Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme

The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme provides PhD funding for students working on high quality research projects with the best supervisory teams in world class environments. The scheme covers all tuition fees, along with a tax-free stipend of $40K per year and up to $10K per year in additional funds to support career development. You can read more about the Scientia Scholarship Scheme here; please also check the answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

The School of Psychology is offering a number of PhD projects under the Scientia Scholarship Scheme, in a range of areas. These projects are listed below – please follow the links to find out more about each, including how to apply. Both international and domestic applications are strongly encouraged.

If you have any questions about the Scientia Scholarship Scheme, please contact Associate Professor Mike Le Pelley.


Global inequality in dementia risk and literacy – pathways to prevention
Supervisory team: Kaarin Anstey, Ruth Peters, Fiona Matthews

A new memory system mediating choice between actions
Supervisory team: Bernard Balleine, John Power, Vincent Laurent

Epigenetics and drug addiction
Supervisory team: Kelly Clemens, Fred Westbrook, Irina Voingeanu

Contextual modulation in human visual processing
Supervisory team: Colin Clifford, Damien Mannion, Branka Spehar

Social influences on health
Supervisory team: Kate Faasse, Lenny Vartanian, Louise Sharpe

Using technology to improve the psychological treatment of OCD
Supervisory team: Jessica Grisham, Angela Nickerson, Bronwyn Graham

Motivational states regulate how the brain processes innocuous information
Supervisory team: Nathan Holmes, Simon Killcross, Kelly Clemens

The neural bases of conditioned punishment and avoidance
Supervisory team: Simon Killcross, Gavan McNally, Nathan Holmes

Salivary hormones as risk and resiliency factors for mental illness
Supervisory team: Eva Kimonis, Angela Nickerson, Melissa Green

Fear regulation in the amygdala and the medial prefrontal cortex
Supervisory team: Vincent Laurent, Pascal Carrive, Fred Westbrook

The eyes have it: Eye-movements and decision-making
Supervisory team: Mike Le Pelley, Ben Newell, Mathew Chylinski

Conceptual and associative processes in fear generalisation
Supervisory team: Peter Lovibond, Brett Hayes, Bronwyn Graham

Understanding emotion dysregulation in people with traumatic brain injury
Supervisory team: Skye McDonald, Bernard Balleine, Fiona Kumfor

Understanding emotion-driven attentional biases from the lab to the clinic
Supervisory team: Steven Most, Eva Kimonis, Jill Newby

Cognitive and neural precursors of mental health problems in youth
Supervisory team: Susanne Schweizer, Helen Christensen, Arcot Sowmya

Understanding super-recognition to improve face identification systems
Supervisory team: David White, Richard Kemp, Alice Towler

Assessing inner speech integrity in people with auditory-verbal hallucinations
Supervisory team: Thomas Whitford, Mike Le Pelley, Skye McDonald

Putting the virtue in virtual reality: Technological approaches to promote blood donation
Supervisory team: Lisa Williams, Jill Newby, Barbara Masser

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