UniSA offers a wide range of research projects and associated scholarships across a variety of disciplines. These have been developed by teams of academics who will supervise you during your research degree.

Our experienced supervisors are all experts in their chosen fields, dedicated to ensuring students experience excellent and contemporary research training.

Browse a selection of research projects below, including information on primary supervisor, financial support and how to apply. If you are interested in a UniSA scholarship, ensure you apply for a project that includes a scholarship.

Can't find a research project that suits you? Fill out our expression of interest form to be notified when new projects are available. For more information, please contact the Graduate Research Admissions team.

 

Explore our research topics and projects

Browse a sample of our research projects and topics below.

  • dna-genetics Biological sciences minus-thin plus-thin

    Interested in Biological sciences? View a sample of topics available below.

    Can’t find a research project below that suits you? Fill out our expression of interest form to be notified when new projects are available. Applicants can also work with a supervisor to develop a custom research project.

    Check your eligibility

     

    Bioinformatics and computational biology

    • The application of statistical genomic methods to understand complex diseases minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: If you're interested in finding out more about this research topic please get in touch with the listed supervisor for more details.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Beben Benyamin

      Apply now

    • Integrative analyses of omics data for complex traits and diseases minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: If you're interested in finding out more about this research topic please get in touch with the listed supervisor for more details.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Associate Professor Hong Lee

      Apply now

    Other biological sciences

    • Joyner Scholarship minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: The Joyner Scholarships are offered at all three South Australian universities (provided appropriate disciplines are available). The information below is only relevant to applicants pursuing a research degree through the University of South Australia.

      Note that all eligible applicants to the University will be considered for the Joyner Scholarships, and the relevent Dean of Research or their delegate will nominate their most qualified new students for consideration by the panel.

      The next Joyner Scholarships will be considered in 2021.
      Joyner Scholarship Benefits and Conditions (PDF)

      MF & MH Joyner Scholarships in Science: When applying for a Research Training Program domestic (RTPd) Scholarship or University of South Australia Postgraduate Research Award (USAPA) Scholarship the top ranking students in a science discipline will be considered for this award. It is valued at 10% above the current RTP stipend rate. 

      MF & MH Joyner Scholarships in Medicine: When applying for a Research Training Program domestic (RTPd) Scholarship or University of South Australia Postgraduate Research Award (USAPA) Scholarship the top ranking students in a health sciences discipline will be considered for this award. It is valued at 10% above the current RTP stipend rate, or 10% above NHMRC medical rate if the recipient holds a MBBS.

      Eligibility: Applicants should hold a first class honours degree in an appropriate discipline, be eligible to enrol for a postgraduate research degree at one of the three South Australian universities, and be Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents. NZ residents or citizens are not eligible.

      Am I eligible to apply for a RTP scholarship? (refer to admission selection and scholarship application guidelines for the University of South Australia)

      Closing date: Applications for the major 2021 round have closed 

      Find out more

    • Plasma Physics minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: We are seeking a motivated student to undertake an exciting Australian Research Council funded PhD project entitled “Plasma touches life: advancing plasma technologies for the life sciences”.

      The student will have opportunity to develop and test their own research initiatives in the application of electrical cold atmospheric plasma technology for wound decontamination and cancer treatments, with focus on developing novel strategies to improve the efficacy and safety of the plasma treatments. In order to undertake this project successfully, the student will need to have a strong background in electrical engineering and physics.

      Prior experience in electrical and optical plasma diagnostics will be viewed favourably.

      Eligibility: The scholarship is open to Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Australia. 

      Value: $28,092 (2020 rate) for 3 years

      Closing date: The scholarship will remain open until filled

      Find out more

  • test-tubes-science Biomedical and clinical sciences minus-thin plus-thin

    Interested in Biomedical and clinical sciences? View a sample of topics available below.

    Can’t find a research project below that suits you? Fill out our expression of interest form to be notified when new projects are available. Applicants can also work with a supervisor to develop a custom research project.

    Check your eligibility

     

    Biomedical engineering

    • Plasma Touches Life minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: We are seeking a motivated student to undertake an exciting Australian Research Council funded PhD project entitled “Plasma touches life: advancing plasma technologies for the life sciences”.

      The student will have opportunity to develop and test their own research initiatives in the application of electrical cold atmospheric plasma technology for wound decontamination and cancer treatments, with focus on developing novel strategies to improve the efficacy and safety of the plasma treatments. In order to undertake this project successfully, the student will need to have a strong background in mammalian and bacteria cell culture techniques and molecular biology.

      Eligibility:

      • Commencing candidates
      • Domestic and international students
      • Applicants must meet the entry criteria for the award of a Doctor of Philosophy at UniSA

      Value: $28,092 (2020 rate) for 3.5 years

      Closing date: This scholarship will remain open until filled

      Find out more

    Neurosciences

    • Building your best day for dementia prevention minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: If you're interested in finding out more about this research topic please get in touch with the listed supervisor for more details.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Ashleigh Smith

      Apply now

    Nutrition and dietetics

    • Cancer and its modifiable risk factors minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: If you're interested in finding out more about this research topic please get in touch with the listed supervisor for more details.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Ming Li

      Apply now

    • Diet and cardio metabolic risk-study from a national health and nutrition survey minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: If you're interested in finding out more about this research topic please get in touch with the listed supervisor for more details.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Ming Li

      Apply now

    Oncology and carcinogenesis

    • Medical Radiations: Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease, novel therapies for treatment of cancer minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: If you're interested in finding out more about this research topic please get in touch with the listed supervisor for more details.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Professor Eva Bezak

      Apply now

    • Prevalence of peripheral neuropathy post-chemotherapy in South Australia minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: If you're interested in finding out more about this research topic please get in touch with the listed supervisor for more details.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Liz Buckley

      Apply now

    Other biomedical and clinical sciences

    • Joyner Scholarship minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: The Joyner Scholarships are offered at all three South Australian universities (provided appropriate disciplines are available). The information below is only relevant to applicants pursuing a research degree through the University of South Australia.

      Note that all eligible applicants to the University will be considered for the Joyner Scholarships, and the relevent Dean of Research or their delegate will nominate their most qualified new students for consideration by the panel.

      The next Joyner Scholarships will be considered in 2021.
      Joyner Scholarship Benefits and Conditions (PDF)

      MF & MH Joyner Scholarships in Science: When applying for a Research Training Program domestic (RTPd) Scholarship or University of South Australia Postgraduate Research Award (USAPA) Scholarship the top ranking students in a science discipline will be considered for this award. It is valued at 10% above the current RTP stipend rate. 

      MF & MH Joyner Scholarships in Medicine: When applying for a Research Training Program domestic (RTPd) Scholarship or University of South Australia Postgraduate Research Award (USAPA) Scholarship the top ranking students in a health sciences discipline will be considered for this award. It is valued at 10% above the current RTP stipend rate, or 10% above NHMRC medical rate if the recipient holds a MBBS.

      Eligibility: Applicants should hold a first class honours degree in an appropriate discipline, be eligible to enrol for a postgraduate research degree at one of the three South Australian universities, and be Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents. NZ residents or citizens are not eligible.

      Am I eligible to apply for a RTP scholarship? (refer to admission selection and scholarship application guidelines for the University of South Australia)

      Closing date: Applications for the major 2021 round have closed 

      Find out more

    • Plasma Physics minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: We are seeking a motivated student to undertake an exciting Australian Research Council funded PhD project entitled “Plasma touches life: advancing plasma technologies for the life sciences”.

      The student will have opportunity to develop and test their own research initiatives in the application of electrical cold atmospheric plasma technology for wound decontamination and cancer treatments, with focus on developing novel strategies to improve the efficacy and safety of the plasma treatments. In order to undertake this project successfully, the student will need to have a strong background in electrical engineering and physics.

      Prior experience in electrical and optical plasma diagnostics will be viewed favourably.

      Eligibility:

      • Commencing candidates
      • Domestic and international students
      • Applicants must meet the entry criteria for the award of a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of South Australia

      Value: $28,092 (2020 rate) for 3 years

      Closing date: This scholarship will remain open until filled

      Find out more

  • buildings-city Built environment and design minus-thin plus-thin

    Interested in Built environment and design? View a sample of topics available below.

    Can’t find a research project below that suits you? Fill out our expression of interest form to be notified when new projects are available. Applicants can also work with a supervisor to develop a custom research project.

    Check your eligibility

     

    Architecture

    • SIDA Foundation PhD Scholarship minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: The Society of Interior Designers of Australia (SIDA) was founded in 1951 with the desire to advance the art of interior design services to the public, as well as assisting designers just entering the field.  Since the disestablishment of SIDA in the 1990s, The SIDA Foundation has managed the remaining resources of SIDA with the aim of furthering interior design education and practice.

