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The Country Women's Association of Nsw and Edna Winifred Blackman Postgraduate Research Scholarship

Outstanding international students are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship in sustainable development at The University of Sydney. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for three years in Australia. Applicants should apply before December 06, 2018.

The Country Women’s Association of NSW and Edna Winifred Blackman Postgraduate Research Scholarship

A full-time postgraduate PhD scholarship will be provided to investigate sustainable options for employing food-based approaches to deliver improved health and nutrition outcomes for women and children in NSW. This Scholarship is funded by the Country Women’s Association of NSW via a bequest from Mrs Edna Winifred Blackman. The recipient will have the opportunity to conduct research within the Charles Perkins Centre and Marie Bashir Institute's Healthy Food Systems Node and the Sydney Food and Nutrition Network at the University of Sydney Mapping by age and gender, the availability, access, utilisation and stability of supply of safe, nutritious, sustainable food in NSW in relation to local food production across NSW; Identifying and working with approximately three communities in different contexts across NSW to analyse the findings of the mapping exercise and identify contributing positive and negative drivers; Making recommendations for how improved human and nutrition for women and children in NSW can be achieved through access to and utilisation of safe, nutritious, sustainable food in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a PhD, or have an unconditional offer of admission for a full-time PhD within the Charles Perkins Centre and Marie Bashir Institute's Healthy Food Systems Node and the Sydney Food and Nutrition Network at the University of Sydney. Applicants must be willing to undertake research in the field of sustainable options for employing food-based approaches, to deliver improved health and nutrition outcomes for women and children in NSW. Applicants must also hold an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class upper) or a Master’s degree in a related field with a substantial research component, or equivalent, and/or relevant and substantial previous research experience. Applicants must have a background in the field of public health, nutrition science, veterinary science, agricultural science or allied health, nutrition and agricultural fields of study. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the basis of: a personal statement, or video outlining their interest in the research topic and what unique elements they will bring to the research. Preference will be given to those who: are undertaking research in the area of agriculture and/or nutrition security, are first in family to study at the higher degree level. Shortlisted applicants may be requested to attend an interview either in-person or by Skype/telephone. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the relevant research supervisor in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences.

The Scholarship will provide an annual stipend allowance of $35,000 per annum for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance. Up to a six month extension is possible. Progression is subject to passing the annual progress review.

Further information on the area of research can be obtained from Professor Robyn Alders at: robyn.alders@sydney.edu.au


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