The Randall McDonald Memorial Scholarship for Aboriginal Health Research

The Randall McDonald Scholarship for Aboriginal Health Research is awarded to an indigenous student of exceptional research potential undertaking a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) either Masters or Doctoral study.  This scholarship has been name in memory of Randall McDonald, an Aboriginal father of four, who worked at the Centre of International Health at Curtin University as a casual staff member before his untimely death in May 2009 at the age of 33.
This scholarship will support higher degree by research (Masters or Doctoral study) undertaken by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. The research should be in cardiovascular disease or other health issues related to chronic disease and premature mortality in Aboriginal Australians.
Status: Open
Applications open: 1/08/2012
Applications close: 29/08/2012 

The Randall McDonald Memorial Scholarship for Aboriginal Health Research Detailed 
Student type
  • Current Students
  • Future Students
  • Health Sciences
Course type
  • Postgraduate Research
Specifically for
  • Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Students
  • Australian Citizen
Scholarship base
  • Merit Based
Maximum number awarded
The value of the award is $40,000 (tax free) per annum, full time.
Funding will be for two years for Masters, and three years for Doctoral study, subject to satisfactory progress, with the possibility of up to three months extension for Masters student and six months extension for a Doctoral student.
Eligibility criteria
Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria to be considered for the award:
  • Be an Indigenous (Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander) Australian
  • Be enrolled as a full time full time student or willing to commence full time study
  • Have been accepted (or will be accepted) into a higher degree by research program within the Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Be prepared to undertake coursework recommended by the supervisor
  • Have proposed research in the field of cardiovascular disease or another chronic disease that contributes to the premature mortality of Aboriginal Australians.
For further information please contact:

Scholarships Office,
Office of Research and Development,
Level 1, Building 100,
GPO Box U1987,

Phone: +61 8 9266 4906
Fax: +61 8 9266 3793

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