      The SIDA Foundation has provided funding for a UniSA scholarship to support interior design PhD students.

      The establishment of The SIDA Foundation PhD Scholarship will support the development of PhD qualified practitioners and academics with expertise in the field of interior design.

      Eligibility: The SIDA Foundation PhD Scholarship is available to commencing full-time Doctorate by Research students enrolled at the University of South Australia studying in the field of interior design.

      The PhD scholarship is open to Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents of Australia and international students. Applicants must not have completed a PhD.

      Applicants are required to hold a Research Training Program Domestic Stipend (RTPDSTIP) or a University of South Australia Postgraduate Award (USAPA) and be able to study full-time. Eligible international students are required to hold a Research Training Program International Stipend (RTPISTIP), a University President’s Scholarship (UPS), or an International Research Tuition Scholarship, and be able to study full-time. 

      Applicants are expected to hold a first class Honours degree (or equivalent).

      Value: $5‚000 per annum for a maximum of three years ($15,000 in total). The annual $5‚000 payment will be paid in one instalment after Research Study Period One census date‚ provided the recipient maintains full-time enrolment and satisfactory academic performance.

      Closing date: This grant is not being offered in 2020

      Scholarship enquires: Hazel Ryder

      Find out more

    Other built environment and design

    • Joyner Scholarship minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: The Joyner Scholarships are offered at all three South Australian universities (provided appropriate disciplines are available). The information below is only relevant to applicants pursuing a research degree through the University of South Australia.

      Note that all eligible applicants to the University will be considered for the Joyner Scholarships, and the relevent Dean of Research or their delegate will nominate their most qualified new students for consideration by the panel.

      The next Joyner Scholarships will be considered in 2021.
      Joyner Scholarship Benefits and Conditions (PDF)

      MF & MH Joyner Scholarships in Science: When applying for a Research Training Program domestic (RTPd) Scholarship or University of South Australia Postgraduate Research Award (USAPA) Scholarship the top ranking students in a science discipline will be considered for this award. It is valued at 10% above the current RTP stipend rate. 

      Eligibility: Applicants should hold a first class honours degree in an appropriate discipline, be eligible to enrol for a postgraduate research degree at one of the three South Australian universities, and be Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents. NZ residents or citizens are not eligible.

      Am I eligible to apply for a RTP scholarship? (refer to admission selection and scholarship application guidelines for the University of South Australia)

      Closing date: Applications for the major 2021 round have closed

      Find out more

  • test-tube-science Chemical sciences minus-thin plus-thin

    Interested in Chemical Sciences? View a sample of topics available below.

    Can’t find a research project below that suits you? Fill out our expression of interest form to be notified when new projects are available. Applicants can also work with a supervisor to develop a custom research project.

    Check your eligibility

     

    Physical Chemistry

    • Plasma Touches Life minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: We are seeking a motivated student to undertake an exciting Australian Research Council funded PhD project entitled “Plasma touches life: advancing plasma technologies for the life sciences”.

      The student will have opportunity to develop and test their own research initiatives in the application of electrical cold atmospheric plasma technology for wound decontamination and cancer treatments, with focus on developing novel strategies to improve the efficacy and safety of the plasma treatments. In order to undertake this project successfully, the student will need to have a strong background in mammalian and bacteria cell culture techniques and molecular biology.

      Eligibility:

      • Commencing candidates
      • Domestic and international students
      • Applicants must meet the entry criteria for the award of a Doctor of Philosophy at UniSA

      Value: $28,092 (2020 rate) for 3.5 years

      Closing date: The scholarship will remain open until filled

      Find out more

    Other chemical sciences

    • Joyner Scholarship minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: The Joyner Scholarships are offered at all three South Australian universities (provided appropriate disciplines are available). The information below is only relevant to applicants pursuing a research degree through the University of South Australia.

      Note that all eligible applicants to the University will be considered for the Joyner Scholarships, and the relevent Dean of Research or their delegate will nominate their most qualified new students for consideration by the panel.

      The next Joyner Scholarships will be considered in 2021.
      Joyner Scholarship Benefits and Conditions (PDF)

      MF & MH Joyner Scholarships in Science: When applying for a Research Training Program domestic (RTPd) Scholarship or University of South Australia Postgraduate Research Award (USAPA) Scholarship the top ranking students in a science discipline will be considered for this award. It is valued at 10% above the current RTP stipend rate. 

      Eligibility: Applicants should hold a first class honours degree in an appropriate discipline, be eligible to enrol for a postgraduate research degree at one of the three South Australian universities, and be Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents. NZ residents or citizens are not eligible.

      Am I eligible to apply for a RTP scholarship? (refer to admission selection and scholarship application guidelines for the University of South Australia)

      Closing date: Applications for the major 2021 round have closed

      Find out more

  • data-line-chart Commerce, management, tourism and services minus-thin plus-thin

    Interested in Commerce, management, tourism and services? View a sample of topics available below.

    Can’t find a research project below that suits you? Fill out our expression of interest form to be notified when new projects are available. Applicants can also work with a supervisor to develop a custom research project.

    Check your eligibility

     

    Accounting, auditing and accountability

    • Carbon accounting, reporting and performance management minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Organisations are increasingly managing and reporting carbon emissions. Climate change is one of the most discussed political, societal and business issues globally, and the issue is particularly sensitive in Australia, which has experienced incredible carbon policy changes within a short time frame, after introducing the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act in 2007.

      Businesses increasingly understand that there is a price for carbon, irrespective of policy changes, and that any advancement or drop in carbon reporting and management will have significant implications for performance and valuation in a carbon-constrained future.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Wei Qian

      Apply now

    • Disability NOT Inability: The management control of workers living with intellectually disability minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Beyond arguments relating to social justice, social inclusion, and equal opportunity, the employment of individuals with an intellectual disability can be justified on rational economic and productivity grounds. However, this employment practice calls into question the extent to which management control systems are or should be modified to accommodate workers with such ‘special needs’.

      This study will provide foundational insights into the management control implications of employing intellectually disabled people. This research will involve interviews with policy-makers and practitioners in the intellectual disability area within South Australia.

      Masters or PhD (or both): PhD

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Basil Tucker

      Apply now

    • Integrated technological solutions for sustainable and safe water use and storage minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Water stress is increasing around the world. Nearly all countries worldwide project increasing water risks due to climate change, with extreme events (floods/droughts) cited as a primary concern for regional catchments.

      Healthy catchments provide water for people and food production, mitigate floods and droughts, recharge groundwater and provide for aquatic ecosystems, but poorly managed water use and storage contribute to unhealthy catchments and, in turn, the detriment of regional communities.

      Behavioural, financial and technical responses of farmers and agricultural industries require more in-depth focus to better understand how regionally sensitive technology, programs and policy can advance secure and safe water storage and use.

      Masters or PhD (or both): PhD

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Joanne Tingey-Holyoak

      Apply now

    • NGO accountability and governance: Exploring new organisational forms and performance measurement systems minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: This research explores the evolving nature and forms of NGO accountability and governance in a neo-liberal era. NGOs in developing country contexts are facing significant funding pressure as international policy continues to shift.

      Many NGOs are transforming the ways they operate, leaving well-established programs of work to enter ‘new markets’ in a bid to stay relevant and engage with beneficiaries. These has given rise to new ‘hybrid’ organisational forms and related performance measurement systems.

      This project will research: how NGO governance is evolving in developing countries; what impacts these changes have on performance measurement systems; and how these factors impact NGO accountability.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Professor Sumit Lodhia

      Apply now

    • Sustainability reporting in developing countries in Asia-Pacific and Africa minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Corporate sustainability reporting has been studied extensively in developed countries but there is still only limited, albeit growing, research undertaken in developing countries.

      Given that the majority of the world's population lives in developing countries, especially in the Asian and African regions, it is surprising that only a small number of papers have so far examined sustainability reporting in these regions.

      There is a clear gap in the research of sustainability reporting practices, motivations and impacts on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asia and Africa.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Professor Carol Tilt

      Apply now

    • The transformation of management and reporting systems in response to sustainable development goals : A study into Australian organisations minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Global bodies such as United Nations (UN) suggest that progress towards sustainability requires cooperation from all sectors in society: governments, companies, international organisations and civil society.

      It is in this context that the United Nations developed its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which incorporates seventeen goals and 169 associated targets. This research will explore how Australian organisations are responding to the sustainable development goals through changes to their management and reporting systems.

