Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship in the Allied Health Sciences
This research scholarship is valued at $40,000 a year for up to two years. It is open to graduates in the Allied Health sciences who are enrolled as PhD candidates in an Australian university and who have completed the first stage of their doctoral program.
Applications are now closed and will open again in May 2017. The 2016 scholarship recipient will be announced at our award ceremony in Sydney on 17 November.
Interested in learning more? Read through the the FAQs and Prospectus below. An online application form will be available when applications open in 2017.
Frequently Asked Questions
General:Is there an age limit for applicants?
No, there are no age restrictions for this scholarship.
I am not an Australian Citizen, but I have Permanent Residency; may I apply for a scholarship?
Yes. At the time of application, you must be Australian citizens or have permanent residency as defined in the 2007 Australian Citizenship Act.
When will you let applicants know if they are shortlisted for interview?
If selected for interview, you will be invited by email in the first week of August. Interviews will take place in mid-August.
If my research project gets delayed, can I extend the scholarship?
No. The scholarship is tenable for up to two years. If the scholarship is awarded for one-year only and your project is delayed, the scholarship cannot be extended to a second year.
Scholarship conflictsI hold an Australian Postgraduate Award. Does this award exclude me from your scholarship?
Yes. Other named scholarships, or scholarships with a similar purpose or value cannot be held concurrently with a Menzies Foundation Scholarship. The APA must be relinquished if your application is successful.
Under what conditions can you have other financial support and a Menzies scholarship at the same time?
You are able to hold grants/bursaries for activities that are essential to the successful completion of the research project, such as travel grants or equipment grants. These grants/bursaries must be listed in the scholarship application form.
Do you need to know about past scholarships and awards, or only future scholarships and awards I am applying for?
Past scholarships and awards may be listed to support your application. We require knowledge of future scholarship and award applications if they may render you ineligible for a Menzies Foundation scholarship.
Do we only need to mention scholarships over a certain value when listing ones we’ve applied for?
You must list any named scholarships of similar purpose to the Menzies Foundation scholarship or of substantial value.
Research projectsYou state that applicants must have completed the first stage of their PhD. Does this mean candidates must have confirmation of PhD candidature and receipt of ethics approval?
Our expectation is that you are enrolled as a PhD candidate at the time of application and will have completed your first study and/or have a significant amount of data collected.
In addition, you must have ethics approval or be in the final stages of receiving ethics approval from your institution(s). Ethics committee approval of the research project is necessary before an award can be made.
What fields are included in Allied Health?
The recognised allied health disciplines for this scholarship are those stipulated in the prospectus and no others (i.e. audiology, dietetics, exercise physiology, nutrition, occupational therapy, optometry, orthoptics, physiotherapy, podiatry, psychology, social work, and speech pathology). As a result, a candidate who does not appear to be in any of these categories is ineligible.
My project involves significant work at overseas universities. Am I eligible?
No. The scholarship guidelines allow for small parts of the project to be undertaken at overseas universities, however the majority of your time must be spent in Australia.
My project involves testing with animals. Am I still eligible to apply?
No. Projects involving animal testing and/or projects exclusively in laboratory science will not be considered.
When you ask for references in the project plan section, what sort of references do you want?
For this section we are seeking the full title and reference of academic papers published in refereed journals with specific relevance to your research project.
DocumentationMy ethics approval comes from both my university and the institute where I’ll be conducting my research. Do you need either ethics approval forms, or just one?
We require evidence of ethics approval from all institutes who need to provide it. If you do not currently have ethics approval, we require evidence that you are in the final stages of receiving ethics approval of the relevant study for the period of the scholarship and an expectation it will be received.
I am only expecting my ethics approval next year? Am I still eligible?
No. We have the expectation that you will either have ethics approval, or be in the final stages of receiving ethics approval at the time of application. Ethics approval must be submitted before an award can be made.
Do I need to have an official transcript, or is a certified unofficial transcript OK?
We require a scanned copy of the original or legally certified copy of your official transcript.
Who is eligible to be a ‘responsible officer of the institution for administration of the scholarship’?
The Responsible Officer is usually a person who deals with student’s financial scholarships within your institution. This person is will be able to liaise with the Foundation and who can provide us with a financial acquittal and banking information.
Is there a word limit for the full project proposal?
Yes. Each section of the application, including the project proposal, has specific word limits. Please check these limitations in each question as you complete the application form. The project proposal will preferably be no more than two A4 pages.
Workloads:Am I eligible to apply for this scholarship if I commenced my project as a master’s student and am converting my masters to a PhD?
Yes, provided you are currently recognised by the university as a PhD candidate and you have completed the equivalent of the first stage of your PhD (project and ethics approved). Confirmation of your enrolment as a PhD candidate is required from the university at the time of application.
I am currently studying my PhD part time, but am planning on commencing full time study next year. Am I still eligible to apply?
Yes. You, but must be enrolled as a full time PhD candidate at the time the scholarship commences. In addition, there is an expectation that the you will be likely to complete their PhD during the tenure of the scholarship.
I am currently working part-time. Am I still eligible to apply?
Yes, provided you don’t work more than 8 hours per week (during business hours) in paid employment unrelated to your research project. There are exceptions for clinicians where the clinical practice is providing the subjects for the research project.
The scholarship is designed to support you in full time study to complete your PhD within the term of the scholarship.
