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Three PhD scholarships available in Sydney Australia

The ARC Centre for Cognition & its Disorders (CCD), hosted in the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, offers unique opportunities for interdisciplinary and international collaborative research in the study of cognition, its disorders, and their treatment. We integrate and coordinate research so that formal theories of human cognition can inform studies of cognitive processing using neural imaging techniques, as well as the assessment and treatment of cognitive disorders.

Applications from philosophy students are welcome. Potential supervisors in Cognitive Science include David Kaplan (http://www.davidmichaelkaplan.org/) and John Sutton (http://www.johnsutton.net/). We encourage applications in the philosophy of cognitive science and neuroscience, including topics such as explanation, memory, neural representation, skill, and embodied/ distributed cognition.

Details below, including contact details for further information on selection criteria and on how to apply. Inquiries about potential philosophy-related projects can also be sent to David Kaplan (david.kaplan[at]mq.edu[dot]au) and John Sutton (john.sutton[at]mq.edu[dot]au).

Four scholarships are available at CCD, the Centre for Cognition and its Disorders, at Macquarie University - applications closing April 2015. 

Three full-time MRes Year 2/PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships, (1 for domestic and 2 for international students) are available in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and it’s Disorders (CCD) in the research areas of belief formation, language, memory, reading and their associated disorders, involving studies of neural imaging and assessments and interventions in cognitive disorders. 

Applicants should have research qualifications in a relevant discipline (eg, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Behavioural Neuroscience, Linguistics, Philosophy) equivalent to an Australian Masters degree or Australian undergraduate degree with first class honours. International applicants are welcome. Please visit the CCD website (ccd.edu.au) to see a list of our researchers and areas of interest. 

Please quote the allocation reference numbers 2014197 (domestic applicants) or 2014199 & 2014200 (international applicants) on your application form.

This scholarship is available for both domestic and international students for up to four years (one year for MRes and three years for PhD). 

Interested applicants should first contact Lesley McKnight for further information, on email: lesley.mcknight[at]mq.edu[dot]au  Phone +61 2 9850 9599

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

  • Research Training Pathway (RTP) MRes Year 2 followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’.
      OR
  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MRES Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $16,000 per annum for students achieving a GPA of 75-84% in the qualification used for entry, tax exempt, for 1 year. In 2015, MRES candidates who have attained a GPA over 85% will receive a stipend at the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) rate for PhD, $25,392 per annum (in 2014) tax exempt (indexed annually). 
  • The MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 per annum (in 2014) tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually). 

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The form can be downloaded from the Forms page and further information can be found on the Application page

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer. 

Please quote the scholarship code on your application.