      Masters or PhD (or both): PhD

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Professor Sumit Lodhia

      Apply now

    • Transforming performance measurement, accountability and governance in the Australian public sector: Integrating the six capitals into public sector practices minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: This research will explore whether the use of the six capitals (Financial, Manufactured, Human, Intellectual, Natural, and Social and Relationship) approach advocated by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) can be used to transform current approaches to performance measurement, accountability and governance in the Australian public sector.

      Masters or PhD (or both): PhD

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Professor Sumit Lodhia

      Apply now

    Banking, finance and investment

    • Environmental sustainability and growth prospects of firms: Cross-country analysis minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Climate change poses a risk worldwide and if not controlled, may lead to irreversible damage. It has direct and indirect influence on financial markets through damaged asset values, lower investment, decreased economic growth, and stranded assets due to policy changes.

      If a firm is environmentally proactive there is positive and significant cost advantage. On the other hand, environmental activities are costly and may divert valuable resources that could have been otherwise invested by firms to gain higher market share. This research examines the costs, benefits and regulatory environment of environmentally sustainability of firms in a global setting.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Associate Professor Kartick Gupta

      Apply now

    • Social networks and tax avoidance minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: In the proposed research project, we seek to link two major streams of research in financial economics. First, global concerns regarding corporate tax aggressiveness and its macro and micro effects are a major source of concern.

      A second stream of research concerns the impact of social networks of key corporate executives on a range of corporate activities such as mergers and acquisitions, investments and executive compensation. Network effects have also been shown to have an effect on illegal insider trading and corporate fraud.

      Our focus is to examine the impact of social network factors in influencing a firm’s tax avoidance behaviour.

      Masters or PhD (or both): PhD

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Gordon Yuan

      Apply now

    Human resources and industrial relations

    • The refugee and migrant experience of entering the Australian labour market minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Australia is proportionally one of the largest destinations of migrants and refugees. The limited literature indicates that refugees struggle to find employment, and few find employment equivalent to that held in their home country.

      Little is known about the process of finding employment, the success factors and the barriers, the role of government and community-organisation support. This broadly-defined topic seeks to explore issues of migrant and refugee settlement.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Gerry Treuren

      Apply now

    Marketing

    • Bringing dignity and choice to hunger relief: a comparison of different models of food relief services minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Last year some 5 million Australians reported that they ran out of food and did not have enough money to buy more at least once in the past 12 months; one-third of those were children (FHR 2019).

      Over 2,600 Australian charities currently provide hunger relief; yet only 37 per cent believe they can meet the current demand, which has increased by 22 per cent in just 12 months (FHR 2019).

      Hunger can have serious long-term economic, social and health implications for individuals and for society. So, finding more effective ways to eliminate hunger can be transformational for the food relief sector, and for affected individuals and society as a whole.

      Masters or PhD (or both):  Both

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Professor Svetlana Bogomolova

      Apply now

    • Convergence, divergence or cross-vergence: How consumer values change at the age of globalisation minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Over the past four decades, most studies on consumer value or culture have focused on identifying cultural differences across nations. Relatively little attention is given to examining the dynamic aspect of culture or the mechanisms underlying value changes.

      Both academics and practitioners agree that “globalisation is shaping culture, modifying value systems, affecting social identifies, and ultimately, altering the dispositions and behaviours of consumers worldwide” (Cleveland 2018, p257). As globalisation is probably the most challenging issue facing international marketers today, the aim of this study is to investigate whether the globalisation (de-globalisation) process homogenises or diverges consumer values and how the value evolution affects consumer behaviours worldwide.

      Masters or PhD (or both):  Both

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Song Yang

      Apply now

    • Developing a scale for aged-care quality standards minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Australia’s aging population has led to more people moving to aged-care homes. To ensure that providers offer quality services to their residents, the Australian Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has recently consolidated various standards policies and developed a single quality framework that will come into effect in July 2019.

      This framework defines the standards expected of aged-care service providers, in order to protect and enhance the safety, health, well-being and quality of life of people receiving aged care. This project aims to develop a scale that can consistently and continually measure the quality performance of aged-care homes. 

      Masters or PhD (or both):  PhD

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Associate Professor Richard Lee

      Apply now

    • How do light, medium and heavy brand buyers differ? Building an understanding through brand user profiles minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Competing brand user profiles are remarkably similar at the aggregate level. Prior research has not, however, examined the light, medium and heavy buyer classes for a given brand. Furthermore, the purchasing of a brand’s SKUs by buyer class has not been examined. The homogeneity (or otherwise) of a brand’s buyer base and their purchase selections have strategic implications.

      For example, growth is largely driven by increasing penetration, which means recruiting buyers, in particular many more light buyers. Thus, understanding how this group may or may not differ from the rest of the buyer base is important, as is identifying the generalisability of such a finding.

      Finally the existing generalisation compared the user bases of competing brands; the comparison of buyer groups between brands expands these findings.

      Masters or PhD (or both):  Masters

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Carl Driesener

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    • Identifying effective marketing interventions for improved household food discard management through the household three-bin kerbside system minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Reducing food waste and diverting waste from landfill is a local, national and state government priority, but waste disposal is a private, complex, under-researched consumer behaviour occurring in every household.

      Currently, 47 per cent of a household’s landfill bin is kitchen organic discards, which is a significant collection cost to councils and detrimental to the environment. Councils are charged with improving diversion rates from landfill into the organic kerbside bin; however, scalable, effective behaviour-change interventions cannot be developed without more social science research into effective ways to engage householders on this issue. 

      Masters or PhD (or both): Masters

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Associate Professor Anne Sharp

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    • Measuring physical availability of brands: What is physical availability worth? minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Surprisingly, there appear to be few measures of physical availability for brands other than counting the number of stores in which they are stocked.

      As well as reviewing existing measures, there is a need to ascertain the quality of types of physical availability (e.g. shelf height), and to investigate the effect on sales of shelf facings, end of aisle locations, close to check-out display, proximity to other categories and brands, vending machines, convenience and e-commerce.

      Studies might also replicate and extend existing research to discover the conditions that affect shelf space elasticity. 

      Masters or PhD (or both):  Both

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Professor Larry Lockshin

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    • Mitigating carbon costs in the Australian wine industry by reducing the usage of glass bottles minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: The glass bottle and associated transportation produce 68% of the carbon cost by the time a bottle of wine is purchased by a consumer. The whole wine industry is focused around bottles, even though some wine is packaged in bag-in-box, tetra pack and a small amount in cans. Bottles are seen as a symbol of quality.

      Alternate packaging exists but is not see as mainstream by either industry or consumers. This project will take the first steps of linking wine producers with retailers to trial alternate packages focusing on communication strategies to wine consumers. This topic is linked to a related topic by another Master’s student (Wolf Blass Scholar).

      Masters or PhD (or both):  Masters

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Professor Larry Lockshin

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    • The next one is the most important one: Moore’s Law and the role of new points of distribution in building penetration in the context of the quasi-equilibrium between distribution and market share minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: The purpose of this topic is to assess and formalise Moore’s proposed law: ‘All new distribution in a new channel or retailer is nearly 100% incremental’. Distribution plays an important role in brand growth, however, as with any tactical decision there are options.

      Brand managers can a) seek new outlets, or b) they can focus on changing the range (the distribution depth) and locations in a given store. Managing these options requires understanding which option will deliver more incremental sales and when. This project will quantify the importance of gaining new distribution for a brand and its SKUs (a. above).

      Secondly it will examine the incremental sales impact of range expansion within a store (b. above). Both a) and b) will be examined in the context of brands moving along the Wilbur & Farris velocity curve.

      Masters or PhD (or both):  PhD

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Carl Driesener

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    • Optimising digital media spending for small to medium sized companies minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Small to medium sized companies now use digital media (search ads on Google and display ads in Facebook) instead of traditional media like Yellow Pages listings and local newspapers and radio. But little is known about the effectiveness of digital media, and the best way to allocate spending across Google, Facebook, and other digital options, because of a lack of independent experimental data.

      The importance of digital versus traditional media is likely to vary by business type (e.g., direct-to-consumer vs. bricks-and-mortar), available budget (small, medium, large), and whether the product is a frequent or infrequent purchase.

      Masters or PhD (or both):  Both

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Justin Cohen

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    • Purchasing patterns of smart home product brands - how they compete and grow minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Over the past 50 years, many studies in the marketing literature have investigated purchasing patterns of brand buying in a range of mature product categories. As a result, there are solid patterns found such as double jeopardy and duplication of purchases, which can inform marketers on how to grow their brands (Sharps, B. 2010).

      However, whether or not these patterns can be applied to newly introduced categories such as smart home products are yet not known. In addition, it is also important to identify marketing factors affect brand growth in the newly introduced categories such as smart home products.

