Current PhD scholarships

Biomedical Engineering & Neuroscience (BENS)/US Dept. of Veterans Affairs

The MARCS Institute invites applications from highly motivated graduates seeking to undertake a PhD to work with Dr Paul Breen in association with the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs on a project entitled "Treatment of Vestibular Dysfunction using a Portable Stimulator".

The goal of this proposal is to improve vestibular function through the use of a portable electronic stimulator about the size of a hearing aid. The project will involve the design and development of this miniaturized embedded system and its enclosure.

The enhancement of vestibular function will be evaluated using balance, gait and visual experiments with human subjects with and without vestibular impairment.

Potential applicants should contact Dr Paul Breen 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 Honors degree, OR equivalent qualifications and/or research experience (including research publications) in a field such as Electronic Engineering, Computer Engineering or Bioelectronics. International applicants must also demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the English language.

Please refer to the University’s website for information about English Language Requirements.


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.

International Students receive:

  • Tax free stipend of up to $25,392 per annum for up to 3 years. 

  • Outstanding students may be awarded a Tuition Fee Scholarship 
valued at approximately $24,000 per annum for up to 3 years.
  • Up to $3,267 towards the cost of an Overseas Student Health Care 

The next step?

For information about the application process, contact MARCS 
Institute Manager, Darlene Williams (+61 2 9772 6726) or the Graduate Research School (+61 2 4736 0966) to discuss enrolment and scholarships.


How to apply

Applicants should submit the application form (PDF, 207Kb), a 500 word research proposal and a CV by the closing date.


Closing date

Friday 3 April

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