NICM & Blackmores Institute: Master of Research 2017

NICM is Australia's leader in complementary medicine research and policy. Funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments, NICM plays a key national role in ensuring Australians have access to reliable evidence on complementary medicines and treatments in wide use. The Institute provides leadership and support for strategically directed research into complementary medicine and translation of evidence into clinical practice and relevant policy to benefit the health of all Australians. As an Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 5* ranking institute, NICM is globally recognised for its world-class research and innovations in complementary medicine.

An exciting opportunity is available for a highly motivated and dynamic Master of Research candidate in the field of nutritional and herbal medicine to join NICM's team of world-class researchers.

The candidate will undertake research aimed at improving translation of evidence into better health outcomes for patients. NICM invites applications for the project described below.

Master of Research: Practice Research

This Masters degree program (1 year research training by coursework, 1 year thesis) will explore approaches to effective communication about complementary medicines to general practitioners to support the use of evidence in decision making. The study will involve a scoping review of educational materials, and research with general practitioners to identify gaps and seek consensus on optimal approaches to guide informed decisions. This project is proposed to be supervised by Professor Caroline Smith.

The scholarship is funded in partnership with NICM and the Blackmores Institute. The successful applicant will commence the course in February 2017.


This scholarship is open to domestic applicants only. Applicants must:

  • Hold qualifications and experience equivalent to a Bachelors degree or a Masters degree
  • Achieve a threshold Admission Average Mark (AAM) equal to or above the minimum of 65
  • Be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level
  • Possess a background relevant to the proposal in laboratory or clinical or policy area
  • Be able to attend coursework in Sydney (the Masters is not available by distance)
  • Be able to commit to a full-time workload for the Masters (40 hrs/week)

What does the scholarship provide?

  • Full time students will receive a tax-free stipend of $4,000 to $8,000 in Year 1, and up to $16,000 in Year 2 (subject to satisfactory progress). Students will be awarded a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) in the first year (a student contribution will be required). The second year will be funded by the Research Training Scheme. No tuition fees will be charged in Year 2.
  • Students will also be awarded a top-up scholarship of $10,000 per annum.
  • Relocation allowance.
  • Funding is available for project costs and conference travel.

How to apply

Applicants should:

  • Discuss their eligibility and interests with Professor Caroline Smith: or Professor Alan Bensoussan:
  • Submit an application including the Master of Research Scholarship Application form (PDF, 81.16 KB) (opens in a new window), their CV and a one-page research proposal that aligns with the projects aims.
  • Submit their application via the Online Applicant Portal (opens in a new window) before the closing date.
  • Ensure they submit all required documents. Incomplete applications may not be considered.

* Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) is a national evaluation of research quality in Australian universities conducted by the Australian Government. It is administered by the Australian Research Council (ARC). ERA5 is the highest rating, characterised by evidence of outstanding performance well above world standard presented by the suite of indicators used for evaluation.

Applications close 28 November 2016