      Masters or PhD (or both):  PhD

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Giang Trinh

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    • The short and long term effects of an economic shock on consumer loyalty: using 2009 to guide decision making minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Economic downturns have a noted impact on the sales of many categories. Due to the consequent resource constraints, businesses often reduce marketing support. It has been observed that maintaining support during an economic down turn can be a good strategy, however this is at least partly dependent on how the downturn affects key metrics like loyalty.

      If loyalty increases then spending can safely decrease, however if loyalty decreases, it would suggest that marketing spend (or at least Share of Voice) must at least be maintained in the face of increased consumer switching.

      Of further interest is the longer-term effects on consumer behaviour: if loyalty does decline (or increase) what happens in the following 2 years regarding the individual’s repertoires?

      Masters or PhD (or both):  PhD

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Carl Driesener

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    • Smart target marketing strategies – knowing how far to push the targeting concept minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Target marketing is somewhat of a gospel in marketing.  However, it can be likened to salt in cooking – a bit improves the dish but at a point adding more doesn't.

      This agenda hopes to make discoveries that will allow smarter targeting. Specific questions to be addressed are: How well do various demographic variables relate to buying behaviour differences? Decades of research has shown that competing brands tend to have very similar buyer profiles. Are there nuances in this generalisation that allow for more intelligent targeting decisions? Target marketing is intrinsically linked to making specific appeals to specific buyers. But what sort of appeals resonate broadly, across the whole market?

      Masters or PhD (or both):  Both

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Professor Rachel Kennedy

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    • Understanding the evolution of per occasion volume, value and units minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: part one (Masters component): Many studies modelling consumer behaviour focus on the size of a customer base and the frequency of purchase occasions of a given brand. This approach is based on an observation that the volume, value and number of units purchased on a given purchase occasion by a consumer have relatively low variance across the purchase occasions of all consumers and all brands within that category - hence it can be safely ignored (e.g. when calculating market share).

      We propose to firstly revisit this finding and explore the extent of the per occasion variance, including in the context of the light, medium and heavy buyer.

      The second part of this topic is to understand how the per occasion metrics evolve for growing and declining brands (including for light medium and heavy buyers).

      PhD extension: A useful, and more difficult, component will be developing a model to incorporate the findings on the distribution of weight of purchase into relevant brand choice models (e.g. the Conditional Trend Analysis application of the negative binomial distribution).

      Masters or PhD (or both):  Both

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Carl Driesener

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    • What marketing managers think their Distinctive Assets are compared with actual markets minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: A growing body of research across disciplines is identifying the limits of when managerial judgement is a good basis for making decisions. Wicked environments (that present many variables) undermine intuition and can lead to poor decisions. Marketing generally, and branding specifically, is rife with opinion-based practice rather than evidence-base practice.

      This topic will extend prior research on managerial judgement to brand identity and building Distinctive Assets (e.g. logos, taglines, characters); another potentially wicked environment. Our interest is, do marketing managers really know what their Distinctive Assets are? If judgement proves inaccurate then collecting data to support decisions is necessary.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Masters

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Nicole Hartnett

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    Strategy, management and organisational behaviour

    • Alan Reddrop Research Grant for Family Business minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: The Alan Reddrop Research Grant for Family Business supports a commencing PhD or Masters by Research candidate to engage in advanced research relating to the topic of family business.

      Candidates may apply to receive the scholarship on a part-time basis if there are compassionate or compelling reasons (for example, the need to provide full-time care of children, or disabled, sick, injured or elderly family members). The need to undertake part-time or full-time work is not considered a compassionate or compelling reason. 

      Shortlisted applicants may be asked to attend a selection panel interview.

      The grant will be awarded on the basis of the field of research, written statement, and academic merit including academic record‚ publications and/or professional  experience, and where applicable, performance at interview.

      Candidates may be in receipt of other scholarships or grants administered by UniSA.

      Eligibility:

      • Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or international candidate
      • commencing higher degree by research candidate (provisional enrolment subject to confirmation of candidature)
      • residing in South Australia
      • in receipt of a full living stipend
      • undertaking advanced research relating to family business
      • applicants already holding a Doctorate are ineligible

      Value: $5,000

      Closing date: November 8, 2020

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    • Breaking free from the herd: How organisations become front runners in gender diversity minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Despite decades of equal opportunity legislation, gender inequality persists in organisations around the world. This project investigates why a few exceptional organisations (front runners) make substantive progress toward gender equality when so many of their competitors fail.

      Also, and in spite of regulatory pressures and significant financial investments in gender diversity initiatives, most Australian employers fail to make substantive progress toward gender equality. This project focuses on exceptions to this general rule. The project can take any of following directions depending upon the specific interest of the PhD student:

      1. Understanding what differentiates gender diversity leaders (front runners) from their competitors (laggards)
      2. Investigating how these differentiating factors are established in new start-up organisations
      3. Investigating how organisations leverage commitment to social and environmental sustainability to become gender diversity front runners
      4. Investigating how external recognition (such as awards) can stimulate organisations to become gender diversity front runners

      Masters or PhD (or both): PhD

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Sukhbir Sandhu

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    • The effect of extra-organisational social support on employee organisational attitudes, behaviour and performance minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Organisational behaviour research has highlighted the role of social support within the organisation, primarily through supervisors and co-workers (see, for example French et al., 2018; Kossek et al. 2011). Treuren (2017) and Treuren and Fein (2018) have demonstrated that family and community-based social support can buffer the negative consequences of work and life conflict on employee turnover intentions.

      This research proposes to integrate the extensive sociology and social psychology literature of the 1970s and 1980s on community social support into a theory of employee workplace coping and performance (See, for example, House et al.1988).

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Gerry Treuren

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    • The effects of neurodynamics on team performance: the role of brain-to-brain synchrony on team performance minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: The broad topic attempts to explore the effect of neurobiological markers on individual performance (EEG markers, Physiological measures like heartrate variability, eye tracking etc.) on collaborative decision-making performance within operational units in a variety of context.

      The broad questions include how the team composition on these individual neurobiological profiles can influence team decision-making capability.

      We aim to use the cutting-edge technique of measuring brain-to-brain synchrony along with behavioural observation data on communication dynamics between team members to asses the neural and behavioural dynamics of team performance. The broad topic relates to how personality, shared mental models and other known team constructs relate to these neurodyanmics.

      Masters or PhD (or both): PhD

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Ruchi Sinha

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    • International comparison of millennial entrepreneurship minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: This project aims to compare the phenomenon of millennial entrepreneurship among leading economies and draw lessons that could help close the gap between Australia and these more advanced entrepreneurial markets.

      The work will generate new knowledge on how best to provide the right entrepreneurial milieu, policy initiatives and infrastructure to help stimulate new start-ups. Expected outcomes of the project include an actionable agenda for private and public sector organisations engaged in stimulating entrepreneurial activity.

      Masters or PhD (or both): PhD

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Professor Ying Zhu

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    • The management of the psychosocial dimensions of personal care work in the aged care and disability services sector minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Personal care work requires substantial emotional and cognitive engagement by employees. The literature on compassion fatigue has demonstrated the substantial negative consequences to clients, employees and employing organisations.

      This research seeks to explore the origins and experience of the adverse psychosocial consequences of personal care work and identifies self-care and employer management responses to compassion fatigue.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Gerry Treuren

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    • Non-profit governance dynamics minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: This project aims to examine the phenomenon of non-profit governance dynamics by comparing leading board directors and organisations, drawing lessons that could help close the gap between South Australia and more advanced governance systems.

      This work will generate new knowledge on how best to provide the right governance dynamics in non-profit organisations, policy initiatives and infrastructure to help stimulate sustainability.

      Expected outcomes of the project include an agenda for change in independent non-profits, the public sector and for-profit entertainment businesses engaged in seeking governance effectiveness.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Professor Ruth Rentschler

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    • Role of interdisciplinary dynamic capabilities in strategic ambidexterity and business performance minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Businesses have various strategic business units (SBUs) (i.e. Marketing, Supply Chain, International, Finance & HRM). SBUs possess different dynamic capabilities, allowing each to learn/adapt responsively to changing environment/institutional/market conditions.

      Meanwhile, research into market ambidexterity shows successful firms enact strategic ambidexterity (exploration and/or exploitation) identifying opportunities, to avoid failure and optimise performance. Integrating these disciplines, this research examines how capabilities across different business SBUs combine/interact to enhance market ambidexterity (locally/internationally) and consequently business performance.

      This is an important area of investigation because traditional resource-based view and static/routine capabilities are no longer effective navigating today’s markets, which are highly competitive and increasingly volatile due to changing customers’ requirements, competition, advancing technology and globalisation.

