PhD Scholarships

The time is right to pursue higher degree research in disability and rehabilitation with the Hopkins Centre.  We have a number of Griffith University PhD Scholarships available and are actively looking for professionals and graduates wanting to make a valuable contribution to social change in this field of research.

The time is right because the World Health Organisation (WHO) is demanding urgent action to lift rehabilitation services globally, to not only improve patient’s lives, but to save money.  This international call to action is focussed on scaling up rehabilitation to achieve value for money.  Our governments are also focussed on scalability and efficiency prioritising the need for the quantification of ideas, access to linked and interdependent data and evidence to ensure robust decision are made.  The National Injury Insurance Scheme Queensland (NIISQ) and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are also key drivers of Hopkins strategic research agenda in Queensland.  

As a one-stop-shop for rehabilitation and disability research in Queensland, The Hopkins Centre is delivering timely new knowledge and effective ways of working with practitioners and citizens in service settings.  Our research is focused on real outcomes for people, their families and our community to ensure that being a person living with disability doesn’t mean missing out on any aspect of life.  We are also firmly committed to large scale, partnership opportunities that will transform lives through personalised technologies, rehabilitative natural and built environments and big data solutions. 

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HDR Opportunity

PhD high degree research scholarships are on offer to develop a project and commence study as early as 2023. The PhD project can be focused on any aspect of the broad topics related to the research programs below: 

Evidence-based Practices and Community Supports: 

  • Rehabilitation pathways and trajectories 
  • Personalisation of care transitions and service delivery models across healthcare continuum 
  • Person centred care and integrated care pertinent to a rehabilitation health care setting 
  • Equitable access to rehabilitation services and support after discharge 
  • Psychological distress and secondary health & mental health complications 
  • Sustainable employment and workplace supports for participation in society

Enabling Technologies and Environments: 

  • Positive environments for enrichment, accessibility and community participation 
  • Co-design processes to deliver bespoke rehabilitation solutions 
  • Safe, effective and accessible use of technology in rehabilitation  
  • Participation with dignity in the community 
  • Design environments and technologies on how people live and utilise supports 
  • Generating new knowledge, processes and supportive systems for technology uptake in rehabilitation 
  • Collaborative and inclusive approaches to technology design that build long-term user capability and useability 
  • Design and modification of public spaces, neighbourhoods, and homes to enhance quality of life and independence 
  • Improve people's capacity to access and negotiate their environments through improved urban design, mobility and public transport to enhance participation 

Who should apply? 

This scholarship will suit disability and rehabilitation professionals with a strong interest in advancing knowledge and practice in rehabilitation service delivery, sustainable employment after injury, accessible inclusive technologies and enriching environments for independence. 

The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of the strength of academic performance in health sciences, social science, health services research, health policy, as well as compatibility of research expertise and proposed topic with the topic area. 

Duration and value 

Annual stipend of $32,192 (2023 rate, indexed annually) per annum and paid as a fortnightly stipend, for a period of 3 years full-time. 

EOI application process 

New and current HDR candidates may apply. Interested applicants should submit and expression of interest (EOI) to containing: 

  • Statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship 
  • A brief CV 
  • Research proposal 
  • Two references 

Eligibility Criteria 

  • This scholarship is open to domestic and international applicants 
  • Applicants must have completed a bachelors degree with honours equivalent to first class or second class Honours  
  • Intending to enrol full-time in an approved doctoral program. 

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For Hopkins queries, please contact The Hopkins Centre research support team at  

Griffith Graduate Research School
Phone: (07) 3735 3817


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