6. Categories of award

6.1 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Postgraduate Scholarship

Sub-Categories Stipends
Recent Medical Graduate Medical Stipend
Medical Graduate with Further Clinical Training Medical Stipend
Dental Graduate Medical Stipend
Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Health Professional Priority Stipend
Graduate (other than above) Standard Stipend

Objectives

Postgraduate Scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research are awarded to provide support for research training or training leading to research in areas of health with particular relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Description

The successful applicants must enrol for a postgraduate degree (such as a PhD or Research Masters) at a fully accredited institution, which will enable the applicant to pursue research relevant to Indigenous health.

Eligibility

In addition to the requirements detailed in section 5, in awarding these Postgraduate Scholarships, attention will be paid to previous qualifications and experience.  Particular weight will be given to prior knowledge and experience of Indigenous culture and health.  The proposed project must be in an area of significance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and the applicant will be required to demonstrate active engagement/consultation with the Indigenous community.

In addition to the requirements under section 5, those eligible to apply are:

  • Australian citizens and permanent residents who have already completed a health related degree or a degree in an area applicable to public health research at the time of submission of the application
  • Australian citizens and permanent residents who are medical or dental graduates currently registered to practice within Australia
  • Health related graduates and graduates in areas applicable to public health who are from overseas (and meet the citizenship/permanent residency requirements as outlined in section 7.4 of the NHMRC Funding Rules 2017)
  • Medical or dental graduates from overseas who are currently registered to practice in Australia and meet the citizenship/permanent residency requirements outlined in section 7.4 of the NHMRC Funding Rules 2017Applicants will be required to provide registration details of their medical/dental registration in Australia in order for funding to commence.

6.2 Medical/Dental Postgraduate Scholarship

Sub-Categories Stipends
Combined MBBS/PhD Standard Stipend
Recent Medical Graduate Medical Stipend
Medical Graduate with Further Clinical Training Medical Stipend
Dental Graduate Medical Stipend

Objectives

Medical/Dental Postgraduate Scholarships are awarded to provide support to combined MBBS/PhD students, and medical or dental graduates undertaking a higher research degree involving full-time research.

Description

Medical/Dental Postgraduate Scholarships are designed to encourage research training for combined MBBS/PhD students, and medical and dental graduates in all relevant health-related disciplines including the social and behavioural sciences. 

For medical and dental graduates, both recent graduates and those undergoing further clinical training are encouraged to apply. 

Eligibility

In addition to the requirements detailed in section 5, those eligible to apply are:

  • Students currently enrolled in a combined MBBS/PhD program
  • Australian citizens/Permanent Residents, who are medical or dental graduates currently registered to practice within Australia at the time of application
  • Medical graduates can also apply during their intern year; and Medical/Dental Postgraduate Scholarships may be awarded to dental graduates prior to graduation
  • Medical or dental graduates from overseas who are currently registered to practice in Australia and meet the citizenship/permanent residency requirements outlined in section 7.4 of the NHMRC Funding Rules 2017Applicants will be required to provide registration details of their medical/dental registration in Australia in order for funding to commence.

6.3 Dora Lush Biomedical Research Postgraduate Scholarship

Sub-Categories   Stipends
Medical Graduate with Further Clinical Training Medical Stipend
Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Health Professional Priority Stipend
Graduate (other than above) Standard Stipend

Objectives

The purpose of the Dora Lush Biomedical Research Postgraduate Scholarship is to actively encourage applications from graduates of outstanding ability whose pathway to PhD or Masters studies has been subject to significant interruption or delay.  This Scholarship will provide an opportunity for these individuals to obtain formal training in biomedical research.

Description

Applicants in this category will need to demonstrate that they achieved their most recent academic qualification at least five years before 1 January of the year in which the award is to commence, and that during that five year period their pathway to biomedical PhD or Masters studies has been interrupted or delayed.

Applicants could include but are not limited to:

  • People whose undergraduate qualifications were achieved some time in the past but whose career has been interrupted as a result of one or more of the following circumstances:
    • Childbirth or other parenting responsibilities
    • Support provided to ill or elderly relatives
    • Illness or misadventure
    • Community work, especially in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
    • Lack of previous financial capacity and the need to earn a living in the meantime.
  • People who pursued other interests (e.g. teaching) and wish to now develop a career in health or medical research
  • People whose qualifications are in a non-health or medical discipline (eg Physics or Arts), but who now wish to develop a career in health or medical research
  • People who have built a significant body of experience through laboratory work.

Eligibility

In addition to the requirements under section 5, those eligible to apply must meet the following criteria:

  • The date on which the most recent academic qualification was achieved must be at least five years before 1 January of the year in which the scholarship is to commence
  • The proposed PhD or Research Masters program must be in a biomedical field.

Statement of Circumstances
Applicants will need to provide a statement that outlines the circumstances which have delayed their ability to pursue PhD studies.  This evidence should be brief but be sufficient to establish the reason for that delay.

6.4 Public Health and Health Services Research Postgraduate Scholarship

Sub-Categories Stipends
Recent Medical Graduate Medical Stipend
Medical Graduate with Further Clinical Training Medical Stipend
Dental Graduate Medical Stipend
Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Health Professional Priority Stipend
Graduate (other than above)   Standard Stipend

Objectives

The purpose of the Public Health and Health Services Research Postgraduate Scholarship is to encourage graduates to obtain formal training in public health and/or health services research.

Description

Applications will be considered in relevant public health and health services-related disciplines including the social and behavioural sciences, health policy, health services, epidemiology and health economics.

Eligibility

In addition to the requirements under section 5, those eligible to apply are:

  • Australian citizens who have already completed a health related degree or a degree in an area applicable to public health research at the time of submission of the application
  • Australian citizens/Permanent Residents who are medical or dental graduates currently registered to practice within Australia
  • Health related graduates and graduates in areas applicable to public health who are from overseas (and meet the citizenship/permanent residency requirements as outlined in section 7.4 of the NHMRC Funding Rules 2017)
  • Medical or dental graduates from overseas who are currently registered to practice in Australia and meet the citizenship/permanent residency requirements outlined in section 7.4 of the NHMRC Funding Rules 2017Applicants will be required to provide registration details of their medical/dental registration in Australia in order for funding to commence.