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SCIENTIA PhD SCHOLARSHIPS

For new PhD scholars of exceptional quality to work on research projects aligned with UNSW’s ten year strategy. These prestigious scholarships offer unique benefits, individualised support and guaranteed funding to reach your personal development goals.

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SCIENTIA FELLOWSHIPS

For the best and brightest people, with outstanding research track records. For researchers who share our vision of improving and transforming lives and want to create global impact through their work. Successful candidates will be on tenure track to an ongoing academic position with unprecedented career support and flexibility.

UNSW SCIENTIA SCHOLARSHIPS

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Unparalleled investment in your career
 
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

stipend

40K per year

for four years

tuition

Fees covered

for the full four years period

personal development

Coaching and mentoring

will form a critical part of your highly personalised leadership development plan

career development

Up to $10k each year

to build your career and support your international research collaborations

Indigenous researchers

At least five scholarships

will be reserved for Indigenous research candidates

 

Register your expression of interest now

Visit the FAQsGuidelines, and Terms and Conditions for more detailed information on the process and the Scheme.

Expression of Interest for the 2019 round of the UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme is now open, and will close at 11.59pm on 20 July 2018

UNSW SCIENTIA FELLOWSHIPS

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Over forty Fellowship appointments will be made at academic levels A to D in 2018 for commencement in 2019.

Distinctiveness
The key distinctive features of the UNSW Scientia Fellowship Program include a tenure track fellowship with a career pathway commitment that has unprecedented flexibility. UNSW Scientia Fellows will have access to a range of development opportunities relevant to career stage across research, teaching and leadership, with a significant support and collaboration package.

In 2019, at least fifteen of the positions have been reserved for the following priority areas:

priority

Indigenous researchers

For passionate and impactful Indigenous researchers who share our vision to make a difference to people’s lives through their knowledge and work.

priority

Interdisciplinary research

For researchers with outstanding track records who can contribute to building on cross-faculty collaboration to create original and innovative interdisciplinary research.

priority

Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM)

For leading female researchers in these fields who are passionate about mentoring women in STEMM education and careers in support of UNSW’s commitment to gender equality.

Applicants for these priority positions should select the faculty most aligned with their research. This will lead to the application form, where there is an opportunity to select one of the above priority areas.

Applications are now open

Visit the Fellowship FAQs and Guidelines.

Applications for the 2019 round of the UNSW Scientia Fellowship Program are now open, and close at 11.55pm on Sunday 22 July 2018.

Business School
Information Systems
Information Systems
  • Adoption and Diffusion of Information technology
  • Data Science and Analytics for Decision Support
  • eBusiness, eCommerce and Digital Commerce
  • ICTs in Global Development
  • IS Leadership and the IT Profession
  • IS Project Management
  • Social Computing
  • Supply chain management

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Arts & Social Sciences
Education and Equity (Early Childhood Education)
Education and Equity (Early Childhood Education)
  • Access to early childhood education
  • Community-engaged education
  • Perspectives on success in early childhood education
  • Culturally sustaining early childhood education
  • Non-school factors that impact early childhood education
  • School leader, educator, parent and community perspectives
  • Cultural wealth vs deficit approaches to early childhood education
  • Improved school readiness and outcomes for disadvantaged children

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Engineering
Computing and Telecommunications Technologies
Computing and Telecommunications Technologies
  • Cybersecurity
  • Artificial Intelligence & Autonomous systems
  • Telecommunications
  • Signal processing, Systems and Controls
  • Data science & analytics
  • Quantum Computing 
  • User-experience design

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Built Environment
Interactive Built Environments
Interactive Built Environments
  • Smart cities
  • Digital technologies

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Medicine
Non-communicable Disease
Non-communicable Disease
  • CVD, esp. Heart failure, sudden death, stroke, genetics of cardiomyopathies and of arrhythmias; prevention strategies, cardiac development, health services research
  • Diabetes and kidney disease- including obesity, chronic kidney disease, dialysis and transplantation, acute kidney injury
  • Respiratory disease- acute and chronic
  • Injury prevention- especially Aboriginal health, burns, road injuries
  • Critical care and trauma
  • Food and health- focus on overnutrition, salt intake and related conditions
  • Clinical trials
  • Health services and health systems research

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UNSW Canberra
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity
  • Australian Cyber Strategy Law & Policy: ethics, legislation, regulations, cyberwar, cyber maturity
  • Cyber Technologies: situational awareness, visualisation, network intrusion detection, resilience, CIP, usable security, SCADA
  • Cyber People: skill mapping, education strategies,  cybersecurity awareness, human dimension of security
  • Cyber Security & World Power: U.S. / Russia / China cyber strategies, cyberwar planning 

