HDR Scholarship - How do people with type 1 diabetes navigate the challenges of “DIY” diabetes technologies?

Applications now open

The PhD student will initiate and conduct research as part of a joint doctoral research project on the topic 'How do people with type 1 diabetes navigate the challenges of “DIY” diabetes technologies?'.

Project Supervisor

Associate Supervison Team

Dr Christel Hendrieckx (Deakin); Prof Timothy Skinner (Copenhagen); Renza Scibilia (Diabetes Australia)

School OR Institute


Melbourne Burwood or Geelong Waterfront Campus

Research topic

The University of Copenhagen – Deakin University joint PhD program offers research students an unparalleled international experience, working alongside world-class researchers across two continents. Joint degree students spend time working with their supervisors at both universities. As a result, they gain unique exposure to different cultural and scientific environments and substantially increase their employability after graduation. Upon completion of the joint degree program, students receive a dually badged internationally recognised doctoral degree from both institutions. The PhD candidate will also have to spend time at the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes, North Melbourne and University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

With the rapidly advancing technologies of smartphones and wearable technologies, individuals with type 1 diabetes around the world have started to take the initiative in developing their own hardware and software technologies to improve the management of their diabetes. Many are not prepared to wait for industry to provide ‘cutting edge’ technologies and connections between devices, as the regulatory procedures involved, and the necessity to trial devices for safety and efficacy, inevitably means these are slow to become available commercially. This has resulted in a movement of people with diabetes developing their own glucose management systems – so-called “DIY” artificial pancreas systems (APS) and “looping” technologies.

For more information about the research topic please refer to the PDF below.

PDF Diabetes Technologies Project Information106.3KB

Project aim

The aim of this program of PhD research is to provide insights into the experiences of “DIY APS” and “looping” technologies among people with diabetes and how they would like to be supported by their healthcare professionals.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 31 October 2018.


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $27,082 per annum tax exempt (2018 rate)

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be a domestic candidate (domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship).
  • meet Deakin University and the University of Copenhagen's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to Deakin's research degree entry pathways page for more information.

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • background and qualifications in psychology, social sciences or related health sciences. Ideally, the candidate will have experience in qualitative research methods and an interest in health psychology.

How to apply

Learn more about submitting a successful application on the How to apply page

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Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Prof Jane Speight or Dr Christel Hendrieckx.

Prof Jane Speight
Chair, Behavioural and Social Research in Diabetes
Email Jane Speight
+61 3 522 78415

Dr Christel Hendrieckx
Senior Research Fellow
Email Christel Hendrieckx
+61 3 9244 6590