Current Scholarships

For further information, including the application process, contact details and timelines, please email MARCS Higher Degree Research Director.

South Western Sydney Local Health District Scholarship

Scholarship code: 2018_096

About the project

The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development studies the scientific bases of human communication. Situated on four campuses, MARCS research on brain, behaviour and development encompasses such areas as how we learn language and handle foreign accents, how to program robots for human interaction, how we can enhance communication with infants, those with hearing impairments, and the elderly, and how music and dance communicate universally. We apply our work to advanced technology, biomedical engineering, and improving physical and mental health by designing electronics inspired by neural systems, building better biomedical devices, analysing heightened performance in the creative arts, and addressing impaired performance in developmental delay and sensory deficit.

MARCS invites applications from highly motivated graduates seeking to undertake a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) to work with Dr Gaetano Gargiulo and Associate Professor Tara Hamilton on a project related to the Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience Systems program in cooperation with Liverpool Hospital. There is one MPhil project available: 'There is something in the air'. The project aims to investigate the relationship between human physiology and air quality employing wearable devices in both controlled lab environment and in selected areas of the greater Western area.

What does the scholarship provide?

  • Domestic candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of $30,000 per annum for up to 2 years to support living costs, supported by the Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset.
  • Support for conference attendance, fieldwork and additional costs as approved by the Institute.
  • 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, and international and industry collaborations.

Eligibility criteria

The successful applicant should:

  • hold qualifications and experience equal to one of the following (i) an Australian Bachelor degree, (ii) coursework Masters degree, (iii) Research Masters degree, or (iv) equivalent qualifications and/or research experience (including research publications) in the fields related to Engineering (Biomedical) and/or Health Science.

International applicants are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

How to apply

1. Contact Dr Gaetano Gargiulo ( 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)Opens in a new window

3. Compile your CV and a 1,000-word proposal stating how your research interests align with the project aims.

4. Ensure all documentation is certified according to Western Sydney University requirements.(opens in new window)Opens in a 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_2018_096_MARCS
  • 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.

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 22 April 2018