Current PhD scholarships

PhD Scholarship - Music Cognition and Action

The MARCS Institute invites applications from highly motivated graduates seeking to undertake a PhD to work with Associate Professor Peter Keller on his Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship.

Entitled “Psychological and neurophysiological mechanisms underlying human interaction in musical contexts”, the aim of the project is to investigate the behavioural and neural mechanisms that underpin an individual’s ability to synchronize with others during musical activities such as ensemble performance.

These mechanisms will be examined by studying relationships between performance on sensorimotor synchronization tasks, social variables (e.g. personality), and brain structure and function in naturalistic and laboratory settings.

Potential applicants should contact Associate Professor Peter Keller ( to discuss their interests and to ensure their research proposal is relevant to the project.

Essential Criteria

Applicants should hold an Australian First Class Bachelor Honours degree, OR equivalent qualifications and/or research experience (including research publications) in a field such as psychology, sensory neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive science and technology, music, or human movement science.

International applicants must also demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the English language, see the entry requirements here.

What does a Scholarship at MARCS provide?

All students receive:

  • Support for conference attendance (domestic and international), fieldwork and additional costs as appropriate.
  • Access to the extensive range of MARCS specialised equipment, laboratory space and facilities.
  • A rich environment of support and academic expertise via supervisory panels, seminars, colloquia, international and industry collaborations.

Domestic Students receive:

  • Tax free stipend of up to $25,392 per annum for up to 3 years, and a funded place in the doctoral program. Additional stipend of $10,000 per annum may be awarded to outstanding students.

International Students receive:

  • Tax free stipend of up to $25,392 per annum for up to 3 years. Additional stipend of $10,000 per annum may be awarded to outstanding students.
  • Outstanding students may be awarded a Tuition Fee Scholarship valued at approximately $24,000 per annum for up to 3 years.
  • Up to $2,960 towards the cost of an Overseas Student Health Care Policy.

The next step?

For information about the application process, contact MARCS Executive Officer Sonya O’Shanna | |+61 2 9772 6585

To discuss enrolment and scholarships, contact Office of Research Services: |+61 2 4736 0966

How to apply

Applicants should submit the application form (PDF, 160Kb), a 500 word research proposal and a CV by the closing date.

Applications close

13 February 2015

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