      Masters or PhD (or both): PhD

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Professor Susan Freeman

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    • Use of workforce analytics in the journey towards gender equity goals minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Women continue to be underrepresented at all levels in traditionally masculine hierarchies. Diversity statements might signal organisational intent, but there may be a disconnect between words and practices. Even when managers are aware of gender imbalance, and motivated to launch organisational change efforts, they are unlikely to have an evidence-based strategy to measure organisational progress toward gender equity.

      An evidence-based practice (EBP) approach relies on high-quality information to support decision-making. Local data collected on an ongoing basis and well-designed intervention initiatives form the foundation of an EBP approach to gender equity. Systematically analysing the data using workforce analytics tools can help develop the necessary evidence and identify lead indicators to achieve gender equity.

      Masters or PhD (or both):  Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Shruti Sardeshmukh

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    Tourism

    • Addressing community concerns on tourism development: a community-centred approach to tourism minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: In 2017, the term overtourism became commonly used as places such as Venice and Barcelona, as well as Unesco heritage sites, national parks and protected areas, began to suffer impacts from poorly managed tourism. A key problem is that local communities are concerned that they are not benefiting from tourism and that they suffer the negative impacts.

      It is important for community well-being, ecological integrity and the sustainability of tourism that this problem is well understood and addressed. Taking the perspective of local community concerns, interests and rights has been argued to be the foundation of meaningful sustainable tourism development.

      Masters or PhD (or both):  Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Freya Higgins-Desbiolles

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    Transportation, logistics and supply chains

    • A novel model to improve the current Australian Kidney Exchange Program: A genetic algorithm approach minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Around 10-15% of the population worldwide is affected with Chronic Kidney Diseases (CKD). CKD results in reduced life expectancy for patients and impaired quality of life. It also has significant cost implications, costing the Australian health system 4.1 billion dollars in 2014 alone.

      The most severe form of CKD is end-stage renal disease (ESRD), which, if left untreated, can be fatal. The treatment for ESRD is either by dialysis or kidney transplantation. Around 30% of patients with ESRD have a willing living donor in time for transplant; however, their donor is incompatible due to either blood group incompatibility or human leucocyte antigen (HLA) sensitisation of the recipient against the donor.

      Masters or PhD (or both):  PhD

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Yousef Amer

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    • Waste minimisation in supply chain for sustainability minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Sustainable supply chains need to incorporate 6R attributes to achieve the potential of sustainability within the triple bottom line. This supply chain will be incorporating 3R process improvement (reuse, recycle and remanufacturing) and 3R product design (reduce, recover and redesign) across all organisational activities of all members.

      Upon reaching end-of-life of the product use stage, a strategy of further improving product utilisation needs to be considered to extend product lifecycle, in order to reduce product disposal significantly.

      Masters or PhD (or both):  PhD

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Sev Nagalingam

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    Other commerce, management, tourism and services

    • Exploring wellbeing outcomes in the aquatic and recreation industry minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: UniSA Business is seeking applicants interested in pursuing a PhD to investigate wellbeing outcomes within the aquatic and recreation industry in Australia. This project aims to investigate the impact on individual wellbeing through use of public aquatic and recreation centres in Australia.

      Through the use of mixed methods across multiple locations, the project expects to generate new knowledge on the effect on users of different management and service models for the provision of aquatic and recreational infrastructure. Expected outcomes include a quantifiable measure of social and emotional wellbeing that can be utilised by centre management and government.

      This will help assessment of best practice for maximising community wellbeing and can guide investment decisions by state and local government.

      The candidate will be supervised by a team of researchers led by Associate Professor Ian O’Boyle of CERM PI. The PhD research will be undertaken as part of a larger research program funded by the Australian Research Council.

      The exact details of the thesis topic will be developed by the interested candidate in close consultation with the supervisory team. CERM PI and UniSA Business have strong research environments and are deeply committed to world-class research performance. It is expected that the individual selected for this position will be highly competitive in the academic job market after completing this program.

      Eligibility: The scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia or international students. A Bachelor’s degree in Business, Social Science, Health, Sport Management or a related field is necessary.

      Applicants must be in Australia and need to commence in early February 2021. They must also meet the entry criteria for the award of a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of South Australia.

      Value: $28,092 per annum (2020 stipend rate) over 3 years in scholarship support.

      Closing date: 31 January 2021

      Scholarship enquiries: Associate Professor Ian O'Boyle

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  • art Creative arts and writing minus-thin plus-thin

    Interested in Creative arts and writing? View a sample of topics available below.

    Can’t find a research project below that suits you? Fill out our expression of interest form to be notified when new projects are available. Applicants can also work with a supervisor to develop a custom research project.

    Check your eligibility

     

    Other creative arts and writing

    • Joyner Scholarship minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: The Joyner Scholarships are offered at all three South Australian universities (provided appropriate disciplines are available). The information below is only relevant to applicants pursuing a research degree through the University of South Australia.

      Note that all eligible applicants to the University will be considered for the Joyner Scholarships, and the relevent Dean of Research or their delegate will nominate their most qualified new students for consideration by the panel.

      The next Joyner Scholarships will be considered in 2021.
      Joyner Scholarship Benefits and Conditions (PDF)

      MF & MH Joyner Scholarships in Fine Arts: When applying for a Research Training Program domestic (RTPd) Scholarship or University of South Australia Postgraduate Research Award (USAPA) Scholarship the top ranking students in a fine arts discipline will be considered for this award. It is valued at 10% above the current RTP stipend rate.

      Applicants must be studying in the areas of pictorial (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography), plastics, new media, jewellery, textiles, sculptural, film, digital media or glass. Note art history, curatorial studies or drama are not considered fine arts for the purposes of this scholarship.

      Eligibility: Applicants should hold a first class honours degree in an appropriate discipline, be eligible to enrol for a postgraduate research degree at one of the three South Australian universities, and be Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents. NZ residents or citizens are not eligible.

      Am I eligible to apply for a RTP scholarship? (refer to admission selection and scholarship application guidelines for the University of South Australia)

      Closing date: Applications for the major 2021 round have closed

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  • person-money Economics minus-thin plus-thin

    Interested in Economics? View a sample of topics available below.

    Can’t find a research project below that suits you? Fill out our expression of interest form to be notified when new projects are available. Applicants can also work with a supervisor to develop a custom research project.

    Check your eligibility

     

    Applied economics

    • Adoption and diffusion of new transport technologies and services minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Recent advances in transport systems and services, such as the development of autonomous vehicles (AVs), the invention of unmanned aerial vehicles, the growth of shared mobility services, and the commercialization of alternative fuel vehicle technologies, promise to revolutionize how humans travel.

      The implications are profound: some have predicted the end of car dependent Western societies, others have portended greater suburbanization than has ever been observed before. This research will seek to understand how different agents will engage with these new systems and services, and what will be the consequent economic, social and environmental impacts of their decisions.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Akshay Vij

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    • China – India: global economic growth perspective minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Since 1980, while Europe and America have experienced slower growth rates, China and India have grown at an unprecedented rate and become the centre stage for policymakers from all over the world.

      However, rising corruption and income inequality, as well as political and economic instabilities, cast doubts on the long-term sustainability of these growth rates. This research compares the factors driving the long-run economic growth of these two countries and suggests policy implications for developing countries around the world.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Rajabrata Banerjee

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    • Cross-country analysis of successful ageing and health utilisation minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Ageing is an important issue in both developing and developed countries. For example, the number of people in Asia who are 65 or older will reach close to 1 billion by 2050 (more than double today’s number). Thus, it is crucial to identify ways to age successfully, which in return will ease the burden on the public health system in many countries around the world.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Ilke Onur

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    • Impact of caring responsibilities on older people’s propensity to work in China minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: An ageing population is a perspective faced by most parts of the world nowadays, and UN projected that the age cohort of 60 and over to grow faster than all other age groups in the next few decades. It is forecasted to make up more than one quarter of the population by 2050 in all regions except Africa.

      Longer longevity means that people may have to work longer, yet it is not clear how the motivations to work differ among older people. Also, the motivations can vary significantly across countries where the cultural and institutional settings are different.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Xin Deng

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    • The aftermath of war: assessing the economic and health impact of  WW1 on Canadian and Australian soldiers minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Recent advances in linking data bases has made it possible to examine aspects of the life histories of individuals. Such data allows researchers to examine the impact of shocks on individual resilience, life trajectories and the consequences of trauma on long-term economic outcomes.

