PhD Scholarship Opportunities – Health Economic Research Projects

Monash University
February 14, 2024
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PhD Scholarship Opportunities – Health Economic Research Projects

Job no.: 625101

Location: Caulfield campus

Duration: 3.5-year fixed-term appointment

Employment Type: Full-time

Remuneration: Successful applicants will receive a generous scholarship covering tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at current value of AU$37,000 per annum (up to $47,000 per annum for outstanding students).

Additional financial support is available through research and teaching assistance work.

The Opportunity

As a candidate in the CHE PhD program, you will receive rigorous training in advanced health economics and related studies. You will also enjoy opportunities for conference travel and the potential to undertake international research visits.

PhD opportunities are available across all topics of health economics.

Project-specific PhD opportunities commencing in July 2024 are available for the following research projects:

Economics of child maltreatment and child protection

There is a critical need for evidence-informed policies that prevent child maltreatment and reduce its harms. The PhD thesis will build evidence on the causes and consequences of child maltreatment and child protection involvement. Possible topics include: (i) estimating the impact of economic hardship on child maltreatment; (ii) exploring the economic consequences of child maltreatment and involvement with child protection services; and (iii) modelling the effectiveness of economic policies in reducing child maltreatment. The successful PhD candidate will work under the primary supervision of Associate Professor Nicole Black and Professor David Johnston, and will have the opportunity to work with other senior academics at Monash University, including Professor Maarten Lindeboom.

Economics of health professionals' labour markets

The health workforce is crucial in meeting health system objectives of high- value health care and ensuring access to populations most in need. Possible topics include health professionals' well-being, the effects of competition and regulation, gender issues in medical labour markets, and the impact of financial incentives and other policies. The focus could be on the medical, nursing and/or allied health workforce in different sectors (public/private, primary care, hospitals, aged care). The successful PhD candidate will work under the primary supervision of Professor Anthony Scott and will have the opportunity to work with other senior academics at the Centre for Health Economics.

Climate change, human capital and economic inequity

Marginalised communities often bear the brunt of climate change-related events, facing heightened health risks and loss of education opportunities. These uneven impacts highlight the need to address inequities to protect and develop human capital across society in the face of a changing climate. This research will work on the impacts of climate change-related events, such as extreme temperatures and natural disasters, on human capital outcomes and the associated social and economic inequities. The successful PhD candidate will work under the primary supervision of Professor David Johnston and Dr Rachel Knott, and will also have the opportunity to work with other senior academics at Monash University.

PhD entry requirements and scholarship eligibility

Applicants should have a 4-year Bachelor degree or 2-year Masters degree in economics, econometrics or a related quantitative discipline, demonstrated research experience, and strong academic results.

For full information on scholarship eligibility please click here.

General information on applications and commencing a research degree at Monash can be found here.

How to apply for a scholarship

Interested applicants should first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). If successful, you will be invited to submit a full application.

Submit your EOI

Closing Dates

  • International Students: EOI by 14 February 2024
  • Domestic Students: EOI by 16 April 2024
  • Important: Please make sure you select “Health Economics” as your area of interest in the online EOI form otherwise we will not receive your EOI.

    You will be asked to include the following information (after the data privacy page):

  • Your CV, including details of two referees
  • A copy of your academic transcripts and details of grading scales
  • Evidence of English language proficiency according to these guidelines
  • A 1-2 page cover letter outlining your research skills, experience, research topics of interest and why this PhD opportunity interests you.
  • About Monash and the Centre for Health Economics

    The Centre for Health Economics is one of the world's leading research groups in the economic analysis of health and health care. We have the highest concentration of economists working in health in the Asia-Pacific region and the largest Health Economics PhD program in Australia, reflecting the reputation of our researchers and the quality of their mentorship.

    Monash is one of the top 50 universities in the world, ranked top in health economics in the Asia-Pacific region. As a PhD student of the Centre, you will be part of a team of researchers at the cutting edge of impactful international research across research themes including: disadvantage and health; global and environmental health economics; economic behaviour, incentives and preferences in health; and, economic modelling of health policies and technologies.

    PhD graduates from the Centre for Health Economics typically find employment as researchers in leading universities and consulting firms around the world. For instance, our previous graduates have been successful in gaining positions at the London School of Economics, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, the University of York, the University of Melbourne, Ernst & Young, the World Bank and government health departments.


    If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email [email protected]

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