Health Research Council PhD Scholarship–ARC Stroke Study

Closing date: 30/07/2022
Value of Award: $30,000 per annum stipend
No. of awards: One
Tenure: PhD scholarship is three years (subject to satisfactory progress). The expected start date is August 2022.


The Health Research Council (HRC) funded stipend is to support a student to conduct a PhD study within the HRC funded Auckland Regional Community Stroke study, led by Professor Feigin at the National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences.

The purpose of the funding is to enhance workforce development for early career research in public health and epidemiology, particularly for Māori or Pacific researchers.  The stipend can be utilised towards a programme of study in the area of stroke prevention, burden and stroke outcomes across all domains of health and wellbeing, including ethnic specific research to advance the health of Māori and Pacific peoples. The PhD may employ quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods research.

Selection criteria:

  • 1) Applicants must have completed a Bachelors (Honours) or Masters degree in a health or science related discipline. 2) The successful candidate will demonstrate enthusiasm, have a strong academic record and be prepared to conduct the doctoral study at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). 3) Good communication skills in written and spoken English are essential. 4) Preference will be given to a Māori or Pacific candidate with an interest in advancing the health of Māori or Pacific communities, and those with a strong interest in developing an academic career within an academic research institute. 5) Applying for a scholarship and admission into AUT are separate processes at AUT. Applicants must fulfil all conditions for admission to the Doctoral Programme in AUT. These can be found on the AUT website 6) Applicants must be eligible to study in New Zealand and be available for the duration of the scholarship.

General Information:

How do students apply?
Applicants must apply by email to Associate Professor Rita Krishnamurthi ( attaching: 1. A cover letter highlighting your research interests and experience. 2. A brief (no more than 2 pages) curriculum vitae.

Decision makers
Selection will be based on the applicant meeting AUT’s entry criteria for PhD study, a review of the applicant’s  CV, and the outcome of an in-person informal interview with the panel.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
The successful applicant will be notified by the project's principal investigator as soon as the panel have made their decision.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
The successful applicant will be required to sign an AUT Research Scholarship Contract. The successful applicant must be prepared to commit full-time to their programme of research. Recipients must reside in New Zealand to receive stipend payments.

Additional information
The scholarship must be taken up no later than August 2022.

Who else has information about this award?
Rita Krishnamurthi (

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Auckland University of Technology

Phone: +64 9 921 9837


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