The CRF PhD Excellence Award (formerly top-up scholarships) are $5,000 per annum for up to 3 years only to augment an Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) Stipend Scholarship or equivalent competitive scholarship.


Applications are invited for PhD Research Scholarships in the areas of Healthy Development: Disciplines include, but are not restricted to, allied health, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, biostatistics, demography, dentistry, digital health, disability, economics, education, endocrinology, epidemiology, ethics, genetics, indigenous health, law, nutrition, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, pharmacology, physiology, politics, psychiatry, psychology, public health and sociology.

Preference will be given to projects with a multidisciplinary focus and that enhance more than one discipline within the research topic.

Applications are open to domestic and international students in their first year of candidature, which a commencement date between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024. Applicants must also satisfy the following criteria: 

  • Hold a first class Honours degree or equivalent in a discipline relevant to the chosen field of study
  • Hold an Australian Government Research Training Program (AG RTP) Stipend Scholarship or equivalent competitive postgraduate scholarship
  • Be a paying HDA member. Membership is $20 (excluding GST) for 1 year or $50 (excluding GST) for 3 years
  • Your principcal supervisor must also be a paying HDA member
  • Research projects must be aligned with the Healthy Development research pillars spanning preconception to adolescence

Conditions of Funding

Successful HDA Scholars will be required to participate in the HDA Research Training Program during their candidature. The program consists of a 20 hour practicum placement, mentoring component, and attending and assisting as required at HDA events.

Annual renewal of top-up funding will also be subject to meeting your University postgraduate requirements, and subject to ongoing funding availability from the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation.

You will also be required to acknowledge the HDA in research publications.

How do I apply?

Please submit the following documents by 5.00pm Friday 19 January 2024 to:
Healthy Development Adelaide, Anne Jurisevic at

  1. Completed HDA Application (doc format - in font Arial 12)
  2. Up-to-Date curriculum vitae
  3. Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) or equivalent competitive scholarship awarded
  4. Academic transcript