Scientia PhD Scholarships

Offering three scholarships with SPRC

The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme is part of our dedication to harnessing our cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of people in local and global communities. Scientia scholars will have a strong commitment to making a difference in the world with demonstrated potential for contributing to the social engagement and/or global impact pillars of the UNSW 2025 Strategy. The Scientia Scheme is targeted in that applicants will apply to a specific research area with an identified supervisory team and application is by nomination.

  • Work on high quality research projects with the best supervisory teams in world class environments
  • $40K a year stipend for four years
  • Tuition fees covered for the full 4 year period
  • Coaching and mentoring will form a critical part of your highly personalised leadership development plan
  • Up to $10k each year to build your career and support your international research collaborations.

Further details of the scheme are available from the UNSW Scientia Scholarships site.

To learn more about the strategic research areas being offered by SPRC, please browse below.

If you are interested in applying, please contact the Primary Supervisor listed to discuss the opportunity.

The deadline for applicants to contact supervisors and complete the initial application form is 21 July 2017.  

Poverty and Inequality in an International Context

Primary Supervisor: Associate Professor Bruce Bradbury

Additional Supervisor: Professor Peter Saunders

The past three decades have seen major changes in labour markets, savings patterns and social protection systems. Wage inequality and intergenerational wealth inequality have increased as both labour and capital markets have experienced major shocks. What impact have these changes had on poverty and income inequality? How have social protection systems responded to these changes in Australia and other countries? What are the implications for newly industrialising countries? The project will draw upon Australian income and wealth survey data as well the Luxembourg Income Study - a cross-national database of household income and wealth surveys.

Intergenerational Trauma and Lateral Violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

Primary Supervisor: Dr BJ Newton

Additional Supervisors: Professor Ilan Katz and Associate Professor kylie valentine

Lateral violence is increasingly identified as a significant concern within Aboriginal communities both in Australia and internationally. Emerging literature argues that intergenerational trauma is closely associated with lateral violence, yet there is very little empirical research that explores the relationship between lateral violence, intergenerational trauma, and how this impacts on the lived experiences of Aboriginal people and communities. Using Indigenous research methods that promote the ongoing engagement and collaboration with Aboriginal communities, this study will seek to develop an understanding of lateral violence in Aboriginal communities to inform political and community based healing approaches for addressing lateral violence.

Australia's Charities: Strengthening Social Justice for the 21st Century

Primary Supervisor: Dr Natasha Cortis

Additional Supervisors: Dr Abigail Powell and Professor Kristy Muir

Australia's 55,000 registered charities share $134.5b in annual income, employ 1.2 million staff, and shape social life and wellbeing. The Scientia Scholar will use new complex datasets, including charities' Annual Information Statements, to generate new understandings of the contribution and diversity of Australia's charities, and their role in innovation, social impact and change. Topics may relate to charity finances; measuring impact; charities in cross-national perspective; women in the charity sector; dynamics of charities' growth and change; models of charity regulation; leadership and governance; a subset of charities; or a related topic.

SPRC staff are also part of the supervisory team on the following scholarships:

Investigating how Big Data Translates from Research into Public Health Policy

Additional Supervisor: Associate Professor kylie valentine

Belonging and People with Intellectual Disabilities from CALD Communities

Additional Supervisor: Professor Kelley Johnson