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UNSW Canberra
Space Research - Science and Technology
Space Research - Science and Technology
  • Space Situational Awareness
  • Space surveillance (optical and RF)
  • Astrodynamics (numerical and experimental)
  • Space-based instrumentation (for remote sensing, communications and space physics)
  • Autonomous; Space systems
  • Formation flying
  • Miniature-satellite-based R&D

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Business School
Management
Management
  • Human resource management
  • Industrial relations
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Organisational theory
  • Sociology
  • Strategy and entrepreneurship

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Arts & Social Sciences
Digital Technologies and Cultures
Digital Technologies and Cultures
  • Digital ethnography
  • Social media and digital technologies in the domestic context
  • Media technologies, gender, and labour; Digital technologies as cultural objects
  • Transpacific media cultures
  • Social media platforms, democracy, and civil society

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UNSW Canberra
International Security
International Security
  • Security of the Asia-Pacific region
  • Australian defence and security
  • Non-traditional security
  • Global geo-political relations

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Art & Design
Design Innovation
Design Innovation
  • Design innovation
  • Immersive visualisation
  • Social robotics
  • Visual art and visual culture / contemporary art and technology

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Science
Government and Health Policy
Government and Health Policy
  • Clinical, Health and Forensic Psychology
  • Care Pathways and Quality in Eye Health
  • Road, Aviation and Transport Safety

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Arts & Social Sciences
Politics and International Relations
Politics and International Relations
  • Democracy, peace, conflict and rights
  • Climate change and new security challenges
  • Regional insecurity and disorder
  • Political economy and development states 

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Business School
Banking and Finance
Banking and Finance
  • Empirical and theoretical corporate finance
  • Empirical and theoretical asset pricing
  • Corporate governance
  • Investment management
  • International finance
  • Banking
  • Behavioural finance
  • Market microstructure

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Law
Interdisciplinary research on law and legal institutions
Interdisciplinary research on law and legal institutions
  • Law and society research or socio-legal studies (law and anthropology, etc.)
  • Law and humanities research (legal history, law and literature, law and political philosophy, law and creative arts, etc.)
  • Law and economics research
  • Interdisciplinary research in law and technology (research combining science and technology studies and law, etc.)
  • Interdisciplinary research in health and biomedical sciences (law and neuroscience, etc.)
  • Interdisciplinary research in law and environmental science (interdisciplinary approaches to climate law, water law, legal geographies, etc.)
  • Interdisciplinary research in law and forensic science

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Arts & Social Sciences
Artificial Intelligence and Music
Artificial Intelligence and Music
  • Machine learning and information retrieval in music
  • Innovation in computers and music
  • Music and signal processing
  • New technologies and music creation
  • New technologies and music performance
  • Deep learning for music information retrieval
  • Machine learning and information retrieval for music-related movement
  • Commercial applications of artificial intelligence in music

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UNSW Canberra
Research into Public Policy Implementation
Research into Public Policy Implementation
  • Large scale systems change and reform
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Public service capability

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Arts & Social Sciences
STEM, Girls and Education
STEM, Girls and Education
  • Gender equity in education
  • Science, technology, engineering and mathematics education
  • Girls and STEM education
  • Gender factors that impact STEM education
  • School leader, educator, parent and community perspectives
  • Improved retention and outcomes for girls in STEM
  • STEM, girls and teacher education

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Arts & Social Sciences
Social Policy & Social Aspects of Health
Social Policy & Social Aspects of Health
  • Disability Studies
  • Gendered violence/gender & rights
  • Equity in health care and other services
  • Poverty, inequality and disadvantage;
  • Lived experience of chronic health conditions
  • Health and wellbeing of marginalised populations
  • Critical policy studies

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Engineering
Civil Environment
Civil Environment
  • Infrastructure & construction
  • Transport
  • Geospatial systems
  • Environmental technology
  • Geomechanics – mining and unconventional
  • Sustainable mining practices
  • Advanced manufacturing

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Business School
Marketing
Marketing
  • Marketing strategy
  • Marketing operations management
  • Consumer research
  • Services marketing
  • Marketing science
  • Marketing analytics
  • Product and service innovation

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Medicine
Adult and Children's cancer
Adult and Children's cancer
  • Aboriginal & TS islander
  • Big Data in Health
  • Bioengineering
  • Genomics
  • Health Services Research
  • Primary Care
  • Vulnerable Communities
  • Cancer cell biology

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Medicine
Immunity, Infectious Disease and Inflammation
Immunity, Infectious Disease and Inflammation
  • Blood born viruses and Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Immunovirology and immune control of oncological diseases
  • Prevention of epidemics
  • Vaccine research
  • Emerging pathogens
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Pathogenesis and treatment of Autoimmune and inflammatory conditions
  • Secondary immuno-deficiencies

