Deadline: May 11, 2016

Professor Patsy Yates

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Centre of Research Excellence in End of Life Care: Law, Policy and/or Ethics PhD Scholarship

A scholarship is available from the Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in End of Life Care for a student of exceptional research potential to complete a PhD that aligns with the Centre’s objectives. In particular, the CRE is seeking a student to undertake a PhD which will focus on the area of regulation (including legal, ethical and policy frameworks) relevant to health care at the end of life. The PhD would be supervised through the Australian Centre for Health Law Research in the Faculty of Law at QUT. The student would also have access to the interdisciplinary expertise available in the CRE.

Eligibility details

You must:

  • have completed a bachelor degree with first-class honours (H1) or an equivalent qualification. If you're not sure if your qualifications are equivalent to first-class honours, check our guidelines for determining honours equivalence (PDF file, 93.71 KB).
  • meet the entry requirements for a PhD at QUT
  • plan to conduct research on a topic that aligns with the objectives of the Centre of Research Excellence in End of Life Care. Your topic will need to be approved by the Centre.
  • be able to enrol as a full-time PhD student unless QUT approves a part-time scholarship due to exceptional circumstances. If you are an international student, you must enroll full-time.

You cannot apply if you:

  • hold a research doctorate degree or equivalent research qualification
  • are receiving an equivalent award, scholarship or salary to complete a research degree that provides a benefit greater than 75% of this scholarship's stipend rate.

What you receive

You'll receive:

  • an annual living allowance of $26,288 for full-time students (matching the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) rate), paid fortnightly for up to 3 years
  • an annual top-up stipend of $10,000, paid fortnightly for up to 3 years.

If you are a full-time student, all amounts are tax exempt, and the living allowance is indexed annually.

If you are approved to hold a part-time scholarship, the annual living allowance will be $13,144 paid for up to 6 years, and the top-up stipend will be $5,000 per year. These amounts are taxable, and the living allowance is indexed annually.

You may also be able to apply for:

  • a thesis allowance of up to $840 to cover costs associated with production of your research doctorate thesis
  • a relocation allowance of up to $1,520 if you are a domestic student (Australian citizen or permanent visa holder, or New Zealand citizen) and you must move from another Australian city to Brisbane to take up the scholarship.

How to apply

To apply for this scholarship, or for more information about the project, eligibility or selection criteria, email Professor Patsy Yates.

What happens next

If your application for the scholarship is successful, we'll invite you to submit a formal application to study your PhD at QUT.

You'll need to accept the scholarship offer within 3 weeks.


This scholarship is awarded for a 3-year term for doctoral studies. QUT has the strong expectation that, with an appropriately scoped project and consistent effort, you will complete your work and submit your thesis for external examination within this timeframe.

We will monitor your annual progress reports and degree milestones to ensure that you continue to meet the eligibility requirements of the scholarship.

You must notify our Research Students Centre as soon as possible of any change in your circumstances that may affect your eligibility to receive any scholarship entitlements.

For full terms and conditions, read the scholarship rules.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in End of Life Care will generate new knowledge about health service interventions and
deliver strategies that will ensure delivery of high quality and sustainable healthcare services for all Australians at the end of life.

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