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The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship
in Allied Health Sciences

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Closing Date: 30 JUNE, 2014


1.1 The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation offers one or more scholarships each year for full‐time postgraduate research in one of the allied health sciences. Each award is tenable for up to two years at an Australian tertiary institution with facilities for postgraduate research. Graduates in evidence‐based disciplines are encouraged to apply. Projects in laboratory sciences will not be supported.


2.1 Scholarships are open to persons who are working as full‐time students in a research only PhD program which is likely to be completed during the two year tenure of the scholarship. The applicant will usually have completed the first stage of the PhD project.

2.2 A successful applicant will be expected to take up the scholarship during the calendar year 2015.


3.1 The purpose of the scholarship is to try to improve the health of Australians by supporting an outstanding applicant from one of the non‐medical allied health disciplines, or from an applicant who is working directly in applied clinical research.


4.1 The scholarship provides emoluments to contribute toward the cost of living, books and charges. The level of remuneration will be $27,500 per annum, free of income tax. Payments will normally be made to the host institution each quarter.

4.2 The award will be for up to two years and is subject to the scholar's satisfactory progress. Each six months, the scholar's institutional supervisor will be expected to submit a written report on the scholar's progress to the Foundation.


5.1 The Scholarship will be awarded on merit to the person or persons who best meet the qualifications and qualities set out in this prospectus. The selection committee, appointed by the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation, will interview short-listed applicants in Melbourne in mid‐August.


6.1 The primary criterion is that of academic excellence, assessed on the basis of the candidate's tertiary performance and publication record. Applicants should list the papers which they have authored and which have been published (or accepted for publication) in refereed journals. This should not include abstracts or papers in preparation.

6.2 The selection committee will also give preference to persons with leadership qualities who are likely to make a contribution to the further development of the allied health sciences in Australia.

6.3 Applicants must provide a specific research proposal, developed in consultation with the postgraduate supervisor at the institution where the award is tenable.

6.4 Applicants must be enrolled as full‐time students. The "full‐time" criterion means that the applicant should spend not more than 10% of time in clinical practice ‐ unless the clinical practice is providing the subjects for the research project.

6.5 Ethics committee approval of the research project is necessary before an award can be made.

6.6 Applicants must be Australian citizens of at least five years standing at the time of application.

6.7 The Menzies Scholarship cannot be held concurrently with another scholarship or award. However, with prior approval from the Foundation, Menzies Scholars may receive supplementary funding from other sources to support other activities that are essential to the successful completion of the scholarship project.


The Foundation may terminate a scholarship if:

(a) the research is not being carried out with competence and diligence; or if satisfactory progress is not being made; or if reporting on the project is unsatisfactory;

(b) the applicant ceases to be engaged on the project, or is absent from the project for more than one month without prior approval;

(c) the project, in the opinion of the Foundation, ceases to pursue the approved objectives.

Upon the termination, monies already paid to the host institution and not duly expended or committed shall be returned.


Application is through an online application service, powered by SmartyGrants.

Original or legally certified copies of documents such as Academic Transcripts or Naturalisation Certificate must be immediately available to the Foundation on request.

For queries about the guidelines or questions in the form, please contact the Menzies Foundation at  For any technical issues with the application process, contact Smartygrants at or by calling 03 9320 6800.



Late applications will not be accepted.

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