CQUniversity Master of Research Scholarship

We are looking for an enthusiastic domestic applicant for a Master of Research at CQuniversity. The topic of the Master of Research program can be flexible. However, it should be broadly within the areas of physical activity, active lifestyles, outdoor walks/play and/or sedentary behaviour. The topic could also be about picking up litter when walking outdoors to prevent plastic pollution. Targeted population groups for this Master research include children, adolescents, young people and/or families. The Master research may also involve the use or review of technologies (e.g., wearable activity trackers, smartphone apps, social media, web). The specific topic of the Master study will be discussed with the supervisory team, and the Master student can bring in his/her own ideas. The student will gain key skills and training in fundamental higher degree research including systematic literature searches, study design, quantitative and/or qualitative methods, data collection and analyses, project management, statistics and scientific writing. The student will be hosted at CQUniversity, North Rockhampton campus, or he/she can work remotely from any CQUniversity campus in Australia. The student will have plenty opportunity to collaborate with researchers of the other universities. Selection of applicants will be based on merit. The Master scholar will be supervised by Dr Stephanie Schoeppe (Research Fellow), National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and National Heart Foundation of Australia (NHF) Early Career Fellow.

Scholarship Value: $28,854 stipend per year

Length of Scholarship: 2 years

Number Available: 1

Opening Date: 15 February 2022

Closing Date: 01 April 2022

Study LevelPostgraduate (Research)
Year of Study2nd year
CitizenshipPermanent Resident
Study RegionAll
Study ModeAll modes
Study LoadFull time

To be eligible for the Scholarship, an applicant must:

a)have completed an Honours degree, or be regarded by CQUniversity as having an equivalent level of attainment. The degree should be in the field of public health, psychology, sport and exercise science, social science, or another relevant field.

b) be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Australia.

c) be approved for admission and enrolling in, a Master of Research at CQUniversity.

d) enrol full-time.

e) not previously have held a Commonwealth Government-funded or CQUniversity-funded postgraduate research scholarship, unless it was terminated within six months of the scholarship’s payments commencing; and

f) must not be receiving an equivalent award, scholarship or salary providing a benefit greater than 75% of the Scholarship stipend rate to undertake a research higher degree.

The PhD Candidate will be part of the vibrant Physical Activity Research Group within the Appleton Institute at CQUniversity Australia. The PhD Candidate can be based at the CQUniversity North Rockhamton campus (where the Physical Activity Research Group is located) or work remotely from any CQUniversity campus in Australia. The Physical Activity Research Group includes 15 staff with a strong focus on innovative IT-based interventions to improve physical activity behaviours for the prevention of chronic disease. The Group hosts the world-renowned 10,000 Steps Program, a web- and smartphone-based physical activity program with over 500,000 registered participants and over 50,000 app downloads. In the last 5 years, the Physical Activity Research Group has secured over $5M of funds (mostly through NHMRC, ARC and NHF grants, as well as through Queensland Government support). The Group has secured 8 competitive Fellowships (6 Early Career NHMRC, 2 NHF Future Leader Fellowships) and was involved in securing 8 Project Grants (NHMRC, ARC, NHF). In the last two years, researchers have published over 60 peer-reviewed papers in high quality journals. The Physical Activity Research Group collaborates with a number of internationally renowned research groups based in Australia, Europe and North America (e.g., Deakin University, The University of Newcastle, Ghent University, University of Alberta). This scholarship will provide the PhD Candidate with a strong research environment with ample opportunities for research collaborations at the national and international level.

If available, please include examples of scientific writing (e.g. published scientific articles, research reports, thesis) in the scholarship application.

The application should be submitted by e-mail ( no later than close of business (5.00 pm EST) on 01 April 2022.

The commencement date is negotiable.

Please contact Dr Stephanie Schoeppe ( for any questions.

Please include in the application:

a) A letter of motivation describing your skills and research expertise,

b) Your current resume and a list of your publications and projects,

c) A list of three references together with contact information, and

d) If available, examples of scientific writing (e.g. published scientific articles, research reports, thesis).

Applicants will be notified via email to their nominated email address as soon as the application outcome is available.