The University Of Wollongong's Scholarships In Type 2 Diabetes Research 2016/7, Australia

Publish Date: Jul 06, 2016

Deadline: Jul 31, 2016

University of Wollongong is a research-intensive university with an outstanding reputation for its learning environments across a broad range of disciplines. Our commitment to our students is evident in our graduates, who are recognised for their capability, quality and success in the global workplace.

UOW is an international network of campuses and regional learning centres. Together with our partners, we make a strong and connected presence in our communities.

We are a young and vibrant university with undiminished ambitions. We value our research capacity to work on complex interdisciplinary problems. Our spirit of inquiry drives our research and learning environments and our objective of earning a place in the top 1% of the world's universities.

Topic area:

Social, economic and environmental inequalities in health, lifestyle and health service use among middle-to-older aged adults living with type 2 diabetes in Australia.


Associate Professor Thomas Astell-Burt and Dr. Xiaoqi Feng.

Scholarship Stipend:

$27,000 pa


3 years.

Starting date:

As soon possible.


  • Each of the PhD candidates will conduct cutting edge research within the "PowerLab", enhancing transferable skills in project management, critical thinking, teamwork, data analysis, report writing and presentation techniques. The PowerLab conducts quantitative research to enhance understandings of how where people live may influence lifestyles, health and health service use; for better and for worse. The PhD candidates will work alongside A/Prof. Astell-Burt and Dr. Feng on an NHMRC-funded project that will focus on understanding how neighbourhoods contribute to lifestyles, health outcomes and health service use among people living with type 2 diabetes. It is anticipated that each of the PhD candidates will explore these issues by learning and applying skills in quantitative data analysis to one of the following areas of interest:
  • lifestyles,
  • health outcomes,
  • health service use.


  • The PhD Scholarships are open to domestic and international candidates. Please note, international candidates will also be issued an international postgraduate award to cover international tuition fees.
  • It is essential that each candidate has a Bachelor’s degree with Honours, or a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (including Public Health, Epidemiology, Health Services Research, Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Geographic Information Systems, Statistics).
  • It is essential for candidates to have basic quantitative skills and/or demonstrable experience of working with statistical packages (e.g. Stata, MLwIN) and/or GIS software (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS).
  • Candidates must engage in full-time study on the University of Wollongong campus in Wollongong.
  • All students are required to meet the UOW English language requirement for their course. Results in major international tests are accepted, including IELTS, TOEFL, Pearsons and Cambridge. You can meet the requirement by completing an English course at UOW College. UOW also recognises English language courses offered by some other colleges in Sydney - contact UniAdvice for details. A guide to the length of English course you may need to study is provided below. Please note that this table should only be considered a guide. Lower scores in Writing may necessitate a longer duration of English study.

    To see the IELTS or TOEFL score required for entry to each bachelor, master or doctoral course, find the entry for your course on Course Finder and select the International Students tab. Students applying for a study abroad, exchange or a visiting research practicum program should check under the application criteria for these programs. If you are using Pearsons or Cambridge tests, use the equivalence to IELTS tablesto determine the required score. Requirements may also be met in some cases if you have previous study in English. 

  • Demonstrable experience in multilevel modelling and/or epidemiological studies of health service use data would be an advantage.

How to apply

Applicants will need to submit an email to both A/Prof. Thomas Astell-Burt ( and Dr. Xiaoqi Feng ( attaching a full CV, degree transcripts, the details of two academic referees, an example of your best academic written work (this can be a piece of coursework or a published journal article), evidence of English language proficiency (e.g. IELTS>6.5) and a cover letter of no more than 1 page of A4 containing the following information:

  • Indicate the area(s) you are interested in at the top of the letter (lifestyles, health outcomes, health service use – you can state more than one).
  • State why you would like to be considered for a PhD Scholarship and rationale for the selected area(s) of interest.
  • Describe your experience in using statistical and/or GIS software to examine quantitative data.

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