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Scholarship details

PhD scholarship: Improving outcomes in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA)

Status: Open

Applications open: 5/02/2020
Applications accepted at any time

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About this scholarship

These two PhD scholarships are funded through Curtin University as a support package for a NHMRC Investigator grant entitled: Improving outcomes after cardiac arrest: strengthening the chain of survival. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide a full-time PhD stipend to enable doctoral research that aims to make a difference to survival outcomes for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). The exact PhD topic is negotiable. Whilst it must align with PRECRU OHCA research priorities, the focus could be clinical, epidemiology, public health, health services, psychosocial, linguistic or spatial.

  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Higher Degree by Research
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Merit Based

The full-time scholarship provides a salary stipend of $34,000 per annum (tax-exempt), up to a maximum of 3.5 years; plus, up to $5,000 (total) for computing/conferences. 

Scholarship Details


Domestic full-time postgraduate students who meet the criteria for admission to a PhD at Curtin University, with an excellent academic record in a relevant field; and interest in the topic. 

  • Australian and NZ citizens or Permanent Residents (ie "Domestic" students - Full-time enrolment) 
  • Prior studies in a field relevant to the PhD topic (including spatial analysis, psychology, linguistics, epidemiology, biostatistics, and health sciences eg paramedicine). 
  • Interest in cardiac arrest research.
  • Evidence of expertise in research methodology and data analysis.
  • Well-developed computer skills.

Application process

Expressions of interest are invited to be submitted electronically to Professor Judith Finn  and should include: 

  1. a current CV with a full citation of all publications; 
  2. a statement about your research interests (maximum one page); 
  3. academic transcripts for every degree you hold; 
  4. the names of two referees, at least one being an academic referee. 

This will allow initial consideration of suitability for enrolment into a PhD and for the award of the scholarship. Where applicable an interview will be arranged. Applications will remain open until the two PhD scholarships have been awarded.


Enrolment Requirements

Recipients must achieve an academic status of 'good standing' at each Annual Report for retention of their scholarship.


For further information please contact:

Professor Judith Finn

John Curtin Distinguished Professor: Director of PRECRU


Telephone:  0892664447


Further Information

Applicants who are currently in receipt of an Australian Government RTP Stipend Scholarship, NHMRC or other scholarship, will receive a $10,000 top-up scholarship per annum. 

Applications will remain open until the two PhD scholarships have been awarded; but must be awarded in 2020. 

Applicants will be required to attend Curtin Bentley campus full-time.

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