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 Prevention 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 is to 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 and Dr Catherine Chamberlain (Indigenous health) and be based out of Baker IDI Melbourne with enrolment through Melbourne or Monash Universities, with support from The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre networks.

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 or University of Melbourne 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 $35,000 per annum (tax exempt and tuition-fee exempt) plus an additional $5000 for additional research-related expenses. If the successful applicant is able to secure an APA, NHMRC or other PhD scholarship, a $10,000 per annum ‘top-up’ will be provided.  An additional $5000 is available to support travel and other costs related to the PhD.

Application Guide:

Further information can be obtained from Dr Catherine Chamberlain (, 0428921271).  Applications should be emailed to Professor Sandra Eades at 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: Thursday 10th March 2016