PhD Elevate Scholarship – CQUniversity and Queensland Academy of Sport Partnership

To develop an evidence-based approach to support professional sporting bodies and their athletes in their successful return to sport post-partum.

Scholarship Value: $30,000 stipend per year (total value of scholarship $130,000)

Length of Scholarship: 3 years

Number Available: 1

Opening Date: 18 May 2020

Closing Date: 14 August 2020

Study LevelPostgraduate (Research)
Year of StudyFuture; First year
CitizenshipAustralian Citizen; Permanent Resident
Study RegionBrisbane Queensland
Study ModeOn-campus
Study LoadFull time

To be eligible for this PhD scholarship, the successful applicant must:

  1. have completed at least a bachelor’s degree with honours or be regarded by CQUniversity as having an equivalent level of attainment. The degree should be in the field of exercise science, science, allied health, health promotion, psychology or any other degree with transitional relevance to this research project;
  2. be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia;
  3. be approved for admission and enrolling in, a Doctor of philosophy in the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences at CQUniversity;
  4. enrol full-time and be an internal candidate hosted at the QAS Headquarters in Brisbane, Queensland;
  5. 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.

Applications are invited from candidates who have, or can demonstrate:

  1. potential in qualitative and quantitative research including design, methodological approach and analysis;
  2. ability to review and critique literature extensively and systematically; excellent communication skills and able to engage with community organisations and stakeholders;
  3. strong planning and organizational skills, with the ability to work systematically, prioritise tasks and meet deadlines;
  4. well-developed computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, a Bibliographic referencing system and statistical software.  In addition, previous experience in qualitative research, professional sport, women’s health and/or policy development is desirable, but not essential.

The QAS is recognised as the peak sporting performance academy in Queensland that supports over 450 of the State's elite and identified developing athletes, across 22 sports to ensure athletes remains at the forefront of domestic and international sport. The QAS headquarters, located at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC) at Nathan, has allowed the Academy to stay at the cutting edge of athlete development and support. It has allowed the QAS to centralise its operations providing access to the best training and support services the State has to offer. It also houses the first state-based Sport Performance Innovation and Knowledge Excellence (SPIKE) of its kind in Australia, with the aim of achieving greater acquisition, communication, and translation of high performance sport knowledge for Queensland. The successful PhD candidate will work directly with SPIKE throughout the duration of their PhD.

Please attach certified copies of any qualifications to your application. If available, examples of your scientific writing (e.g. published scientific articles, research reports, thesis) should also be included in your application.

The application should be submitted by email to Dr Melanie Hayman ( no later than close of business (5 pm AEST) on 14th August 2020. The successful candidate will commence their study in August / September 2020. Please contact Dr Melanie Hayman for any questions regarding this project. Please include in the application:

  1. a letter of motivation describing your skills and research expertise;
  2. your current resume and a list of any research publications / projects that you have been involved in;
  3. a list of three references together with contact information, and:
  4. if available, examples of your 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.
CQUniversity and SPIKE (QAS)