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Science
Next Generation Materials and Technologies
Next Generation Materials and Technologies
  • Nanoscience
  • Quantum Information, Matter and Technologies
  • Physics of Nanoscale Systems and Spin-based Phenomena
  • Functional Materials
  • Advanced Metal and Ceramic Materials
  • Polymers and Composites; Biocompatible implants
  • New transport technologies

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Arts & Social Sciences
Social & Ethical Aspects of Bio & Neuro Technologies
Social & Ethical Aspects of Bio & Neuro Technologies
  • History and Philosophy of science and technology
  • Technology Ethics; Science and technology studies
  • Social and political philosophy
  • Neural ethics; Bioethics
  • Disability studies
  • Philosophy of mind and cognition

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Engineering
Energy
Energy
  • Photovoltaics
  • Combustion and solar thermal energy
  • Energy systems and storage
  • Smart grids
  • Natural Resources
  • Evidence informed policy

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Business School
Risk and Actuarial
Risk and Actuarial
  • Risk management
  • Actuarial studies
  • Insurance risk and capital
  • Superannuation
  • Population ageing

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UNSW Canberra
Systems Engineering
Systems Engineering
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Test and Evaluation
  • System Dynamics Modelling
  • Systems Thinking
  • Systems Thinking and Modelling
  • Capability Development

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UNSW Canberra
Computational Science
Computational Science
  • Computational astrophysics
  • Theoretical classical and quantum chemistry
  • Bushfire and combustion physics
  • Non-linear dynamics
  • Cybersecurity and cryptography
  • Mathematical ecology and biology
  • Coastal zone oceanography and meteorology

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Built Environment
Human-centred Built Environments
Human-centred Built Environments
  • Women in built environment
  • Inclusive design
  • Design and health
  • Living laboratories

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Science
Fundamental and Enabling Sciences
Fundamental and Enabling Sciences
  • Astronomy, Exoplanetary and Planetary Sciences and Astrobiology; Theoretical Physics of Atomic and Condensed Matter Systems
  • Catalysis and Industry
  • Applied Mathematics: Dynamics, Optimization, and Computation
  • Pure Mathematics: Algebra, Graphs, Number Theory, and Analysis; Statistics: Data Science, Applications, Analysis and Methods; Cognition, Decision Sciences and Learning
  • Paleontology, Earth Science & Astrobiology

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Law
Indigenous (Australian and Torres Strait Islander) research in legal studies
Indigenous (Australian and Torres Strait Islander) research in legal studies

Research in any area of law and legal studies (Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) 

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Business School
Taxation and Business Law
Taxation and Business Law
  • Taxation
  • Corporate governance
  • Intellectual property
  • Competition law
  • Fair trading
  • International business
  • Franchising

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Arts & Social Sciences
Indigenous Perspectives in Teacher Education
Indigenous Perspectives in Teacher Education
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education
  • Reconciliation and respect
  • Initial teacher education
  • Indigenous knowledges;
  • Indigenous perspectives in education
  • Cultural wealth vs deficit approaches to indigenous education
  • Critical race theory
  • Culture, identity and education

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Engineering | Science
Water Technologies, Sustainability and the Environment
Water Technologies, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Extreme Weather and Climate Change
  • Ecosystems Science
  • Sustainable Materials
  • Energy & Environmental Chemistry
  • Oceanography
  • Airborne research for environmental planning and sustainability

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  • Ground water
  • Coastal management
  • Clean drinking water
  • Water treatment technologies
  • Agriculture
  • Water & sustainability

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Medicine
Neuroscience, Mental Health & Addiction
Neuroscience, Mental Health & Addiction
  • Children & Adolescent Wellbeing covering; suicide prevention; prevention, identification and treatment of depression and anxiety; substance use and abuse; psychobiological risk and resilience; mental health literacy
  • Healthy Ageing covering; cognitive ageing; frailty immobility and falls; pain management; mental health and positive ageing; delirium; stroke prevention and treatments; alcohol and prescription opioids
  • Complex and Difficult to Treat Diseases covering; schizophrenia and related psychoses; bipolar disorders; resilient depression; trauma; addiction and comorbidities; behavioural change in context of lifestyle and social adversity
  • Brain Sciences and Translational Neuroscience covering; Interface of regulation and emotion; decision making; Mind-machine nexus; Neural coding; Neural therapeutics; Neural prosthetics; Neuromodulation and stimulation.

