Scholarships at NDARC

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) offers scholarships to select researchers who wish to undertake Higher Degree Research at the Centre.

CLOSED: Applications for NDARC Higher Degree Research Scholarships commencing semester 2, 2018 closed on 8 June. Applicant interviews will be held the week beginning 25 June 2018.

NDARC is offering HDR scholarships, commencing in Semester 2, 2018, to carry out innovative Higher Degree Research (either PhD, MPhil or MRes) on drug or alcohol related issues including, but not limited to:

  • Prevention activities for substance use and disorders
  • Clinical interventions for substance use and disorders
  • Epidemiology
  • Health economics
  • Drug policy research

While there is a strong focus on drug and alcohol, NDARC’s research also covers a variety of other related issues, which may include:

  • Morbidities (mental and physical health)
  • High risk populations (young people, low SES)
  • Indigenous health
  • Child protection and maternal health

The scholarship amount awarded to full-time HDR students is $30,000 per annum, tax exempt. PhD scholarship duration is 3.5 years; MRes and MPhil scholarship duration is 2 years.

NDARC provides a highly supportive study environment with excellent facilities including desk space, regular training opportunities, computer access and statistical support. The scholarship will be indexed annually to align with the Australian Postgraduate Award stipend rate, with the opportunity for additional paid employment.

About the Centre

NDARC is a premier research centre in Sydney, Australia and is recognised internationally as a Research Centre of Excellence. The Centre was established at the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) in May 1986 and officially opened in November 1987. NDARC is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Substance Misuse Prevention and Service Improvements Grants Fund.

Since NDARC's inception, more than 70 students have successfully completed a PhD at the Centre, with a success rate of over 90%.  NDARC PhD candidates and staff publish in general medical and health journals, and the most influential specialist drug and alcohol publications.

NDARC's research is often multi-disciplinary in nature and of high practical relevance to governments and policy agencies, communities, providers of clinical services and non-government organisations. HDR graduates have many career opportunities in a range of organisations, including Australian and international universities, the WHO/UN, the delivery of clinical services, and with policy agencies such as NSW Health, NSW Family and Community Services and in local health districts.


To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:

(a) meet UNSW requirements for enrolment in a Higher Degree Research Program (

(b) meet residency requirements;

(c) not be enrolled in an HDR program at either UNSW or another university at the time of application;

(d) apply as a full-time candidate

How to apply

Applicants should have an honours degree in one of the behavioural sciences (psychology, public health or a related discipline) and knowledge of EEO/AA principles and policies. Experience in the drug and alcohol field is desirable, although not essential.

Successful candidates are required to enrol in the HDR program through the School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) in the Faculty of Medicine. 

Successful applicants will receive support via NDARC's HDR training and development program.

To apply, applicants must submit the following to by 8 June 2018:

  • Thesis proposal
  • Academic transcript
  • CV
  • A completed application form, as well as any attachments outlined in the form.

*Note – the student must nominate a supervisor on the application form. The supervisor must be an NDARC Academic and it is expected that applicants will have made contact with the proposed supervisor prior to submission of an application. 

Applications open: 17 May 2018

Applications close: 8 June 2018

Interviews: Week beginning 25 June 2018

Program start: Semester 2, 2018

Enquiries: Professor Anthony Shakeshaft (
Applications to: Jemma Sale (