Helping the Medical Matchmakers: Sustaining and Understanding Living Donors research program PhD Scholarships


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Behavioural Sciences
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $28,597 per annum tax free (2021 rate), indexed annually.
Scholarship duration 3 years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
Opening date 3 June 2021
Closing date 30 June 2021


The importance of prosocial behaviours, such as volunteering, to our society and to the wellbeing of others is well established. Prosocial behaviours such as donating blood, bone marrow, organs, breast milk, stool or other substances of human origin (SoHO) are also vital to save or improve lives. If you are interested in prosocial behaviours and want to make a theoretical and/or practical contribution to social or health psychology and donor research, this project is your chance to make a difference and have real-world impact.

One University of Queensland and Lifeblood funded PhD scholarship supervised by Professor Barbara Masser is available to study topics related to SoHO donor behaviour.  Key areas of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • emotions
  • gender
  • age
  • cultural diversity
  • donor motivations, recruitment and retention
  • interventions to increase donation
  • willingness to donate multiple types of SoHO
  • donation systems and registries
  • persuasive appeals to encourage donation

These projects would suit candidates with a background in psychology or behavioural science and a demonstrated interest in applied social psychology or health psychology. Students will enrol through the School of Psychology.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To be considered for this scholarship, email the following documents to Professor Barbara Masser (

  • cover letter
  • CV
  • academic transcript/s
  • a brief research proposal – no more than three A4 pages, including references – detailing the background to your proposed program of PhD research, the research question/s, the methodology to be employed, and the significance of the research.
Submitting the above documents does not constitute a full application for admission into The University of Queensland's PhD program. If you are selected as the preferred applicant, you will then be invited to submit a full application for admission.

Selection criteria

Applicants must hold either a 1st Class Psychology or Behavioural Science Honours degree or Honours 2A with at least one peer-reviewed publication.


Professor Barbara Masser
(07) 3365 6373

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.