Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarship

NICM Health Research Institute

Lead Researcher: Doctor Mike Armour

About the project

NICM Health Research Institute (NICM HRI)(opens in a new window) 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) 5rating institute, NICM HRI is globally recognised for its world-class research and innovations in complementary medicine.

An exciting opportunity is available for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidate to join NICM HRI’s team of world-class researchers for Indigenous-led research, driven by the indigenous interests of First Nations communities in Australia and worldwide.

Situated within one of the most culturally diverse regions in Australia, with campuses across Western Sydney, we acknowledge the Eora, Darug, D'harawal, and Wiradjuri Peoples who are the traditional owners of the land on which our University's campuses are located. We recognise value and respect traditional and contemporary histories, values, languages, culture and knowledge, and are committed to creating partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, staff and communities that ensure a culturally rich, relevant and engaged learning experience with embedded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples heritage and culture. We proactively support First Nation students through a learning environment of co-creation, collaboration, consultation and inclusion.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop preclinical, clinical, health and community based research projects, or a combination of these, 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; or
  • Emerging areas, such as mind and body therapies (yoga and meditation), and medicinal cannabis.

The successful candidate will have opportunities to connect with Indigenous leaders, educators, researchers and other post-graduate students from numerous disciplines across Western Sydney University. In addition, the successful candidate will have access to 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 by Western Sydney University and NICM HRI, this PhD scholarship 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 $50,000(AUD) per annum for up to 3 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.

Eligibility criteria

We welcome applicants with varied academic backgrounds and with an interest in Australian Indigenous medicine and/or complementary medicine.

The successful applicant must:

  • identify as being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person*
  • 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.
  • demonstrate strong academic performance in the applicant's area of interest.
  • be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level.

*Being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational qualification as authorised under Section 14 (D) of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act, 1977 NSW.

International applicants are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

How to apply

Follow the step-by-step instructions on the how to apply for a project scholarship(opens in a new window) page.

Incomplete applications or applications that do not conform to the above requirements will not be considered.

For questions and advice about the research project, please contact the Lead Researcher;
Doctor Mike Armour: m.armour@westernsydney.edu.au

For questions and advice about the application process, please contact the Graduate Research School: grs.scholarships@westernsydney.edu.au.

Applications close 31 May 2020

*Applications close at 11.59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

Scholarship reference code: 2020_027_NICM