Current Scholarships

The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development currently has a number of scholarships available.

For more information, including the application process, contact details and timelines, please click on a scholarship below.

For all research and engagement enquiries please email, marcsdre@westernsydney.edu.au.

Targeted Therapy for Sleep Apnoea: A Novel Personalised Approach

The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development invites applications from highly motivated Australian or overseas graduates seeking to undertake a PhD supervised by Dr Paul Breen and Dr Gaetano Gargiulo.

 

Two PhD Scholarships

This PhD research is funded by a Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Project through the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and supports a project entitled "Targeted therapy for sleep apnoea: A novel personalised approach". The project aims to develop and evaluate a non-invasive wearable solution for sleep monitoring. This solution largely consists of a t-shirt with bespoke embedded sensors and electronics. As a whole, the project will involved the development and manufacture of the shirt, electronics, apps, algorithms and its use in clinical trials.

This scholarship will be conducted within the Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience (BENS) and in association with Oventus Medical Ltd, Medical Monitoring Solution Pty Ltd, CSIRO and Neuroscience Research Australia. The PhD research will focus on Wearable Sensor Development and Multisensor Data Analysis. The primary goal for each scholarship will be:

Scholarship A

To develop compensatory mechanisms for large body movements and improve small signal detection with the developed shirt.

Scholarship B

To develop new sleep diagnosis algorithms using recorded data from the developed shirt.

This is an exciting opportunity to work on an applied research and development project in partnership with a dynamic MedTech consortium. Western is committed to recognising the intellectual input of all its researchers, students and academics, however the commercial interest in the project dictates that the scholarship can only be offered on condition that PhD candidates agree to assign their IP rights to Western Sydney University. Please contact the research team if you would like to discuss the specific terms and conditions of assignment.

What does the scholarship provide?

All students receive:

  • Support for conference attendance (domestic and international), fieldwork and additional costs as appropriate.
  • Access to the extensive range of MARCS specialised equipment, laboratory space and facilities.
  • Additional funding to support training and equipment purchases.
  • A rich environment of support and academic expertise via supervisory panels, seminars, academic and industry collaborations.

Domestic Students receive:

  • Tax free stipend of up to $35,000 per annum for up to 3 years, a funded place in the doctoral program.

International Students receive:

  • Tax free stipend of up to $35,000 per annum for up to 3 years, a funded place in the doctoral program.
  • Outstanding students may be awarded a Tuition Fee Scholarship valued at approximately $25,000 per annum for up to 3 years.
  • Up to $5,000 towards the cost of airfare and Overseas Student Single Health Care Policy.

Criteria

  • Applicants should hold an Australian First Class Bachelor Honours degree, OR equivalent qualifications and/or research experience (including research publications) in a field such as computer, electronic or biomedical engineering.
  • Experience in circuit design, PCB design, programming skills (in Matlab, C++ or for app development) are desirable.
  • International applicants must also demonstrate a high level of English language proficiency.

What are the next steps?

How to apply

Applications close 31 March 2017

2017 Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships

Endeavour logo The 2017 round of the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are now open. All necessary information can be found on the applications page of the Endeavour Scholarships webpage. (opens in a new window)

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government's competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships providing opportunities for citizens of countries in the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research or professional development in Australia and for Australians to do the same overseas.

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships aim to build Australia's reputation for excellence in the provision of education and research, support the internationalisation of the Australian higher education and research sectors and offer high-achieving individuals from overseas and Australia opportunities to increase their productivity and expertise in their field.

All necessary information can be found on the applications page of the Endeavour Scholarships webpage

Please note: Admission letters are required for all Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship (international) applicants. Applicants are required to make their own approaches to host organisations seeking a placement.

A letter can be found in the Applicant Guidelines to notify the host organisation that they are applying for an Endeavour scholarship.

Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA)

APA logo The Australian Postgraduate Awards are Commonwealth Government funded scholarships. They are awarded to exceptional new candidates to assist with general living costs while undertaking higher degree research.

The award of APA scholarships will be considered in Round 1 and 2 Scholarship Rounds.

