PhD Scholarship Opportunity: Resilience, Smoking Cessation and Low Socio-Economic Status Communities

Adelaide, Australia
03 Aug 2020
End of advertisement period
31 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


The Discipline of Public Health at Flinders University is offering a PhD scholarship to study the effectiveness of interventions aimed at smoking cessation in low socio-economic status (SES) areas of Adelaide. This PhD scholarship is part of a funded 3-year Cancer Australiastudy awarded to a Flinders University-led multidisciplinary team of researchers. The PhD candidate will work alongside a funded Research Fellow and be supervised by members of the research team, led by Professor Paul Ward. The research team spans expertise in sociology, psychology, economics, public health, epidemiology and mental health.


Whilst smoking rates have reduced in the general population over the past few years, they have not reduced as much in areas of low SES in Australia. The focus of the PhD will be to work on how best to reduce smoking in areas of low SES. The PhD candidate will work closely with our research team who will implement interventions aimed at improving resilience within such communities and test their cost-effectiveness in terms of reducing smoking rates. The successful applicant will need to be highly organised and be able to liaise between the research team and stakeholders.

For this PhD, numerous possible topics might be explored within/around the theme of resilience, smoking cessation and low SES communities. The PhD candidate will devise an original project in collaboration with the research team, depending on the candidate’s disciplinary and research interests. The Scholarship will be suitable for students with an Honours degree or equivalent in areas such as public health, sociology, anthropology, medical/health sciences, psychology, or other cognate disciplines.


The Scholarship is open to students wishing to commence a PhD in 2020 and is valued at the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship rate of AUD $28,092 (2020 full time rate) per annum (tax free). The scholarship will be awarded for a maximum of three years. Additional funding for conference and research support may be available from University research support schemes.


Interested applicants should email Professor Paul Ward with ‘PhD Resilience Scholarship EOI’ in the subject heading and the following as attachments:

  • CV including citizenship or permanent residence status and contact details for 2 professional referees
  • Scanned copies of Academic Transcripts
  • Statement of previous research experience and any publications.

Application closing date is 5pm AEST 31st August 2020. Applicants must also apply for admission into a PhD at Flinders University. For detailed information on the admission process, please go to

How to Apply

Further information about the PhD scholarship opportunity can be sought from Professor Paul Ward, Head of Public Health, College of Medicine and Public Health at

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