Am I able to apply for extensions or defer the scholarship?
Menzies Scholarships do not provide for any leave entitlements. In exceptional circumstances and on written application, suspension of the scholarship may be considered for a period but additional funds to cover this period are not part of the scholarship guidelines.
Prospectus and Conditions of Award
The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation offers one scholarship each year for full‐time postgraduate research in one of the allied health sciences. The award is tenable for up to two years at an Australian tertiary institution with facilities for postgraduate clinical or clinically focused research. Graduates in evidence‐based allied health disciplines are encouraged to apply. Projects involving animal testing and/or projects exclusively in laboratory science will not be supported.
2.1 The scholarship is open to students in a research only PhD program or equivalent level 10 qualification (as per the Australian Qualifications Framework) which is likely to be completed during the two year tenure of the scholarship. The applicant will usually have completed the first stage of the PhD project. This will be recognised as completion of the first study and/or collection of a significant amount of data at the time of application.
2.2 A successful applicant will be expected to take up the scholarship in January 2017.
3.1 The purpose of the scholarship is to try to improve the health of Australians by supporting an outstanding applicant from one of the non‐medical allied health disciplines, or from an applicant who is working directly in applied clinical research.
4.0 The Award
4.1 The scholarship provides emoluments to contribute toward the cost of living, books and charges. The level of remuneration will be $40,000 per annum, free of income tax. Payments will normally be made to the host institution each quarter.
4.2 The award is tenable for up to two years for the period stated in the letter of award, subject to the scholar's satisfactory progress. Each six months, the scholar's institutional supervisor will be expected to submit to the Foundation a written report on the scholar's progress.
4.3 It is anticipated that scholarship recipients will engage in alumni activities and, if or when able, make a voluntary contribution back to the scholarship program.
5.1 The scholarship will be awarded on merit to the person who best meets the qualifications and qualities set out in this prospectus. The selection committee will meet in Melbourne to interview short-listed applicants in mid‐August.
6.0 Selection Criteria and Qualifications for an Award
6.1 The primary criterion is that of academic excellence, assessed on the candidate's tertiary performance and publication record. Applicants should list the papers they have authored and which have been published (or accepted for publication) in refereed journals. This should not include abstracts or papers in preparation.
6.1.1 The Menzies Foundation recognises the following allied health disciplines: audiology, dietetics, exercise physiology, nutrition, occupational therapy, optometry, orthoptics, physiotherapy, podiatry, psychology, social work, and speech pathology.
6.1.2 Applicants must have obtained first class honours, or equivalent, in prior study.
6.2 The selection committee will give preference to persons with leadership qualities who are likely to make a contribution to the further development of the allied health sciences in Australia.
6.3 Applicants must be enrolled as full‐time students at commencement of the scholarship period. The applicant should spend no more than 8 hours per week in paid employment during business hours. Exceptions can be made for clinicians where the clinical practice is providing the subjects for the research project.
6.4 Applicants must provide a specific research proposal, developed in consultation with the postgraduate supervisor at the institution where the award is tenable.
6.5 Applicants must have a project outline and ethics approval or be in the final iterations of receiving ethics approval from their institution(s) at the time of application. Ethics committee approval of the research project is necessary before an award can be made.
6.6 At the time of application, applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent residency as defined in the 2007 Australian Citizenship Act.
6.7 The Menzies Foundation scholarship cannot be held concurrently with another scholarship or award similar in value or purpose. A recipient will be required to relinquish other scholarships held at commencement of the Menzies scholarship. However, with prior approval from the Foundation, a recipient may receive supplementary funding from other sources, such as grants and bursaries, to support activities that are essential to the successful completion of the research project.
7.0 Termination of Scholarship
7.1 The Foundation may terminate a scholarship if:
(a) the research is not being carried out with competence and diligence; or if satisfactory progress is not being made; or if reporting on the project is unsatisfactory;
(b) the applicant ceases to be engaged on the project, or is absent from the project for more than one month without prior approval and/or without the knowledge and approval of the Menzies Foundation;
(c) the project, in the opinion of the Menzies Foundation, ceases to pursue the approved objectives.
7.2 Upon early completion or termination, monies already paid to the host institution and not duly expended or committed shall be returned.
8.1 The online application form will be available from mid-May 2016.
8.2 Original or legally certified copies of documents such as academic transcripts or residency status documentation must be immediately available to the Menzies Foundation on request and will be required at interview.
Closing Date: 30 June 2016
Late applications will not be accepted.
Applications are now closed and will open again in May 2017.
The Foundation is grateful for the support of the final selection committee and the assessors of the respective disciplines to grade the applications in terms of topic, relevance and methodology.
The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship in the Allied Health Sciences for 2016 has been awarded to Ms Teresa Brown.
2016 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship in the Allied Health Sciences
Teresa Brown has been awarded the 2016 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship in the Allied Health Sciences for her outstanding research that aims to reduce recovery times and shorten hospital visit duration for patients suffering from head and neck cancer. Teresa’s research – which is being conducted at the University of Queensland and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital – is the first study of its kind in Australia that examines the benefit of providing early nutrition support to patients who are not already suffering from difficulty eating or drinking.
In addition to her excellent research, Teresa has delivered oral and poster presentations around the world and at the time of award has published or co published over 15 journal articles.