The Australian Postgraduate Awards are for full-time study towards higher degrees by research. These awards are funded by the Department of Education and competition for the APA scheme is intense; only eligible applicants with a first-class Bachelor Honours degree or equivalent qualifications and experience will be offered an award.

Value

The scholarship provides a $25,392 tax-free stipend for full time study in 2016 and is indexed annually. Relocation and thesis allowances are also available. Successful applicants will be awarded a Research Training Scheme funded place in the course.

Western Sydney University top-up scholarships of $10,000 per annum may also be awarded to the highest ranked applicants.

Tenure

The tenure of the award is three years for Doctoral candidates and two years for Masters Honours (research masters) candidate. Please note that all periods of prior higher degree study at any institution are deducted from the tenure of the scholarship.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • be a domestic student (Australian Citizen, a permanent resident or a New Zealand Citizen) not already hold an academic qualification equivalent to or at a higher level than the research higher degree program you are undertaking;
  • not have previously held a research higher degree scholarship funded by the Australian Government (other than IPRS) for three months or more, unless seeking to transfer with the agreement of your current institution;
  • have or expect to attain a First Class Bachelor Honours degree or equivalent qualifications and experience;
  • should usually be commencing full time enrolment in a research higher degree for the first time in 2015 or 2016.

Closing dates

To be advised.

For more information, please contact the Research Scholarships Development Officer on HDRscholarships@westernsydney.edu.au.

Western Sydney University Postgraduate Research Awards (PRA)

Western Sydney University Postgraduate Research Awards (PRA) (opens in a new window) are for full-time study towards higher degrees by research and are funded by Western Sydney University. Competition for the PRA scheme is intense; only eligible applicants with qualifications equivalent to an Australian Bachelor Honours, First Class degree and demonstrated research output will be offered an award.

The award of PRA scholarships will be considered in Round 1 and 2 Scholarship Rounds.

Value

The Western Sydney University PRA includes two components:

  • A living allowance scholarship of AUD$25,392 per annum for up to 3 years for doctoral level study and 2 years for Masters Honours;
  • Tuition fee scholarship for up to six academic sessions for doctoral level study and 4 academic sessions for Masters Honours, that is tuition fees will be waived. If you are unable to complete your studies within the scholarship timeframe, you may be charged tuition fees for any further periods of enrolment.

The award does not provide for other fees charged by the University from time to time including the Student Service and Amenities Fee (SSAF). (opens in a new window)

Eligibility

Students who have or are applying to commence a new research degree and do not already hold an equivalent degree are eligible to apply. Applicants for coursework awards are not eligible to apply, even where there is a research component in the degree. Current AusAID students are ineligible.

Closing dates

To be advised.

For more information, please contact the Research Scholarships Development Officer on HDRscholarships@westernsydney.edu.au.

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)

APA logo International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) (opens in a new window) are tuition fee scholarships for full-time study towards a higher degree by research. These prestigious scholarships are funded by the Australian Government.

The award of IPRS will be considered in Round 1 and 2 Scholarship Rounds.

Western Sydney University supports IPRS awardees with a living allowance and overseas student health cover. Competition for scholarships is intense; only applicants with an excellent academic record and capacity to undertake research training in one of the University's areas of research strength will be offered an award.

Value

The IPRS award provides for the full cost of tuition and overseas student health cover. The University also provides a living allowance of AUD$25,392 per annum in 2016. The allowance is indexed annually and paid fortnightly.

The award may not provide for other fees charged by the University from time to time, including the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). (opens in a new window)

Tenure

The tenure of both the award and the living allowance is three years for Doctoral candidates and two years for Masters (Honours) candidates.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • be students from any overseas country, except New Zealand, who are commencing a new research degree course;
  • not already hold an academic qualification equivalent to or at a higher level than the research higher degree program you are undertaking

Applicants for coursework awards are not eligible to apply, even where there is a research component in the degree. Students who have already commenced their research degree may not be eligible.

Current AusAID students are not eligible to apply.

Closing Dates

To be advised.

How to apply

For information about the application process, please visit the how to apply (opens in a new window) page.

If you have a specific enquiry, please contact the Research Scholarships Development Officer on HDRscholarships@westernsydney.edu.au.