The George Institute For Global Health
United Kingdom

PhD Scholarship in Reducing Salt Intake using Food Policy Interventions

Type of career: 
Postgraduate opportunities
Application close date: 
Contact name: 
Leanne Tea

Two postgraduate scholarships are available for suitably qualified students to undertake research studies on salt reduction as part of a PhD degree to be completed at UNSW Sydney.

Details of the projects will be agreed by discussion with the most competitive candidates but will fit within the broad sphere of the Institute's current National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre for Research Excellence in reducing salt intake using food policy interventions. The research done within this Centre will provide evidence about practical new approaches to delivering salt reduction interventions that will be relevant for millions of Australians and tens of millions worldwide. Positive results from this research are expected to bring about changes in food policy initiatives that influence consumers, patients, civil society organisations, the food industry and government.

The research is anticipated to have a significant quantitative component though could also include qualitative elements. The Institute holds large databases describing the nutritional content of the food supply of multiple jurisdictions and detailed dietary survey data for several more. It is anticipated that these existing databases will form a substantive component of the research that will be done.


Applicants should:

1.Be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

2.Have a Masters degree in Nutrition, Public Health, Biostatistics, Medicine, Law or another related field.

Candidates are recommended to highlight in their application

1.Prior research experience.

2.Evidence of scientific writing skills

3.Knowledge of quantitative research methods

4.Ability to work as part of a team

5.Other applicable indicators of excellence

Terms of award:

These scholarships are for full-time students for a period of up to 3 years, although successful candidates will be encouraged (and will be provided support), to apply for external competitive peer reviewed funding. The scholarship stipend will be $35,000 per annum.


Applications should include a cover letter, current CV, copy of academic transcripts, proof of citizenship or permanent residency, and the names and contact details of at least two referees. Please upload as one document where possible.

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