SSH: Effects of Eccentric Exercise in the Elderly

School of Science and Health

Scholarship code: 2019-010

About the project

In partnership with Bankstown City Aged Care,(opens in a new window) Exercise Science at Western Sydney University has helped establish a Wellness Centre for the elderly and developed a new research program focused on improving the health and wellbeing of older people. This Master of Research scholarship is designed to support this research program and provide research training and education of an exercise science graduate. The scholarship is funded by Bankstown City Aged Care and Western Sydney University.

We are looking for a highly motivated Master of Research candidate to work on a research project aimed at understanding the functional benefits and contraindications of eccentric exercise in elderly people. The feasibility and biological effects of this strange form of exercise are not well understood in older and clinical populations, but eccentric exercise has the potential to induce significant functional and health benefits in people who find conventional forms of exercise difficult to perform. This Master of Research project will be the first attempt to study this problem in the setting of aged care.

This Master of Research project will be based at the Bankstown City Aged Care Wellness Centre and supervised by Associate Professor Simon Green and Mr Ben Gonano (AEP).

What does the scholarship provide?

  • Domestic candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of $10,000 per annum for up to 2 years to support living costs.

As part of this scholarship, the successful applicant will be required to work 100 hours at Bankstown City Aged Care over the term of the candidature.

Eligibility criteria

We welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds, who are interested in science and problems related to aged care and the health, fitness and independence of older people. In particular, the project is suitable for candidates with strong interests in exercise science.

The successful applicant:

  • must be an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or Australian Permanent resident.
  • meet the admission criteria for the Master of Research.(opens in a new window)
  • hold a Bachelors degree in exercise science or closely related discipline.
  • should demonstrate strong academic performance in subjects related to exercise physiology.
  • should want to work with older people.
  • should be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level.
  • must be willing to complete 100 hours of work at the Bankstown City Aged Care Wellness Centre during the candidature.

International applicants are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

How to apply

1. Contact Associate Professor Simon Green ( to discuss your eligibility, the project requirements and your intention to apply.

2. Submit an online application for admission(opens in a new window) into the Master of Research.

3. Complete the project scholarship application form (PDF, 89.74 KB).(opens in a new window)

4. Compile your CV, contact information for two referees and a one-page proposal stating how your research interests align with the project aims.

5. All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted directly to the Graduate Research School as follows:

  • Use the email subject line: Application_2019_010_SSH
  • Submit to
  • 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 for more information.

Applications close 30 November 2018

*Applications close at 11.59pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).