About the project
(Scholarship code: 2020_029)
NICM Health Research Institute (NICM HRI) at Western Sydney University is Australia's leader in complementary and integrative medicine research and policy. Established in 2007 by the Commonwealth and NSW State Governments, the Institute provides leadership and support for strategically directed research into integrative medicine, to promote the translation of evidence into clinical practice and develop relevant policy to benefit the health of all Australians. As an Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 5* rating institute, NICM HRI is globally recognised for its world-class research and innovations in complementary medicine.
An exciting opportunity exists for two highly motivated doctoral candidates to undertake a PhD with NICM HRI focused in integrative medicine.
The successful candidates will have the opportunity to develop research projects in one or more of the following NICM HRI research streams:
- Bush Medicines, Australian traditional and indigenous medicine
- Healthy Hearts, preventing and treating cardiovascular and metabolic disorders
- Healthy Minds, neurocognitive and mental health disorders
- Healthy Women, promoting sexual and reproductive health in women
- Healthy lives through the cancer journey
- Herbal analysis and pharmacology
- Policy and evidence translation
- Emerging areas, such as mind and body therapies (yoga and meditation), and medicinal cannabis
Joining a passionate team of researchers, the successful candidates will have the opportunity to develop research projects that are preclinical or clinically based, or a combination of these.
The successful candidates will study in new state-of-the-art facilities, with a friendly, collaborative and innovative environment, gaining hands-on experience for future careers in natural and traditional medicine, pharma, biotechnology and academia.
Funded jointly by Blackmores Institute and NICM HRI, these two PhD scholarships will be based at NICM HRI at the University’s Westmead campus in Sydney.
Westmead is one of the largest highly specialised health, research and education precincts in the world, in addition to boasting the largest concentration of biomedical, scientific and healthcare focused minds in the nation.
*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. NICM HRI has rated 5 for each of the last three trienniums: 2012, 2015, 2018.
What does the scholarship provide?
- Domestic candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of $30,000 per annum for up to three years to support living costs, supported by the Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset.
- Support for conference attendance, fieldwork and additional costs as approved by the Institute.
We welcome applicants with varied academic backgrounds and with an interest in integrative or complementary medicine.
The successful applicant must:
- hold qualifications and experience equal to one of the following (i) an Australian First Class Bachelor (Honours) degree, (ii) coursework Masters with at least 25% research component, (iii) a Research Masters degree, or (iv) equivalent overseas qualifications.
- be considered a domestic student for admission purposes, meeting one of the following criteria (i) an Australian citizen, (ii) New Zealand citizen (or dual citizenship holders of either Australia or New Zealand), (iii) Australian permanent resident, or (iv) Australian humanitarian visa holder.
- show an academic track record through the publication of peer reviewed journal articles and presentations at academic or practitioner focussed conferences.
- be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level.
International applicants are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.
How to apply
1. Contact Dr Mike Armour (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your eligibility, the project requirements and your intention to apply.
2. Review the research scholarships frequently asked questions.(opens in a new window)
3. Submit an online application for admission.(opens in a new window)
4. Complete the project scholarship application form (PDF, 89.74 KB).(opens in a new window)
5. Compile your CV, contact information for two referees and a one-page proposal stating how your research interests align with the project aims.
6. Submit your scholarship application form and any supporting documentation to the Graduate Research School as follows:
- Use the email subject line: Application_2020_029_NICM
- Submit to email@example.com
- All attached documents must be submitted as PDF.
- In the body of your email, include your full name, your student ID (if you are a current or previous Western Sydney University student) and the full title of the scholarship.
Applicants who do not submit an online application for admission will not be considered.
Incomplete applications or applications that do not conform to the above requirements will not be considered.
Please contact the Graduate Research School via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Applications close 29 February 2020
Applications close at 11.59pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).