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Engineering | Medicine | Science
Biomedical Science & Engineering
Biomedical Science & Engineering
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Molecular medicine
  • Systems, Structural and Cellular Biology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Marine Bio-Innovation
  • Neuroscience and Mental Health
  • Perception
  • Vision Science, Eye health and disease
  • Contact lenses and myopia control

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  • Drug delivery
  • Food science & technology
  • Bionics & biomonitoring
  • Data & visualisation 
  • Medical & care robotics 
  • Biomaterials & regenerative medicine
  • Polymers, colloids and health

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  • Integrated Imaging, image analysis and processing
  • e-Health & m-Health
  • Prevention, treatment and management of Injury
  • Novel therapeutics (nanoparticles, biofilms, drug development, 3D printing)
  • Robotics and assistive technologies for the ageing
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Developmental biology

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Business School
Accounting
Accounting
  • Financial accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Auditing
  • Behavioural accounting
  • Qualitative research in accounting

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Built Environment
Global Cities
Global Cities
  • Housing design research
  • Urban resilience
  • Asian architecture & urbanism
  • Geospatial design

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Arts & Social Sciences
Social Policy, Justice and Rights
Social Policy, Justice and Rights
  • Disability Studies
  • Gendered violence/gender & rights
  • Decolonising knowledge in the social sciences
  • Crime, deviance and justice systems

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Business School
Economics
Economics
  • Organisational Economics and Mechanism Design
  • Behavioural and Experimental Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Development Economics
  • Econometrics and Data Science
  • Macroeconomics and International Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Health Economics

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Built Environment
High Performance Built Environments
High Performance Built Environments
  • Climate adaptive design
  • Sustainable development

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Arts & Social Sciences
Environmental Humanities
Environmental Humanities
  • Environmental justice
  • Environmental communication
  • Science and technology studies
  • Indigenous knowledges
  • Political ecology
  • Environment and development (esp. Asia-Pacific and Latin America)
  • Multispecies studies and politics of life
  • Geohumanities / Human Geography

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Scientia Professor of Physics UNSW Sydney

Michelle Simmons, 2018 Australian of the Year

What makes a world-class academic choose UNSW Sydney? For 2018 Australian of the Year, Laureate Fellow and UNSW Scientia Professor of Physics, Michelle Simmons, a number of factors influenced her move to Australia. Lifestyle, culture and Australia’s give-it-a-go spirit were all important, but one thing in particular convinced Professor Simmons to pack her bags.

"I was really looking for an ambitious university," Simmons said recently.

She found what she was looking for in UNSW. Since her arrival in 1999, Professor Simmons has been given the support required to conduct game-changing research. She was a founding member of the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computer Technology and has been instrumental in transforming the quantum physics department into a world leader. In 2012, Professor Simmons’ team created the world’s smallest transistor from a single atom.

In 2016, Professor Simmons established Australia’s first quantum computing company, an $83 million cross-disciplinary consortium tasked with commercialising her research. Today, Professor Simmons and her team of 200 researchers are working on something even bigger: Building the world’s first quantum computer in silicon. Recently, her team produced the narrowest conducting wires ever made in silicon.

UNSW
Top 50 ranked Research Intensive University

UNSW - Australia's Global University

With access to unparalleled research support, world-class infrastructure, industry-leading mentors and an academic environment that has produced numerous world firsts, it is easy to see why leading researchers choose UNSW Sydney.

UNSW Australia is a research-intensive university ranked in the world’s top 50 universities (QS rankings 2016). Our Sydney campus is home to 55,000 students from over 120 countries. We aspire to be Australia's global university, improving and transforming lives through excellence in research, outstanding education and a committment to advancing a just society. 

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Sydney Campus

Sydney, a great place to live and enjoy

It’s no secret: Sydney is one of the most beautiful, liveable and friendly cities in the world.

  • The world’s most ‘Reputable city’ – 2016 City Rep Trak, the Reputation Institute
  • #2 2016 World’s Friendliest City Survey, Conde Nast Traveller
  • #12 Best Cities in the world, Conde Nast Traveller 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards
  • #8 Monocle’s 2016 Quality of Life Survey
  • #11 EIU’s 2016 Liveability Ranking
  • #10 Business Insider 2016 ‘Quality of Living Index’.

The main UNSW campus is located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney only 7km from the centre of the city, 2km from Coogee Beach and 5km from Sydney’s international and domestic airports.

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World Class Teams

World-class research teams

Universities are at the heart of the sophisticated global knowledge system shaping our future and UNSW has a key role to play. We drive discoveries, inventions and innovations to transform and improve lives worldwide. Here are just a few of our highlights:

  • UNSW researchers won the highest amount of Australian Research Council funding in Australia with $32.4 million across three funding schemes in 2015.
  • Top research university in the state in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia report.
  • 20 rising stars; UNSW staff who are tackling some of society’s biggest challenges, many of which are global in nature.
  • 15 women changing our world; a profile of a selection of our top-performing female researchers.
  • 10 innovations; Innovations that have changed our world and about the people who made them happen.

Find out more at UNSW Research.