      This project takes advantage of a recently created database of Canadian and Australian WW1 soldiers to examine the long-term financial, economic and health impact of war on returning soldiers.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr John Wilson

      Apply now

    • Valuing social return on investment in Aboriginal led economic development in remote minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: A number of studies review factors enabling successful regional economic development in communities with large Aboriginal populations.

      They highlight the importance of: culturally legitimate, sound goverance; business development mechanisms (mentorship, incentives and business incubators); selfdetermination, accountability and entrepreneurship; human capital (individual & community); capital and market access; agglomeration (including location of resources to enable economic development); Suitably defined property rights.

      While some enterprises already being run and developed by Aboriginal organisations are achieving development outcomes consistent with these principles, research documenting success factors, direct economic and wider social benefit are still few. The proposed topic is to address this deficit.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Professor Jeff Connor

      Apply now

    Econometrics

    • Econometric analysis of business and economics data minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Research in business and economics ubiquitously involves evidence-based approach. This is particularly so due to facilitation of collection of data in the information era. In an evidence-based approach research questions can be addressed through a set of propositions which are then verified based on sample information.

      Hypothesis testing in econometric analysis offers a valuable approach to verification of research propositions on relationships among business and economics variables. More specifically, it quantifies empirical evidence in probability measures concerning research propositions. Inaccurate presentation of evidence may have serious consequences on research findings.

      It is vital that the evidence can be quantified accurately.

      Masters or PhD (or both):  PhD

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Zen Lu

      Apply now

  • classroom-teacher-present Education minus-thin plus-thin

    Interested in Education? View a sample of topics available below.

    Can’t find a research project below that suits you? Fill out our expression of interest form to be notified when new projects are available. Applicants can also work with a supervisor to develop a custom research project.

    Check your eligibility

     

    Specialist studies in education

    • UniSA Connect Outreach Scholarship minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: UniSA Connect is an established and highly effective outreach program promoting participation in higher education, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and Career Awareness. UniSA Connect is offering a postgraduate (PhD and Masters by Research) scholarship to undertake a research project embedded in the outreach work of the program.

      We are seeking candidates with a background in a relevant field such as education or science communications who are looking to become leaders in areas such as STEM outreach, expanding higher education participation, or teacher professional development.

      The project will be supervised by senior researchers from the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L). Our current research priorities are in the role of outreach in supporting transformative change in schools; in improving the sustainability and scalability of innovative educational practice through university outreach; in improving women’s participation in STEM education and careers; and in improving education for creativity. 

      Eligibility: Open to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia. The scholarship is open to commmencing and continuing candidates.

      Applicants must be have or be eligible for DCSI clearances to work with children and must meet the entry criteria for a Research degree at UniSA.

      Value: $28,092 (2020 rate) for 3 years with provision for possible six months extension as per RTPd standard conditions plus up to $10,000 p.a. additional support to be negotiated

      Closing date: 6 November 2020

      Scholarship enquiries: Associate Professor Simon Leonard

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  • launch-start-rocket-speedy-fast Engineering minus-thin plus-thin

    Interested in Engineering? View a sample of topics available below.

    Can’t find a research project below that suits you? Fill out our expression of interest form to be notified when new projects are available. Applicants can also work with a supervisor to develop a custom research project.

    Check your eligibility

     

    Materials engineering

    • Research scholarship for SEAM training centre minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: A post-graduate scholarship is available to study with the newly launched training centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM). The project will investigate the development of laser clad and 3D printed coatings, or other potential application technologies, for large pipeline infrastructure.

      The coatings will be designed to resist microbially induced corrosion. The project will include coating design, investigation of process parameters, measurement of properties as well as the study of interface behaviour by advanced electron microscopy. Applications from students wishing to study PhD degree are welcomed, and researchers with a background in either Science or Engineering are encouraged to apply.

      Eligibility: This scholarship is open to Australian and NZ citizens, and permanent residents of Australia. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for a research degree program at the University of South Australia.

      Value: $32,304 per year for 3.5 years

      Closing date: 30 December 2020

      Scholarship enquiries: Professor Nikki Stanford

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    • Surface nanoengineering scholarship minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: The University of South Australia is welcoming applications for two PhD and Masters by Research positions to work on an ARC funded project entitled “Directing nanofluid adsorption to surfaces will transform the Energy and Biotechnology Industries”

      We will aim to determine how minuscule particles behave on surfaces with features of comparable size. These multidisciplinary projects will include nanofabrication, coatings and microfluidics design, surface characterization, as well as the study of interfacial phenomena via electron and fluorescence microscopy.

      The two projects will be conducted in collaboration with academic and industry partners interested in using these materials for biotechnology and energy production.

      Eligibility: The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand Citizens, Permanent Residents of Australia and International students.

      We are seeking high calibre candidates with an undergraduate or masters degree in science or engineering with knowledge in on or more of the following specialized field: chemistry, nanotechnology, biotechnology, plasma physics, energy or materials, and surface science.

      Applicants must meet the entry criteria for the award of a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of South Australia.

      Value: The scholarships will be at the full-time base Research Training Program rate ($28,092 per year is the 2020 rate) for 3 years.

      Closing date: This scholarship will remain open for applications until filled.

      Scholarship enquiries: Dr Melanie MacGregor

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    Other engineering

    • ITTC SEAM minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: Postgraduate scholarships are available to study with the newly launched training centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM). Based at UniSA, but part of a cohort of 25 post graduate students (with RMIT and Swinbourne) tackling re-word problems.

      The projects will investigate the development of Laser Metal Deposition of additively manufactured components for Mining and Oil & Gas industries. The components will be designed to resist abrasion, erosion, impact and corrosion. The projects will investigate the effect process parameters, advanced feedback mechanisms and control, has on the physical properties.

      Applications from students wishing to study a Masters or PhD degree are welcomed, and researchers with a background in either Science or Engineering are encouraged to apply. The candidate is expected to spend significant time at the industry partners facilities.  

      Eligibility: The scholarship is open to Australian and NZ Citizens and Permanent Residents of Australia.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for a research degree program at the University of South Australia.

      Value: $32,304 per year - 2 years for Masters by Research and 3 years for PhD

      Closing date: Applications for the major 2021 round have closed

      Scholarship enquiries: Associate Professor Colin Hall

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    • The William T. Southcott scholarship minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: The William T. Southcott Scholarship has been established as a result of a bequest from Mr William T. Southcott.  The scholarship will be offered to outstanding students to undertake a PhD in the field of practical engineering at the University of South Australia.

      The scholarship is a prestigious award, and the recipient should have an outstanding academic record as well as leadership potential and personal attributes suitable for the award. 

      Eligibility: The scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia or international students.

      Applicants must meet the entry criteria for the award of a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of South Australia. In addition, applicants require:

      • an outstanding academic record
      • good communication skills and leadership potential. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of a short essay outlining their vision for the proposed research and its potential benefits to industry
      • an interview by the Selection Panel.

      Applicants must meet the entry criteria for the award of a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of South Australia

      Value: The annual scholarship of $35‚000 per annum tax-free will be awarded to a student for a maximum of 3 years.

      Closing date: Applications for the major 2021 round have closed

      Scholarship enquiries: Graduate Research Team

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  • bird Environmental sciences minus-thin plus-thin

    Interested in Environmental sciences? View a sample of topics available below.

    Can’t find a research project below that suits you? Fill out our expression of interest form to be notified when new projects are available. Applicants can also work with a supervisor to develop a custom research project.

    Check your eligibility

     

    Other environmental sciences

    • Joyner Scholarship minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: The Joyner Scholarships are offered at all three South Australian universities (provided appropriate disciplines are available). The information below is only relevant to applicants pursuing a research degree through the University of South Australia.

      Note that all eligible applicants to the University will be considered for the Joyner Scholarships, and the relevent Dean of Research or their delegate will nominate their most qualified new students for consideration by the panel.

      The next Joyner Scholarships will be considered in 2021.
      Joyner Scholarship Benefits and Conditions (PDF)

      MF & MH Joyner Scholarships in Science: When applying for a Research Training Program domestic (RTPd) Scholarship or University of South Australia Postgraduate Research Award (USAPA) Scholarship the top ranking students in a science discipline will be considered for this award. It is valued at 10% above the current RTP stipend rate. 

      Eligibility: Applicants should hold a first class honours degree in an appropriate discipline, be eligible to enrol for a postgraduate research degree at one of the three South Australian universities, and be Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents. NZ residents or citizens are not eligible.

      Am I eligible to apply for a RTP scholarship? (refer to admission selection and scholarship application guidelines for the University of South Australia)

      Closing date: Applications for the major 2021 round have closed

      Find out more

  • pharmacy-medicine Health sciences minus-thin plus-thin

    Interested in Health sciences? View a sample of topics available below.

