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$33,413 pa 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.
  • Successful international students 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:

Essential Criteria:

  • 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

Desirable Criteria:

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 send your application, with your curriculum vitae to Professor Graham Kerr. Applications will be accepted until the scholarships are awarded, but applications will be assessed starting 02 February 2022.

What happens next?

The successful applicant will be invited to apply via our QUT Application portal:

  1. Follow the how to apply steps outlined at
  2. You must submit your expression of interest (EOI)
  3. Apply for the scholarship in your EOI by:
  • nominating Professor Graham Kerr as your principal supervisor; and
  • in the financial details section, enter the details of this scholarship at question 2.
  1. 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 neurophysiology. The research is focused on understanding the neuromuscular physiology that accompanies the adaptive processes occurring during treatments for shoulder injuries.

The overall aims of this project are to:

  1. investigate shoulder muscle activity that underpins upper limb movements;
  2. investigate the organisation of the motor cortex of shoulder muscles;
  3. explore if and how the motor cortex organisation of shoulder muscles changes with shoulder musculoskeletal injuries (e.g. rotator cuff injury) and surgical interventions;
  4. understand the relation between motor cortex (re)organisation and changes in shoulder motor control;
  5. trial interventions that target motor control to enhance neuroplasticity of shoulder muscles to promote healthy upper limb function.

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. Experience in 3D motion analysis, human neurophysiology, electromyography, and Matlab is highly desirable.

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

For further information, please contact Professor Graham Kerr via email.

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