ACU offers a range of prestigious scholarships to reward outstanding academic achievement. Scholarships are available to both domestic and international research candidates looking to undertake a research course.

A generous living allowance is attached to most scholarships. Scholarships for international research candidates also cover tuition fees and Overseas Student Health Cover. (Domestic research candidates are exempt from tuition fees for the normal duration of their course.)

Scholarship opportunities for research candidates are listed below. To view the closing dates for applications and additional information, click on the relevant link.


Research Training Program Stipend scholarships

Applications are now open for Research Training Program scholarships.

Meritorious students are encouraged to apply, noting that, in assessing applications, ACU will give priority to applicants whose proposed research aligns with one of the following areas: education, health, social justice and the common good, and theology and philosophy.  Priority will also be given to applicants wishing to study at doctoral level and Indigenous Australian applicants.

For further information regarding the priority areas, please visit the appropriate Faculty or Research Institute website:


Research Institutes


A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (that is, a tuition fee waiver) for domestic students; a tuition fee waiver and Overseas Student Health Care Policy for international students; and a Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship valued at A$32,596 per annum (indexed annually).

Please note: this round of Research Training Program Scholarships is open to both domestic and international candidates who are either currently enrolled in a research higher degree at ACU or willing to commence a research higher degree in Research Term A 2019.

Closing date for applications

Applications for Research Term A 2019 commencement closed on Monday 22 October 2018.

Applicants for Research Term C 2019 commencement should check the ACU Research Scholarships website early in 2019.

How to apply

If you are currently enrolled in a research higher degree at ACU, follow the guidance in Application for a Postgraduate Research Scholarship for Research Candidates currently enrolled at ACU (Word 65KB) document.

If you are not currently enrolled, find out how to apply.

Applicants should also read the Research Training Program Scholarship Policy which, among other things, set out the eligibility criteria for Research Training Program Scholarships.

Email your completed application to the Candidature Services team at


ACU faculty, research institute and school scholarships

The Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (MMIHR) is partnering with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Canberra to undertake research on issues that affect athlete health and performance.

Applications are currently open for one Ph.D. Scholarship to undertake innovative research on physique, metabolic rate and energy availability in elite athlete populations.


The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research provides a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment for PhD students to pursue an academic and/or industry research career. It has a large academic and support staff dedicated to its research program, substantial research funding, a vibrant PhD program, and world leading national and international collaborative partners.

For more information visit MMIHR  

About AIS

The Australian Institute of Sport is responsible and accountable for leading the delivery of Australia’s international sporting success.  The AIS partners with National Sporting Organisations and the National Institute Network to develop expertise in athlete preparation, performance science and medicine, innovation, coach and leadership development, performance strategy and planning, pathway support and athlete career and education. 

For more information visit Ausport

About the scholarship

A key issue underpinning performance success at major competitions is the consistency of an athlete’s training – covered by the theme of “Athlete Availability”.  Illness and injury represent a major challenge to training consistency, with the recent “Stay Healthy” projects conducted by the AIS identifying nutrition – or more specifically, Low Energy Availability – as a key risk factor for interrupted training.  The assessment and management of Energy Availability requires precise measurement of physique and metabolic rate, with Best Practice Protocols that can be implemented across the Daily Training Environment of Australia’s High Performance System.  A major research theme of the AIS is to develop protocols that will allow precise and valid assessment of Low Energy Availability and to undertake systematic management of problems that are identified.  Professor Louise Burke (Head of Nutrition Strategy at the AIS and Chair of Sports Nutrition, MMIHR) leads an internationally renowned sports nutrition research program, based at the AIS and supported by the Centre for Exercise and Nutrition at MMIHR.

The successful scholarship recipient will be based at both ACU’s Canberra campus and the AIS in Canberra, and will be supervised by Professor Burke, Associate Professor Gary Slater (University of Sunshine Coast; an expert on physique assessment and measurement of metabolic rate) and Dr Mick Drew (Australian Institute of Sport; leader of the Stay Healthy projects on Athlete Availability). The recipient will also interact with world-class researchers and health professionals in the fields of sports nutrition, exercise metabolism and sports medicine.

