PhD Scholarship - Reducing the impact of chronic hepatitis B in seasonal workers in regional Queensland (External)

If you are passionate about health economics and would like to use data to support policy and decision-making when deciding on a model of care, CQUniversity is offering a PhD opportunity in collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Health. This is a three-year project-based scholarship funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. The scholarship aims to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of chronic hepatitis B care for seasonal workers in regional Queensland. Currently, seasonal workers with chronic hepatitis B are not covered by Medicare, and because chronic hepatitis B is an existing chronic condition, health insurance does not cover the required regular monitoring and testing. This scholarship will use data to examine the potential costs and benefits of providing chronic hepatitis B services and care for this population in regional Queensland.

Scholarship Value: $28, 612 per annum ($85,836 Total)

Length of Scholarship: 3 years

Number Available: 1

Opening Date: 21 July 2022

Closing Date: 31 December 2022

Study LevelPostgraduate (Research)
Year of StudyFuture; First year
Study RegionBrisbane; Cairns Queensland
Study ModeOn-campus
Study LoadFull time

  • applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Phd;
  • hold an equivalent of at least a bachelor’s degree with Honors class I/II in economics, biostatistics or mathematics (or equivalent);
  • reside in Australia;
  • be an Australian permanent resident or citizen of Pacific Islanders (including Timor Leste);
  • can demonstrate a track record in working with large data sets;
  • can demonstrate strong communication and written skills;
  • can work independently and as a team member.
  • proficiency in speaking and writing in English is essential.

This PhD Scholarship will be awarded based on academic merit, alignment with the research topic, and the eligibility criteria described above.

Supervisory Team: Professor Chris Doran, Associate Professor Billingsley Kaambwa, and Dr William Mude.

Your application should include:

  1. a CV and names and contact of two academic (or equivalent) referees;
  2. A copy of your academic transcripts and details of grading scales;
  3. a 1-2-page cover letter outlining your research skills, experience, research topics of interest, why this PhD opportunity interests you, and your suitability for the project;
  4. 1-2 page project proposal.

Completed applications can be emailed to Dr William Mude at

The successful applicant will be notified by email in due course.
Australian Government Department of Health