Scholarship details

Study levels

Postgraduate and Research

Student type

Future students

Study area

Engineering, Health and community, Science, technology and engineering and mathematics

Application dates

Applications close
15 February 2022

What you'll receive

  • The successful applicant will receive a living allowance of AU$33,413pa for three years, indexed annually.
  • The scholarship is for full time study and can be used to support living costs.
  • A six month extension to the scholarship is also possible, subject to approval by QUT.
  • A successful international student will be considered for a HDR tuition fee sponsorship, if successful in receiving the scholarship.

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, preference/priority will be given to Domestic or Resident International students who can commence studies in early 2022. Exceptional International applicants will be considered and are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


You must:

You must have:

  • an undergraduate degree in movement science, physiotherapy, neurophysiology, or a related discipline.
  • first or second-class honours (H1) or equivalent
  • knowledge of neuromuscular physiology and 3D motion analysis
  • excellent communication skills (written and verbal) in English.

It is desirable that you have experience in:

  • rehabilitation science
  • biomechanics
  • neuromuscular physiology
  • electromyography, and
  • Matlab.

The provision of a scholarship is conditional on successful application and admission to the IF49 Doctor of Philosophy or IF80 Master of Philosophy course. Eligibility for admission to a research degree is determined by the Graduate Research Centre.

How to apply

Please contact Professor Graham Kerr via email for more details.

Please send your application with your curriculum vitae to Professor Graham Kerr via email. Applications will be accepted until the scholarship is awarded, but applications will be assessed starting 02 February 2022.

What happens next?

Applications will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

You will be invited to submit your application via QUT's Application Portal:

  1. Follow the how to apply steps outlined at
  2. You must submit your expression of interest (EOI) by [due date].
  3. Apply for the scholarship in your EOI by:
    1. nominating Professor Graham Kerr as your principal supervisor; and
    2. in the financial details section, enter the details of this scholarship at question 2.
  4. If your EOI is accepted you will be invited to submit a full application including a research proposal to finalise your application.


The conditions for retaining the scholarship are set out in the rules of the QUT Postgraduate Research Award (Domestic) or QUT Postgraduate Research Award (International).

About the scholarship

The Industrial Transformation and Training Centre in Joint Biomechanics, funded by the Australian Research Council, is offering a three-year PhD Fellowship starting in early 2022. The fellowship is offered in the area of rehabilitation, neuromechanics and muscle function of the shoulder and upper limb. The research is focused on understanding the muscle physiology of shoulder (dys)function.

The overall aims of this PhD project are to;

  1. investigate in vivo mechanical properties of muscle-tendon units that underpin shoulder/upper limb movements,
  2. investigate age-related changes of mechanical properties of shoulder muscle-tendon units and impact on function, and
  3. investigate impact of shoulder surgical interventions on mechanical properties of shoulder muscle-tendon units.

There is flexibility around the specific research questions that will be addressed, and these can be developed by the PhD student with support from the supervisory team.

Relevant backgrounds for this project include:

  • movement science
  • biomechanics
  • rehabilitation sciences
  • neurophysiology and
  • related disciplines.

It is highly desirable that you have experience in:

  • 3D motion analysis
  • human neurophysiology
  • electromyography, and
  • Matlab.

The PhD student will be supervised by Professor Graham Kerr and a multidisciplinary team of co-supervisors with skills spanning:

  • imaging
  • neurophysiology
  • physiology
  • motor control
  • biomechanics
  • rehabilitation sciences
  • computational modelling.

You will collaborate with other students and researchers at Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland and Neuroscience Research Australia. You will also work closely with orthopaedic surgeons at Brisbane Private and Greenslopes Hospitals.

For further information, please contact Professor Graham Kerr.

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