Curtin University in Australia invites applications for Faculty of Health Sciences Strategic Project 2020 -Occupational epidemiology scholarship in the 2020/21 academic session.

We spend one-quarter of our lives at work, and there are thousands of new chemical and physical agents introduced into workplaces every year, yet there is a surprising lack of research on how these workplace exposures affect health.  The lack of occupational epidemiology research is even more worrying in low-income countries, where the need is greatest because working conditions are often appalling.

In September 2019 the United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage committed to implement a range of actions including the following (clause 38):  “Scale-up efforts to provide healthier and safer workplaces … noting that more than 2 million people die every year from preventable occupational diseases and injuries”. This is, therefore, a huge global problem that Curtin can influence.

Students in this research area undertake projects which aim to understand current working conditions and to intervene in workplaces to reduce risk to health.  There are many potential topics allowing students can choose an area which suits their background and their interest as well as the priorities in their own country.   Students who have completed a PhD in occupational health will return to their home countries as leaders in the field.

Worth of Award

  • A living stipend valued at $28,092pa for up to 3.5 years upon commencement of studies onshore.
  • A Tuition Fee Offset for 4 years.
  • Associated allowances as detailed in their scholarship offer.


  • All Health Science Higher Degree by Research Courses.
  • Future International Student
  • Not currently enrolled in an HDR course at Curtin University
  • Eligible for admission into an HDR course in Health Sciences at Curtin University
  • Recipients will not be eligible for stipend payments whilst located offshore. In lieu of these payments a lump sum payment will be offered on completion of Milestone 1. Stipend payment will commence after Milestone one minus any prior consumed EFTSL so long as the recipient is onshore within Australia.
  • Recipients must receive an unconditional offer of admission into a Curtin University Health Sciences HDR course and be able to commence their studies no later than 1st September 2020.
  • Recipients commencing studies offshore will be offered a set lump-sum payment upon completion of their Milestone 1 in lieu of a living stipend for the period of studies completed offshore.

How to Apply

  • Applicants will submit an expression of interest to the contact person listed on the site.
  • Their email should include a current curriculum vitae and detail how their current skills and experience align with the chosen research project.

Deadline: Application closes on July 15, 2020.


Click here for more details and to apply

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