About the PhD Scholarship

The PhD Scholarship provides funding for successful applicants to attain a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

The PhD Scholarship is a funding agreement between Suicide Prevention Australia and the applicant’s Administering Institution (a University in Australia).

The PhD Scholarship aims to support outstanding graduates who are at the early part of their research career. The Scholarship supports research relevant to all aspects of suicide prevention and to develop a capacity for original independent research within Australia.


The PhD Scholarship aims to:

  1. Support excellent clinical and applied research for those undertaking research in the suicide prevention field
  2. Advance promising early career researchers and promote enhanced opportunities for diverse career pathways
  3. Enable research and research training in high quality and supportive environments
  4. Expand Australia’s knowledge base and research capability; and
  5. Enhance the scale and focus of research relevant to the Suicide Prevention Research Fund priorities

Who should apply?

Applicants who wish to attain a research focussed PhD in suicide prevention.

Award value

PhD Scholarship funding level The total grant value is up to $105,000.
PhD Scholarship funding duration and commencement date The funding is for a three year full-time equivalent position with provision for up to five years for career disruption.

The funding commencement date for scholarship recipients must occur within 3 months of execution of funding agreement.

Application process

Stage Actions
1 PhD Scholarship application submitted to Suicide Prevention Australia (by closing date)
2 Applications considered by reviewers using a standardised assessment process
3 Selected applications considered by reviewers using a standardised assessment process
4 Selected applications considered by Research Advisory Committee for recommendation to Suicide Prevention Australia Board
5 Suicide Prevention Australia Board considers final recommendations

Key dates

Round 1 - Application period Opened
Round 2 - Application period Opened
3 July 2019
30 August 2019
Round 3 - Application period Opened
27 January 2020
03 April 2020


If you have enquiries regarding the research grant program please contact Suicide Prevention Australia on +61 (2) 9262 1130 or email sprf@suicidepreventionaust.org