Fellowship in health care policy and practice – 12 months in the USA

Got an interest in health care policy?

Check out the Harkness fellowship for a paid 12 month period in the USA for you and your family. It’s available to applicants from Australia and New Zealand (due by 8th Sept) and also Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom (due in November).

You will probably need a Master’s degree or a PhD, or at least a bachelor’s degree plus applicable work experience.

They would like “a research proposal that falls within the scope of The Commonwealth Fund’s mission …… the Fund’s priority areas include: expanding access to affordable health insurance coverage; transforming the health care delivery system to improve patient outcomes and control costs through payment reform, primary care, and coordinated care systems, with a particular focus on the sickest and most vulnerable patients; learning from successful international delivery system innovation.”

Love that they are looking for “the kinds of game-changing ideas that can potentially disrupt the current health care system in positive ways.”


Funding opportunity for emerging researchers in ageing

Applications for the Australian Association of Gerontology’s R M Gibson Scientific Research Fund are now open. “The aim of the R M Gibson Scientific Research Fund is to encourage good research particularly from newer researchers in the fields of ageing across all disciplines. The R M Gibson Scientific Research Fund will distribute $15,000 amongst three cutting edge research projects in 2015.”

For more information see the AAG website.

Palliative care funding opportunities update


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PhD Scholarship opportunity in a novel area (is this your early Christmas present?)

Dear members of the palliverse,

We have been informed of a new funding opportunity by the Improving Palliative Care through Clinical Trials (ImPaCCT) NSW network.  Here are the details that they provided.

Palliative Care (Full-Time, $30,000 per annum for 3 years, Based in Sydney) focusing on sleep disturbance in community palliative care patients.

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ANNOUNCEMENT – palliative research scholarship in Victoria AND travel grant

Research Masters or PhD Scholarship
The PCRNV will be offering a Masters or PhD scholarship in 2015 for Victorian students that are able to conduct high quality research into palliative care leading to immediate patient benefit.
The scholarship holder will be supported at his/her full salary for the duration of a full-time PhD (three years) or Masters (two years) to undertake research in palliative care. The successful applicant: will be enrolled as Masters or PhD candidate at a Victorian University; will have the majority of the research funded by the PCRNV completed within Victoria and; whom the Primary supervisor and applicant/student are based at a Victorian University (co-investigators and/or collaborators may work interstate or internationally).
The scholarship scheme is the result of a partnership between the Victorian Cancer Agency (VCA) and the PCRNV, and is designed to build research capacity in Victoria.
Stipends for the scholarship will be in line with NHMRC rates and are as followed:

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More current funding opportunities!

From Cancer Council Western Australia:

  • PhD Top Up Scholarship. Details here. Closes October 31st.
  • Honours Scholarships. Details here. Closes November 12th.

From Australian Rotary Health:

  • Indigenous Health Scholarship. Details here. Opens December 1st.

From the Australian Research Council

  • Various schemes open now/soon, such as the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. Details here.

Check out other funding opportunities at CareSearch.

Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation scholarships & grants

The Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation provides funding support to scientists and health professionals undertaking research projects in the areas of palliative care and progressive neurological diseases.

Applications for 2016 project/equipment grants between $20,000 and $50,000 are due in June 2015. Details can be found here.

Applications for 2015 PhD scholarships are due on 6th February, 2015. Details can be found here.

Decision Assist project grants

Decision Assist is seeking applications from eligible organisations for enabling grants to support projects that aim to implement linkage strategies that have the potential to improve the quality of end-of-life care for older people in residential and community settings.

Applications close September 12. More information can be found here.


Victorian Cancer Agency 2014 funding round

Attention all Victorian researchers!

The Victorian Cancer Agency is pleased to announce the funding round for 2014 is now open. The following grants are currently available: 

Clinical Research Fellowships 
Early Career Seed Grants 
Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre Supportive Care Research PhD Scholarship 

The following grant will be available soon: 

2014 Richard Pratt Fellowships for Prostate Cancer Research 

This application closing dates for all grants is 7 October 2014. 

All grant information is available at: www.victoriancanceragency.org.au/index.php/current-funding-opportunities   


National Palliative Care Projects: call for applications

Funding of up to $52 million is being provided by the Australian Government over three years from 2014-15 to 2016-17 under the Chronic Disease Prevention and Service Improvement Fund (CDPSIF) for National Palliative Care Projects that focus on enhancing the quality of service delivery in the palliative care sector. The objective of the National Palliative Care Projects is to deliver nationally focused projects that: improve palliative care education and training of health and aged care workforce; and identify quality improvements that can assist in improving the delivery of palliative care services across Australia.  Click here for the invitation to apply for funding.