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Baker IDI Postgraduate Scholarship in Indigenous adolescent smoking prevalence and preventive interventions


As a component of research led by Baker IDI and funded through the NHMRC Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, a full-time postgraduate scholarship is available for a suitably qualified candidate with a first-class honours degree or Masters degree in Public Health, Biostatistics or related discipline to undertake research studies leading to a PhD in the field of public health, prevention and Indigenous health.

The project will investigate the prevalence and key influences on smoking uptake among Aboriginal adolescents and young adults and opportunities for prevention. The PhD would supervised by Professor Sandra Eades (Indigenous health) and be based out of Baker IDI Melbourne with enrolment through Melbourne or Monash Universities.

Eligibility criteria:


  • A first class Honours or Masters degree in Public Health, Biostatistics or a related discipline and eligibility for PhD enrolment at Monash University, University of Melbourne or Sydney University is essential
  • Evidence of research experience and in preparing manuscripts for publication
  • Australian citizenship or permanent residency


  • Experience in Indigenous health, adolescent health and prevention
  • An interest in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people would be viewed positively
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are warmly encouraged to apply

Amount awarded:

The scholarship is valued at $30,000 per annum (tax exempt and tuition-fee exempt). If the successful applicant is able to secure an APA, NHMRC, University of Melbourne or other PhD scholarship, a $10,000 per annum ‘top-up’ will be provided. There is also an opportunity for part-time paid work up to the limit determined by the University of enrolment and will be renewable for up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress. Additional funds to support travel and other costs related to the PhD are available.

Application guide:

Further information can be obtained from Professor Sandra Eades (, 03 9188 9572) or Dr Catherine Chamberlain (, 0428921271). Applications should be emailed to Professor Sandra Eades at the above email address and should include a letter of application that addresses the selection criteria (above) and your research interests, and CV with two academic referees.

Closing date: 17 December 2015