Scholarship code: 2017-030
The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development(opens in new window) invites applications from highly motivated Australian or overseas graduates seeking to undertake a PhD aligned with an innovative project supervised by Dr Manuel Varlet, Professor Peter Keller and Dr Sylvie Nozaradan.
The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development is an interdisciplinary research institute of Western Sydney University. We study the scientific bases of human communication. Research at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development is conducted in five interdisciplinary research programs - Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience, Human-Machine Interaction, Multisensory Communication, Music Cognition & Action and Speech & Language.
The project will be conducted within the Music Cognition & Action (MCA) program and is funded by the Australian Research Council and Western Sydney University. The PhD research will use electroencephalography (EEG) to investigate the neural mechanisms underlying auditory-motor and/or visuo-motor entrainment, as well as the properties of perceptual and motor rhythms modulating the occurrence and strength of entrainment. Effects of entrainment on the motor system will also be investigated.
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, colloquia, international and industry collaborations.
Domestic Students receive:
- Tax free stipend of up to $26,288 per annum for up to 3 years, a funded place in the doctoral program.
International Students receive:
- Tax free stipend of up to $26,288 per annum for up to 3 years.
- Outstanding students may be awarded a Tuition Fee Scholarship valued at approximately $24,000 per annum for up to 3 years.
- Up to $3,267 towards the cost of an Overseas Student Single Health Care Policy.
Applicants should hold a Master of Research degree, an Australian First Class Bachelor Honours degree, OR equivalent qualifications and/or research experience (including research publications) in a field such as psychology, cognitive neuroscience or movement science.
Programing skills (e.g., Matlab or C++) as well as previous experience with EEG would be desirable.
International applicants must also demonstrate a high level of English language proficiency.(opens in new window)
How to apply
1. Contact Dr Manuel Varlet (email@example.com), Professor Peter Keller (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Dr Sylvie Nozaradan (email@example.com) to discuss your eligibility, the project requirements and your intention to apply.
2. Complete the scholarship application form (PDF, 222.11 KB).(opens in new window)
3. Compile your CV, contact information for two referees, and a one-page proposal stating how your research interests align with the project aims.
4. Ensure that all documentation is certified according to Western Sydney University requirements.(opens in new window)
5. All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted directly to the Graduate Research School as follows:
- Use the email subject line: Application_2017_030_MARCS
- Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org
- All attached documents must be in PDF format.
- 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.
We strongly recommend that applicants browse the Prepare to Arrive page(opens in new window) for information regarding the cost of living in Australia.
Incomplete applications or applications that do not conform to the above requirements will not be considered.
Please contact the Graduate Research School email@example.com for more information.
Applications close 30 April 2017