Scholarship opportunity for PhD Student to conduct research on mental health

The Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies at the University of Adelaide conducts research regarding various aspects of the mental health and wellbeing of Australian military populations. The Centre currently has a number of large-scale military databases containing questionnaire, interview and physical testing data, from which research projects could be developed. The Centre is also launching a new large-scale military study on current and ex-serving ADF personnel beginning in 2015.

To commemorate the ANZAC Centenary, Australian Rotary Health has introduced an ANZAC PhD Research Scholarship. This prestigious scholarship will be offered to a PhD student studying in Australia to conduct research into post-traumatic stress, depression and other mental health issues, particularly for our returned service men and women who have served in war torn regions of the world. The annual value of the Australian Rotary Health ANZAC Scholarship is $35,000.

The Centre would consider supervising a PhD student in this broad area, and thus would support the right student in their scholarship application (which requires written supervisor support).

Scope exists for projects in the broad areas of mental health symptoms and disorder among deployed personnel. CTSS currently has data on mental health symptoms (e.g., psychological distress, post-traumatic stress) and mental disorder (across anxiety, affective and alcohol disorders), alcohol consumption, suicidal ideation/behaviour, anger, quality of life, stigma and barriers to care, trauma history, and many more factors.

To arrange a time to discuss possible PhD projects, please contact the Centre by phone (8313 5200) or email ( as soon as possible – as the initial application round closes on the 30th. January 2015.

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