoring will form a critical part of your highly personalised leadership development plan
  • Up to $10k each year to build your career and support your international research collaborations.

Further details of the scheme are available from the UNSW Scientia Scholarships site.

To learn more about the strategic research areas being offered by CSRH, please browse below. 

If you are interested in applying, please contact the Primary Supervisor listed to discuss the opportunity.

The deadline for applicants to contact supervisors and complete the initial application form is 21 July 2017.



Understanding Personal, Social and Community Effects of Biomedical HIV Prevention

Primary Supervisor: Associate Professor Martin Holt

Additional Supervisors: Dr Bridget Haire and Associate Professor Christy Newman

The last decade has transformed the practices of HIV prevention. Sustained HIV treatment ('treatment as prevention') and taking antiretroviral drugs prophylactically ('pre-exposure prophylaxis') have both been shown to be highly effective in preventing HIV transmission, and are endorsed internationally and increasingly promoted in many countries. Biomedical prevention disrupts the ways in which people conceptualiserisk and practise safe sex, gives rise to new identities andpractices, and affect the ways in which communities respond effectively to HIV. We are seeking students who will examine these issues in depth, using qualitative methods (such as interviewing, participant observation or media analysis).


Closing the Gap? Critical Perspectives on Health Policy and Indigenous Self-Determination

Primary Supervisor: Associate Professor Christy Newman

Additional Supervisors: Dr Diana Perche and Associate Professor Reuben Bolt

Australian governments have devoted substantial resources to the problem of 'Closing the Gap' between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, particularly in relation to health outcomes, over the past decade. We seek proposals from students interested in critically examining health policies linked to 'Closing the Gap', and documenting accounts of Indigenous self-determination, health and wellbeing which provide alternatives to a deficit model of policy 'failure'. Taking a national perspective, the doctoral candidate will be expected to reflect critically on the diverse contributions and perspectives of Indigenous leaders, community organisations, service providers and service users on enacting effective policy change in this area.


Contemporary Approaches to the Engagement of Consumers in Drug Policy

Primary Supervisor: Professor Carla Treloar

Additional Supervisors: Professor Alison Ritter and Dr Kari Lancaster

The engagement of target communities in policy processes ensures representation by the affected community in the policy area. In some health/social policy areas, communities lack power to represent themselves, and mechanisms need to be developed to ensure effective and fair access. This is most potent when considering illicit drugs policy - people who use drugs are most directly affected by the policies but are least likely to be engaged in policy processes. This PhD will analyse past mechanisms of engagement (eg drug summits) and trial three new participatory processes, leading to internationally relevant innovations in participatory democracy for affected communities.