Saturday, August 14, 2010

Ian Scott PhD Scholarship in Mental Health


Australian Rotary Health
Australian Rotary Health is a multi-district project for Rotary in Australia, with over 1,150 Rotary Clubs and 38,000 Rotarians supporting it. Australian Rotary Health has channelled more than $24 million into Australian research projects over its 29-year history. Australian Rotary Health will allocate around $3 million in medical research grants and scholarships by the end of 2010. Since its inception, Australian Rotary Health’s emphasis has been on community health with its current emphasis on Mental Health.

Ian Scott - Founder of Australian Rotary Health
Ian Laurence Scott 1933 to 2001. Ian joined Rotary in 1973 in Victoria and served with distinction in many Rotary Clubs throughout NSW and Victoria. Whilst a member of the Rotary Club of Mornington in Victoria, Ian was inspired to found Australian Rotary Health in 1981 to identify the cause of 'Cot Death'. Ian served Australian Rotary Health as treasurer on the board and became a life member in November 1989. The Ian Scott Scholarship was introduced in 2000 to honour and recognise Ian's service to Rotary and mankind.

Principal Goals of Australian Rotary Health
• To encourage, promote, stimulate and aid medical and health research in Australia.

• To co-ordinate and manage Rotary health initiatives and community health projects.

• To promote, encourage and stimulate public interest in the prevention and treatment of ill health in Australia.
Applications will be evaluated on the following:
• Academic Record.

• Quality of the Proposed Research.

• Suitability of the Intended Supervisors and Institution.

• Suitability of the Applicant for Research Training.

• Relevance to Community-Based Interventions.

Instructions for Applicants:
• Applications must be relevant to the field of MENTAL HEALTH research.

• It is intended that the Ian Scott Scholarship will provide salary and incidental support for postgraduate students who are undertaking full-time research for a PhD in an area of research relevant to MENTAL HEALTH.

• The annual value of the Ian Scott Scholarship is $29,000. The award will be made for one year in the first instance but can be extended for a maximum of three and a half years upon receipt of satisfactory annual progress reports.

• Payments are restricted by Income Tax authorities to entities endorsed as a deductible gift recipient under subdivision 30-Ba of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

• To qualify, projects must be undertaken within a university, public hospital, research institute or other body approved under Section 78 of the Income Assessment Act.

• Only applicants about to commence, or those already engaged in their first or second year of a PhD are eligible to apply for the Ian Scott Scholarship.

Scholarship Conditions:
Specific conditions may be laid down in some instances at the discretion of the Board and/or its Research Committee.

• Ian Scott scholars must be FULL-TIME students and not be receiving an additional scholarship. Additional salaried work must not exceed NHMRC guidelines. Applicants enrolled in a combined research/coursework degree (e.g. professional training in clinical psychology) are not eligible.

• Annual progress reports are required on a prescribed form. These reports will be used for public relations and to assist the Research Committee if further funding is sought. A final report including a copy of the thesis is to be submitted on completion of the project.

• All publications or presentations emanating from an approved project must acknowledge Australian Rotary Health and copies must be forwarded to the Australian Rotary Health.

Eligibility Requirement:
• Applicants must be an Australian citizen or have Permanent Resident Status and not be under bond to any foreign government. Applicants are to provide, where appropriate, evidence of resident status.

How to Apply:
Failure to follow these instructions concerning the application form could prejudice the success of your application.

• The application should be complete in itself. Do not assume that the person reading it will have access to any other material relevant to your application.

• It is in your interest to be precise and concise in your application. Do not add annexes or other documents to this application except those requested.

• The minimum size typeface to be used is 12pt.

• Do not change page divisions.

• Important references to other publications in the field should be quoted so the assessors can relate the importance of the application to the field in general.

• Applicants and supervisors should list their own publications over the past five years. Quote only those references that have been accepted or have been published in refereed journals.

• The original plus six copies of (i) the typed application, (ii) academic transcript and (iii) curriculum vitae should be sent by mail (DO NOT send your application by fax or e-mail) to Australian Rotary Health, through the Administrative Officer of your Institution. Late applications will not be considered.

• Attach official academic transcripts and an institutional key to grading system used, at the end of the application.

• The scholarship applicant must arrange for the receipt of THREE referees reports to be sent DIRECTLY to Australian Rotary Health by the due date of the application. See last page of application for proforma.

• All correspondence and enquiries should be addressed to Australian Rotary Health, PO Box 3455, Parramatta, NSW, 2124, email:

Forward the original plus 6 copies by post to:
Australian Rotary Health
PO Box 3455 Parramatta 2124, or
Rotary Down Under House, 2nd Floor, 43 Hunter St, Parramatta, 2150


Closing date for applications: Friday 8th October 2010
Applications received after this date will not be considered

Further information, please visit: Download Application Form in Word doc.

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