    Can’t find a research project below that suits you? Fill out our expression of interest form to be notified when new projects are available. Applicants can also work with a supervisor to develop a custom research project.

    Check your eligibility

     

    Allied health and rehabilitation science

    • Can this simple thumb splint improve thumb function in people with arthritis? minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: If you're interested in finding out more about this research topic please get in touch with the listed supervisor for more details.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Nicola Massy-Westropp

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    Health services and systems

    • Multi-disciplinary strategies for improving health behaviours in rural Australia minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: If you're interested in finding out more about this research topic please get in touch with the listed supervisor for more details.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Associate Professor Jim Dollman

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    Public health

    • Life on holidays: Fitness lost and fatness regained? minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: If you're interested in finding out more about this research topic please get in touch with the listed supervisor for more details.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Professor Timothy Olds

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    Sports science and exercise

    • Exploring the psychosocial and mental health impact of walking football among older adults minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: If you're interested in finding out more about this research topic please get in touch with the listed supervisor for more details.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Alyson Crozier

      Apply now

    • Firefighter lung function scholarship minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: The risks for Fire-Fighters in developing lung diseases, due to exposure to toxic fumes and pollutants, were made prominent in various reports of lung function deficits in New York Fire Fighters.

      Associations between exposures and lung function decline have been demonstrated in several longitudinal studies of New York Fire Fighters, who were involved in rescue and other functions at the World Trade Centre Collapse on the 11 of September 2001. These results prompted the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service to initiate a longitudinal study (2007-2019) to evaluate the lung function of the SA Metropolitan Fire Fighter population.

      The main purpose of this longitudinal study has been to obtain objective data using spirometry and impulse oscillometry, exposure and quality of life data to monitor the rate of decline in lung function over time.

      This information provides vital data to quantitatively assess the impact on the respiratory health of fire fighters should they experience significant exposure/s sometime in the future.

      Eligibility: The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia. Applicants must meet the entry criteria for the award of a Masters by Research degree at the University of South Australia.

      Value: $30,000 per year for 1.5 years

      Closing date: 23 November 2020

      Scholarship enquiries: Miss Deborah Williams

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    Other health sciences

    • Joyner Scholarship minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: The Joyner Scholarships are offered at all three South Australian universities (provided appropriate disciplines are available). The information below is only relevant to applicants pursuing a research degree through the University of South Australia.

      Note that all eligible applicants to the University will be considered for the Joyner Scholarships, and the relevent Dean of Research or their delegate will nominate their most qualified new students for consideration by the panel.

      The next Joyner Scholarships will be considered in 2021.
      Joyner Scholarship Benefits and Conditions (PDF)

      MF & MH Joyner Scholarships in Medicine: When applying for a Research Training Program domestic (RTPd) Scholarship or University of South Australia Postgraduate Research Award (USAPA) Scholarship the top ranking students in a health sciences discipline will be considered for this award. It is valued at 10% above the current RTP stipend rate, or 10% above NHMRC medical rate if the recipient holds a MBBS.

      Eligibility: Applicants should hold a first class honours degree in an appropriate discipline, be eligible to enrol for a postgraduate research degree at one of the three South Australian universities, and be Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents. NZ residents or citizens are not eligible.

      Am I eligible to apply for a RTP scholarship? (refer to admission selection and scholarship application guidelines for the University of South Australia)

      Closing date: Applications for the major 2021 round have closed

      Find out more

  • winner-first-gold Human society minus-thin plus-thin

    Interested in Human society? View a sample of topics available below.

    Can’t find a research project below that suits you? Fill out our expression of interest form to be notified when new projects are available. Applicants can also work with a supervisor to develop a custom research project.

    Check your eligibility

     

    Development studies

    • How can local businesses and civic organisations collaborate to reduce the impact of domestic violence? minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Violence against women has been identified internationally as ‘the most pervasive yet underrecognized human rights violation in the world’ (WHO, 2005) with intimate partner violence being the most common (UNSD, 2015).

      A recent South Australian regional study found that local businesses and employers were a strong avenue of support for young women experiencing domestic violence. With the introduction of domestic violence leave, it is an opportune time to increase understanding of the ways in which businesses and employers respond to women experiencing domestic violence.

      Further, more information is needed about how businesses, community services and civic organisations may collaborate in whole-of-community efforts to reduce the impact of domestic violence in their local and/or regional communities.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Catherine Mackenzie

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    Human geography

    • Global saviours, local heroes and regional economies: Exploring industrial transformation in the Upper Spencer Gulf  minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview:The towns of Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla, in the Upper Spencer Gulf region of South Australia, have been economically reliant on traditional industries (i.e. mining and heavy industry) and subjected to numerous cycles of industrial transformation over the past few decades with limited success.

      While these regional economies exhibit some variation, it has been mining-reliant industries that have defined them economically, in the process influencing the social and cultural fabric of the communities that have helped sustain them. In recent years – and reflecting a global trend – the Upper Spencer Gulf and surrounding areas have experienced the advent of the ‘international entrepreneur’ (e.g. Elon Musk and Sanjeev Gupta) offering new regional industries and economic development.

      However, while these global saviours have brought promise, they have also brought disappointment. With governments keen to identify sources of direct (and silver bullet) investment, localised options are often overlooked. The extent to which locally developed primary and secondary and service industries that draw on and seek to retain pre-existing social capital within these regional economies is less known and would be the central focus of this study.

      Masters or PhD (or both): Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Catherine Mackenzie

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    Policy and administration

    • The financial inclusion agenda in Australia: Contested spaces and the papering over different economic worlds minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Global financial architecture – whether the World Bank, IMF, OECD through to regional development banks – have reproduced and reinforced an economic worldview that has been replicated (with regionally unique characteristics) across the world. Even in the face of significant crises the business as usual approach that accompanies a narrowly defined idea of what economics ‘is’ has defined financial inclusion agendas that include the development of financial products like microfinance through to financial literacy education.

      Yet despite the growing emphasis on financial inclusion there are many marginalised and vulnerable communities and individuals whose lifeworlds to do not align with the economic worldviews promoted through this inclusion agenda. While much of the focus is on the developing worlds (in particular the ‘great unbanked’), this topic is how these spaces are often papered over in a developed world context. 

      Masters or PhD (or both):  Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Jonathon Louth

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    • Political economy of Indigenous Financial Exclusion minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: Indigenous economic worldviews have been subsumed, ignored and/or dismantled because of Australia’s colonial experience. The intergenerational effects of financial exclusion are a contributor to lower social determinants (e.g. health, income, education) within many remote Aboriginal communities. Western economic (and welfare practices) presume how Indigenous communities ought to function, yet the evidence has shown that the gap in knowledges (in both directions) exacerbates the financial exclusion experienced in many communities.

      This includes the appropriateness of particular financial products (e.g. superannuation), the impact of predatory practices (e.g. payday loans), through to a lack of knowledge around financial services (and what is required of services). Undertaking fieldwork in the Northern Territory, this project will examine what ‘financial capabilities’ are relevant and required in communities.

      Masters or PhD (or both):  Both 

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Dr Jonathon Luth

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    • Social enterprise and the purpose economy minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Topic overview: The purpose economy is the fasted growing industry sector in Australia. Within that sector, opportunities for innovation exist within the emergence of market-based social service models such as the introduction of Consumer Directed Care (CDC) for older Australians and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). New knowledge is required to meet opportunities emerging from changes in the social housing sector and wholesale systems reform in key social service areas.

      New forms of social finance like social impact bonds, along with the re-emergence of cooperative services and other, new forms of social enterprise provide further opportunities for research-led innovation to respond to emerging industrial and intellectual challenges.

      Students can engage with the following topics related to social enterprise and the purpose economy:

      1. Mechanisms and strategies to scale up social procurement 
      2. Mechanisms, policy and strategy to grow social impact investment 
      3. The role of cooperative structures in advancing enterprising responses to social issues
      4. Opportunities and risks related to emerging markets in social service provision
      5. The importance of values led and mission driven organisations in the effective and appropriate provision of social services
      6. Leadership and values in mission driven organisations
      7. Business for good: mission, values and leadership as drivers of success

      Masters or PhD (or both):  PhD

      Scholarships: This project includes a fee scholarship for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. There is no living cost stipend scholarship attached to this project. High quality international applicants who have a formal sponsorship agreement with an external party may be able to receive a fee scholarship (International Research Tuition Scholarship) from UniSA.   

      Primary Supervisor: Professor Ian Goodwin-Smith

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  • computer-tower-server Information and computing sciences minus-thin plus-thin

    Interested in Information and computing sciences? View a sample of topics available below.

