Allied Health research scholarship – value increased and applications open

5 May 2016

Allied Health 2016 webApplications for the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship in the Allied Health Sciences are now open.

The Menzies Foundation has increased the value of the scholarship, from $27,500 to $40,000 per year to keep it at the forefront of prestigious PhD research scholarships in Australia.

CEO Sarah Hardy said "We are looking for applicants who not only demonstrate academic excellence, but who are future leaders. It's not just about those who are academically outstanding, it's also about the wider approach to leadership in your field; having a vision which will bring benefit to Australians and inspire others.

"It's a very exciting thing for us to have been able to increase the value of this scholarship and be able to support researchers to complete their PhDs in a range of allied health fields."

The Menzies Foundation looks for applicants who will represent the Menzies’ ethos of being the best you can be, no matter where you start; taking risks, inspiring others and being willing to work hard. In addition, the scholarship panel looks for researchers who are likely to make a contribution to the further development of the allied health sciences in Australia and who will use their leadership, knowledge and skills for the benefit of others.

Speech pathologist and 2009 Menzies Scholar in the Allied Health Sciences, Dr Jane McCormack, said "being a recipient of the scholarship was a wonderful stepping stone to applying for future grants, and for invitations to write and present papers both at a national and international level. In addition, being a Menzies Scholar has introduced me to a community of other researchers who are an ongoing source of inspiration and interest."

The scholarship, now valued at up to $80,000 over two years, is a tax-free scholarship and offered over one or two years at $40,000 per year.

To be eligible, applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, be studying at an Australian University, have completed the first stage of their PhD and be enrolled as full-time students at commencement of the scholarship in 2017.

Applications are now open and close on 30 June 2016.

Read the prospectus and frequently asked questions and find out how to apply here.