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Scholarships at NDARC

HDR Scholarships

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

NDARC is offering HDR scholarships, (either PhD, MPhil or MRes), commencing in Semester 1, 2019, to carry out innovative higher degree research on alcohol, tobacco and other drug related issues including, but not limited to:

  • Prevention of harms
  • Comorbidities (mental and physical health)
  • Clinical interventions 
  • Epidemiology
  • Justice health
  • Indigenous health
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Health economics and biostatistics
  • Policy
  • One philanthropically-funded scholarship, the Rainbow Lodge PhD scholarship, is also available to study supported accommodation services following release from prison

Scholarship award amounts

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. In addition, up to $10,000 will be available for professional development activities and up to $5,000 will be available for other associated research costs.

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.

There are a range of paths into HDR and NDARC staff are keen to provide support for potential students from a range of backgrounds and with varied educational qualifications. NDARC is committed to building capacity for research among Aboriginal researchers and encourages consultation with us to enquire about paths into HDR, that include an initial two-year program of research. If you have queries about this, please contact Professor Anthony Shakeshaft (a.shakeshaft@unsw.edu.au) to talk about your options and the support available.

About the Centre

NDARC is a premier research centre in Sydney, Australia and is recognised internationally as a Research Centre of Excellence. Established at the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) in 1986, NDARC is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Department of Health Drug and Alcohol Program.

Since NDARC's inception, more than 70 students have successfully completed a PhD at the Centre, with a success rate of over 90 percent. NDARC currently has both Masters and PhD students enrolled, including four Aboriginal students. 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.


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.

Consideration will be given to both full and part-time applications.

Applicants should have a degree in a relevant disciple (e.g. psychology, public health, criminology, sociology, medicine, pharmacology, health economics, biostatistics) and/or work experience in the drug and alcohol field. An honours degree (or equivalent) will be considered favourably but is 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.

How to apply

In the first instance, please contact the NDARC HDR Coordinator by email (NDARC.HDR@unsw.edu.au) and provide the details of your nominated supervisor/s and your area of interest. Potential supervisors and their fields of research are available here

If you are unable to nominate a supervisor, the HDR Coordinator will provide the details of potential supervisors to contact for further discussion

To apply, applicants must submit the following to NDARC.HDR@unsw.edu.au by 12 November 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: 15th October 2018
Applications close: 12th November 2018 
Interviews: Week beginning 19th November 2018
Program start: Semester 1, 2019
Applications to: NDARC.HDR@unsw.edu.au 

Click here to download the NDARC Higher Degree Research Scholarships Application Form for Funding.