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Scholarships at NDARC

Applications for NDARC HDR scholarships commencing Term 1, 2020 are now closed.

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) is offering scholarships to students who wish to undertake higher degree research (HDR) on drug and alcohol related projects that align with NDARC’s core workplan areas:

  • Prevention and early intervention
  • Clinical research
  • Physical and mental comorbidity
  • Epidemiology of substance use and harms
  • Justice health and drug policy
  • Indigenous health
  • Health economics and biostatistics
  • Family, communities and society

Scholarship award amounts
The scholarship amount awarded to full-time HDR students is $30,000 per annum, tax exempt. PhD scholarship duration is three and a half years (with the capacity to apply for an extension to four years if required). MRes and MPhil scholarship duration is two years. 

In addition, up to $10,000 will be available for professional development activities and up to $5,000 available for other associated research costs across the period of candidature. There is opportunity for additional paid employment.

About the Centre
NDARC was established at the University of New South Wales by the Commonwealth Government in 1986 to extend the knowledge base required for effective treatment of individuals with alcohol and other drug related problems and to enhance the overall research capacity in the drug and alcohol field. The Centre is highly regarded, both nationally and internationally, for its contribution to drug and alcohol research.

Since NDARC's inception, more than 70 students have successfully completed a HDR program of research at the Centre (Ph.D. and Masters), with a success rate of over 90%. Currently NDARC has 21 HDRs enrolled, including three Aboriginal students (14% of our HDRs) and 14 female students (67% of our HDRs). NDARC students and staff publish in general medical and health journals, and the most influential specialist drug and alcohol publications.

NDARC's research is 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.

NDARC provides a highly supportive study environment with excellent facilities including desk space, regular training opportunities, computer access and statistical support.
There are a number of pathways into higher degree research and NDARC staff are keen to support entry for potential students from a range of backgrounds and with varied educational qualifications. NDARC is particularly committed to building research capacity among Aboriginal researchers and encourages consultation with us about different HDR pathways that may be available. If you have queries about this, please feel free to email NDARC.HDR@unsw.edu.au and an appropriate centre staff member will contact you to talk about your options.

To be eligible for an NDARC HDR scholarship, applicants must:
a)    Meet UNSW requirements for enrolment in a Higher Degree Research Program.
b)    Meet residency and visa requirements
c)    Not be concurrently enrolled in a separate HDR program at either UNSW or another university during the tenure of the NDARC-based candidature

Consideration will be given to full and part-time, and international applicants (consult UNSW’s guidelines for eligibility and tuition scholarship options for international students).

Evidence of previous research or study (e.g. honours or masters degrees) is desirable for entry into a HDR scholarship although not essential, as is experience in the drug and alcohol sector or related fields, such as psychology, public health, criminology, sociology, medicine, pharmacology, health economics and biostatistics.

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.

Knowledge of UNSW’s EEO/AA principles and policies will be required.

How to apply
Complete the application form and provide all requested attachments to NDARC.HDR@unsw.edu.au.  

Please note: Applicants 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. If you are unsure about an appropriate supervisor, please email NDARC.HDR@unsw.edu.au and we will discuss this with you. 

To apply, applicants must submit the following by email before midnight Sunday, 10 November 2019:

  • Completed application form
  • Academic Transcripts (including explanation of grading systems)
  • English Proficiency documents (for LOTE applicants)
  • Publications
  • Research Proposal
  • Proof of contact with proposed supervisor
  • CV 

Applications open: Thursday, 19 September 2019
Applications close: Midnight on Sunday, 10 November 2019
Interviews: Applicants must be available for interview on the morning of Friday, 15 November 2019
Program start: Typically commencement will begin in Term 1 2020, meaning HDRs would need to be enrolled by Monday, 17 February 2020. Later start dates are negotiable.
Applications to: NDARC.HDR@unsw.edu.au
Click here to download the application form

It is not the intention of this advertisement to limit the scope of possible HDR research projects or enrolment options, but to highlight the most important aspects of NDARC’s HDR program. The aspects mentioned above may be negotiated within the confines of UNSW’s HDR policies and procedures.