The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme provides PhD funding for students working on high quality research projects with the best supervisory teams in world class environments. The scheme covers all tuition fees, along with a tax-free stipend of $41,209 per year and up to $10K per year in additional funds to support career development. Both international and domestic applications are strongly encouraged. You can read more about the Scientia Scholarship Scheme (and apply) here; please also check the answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

The School of Psychology is offering a number of PhD projects under the Scientia Scholarship Scheme, in a range of areas. These projects are listed below – please follow the links to find out more about each, including how to apply. An email link is provided for the primary supervisor of each project: if you have further questions about the project, you can email them to find out more.

Please note that the deadline for submitting Expressions of Interest is 12th July 2019.

If you have any general questions about the Scientia Scholarship Scheme, please contact Associate Professor Mike Le Pelley.


Identifying the Biomarkers of Anxiety
Supervisory team: Richard Bryant, Susanne Schweizer, Justine Gatt

Understanding the nature, causes and treatments of illness anxiety disorder
Supervisory team: Jill Newby, Michelle Moulds, Aliza Werner-Seidler

Frailty level and cognition over the adult life-course
Supervisory team: Ruth Peters, Kaarin Anstey, Kenneth Rockwood

Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Problems using Gamified Cognitive Training
Supervisory team: Susanne Schweizer, Helen Christensen, Elaine Fox

Social influences on food intake
Supervisory team: LennyVartanian, Kate Faasse, Suzanne Higgs

Putting the Virtue in Virtual Reality: Technological Approaches to Promote Blood Donation
Supervisory team: Lisa Williams, Jill Newby, Barbara Masser

Understanding aesthetic experience using multisensory extended reality
Supervisory team: Juno Kim, Branka Spehar, Tomasz Bednarz