PhD Scholarship Cervical cancer screening, prevention and care in Indonesia

The Nossal Institute for Global Health and the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne invites applications for a PhD scholar to contribute to a research project funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) entitled ‘Biographies of Vulnerability and Resilience: Middle-aged women’s lived experiences of cervical cancer in Indonesia’.

"" The project, led by Dr Linda Rae Bennett (Head, Education and Learning Unit, Nossal Institute for Global Health) commenced in May 2018. The project team is comprised of international experts in the areas of medical anthropology, sexual and reproductive health, health systems and health policy, and reproductive cancers. The research aims to understand Indonesian women’s experiences of cervical cancer and the ways in which families, communities and civil society organisations, and the health system in Indonesia are contributing to cervical cancer prevention and providing care and support to cancer-affected women.

The PhD candidate’s research project will focus on community level responses to cervical cancer. This includes health system responses to screening and prevention occurring at the primary health care level, and the roles of civil society organisations in relation to cervical cancer prevention and support of cancer-affected women and their families. The research will involve extended field work in Indonesia, in either Yogyakarta or Jakarta.

The overall project methodology is qualitative and the PhD candidate will be expected to develop and apply a qualitative research protocol in line with the larger project. Candidates most suited to this project are those with experience and/or qualifications in:  anthropology or medical anthropology; global health; sexual and reproductive health; health systems analysis; Asian studies; or gender studies. Indonesian language skills (or a willingness to learn Indonesian) and experience living or working in Indonesia are desirable. Candidates of Indonesian cultural background are strongly encouraged to apply.

Scholarship applicants must be eligible for acceptance by the University of Melbourne into a PhD programme, and must be residents or citizens of Australia. The PhD eligibility process must have commenced at the time of submitting the scholarship application. The scholarship will be offered to the successful applicant, conditional upon acceptance into the PhD programme at the University of Melbourne in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Applicants must have an Honours 1, or have completed a postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline with a GPA of 80% or above. The scholarship is worth up to $30,000 per annum for full time students, and is available for three years.

How to apply: Applications will be considered upon the provision of the following information:
*Your CV (2 pages maximum);
*Certified copies of your academic transcripts;
*A 1-2 page outline of your research skills and experience;
*A summary of your motivations for and goals in undertaking a PhD,
*An outline of your proposed PhD topic that fits within the project described above (no longer than 1,000 words).
Applications should be forwarded via email to Belinda Spagnoletti

If you are not a current student at the University of Melbourne and would like information about how to apply to become a PhD candidate at the University, please visit the Future Students website.

Further enquiries: If you have any questions about the PhD program or the application process please email Belinda Spagnoletti

Closing date: Friday, 14 September 2018

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