PhD Scholarship – Health Inequities

The Centre for Disability Research and Policy at University of Sydney invites expressions of interest in undertaking a PhD working as part of our major new research initiative – Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health (CRE-DH) – funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Centre for Disability Research and Policy

If you want to make a substantial research contribution to reducing inequities for people with disability, the Centre for Disability Research and Policy is offering more than one opportunity for suitably qualified individuals. These opportunities will suit graduates eligible for an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship or a National Health and Medical Research Council Public Health Research Postgraduate Scholarship. The Centre will offer additional funds to support students gaining one of these scholarships. We are keen to attract candidates who wish to be part of and contribute to our multi-disciplinary team. 

As a student in the Centre for Disability Research and Policy and the CRE-DH you will be part of a team of academics and researchers at the cutting-edge of important international research using the latest methods. We offer excellent research facilities including a dedicated student study space, high quality computing facilities, frequent internal and external seminars, and funded conference travel.

About the CRE-DH

The first research centre of its kind internationally, the CRE will generate the evidence required for policy reform to improve the health of working age Australians with disabilities.  The CRE-DH involves leading researchers from across Australia (University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, UNSW Canberra, Monash University and RMIT) and internationally with expertise in public health, social epidemiology, health economics, health and social policy, psychology, psychiatry and public administration. The CRE will further develop the future research leaders in disability and health.

The CRE-DH has four work programs: 

  1. Mapping inequities in social, economic and health outcomes between people with and without disabilities
  2. Identification of the social determinants of health of people with disabilities
  3. Health economic analysis and modelling of health and social policies for people with disabilities
  4. Policy research to identify the key emerging issues in health and social policy related to people with disabilities
The PhD opportunity

Your research will primarily be part of work program 1 which is being led by the Centre for Disability Research and Policy but you will also collaborate with other staff and PhD students of the CRE-DH. The projects available would suit those with a strong research background in biostatistics, social and/or health research, or quantitative social sciences with an interest in applying these skills to mapping inequities in social, economic and health outcomes of people with and without disabilities.

You must have an Honours 1 or Honours 1 equivalence in a relevant discipline (public health, social sciences, statistics, social policy) and we provide coursework in disability and related studies.

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 Expression of interest

To express your interest in this PhD Scholarship please send:

  • your CV including details of two referees
  • a copy of your academic transcripts and;
  • a 1-2 page cover letter which outlines your research skills, experience and why this PhD in mapping inequities for people with disabilities interests you to Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn at
Further enquiries

If you have any questions about the PhD Program or the application process please contact: Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn

Email: Phone: +61 (2) 9351 9553

 Closing date: Friday 29 September 2017

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