Health Policy Research Scholarships Program

Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research

Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research Scholarships Program

The Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research Scholarships Program aims to strengthen the health services research-policy interface by contributing to an evidence informed workforce and a policy literate academic sector.

Working alongside staff at the peak national health body, the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), scholarship recipients will be supported to establish connections with policymakers and practitioners working in their field of research and to produce an Issues Brief that engages health policy leaders in an area of national health policy significance.

 

Scholarships

Jeff Cheverton Memorial Scholarship

The Jeff Cheverton Memorial Scholarship has been established by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), together with Brisbane North Primary Health Network and North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network, to honour the memory of Jeff Cheverton, who demonstrated excellence in health leadership until his untimely death in March 2017. This scholarship supports scholars to specifically develop an issues brief on a topic relevant to primary health, mental health, aged care, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, or LGBTQI health.

Deeble Summer Research Scholarship

The Deeble Summer Research Scholarship program is an exceptional research opportunity for outstanding PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers with a background in health service research. This scholarship is supported by Hesta, and is designed to provide recipients with a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of how to make academic research relevant to policymakers and practitioners.

Eligibility

You must have a demonstrated record of strong academic performance, including excellent writing skills and sound research capability.  In general, you will have completed at least one year of a PhD program (research).  Early career researchers, no more than 5 years post-PhD, are also welcome to apply.
Research proposals eligible for consideration for the Jeff Cheverton Memorial Scholarship must be in one of the following fields:

  • primary health
  • mental health
  • aged care
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • LGBTQI health.

What does the Scholarship Program Offer?

Working alongside staff at the peak national health body, the AHHA, scholars will be supported to establish connections with policymakers and practitioners working in their field of research and to produce an Issues Brief that engages health policy leaders in an area of national health policy significance.

Supervision and Mentoring

Scholars will be supervised by AHHA senior staff and will receive support from a mentor who will provide guidance and advice during the scholarship.

Expected Outcomes

Scholars are expected to write an Issues brief (no more than 5,000 words).

Deeble Summer Research Scholars will write on a topic relevant to health services research. Jeff Cheverton Memorial Scholars will write specifically on primary health, mental health, aged care, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, or LGBTQI health. 

The Issues Brief will:

  • clearly outline the policy issue under consideration
  • provide a thorough overview of the background to the policy issue and/or overview of the policy context
  • outline some policy options/directions/initiatives
  • be objective (non-partisan) and easy to read be suitable for online publication by the AHHA in a timely manner (must be completed within the calendar year in which the scholarship is undertaken).

Duration of the Scholarships

Each Scholarship will be for a period of 6 weeks and scholars must complete their briefs within that period. Scholarships are generally taken up in the summer academic break following granting of the award; starting from January each year.

Stipend

Each scholarship is valued at $2500. Payment to scholars is made in two amounts – 50% at commencement of scholarship and 50% on completion of the scholarship and publication of the Issues Brief.

Note that if a paper is deemed not suitable for publication, at the discretion of the sponsoring organisations, the scholar may be deemed ineligible for the final payment.

Number of Scholarships Available

There will be 3 – 6 scholarships available each year. Final numbers will be at the discretion of the Chief Executive, AHHA.

Application

Below is an outline of the sections candidates will be asked to complete in their application. Applications must include the following:

  • Scholarship application cover sheet
  • Academic transcripts for undergraduate and postgraduate study (certified)
  • Curriculum Vitae (4 page limit).
  • Research proposal (1,000-word limit) including an outline of the proposed research topic, anticipated outcomes of the proposed research, intended audience/s, and a brief bibliography.
  • A brief discussion (250 words) on how you will benefit from the scholarship and the opportunity to work with AHHA, and in the case of the Jeff Cheverton Memorial Scholarship, Brisbane North PHN and North Western Melbourne PHN.
  • Two academic referee reports.
Application 2018-2019
Application 2018-2019
FAQs
FAQs
Program Summary
Program Summary

Application Timeline

The Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research Scholarship Program application process will run over a number of months.

  • October 2018 Applications open Monday 1 October at 9.00 am (AEST).
  • November 2018 Applications close Sunday 4 November at 11.55 pm (AEST).
  • November 2018 Deeble Institute to make offers to successful candidates.
  • Candidates to accept offers.
  • January 2019 Successful candidates to commence Scholarships in Canberra.

Sponsor Organisations

The Deeble Institute Scholarships Program would not be possible without the support and guidance of Sponsor Organisations including:

Jeff Cheverton Memorial Scholarship

  • Brisbane North Primary Health Network
  • Western Melbourne Primary Health Network

Deeble Summer Scholarship

  • HESTA: An Industry Super Fund

The relationship between the Scholar and the sponsoring organisations will not be one of employer and employee and no employee benefits will arise for the Scholar. Scholars are required to acknowledge the support of the AHHA, HESTA, Brisbane North PHN and North Western Melbourne PHN (as appropriate) in any subsequent publications or in other material resulting from the research.