Scholarship eligibility criteria

  • Australian First Class Honours degree or Masters degree by research/coursework in any of the fields of biochemistry, nutrition, physiology and exercise/sports science
  • First or upper second class Honours degree (U.K.)
  • (ideally) Dietetic qualifications and eligibility for membership of DAA’s APD program and SDA
  • Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards and grants
  • Professional experience, relevant training and/or research experience in nutrition, sports science, physiology and/or metabolism
  • Academic publications and/or conference presentations, especially in the area of the PhD Scholarship, relative to their career to date
  • Completion of the ANZBMS Clinical densitometry Course is desirable and funding will be provided to support this if not already completed by the successful applicant

Study mode and location

Full-time for three years at The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) / MMIHR, ACU Canberra campus, commencing Research Term A 2019

Value and duration

  • A tax-free stipend of A$32,596 per annum for three years, subject to satisfactory progress and full-time study mode
  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is a Commonwealth funded place for domestic candidates
  • A tuition fee waiver and Overseas Student Health Care Policy for international candidates

Applications close

October 22nd, 2018

How to apply

Applications from domestic and currently enrolled candidates should be submitted to

Candidates must submit a 1 to 2 page cover letter detailing how they meet the scholarship eligibility criteria as listed above.

Applications from international candidates should be submitted to ACU international

For further information on the scholarship and ‘how to apply’ contact:

Professor Louise Burke

Professorial Fellow – Exercise and Nutrition Research Program, MMIHR


Phone: +61 (0) 422 635 869



Diabetes is a National Health Priority area and the sixth leading cause of death in Australia. Currently 280 Australians develop diabetes every day – that is one person every five minutes. Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) prevalence is especially high among middle-aged and older (45-65y) workers – up to 7.7% – with a substantial impact on work productivity, risk of absenteeism and inability to work.

Diabetes treatment currently costs the healthcare system more than $14 billion each year, and the increased frequency of complications associated with poor glycaemic control in those with T2D contributes substantially to ill health, disability and early death.

Against this background, new research capacities and controlled-trial evidence are now needed to take forward a paradigm shift in how T2D prevention and management is understood and implemented. Moderate-vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA) has long been – and remains – a mainstay of diabetes prevention and management. However, 20 years of initiatives to promote its uptake have not led to changes in population prevalence, and exercise adherence is a major challenge for those at risk of developing T2D and for T2D patients. Sedentary behaviour (put simply, too much sitting as distinct from too little exercise) is a newly-identified element of chronic disease risk, with implications for T2D.

There are untested benefits for T2D management through reducing and breaking up sitting time.

About the scholarships

Two scholarships will be available. We welcome applications from individuals with a background in:

  • Public Health
  • Physical education/Exercise science
  • Diabetes Research
  • Workplace/Population Health
  • Sedentary Behaviour/Sitting Time
  • Nutrition
  • Another discipline related to the project

Your Supervisor

Your supervisory team will include Professor David Dunstan who holds appointments at both the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, ACU

The Institutions

The Baker Institute includes more than 300 scientists, health professionals and students who are committed to tackling the deadly trio of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research is focused on undertaking research that discovers and promotes effective strategies to create a healthier Australia, and brings national and international health experts together with leading organisations across a broad portfolio of health-related research areas.

An early 2019 commencement date is preferred.

Value of Scholarship

  • a tax-free stipend of A$32,596 per annum for three years;
  • funding for project costs;
  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (that is, a tuition fee waiver) for domestic students; and
  • a tuition fee waiver and Overseas Student Health Care Policy for international students.

Applications close

October 22nd, 2018

How to apply

Applicants should also include a cover letter of not more than two pages providing evidence of:

  • academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards, publications, or grants;
  • skills in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods;
  • previous research experience;
  • alignment of research experience and interests; and
  • ability to contribute to a team.

Applications should be forwarded to


For more information

Professor David Dunstan (

For information regarding application and enrolment email Graduate Research (, with the subject line ‘Reducing Sitting Time in Type 2 Diabetes Scholarships’


About this Scholarship

This scholarship open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander female students. Significant progress is being made in raising the educational achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in secondary school and undergraduate studies, particularly females. A relatively small number, however, study at doctoral level, and consequently there are few Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics teaching in Australian Universities. Through this scholarship, support for living expenses will be provided to the recipient to complete a three year PhD program.

The Ursuline were founded in Brescia, Italy, in 1535 by Angela Merici. The Ursuline community has been committed to the education of girls in Australia since the late 1800s, founding primary schools and colleges in New South Wales, Queensland, and Australian Capital Territory. In 2017, Australian Catholic University and the Ursuline community established a partnership to create opportunity to build capacity for women.

About the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education

The Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE) is led by its Director Professor Rhonda Craven. The Institute conducts research in three interrelated program areas: The Australian Centre for Indigenous Thriving (ACIT); Positive Psychology; and Human Motivation and Behaviour. This scholarship will be based in ACIT which conducts qualitative and quantitative research that investigates how to enable Indigenous children and youth educational, physical, psychological, and family and community thriving.

