Melbourne Scholarships

Centre of Research Excellence in Disability & Health Scholarships

The Centre of Research Excellence in Disability & Health (CRE-DH) aims to improve the health of people with disabilities across the life course through evidence-based research and policy reform. CRE-DH offers two PhD scholarships in Social Epidemiology and one PhD scholarship in Disability Policy for the research higher degree students in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

PhD-Social Epidemiology

Two scholarships are available to conduct research on the social determinants of the health of people with disability. Using cross-sectional and longitudinal datasets, candidates will assess the impact and importance of housing, employment, education, and discrimination on the health of people with disabilities. The research will inform policy changes to reduce disadvantage and improve the health of Australians with disabilities. The project would suit candidates with a background in quantitative social sciences, epidemiology or statistics.

PhD-Disability Policy 

This scholarship will focus on identifying key policy issues related to people with disabilities. The candidate will develop and conduct a project with the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) which is responsible for the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the North-Eastern region of Melbourne through a Local Area Coordination Unit. The University of Melbourne and the BSL have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and there are a number of senior staff who have joint appointments. The project will focus on the intersections between the NDIS and the mainstream service sector. The candidate will be supervised by Chief Investigators on the CRE- DH and academics at the BSL. The project would suit someone with a strong research background in social and political sciences or related disciplines.



  • Living allowance of $26,916 per annum for up to 3.5 years (pending satisfactory progress)
  • For exceptional candidates, top up funds may be available
  • Some funds will be available to support research and professional development
  • Competitive funding opportunities to attend conferences and interrelated events and seminars
  • Provision for limited sick/family leave, funds for relocation, among other’s as listed in the conditions of an RTP scholarship terms and conditions
  • Working with a highly skilled multi-disciplinary team based at the University of Melbourne and collaborating with a research team at University of Sydney, Monash University, RMIT and UNSW Canberra.


  • Scholarship applicants must be meet the entry requirements for PhD in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne. The PhD application process must have commenced at the time of submitting the scholarship application. The scholarships will be offered to successful applicants, conditional upon acceptance into a PhD programme.

  • Applicants must have an Honours 1, Honours 1 equivalence, or have completed a degree in a relevant discipline and have an outstanding record of professional or research achievements since graduation. 
  • We strongly encourage people with lived experience of disability to apply. 


Applicants must send following documents to Professor Anne Kavanagh (+61 3 8344 0717)

  • CV
  • Copy of your academic record and
  • 1-2 page outline of your research skills, experience and understanding of disability-related issues
  • Summary of your goals for a PhD. 

If you are not a current student at the University of Melbourne and would like information about how to apply to become a PhD candidate at the University, please visit the Future Students website.



The selection committee will assess applicants for the scholarship based on:

  • Academic merit
  • Demonstrated skills in the relevant research area
  • Demonstrated understanding of the sector




Outcome will be notified by 31 October 2017.

More information

If you have any questions about the PhD Program or the application process please contact Professor Anne Kavanagh Email: or +61 3 8344 0717.

Number available


Current round

Opens: 14 July 2017
Closes: 29 September 2017

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