    Can’t find a research project below that suits you? Fill out our expression of interest form to be notified when new projects are available. Applicants can also work with a supervisor to develop a custom research project.

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    Artificial Intelligence

    • BAE IMCRC Data Linking Analytics minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: The University of South Australia is welcoming applications for a PhD position in Artificial Intelligence/Computer Science to work on the project "Application of Narrative Visualisation and Big Data to Improve High Value Manufacturing" funded by BAE Systems and the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre.

      Discrete manufacturing in Defence inherently relies on participants in the supply chain performing at a very high-quality level without full visibility of what is happening elsewhere in the chain. Human-in-the-loop decision making is fundamental in high value complex manufacture, both to correct defects and increase operational efficiency.

      The problem is a latency of presenting appropriate data to the critical decision makers. Data captured from disparate Industry 4.0 technologies can be transformed into a trusted data driven decision support tool, based on big data and smart visualisation techniques.

      Eligibility: The scholarship is open to commencing domestic and international applicants. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for a research degree program at UniSA. Candidates born in ITAR-proscribed countries and nationals of IT AR-proscribed countries are ineligible. Please check the list of denial countries in ITAR legislation prior to applying.

      Value: $37,285  per year for 3 years with the option for a 6-month extension. An additional $2,500 is available for equipment upon commencement

      Closing date: Applications open until filled

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      Overview: The University of South Australia is welcoming applications for a PhD position in lmmersive Analytics and Data Storytelling to work on the project "Application of Narrative Visualisation and Big Data to Improve High Value Manufacturing" funded by BAE Systems and the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre.

      The successful applicant will explore and develop visualisation and data storytelling systems in immersive environments-including virtual reality, augmented reality, and tabletop displays-to elucidate insight in advanced manufacturing environments. Manufacturing in Defence inherently relies on participants in the supply chain performing at a very high-quality level without full visibility of what is happening elsewhere in the chain.

      Human-in-the-loop decision making is fundamental in high value complex manufacturing, both to correct defects and increase operational efficiency. The problem is a latency of presenting appropriate data to the critical decision makers. Data captured from disparate Industry 4.0 technologies can be transformed into a trusted data driven decision support tool, based on big data and smart visualisation techniques.

      Eligibility: The scholarship is open to commencing domestic and international applicants. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for a research degree program at UniSA. Candidates born in ITAR-proscribed countries and nationals of IT AR-proscribed countries are ineligible. Please check the list of denial countries in ITAR legislation prior to applying.

      Value: $37,285  per year for 3 years with the option for a 6-month extension. An additional $2,500 is available for equipment upon commencement

      Closing date: Applications open until filled

      Find out more

    Cybersecurity and privacy

    • Boeing top-up scholarship minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: The University of South Australia has a PhD top-up scholarship available for students to conduct research in studying fast and reliable intrusion detection methods for unmanned aerial vehicles. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)-based civilian and military applications become prevalence. The security concerns. especially in context of networked UAVs, increase due to malicious attacks over open-air radio space. Intrusion detection systems (IDSs) ensure the safety of various UAV-based missions.

      In this project, we will study the state-of-the-art intrusion detection methods that deal with various attacks in networked UAV environments. We will evaluate the methods in various simulated environments and develop improved methods for real time and robust intrusion detections.

      Eligibility: The PhD top-up scholarship is open to Australian and NZ Citizens and Permanent Residents of Australia conducting research in study areas including Computer Science and communication technology. Candidate must in receipt of a full living stipend.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for a research degree program at the University of South Australia.

      Value: $14,151 per year for 3 years

      Closing date: Applications open until filled

      Find out more

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    Interested in Language, communication and culture? There are no sample projects currently listed, but you can fill out our expression of interest form to be notified when new projects are available.

    Applicants can also work with a supervisor to develop a custom research project.

     

  • criminal-mugshot-prisoner Law and legal studies minus-thin plus-thin

    Interested in Law and legal studies? View a sample of topics available below.

    Can’t find a research project below that suits you? Fill out our expression of interest form to be notified when new projects are available. Applicants can also work with a supervisor to develop a custom research project.

    Check your eligibility

     

    Other law and legal studies

    • Joyner Scholarship minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: The Joyner Scholarships are offered at all three South Australian universities (provided appropriate disciplines are available). The information below is only relevant to applicants pursuing a research degree through the University of South Australia.

      Note that all eligible applicants to the University will be considered for the Joyner Scholarships, and the relevent Dean of Research or their delegate will nominate their most qualified new students for consideration by the panel.

      The next Joyner Scholarships will be considered in 2021.
      Joyner Scholarship Benefits and Conditions (PDF)

      MF & MH Joyner Scholarships in Law: When applying for a Research Training Program domestic (RTPd) Scholarship or University of South Australia Postgraduate Research Award (USAPA) Scholarship the top ranking students in a law discipline will be considered for this award. It is valued at 10% above the current RTP stipend rate. 

      Eligibility: Applicants should hold a first class honours degree in an appropriate discipline, be eligible to enrol for a postgraduate research degree at one of the three South Australian universities, and be Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents. NZ residents or citizens are not eligible.

      Am I eligible to apply for a RTP scholarship? (refer to admission selection and scholarship application guidelines for the University of South Australia)

      Closing date: Applications for the major 2021 round have closed

      Find out more

  • calculator-maths Mathematical sciences minus-thin plus-thin

    Interested in Mathematical sciences? View a sample of topics available below.

    Can’t find a research project below that suits you? Fill out our expression of interest form to be notified when new projects are available. Applicants can also work with a supervisor to develop a custom research project.

    Check your eligibility

     

    Other mathematical sciences

    • Lie symmetry analysis in regularised nonlinear diffusion problems minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: The University of South Australia is welcoming applications for a PhD position in Applied Mathematics to work on the project “A Novel Geometric Approach to Shocks in Reaction-Nonlinear Diffusion Models” which has recently been funded by the ARC (Australian Research Council).

      Reaction-nonlinear diffusion models play a vital role in the study of cell migration and population dynamics. However, the presence of aggregation, or backward diffusion, leads to the formation of shock waves - distinct, sharp interfaces between different populations of densities of cells - and the breakdown of the model.

      The aim of this project is to develop new geometric methods to explain the formation and temporal evolution of shock waves in regularised reaction-nonlinear diffusion models and devise innovative tools in singular perturbation theory and stability analysis that will identify key parameters in the creation of shock waves, as well as their dynamic behaviour.

      Eligibility: The scholarship is open to commencing domestic and international applicants. Applicants should have completed an Honours degree and have a strong background in mathematics. Knowledge in one or more of the following areas would be helpful: differential equations, PDEs, symmetry analysis, dynamical systems, group theory.

      Applicants must meet the entry criteria for the award of a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of South Australia

      Value: The scholarship will provide a living allowance at the RTP rate for 3 years. Some funding is available for conference travel and for collaborative visits to the other project nodes.

      Closing date: This scholarship will remain open for applications until filled.

      Scholarship enquiries: Dr Bronwyn Hajek

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    Social and personality psychology

    • Rebuilding life after migration: settlement experiences of refugee and migrant youth – PhD scholarship minus-thick plus-thick

       

      Overview: The University of South Australia (UniSA) Justice & Society is seeking applicants interested in pursuing a PhD to investigate the settlement experiences of refugee and migrant youth, their psychological health and wellbeing, and the role of support services.

      Refugee and migrant youth need strong support systems as they negotiate the challenges associated with resettlement and cultural transition. Conducted across three countries, Australia, Canada and USA, this research study will be one of the most comprehensive studies of refugee and migrant youth settlement in the world.

      The specific project aims to:

      1. Conduct an in-depth investigation of the experiences of refugee and migrant youth and the diverse contexts of migration to inform knowledge and evidence to improve their settlement and psychological wellbeing;
      2. Identify contextual factors that youth and their families identify as relevant for settlement and psychological wellbeing of youth, and examine the relationships between successful settlement and wellbeing;
      3. Investigate the nature, scope and effectiveness of support services currently accessed by youth and their families;
      4. Provide recommendations for effective research communication and dissemination strategies to impact policymakers and service providers across the mental health and social services sector, and position future research in the field of settlement.

      This mixed method research will involve collecting survey and focus group data. The PhD will commence in 2021 and conform to UniSA’s general requirements. A 1st class Honours, or Master’s degree in psychology, social work or a related field is necessary.

      Eligibility: The scholarship is open to Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Australia. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for a research degree program at the University of South Australia.

      Value: $28,597 per annum (2021stipend rate) over 3 years in scholarship support

      Closing date: 30 November 2020

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