ACIT employs: a positive psychology strengths-based approach founded upon identifying, building upon, and augmenting Indigenous success; excellence in research to integrate and leverage in new ways, Indigenous research methods with advances in international research that are based on Western scientific approaches; and prioritising the voices and agency of Indigenous children, youth, and communities. Current research themes include but are not limited to: Indigenous children and youth wellbeing; literacy, oral language, and numeracy interventions; positive parenting; Indigenous youth-devised technological innovations; and capitalising on the voices and agency of Indigenous youth.


  • A stipend for living expenses of A$30,000 per annum (tax exempt) for three years.
  • An Australian Government Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (that is, a tuition fee waiver).


  • The scholarship recipient will be a female of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin and eligible to commence a full-time PhD in the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at Australian Catholic University.
  • An appropriate undergraduate degree with Honours at a minimum level of Second Class Division A (Hons 2A) or equivalent; or a Master’s degree with appropriate research training in a relevant field; or an equivalent qualification.
  • The recipient will be an Australian citizen who is able to study full-time on the North Sydney campus of Australian Catholic University (part-time applicants will not be considered).

Scholarship-specific Selection Criteria

Applications are assessed based on the strength of the following:

  • Meeting eligibility requirements
  • Commitment to the research approach employed by the Australian Centre for Indigenous Thriving
  • Quality of the research proposal and alignment of research interests with the research program of Australian Centre for Indigenous Thriving
  • Ability to contribute to a team
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • High level verbal and written English proficiency
  • Commitment to the Mission and Values of ACU

Ongoing or Other Requirements

The successful applicant will be required to submit letters of appreciation to the donor explaining how the scholarship has assisted them. A letter should be submitted at the time of Confirmation of Candidature and at Graduation.

Acknowledgement of the Australian Government’s contribution

The successful applicant  will be offered an Australian Government Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship for the duration of their candidature. The Award holder must acknowledge the support provided by the Australian Government when, at any time during or after the completion of the degree she or her supervisors or any other party, publishes or produces material such as books, articles, newsletters, reports or other literary or artistic works which relate to the research project carried out by the Award holder.

How to Apply

This scholarship is open to domestic applicants only.Applications should be submitted to

Please ensure you clearly state that you wish to apply for the Ursuline Scholarship in the scholarship section on the application form.

Applicants must also include:

  • Proof of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander identity
  • A cover letter of no more than three pages outlining your interest in the scholarship, and providing evidence of how you meet the scholarship-specific criteria listed above.
  • A written statement of 300 words outlining:
    • how the Scholarship will assist you to contribute to your local/professional community in accordance with the spirit of the Ursulines; and
    • commitment to the Mission and Values of ACU.

Closing Date for Applications

Monday 1 October 2018

For further information on the scholarship and how to apply contact:

Janet Mooney
Professor and Program Lead, Australian Centre for Indigenous Thriving, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education
Phone:0412 959 690

Robert Brockman
Indigenous Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Deputy Program Lead, Australian Centre for Indigenous Thriving, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education
Phone: 0407 225 381

For information regarding application and enrolment, email Candidature Services (, with the subject line ‘Ursuline Scholarship’.

Other scholarships

The Fulbright Commission offers a diverse selection of scholarships for Australian students, scholars, and professionals seeking to study or conduct research in the U.S. Applicants can be at any career stage and from any academic background.

The Fulbright Future Scholarships offer funding for full tuition/visiting researcher fees at any U.S. institution, as well as travel and living costs.

The Scholarships are currently open for application from postgraduate students, PhD researchers, academics and professionals who propose innovative research projects with potential for significant impact.

For further information and to apply, visit the Fulbright website

The Endeavour Awards is the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia. Awards are also available for Australians to undertake study, research and professional development abroad.

Learn more about the Endeavour Awards on the Department of Education and Training website.

Applications for the 2019 round of Endeavour Scholarships are now open

The John Monash Scholarships are postgraduate scholarships awarded to outstanding Australians with leadership potential who wish to study overseas. The John Monash Scholarships are amongst the most important postgraduate scholarships currently available in Australia. The Scholarship is open to Australian citizens who have completed an undergraduate degree in Australia and wish to pursue postgraduate study at a university outside of Australia. The Scholarship is not restricted by age, discipline or choice of overseas institution.

Australia Awards

Australia Awards is an initiative of the Australian Government that promotes development in the Asia-Pacific region.

For more information visit Australia Awards

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