February 10, 2011

Spinal Cord Injuries and SpinalCure Australia Scholarship for International students

Full-Time Postgraduate Scholarships in Health Sciences

Course(s) Offered: Health Sciences
Course Level: Graduate (research)
Provider: University of Sydney
Country to Study in: Australia

Scholarship Description
A full-time postgraduate scholarship is available for a suitably qualified candidate with an undergraduate degree in exercise science, physiotherapy, medicine or equivalent educational background, to undertake research studies leading to a PhD in Health Sciences.

The potential student must be a full-time PhD student (or enrolled in a Masters degree by research within the Faculty of Health Sciences, with eligibility to convert to a PhD) and fulfil Faculty of Health Sciences requirements for higher degree student enrolment and progression.

Applicants should have a particular interest in exercise rehabilitation after spinal cord injury. Preference will be given to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens. However, foreign students intending to commence PhD studies at the University of Sydney are also eligible to apply.

As part of the research to be undertaken, the student is expected to spend approximately 8 hours per week over a period of 40 weeks per year working with participants in the Walk On program located at the Lidcombe campus. The student will be trained in the skills necessary to take on these participants.

Eligible groups
International students from any country. Preference will be given to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens.

Participating Institutions
The University of Sydney, Sydney; Australia

Fields of study
The project is to investigate the physiological and psychosocial benefits of the Walk On program, including functional improvements, altered general health, improved quality of life and to identify any associated health economic benefits of the program. Walk On is a program conducted by Spinal Cord Injuries Australia and details about the program can be viewed at www.walkon.org.au.

Number of awards
One (1) will be given

Sponsorship duration
For up to 3 years and may be extended to a total of up to 4 years, subject to satisfactory progress.

Scholarship benefits
The scholarship is valued at $30,000 to $35,000*** per annum (tax exempt).

***Please note that this scholarship is conditional on the University signing an agreement with Spinal Cord Injuries Australia, the scholarship’s sponsor.

Method of Application
Applications should be sent direct to Ms Lyndall Burke (EHaP FRG Research Groups Administrator) at the below address or via email to Lyndall.Burke@Sydney.Edu.Au, and should include (i) a cover letter describing their educational and employment background and research interests, (ii) recent curriculum vitae, (iii) a copy of academic transcript(s), and (iv) the names and contact details of at least two referees.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Glen M Davis, Exercise, Health and Promotion Research Group, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney NSW 2006 (Phone: +61 2 9351 9466; E-mail: Glen.Davis@Sydney.Edu.Au).

Application Deadline: 25 February 2011
Open to International Students: Yes

Further Scholarship Information and Application

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