Dementia Australia PhD Scholarships


Enrolment status New students, Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area All study areas
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $30,000 per annum
Scholarship duration 3 years, funding may be extended for a period of 6 months in exceptional circumstances
Number awarded Up to 4
Opening date 2 September 2019
Closing date 11 October 2019


The Dementia Australia Research Foundation (DARF) is the research arm of Dementia Australia. The Foundation provides funding to support new and emerging dementia researchers, works with people with dementia and carers to ensure that research reflects their concerns and promotes understanding and awareness of dementia research among the general community. The Foundation is entirely funded by donations and support from members of the public and Australian businesses and is managed by Dementia Australia (Barton Office). 

Up to four, PhD Scholarships are on offer in Round 2 for new students, enrolled or intending to enrol in a research PhD.


At the time of acceptance and for the duration of a grant, the Applicant must be an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen living in Australia or a permanent resident of Australia. All applicants must provide evidence to their host institution to support this criterion. Host institutions are responsible for certifying and ensuring that these requirements are met. The Dementia Australia Research Foundation may request further information in relation to these requirements, including evidence of residency and/or citizenship.

The Applicant must be enrolled in a full-time research PhD at an Australian university or show that they have made arrangements to undertake a full-time PhD in research at an Australian university. Part-time PhD students are not eligible for the PhD Scholarship.

Applicants who are currently enrolled in a PhD are encouraged to apply. However, the Foundation may, at its sole discretion, provide funding for the time remaining on the applicant’s candidature only. For example, an applicant who has completed 6 months of a full-time PhD program is eligible for 2.5 years of scholarship funding. Upon commencement of the award, the applicant must not have completed more than 50% of their PhD program.

The Applicant must have written agreement of a qualified supervisor and the support of an Australian university to carry out the proposed project.

The research must be conducted in Australia and address the topic and scope of the funding round.

The Applicant must follow the guidelines of the host institution regarding paid work hours during their PhD (e.g. some Australian universities permit 10-20 hours paid work per week or additional salary up to 75% of the Scholarship).

The Applicant must not hold another scholarship (i.e. the scholarship cannot be used as a top-up scholarship).

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Dementia Australia Research Foundation
(02) 6278 8900
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