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Prostate Cancer Survivorship & E-Health/Tele-Health PhD Scholarship

The Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR) at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is offering a scholarship for a domestic student studying, or commencing the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 2018.
The IRR is building a strategically informed behavioural sciences research capacity addressing core elements of health and well-being in regional Australia. Established in 2014, the Institute is investing in collaborative multidisciplinary research programs aimed at strengthening resilience in regional people, communities and economies. The institute hosts a growing program of behavioural health research including the ‘Building Regional Resilience in Cancer Control’ Program, which aims to address and minimise geographic inequities across all cancers, thus improving cancer care and control in regional Australia. 

The IRR also hosts the project “Surviving Prostate Cancer in Regional Australia’, a partnership between USQ and the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia aimed at improving resilience and survivorship for regional men. This Prostate Cancer Survivorship and E-Health/Tele-Health PhD Stipend scholarship will align with this project, and is funded by the Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in Prostate Cancer Survivorship (led at USQ by Professor Jeff Dunn and including investigators from Griffith University and Cancer Council Queensland). More information can be obtained from the Dr Sonja March. 

The Project

The project aims to use technology as a means for improving survivorship of men with prostate cancer in regional and remote areas of Australia. The project will develop and trial technology-based interventions (e.g. Tele-Health, EHealth, Online Communities) that can be delivered remotely to enhance care and support for, or improve quality of life of, men living with prostate cancer in regional and remote areas. The specific project details, and scope will be determined by the supervisory team, including lead CRE investigator Professor Jeff Dunn, and the successful applicant.

The information on this page is subject to change.


The Prostate Cancer Survivorship and E-Health/Tele-Health PhD Scholarship provides a stipend (living allowance) valued at $30 000 per annum. Payments are made on a fortnightly basis over the year. The scholarship recipient will normally be allocated a place funded by a Research Training Program - Fees Offset scheme, which covers the payment of tuition fees for the standard duration of the program.
The maximum period of tenure of an award is three years. Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree will be deducted from the period of tenure.


To be eligible applicants must:

 Have completed a Bachelor Degree with Honours (First Class preferred), or equivalent level; 
 Hold an appropriate qualification in nursing, behavioural or allied health sciences; 
 Be eligible to be enrolled full-time in a PhD program at USQ;
 Undertake research in the above topic;
• Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen;
• Not be receiving equivalent support providing a benefit greater than 75% of the student’s stipend rate;
 Commence the PhD in 2018.


Applications including all supporting documentation must be received by the closing date.
The successful student is permitted to undertake paid work but this must not interfere with the student's research. 
This scholarship are not transferable to other research topics in any circumstances.
The scholarship will be forfeited if the recipient cancels enrolment in the program or fails to enrol at the USQ. 

Selection criteria

In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria, applications will be assessed on merit, and with respect to the following selection criteria. Applicants are encouraged to address these selection criteria in their covering letter. 

  • Knowledge, experience or interest in the area of health and behavioural sciences, particularly with respect to prostate cancer survivorship, regional health, and use of innovative approaches (e.g. technology) to improve service delivery;
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills in both written and oral English and presentation skills;
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively and effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team; 
  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently organise workload, prioritise tasks and meet deadlines; and
    Show initiative and have well developed problem-solving skills.


How to apply

Prior to submission applicants must contact Dr Sonja March.

To apply for this scholarship, applicants must scan and forward as one PDF attachment the following documentation by email to No other email address is to be used for the submission of this scholarship.

Scholarship applications are separate from the Admission application process. The successful applicant will be required to submit a separate application for admission into the PhD program. 

Closing date

Applications are ongoing.

Further information

Further information about this scholarship is available from Dr Sonja March