HDR Scholarship - Taking part in diabetes research: Who, why, how?

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Taking part in diabetes research: Who, why, how?'.

Project Supervisor

Additional Supervision

Dr Christel Hendrieckx (Deakin) and A/Prof Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis (University of Melbourne)


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition and with management including burdensome daily self-care activities to achieve and sustain the target glucose levels needed to prevent long-term devastating complications. In 2022, the Australian Centre for Accelerating Diabetes Innovations (ACADI) was launched with the purpose of delivering novel interventions for timely diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diabetes and its complications. ACADI (established through MRFF funding from the Australian Government’s Targeted Translation Research Accelerator program, delivered by MTPConnect) is a virtual collaborative diabetes centre led by researchers at University of Melbourne, and uniting >70 partners including Deakin University. Deakin’s Dr Hendrieckx and Dr Holmes-Truscott co-lead the ACADI behavioural platform, providing expertise across the eighteen current ACADI research projects.

Vital to the successful conduct of ACADI is the voluntary participation of Australians living with diabetes in research. However, low response rates, low retention, and non-representative samples are common limitations with impacts for generalisability of research findings. To inform improved research methods we must understand the barriers and facilitators of diabetes research participation, as well as the expectations and experiences of participation, among people with type 2 diabetes across all parts of Australia.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team of research and clinical experts across multiple universities and partner organisations. The scholarships are provided by Deakin University and the successful candidates will be enrolled at Deakin University. The candidate will be situated within the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD) (a parentship between Diabetes Victoria and Deakin University). We invite expressions of interest from eligible applicants to complete a full-time PhD in behavioural / psychosocial diabetes research. Time will also be spent at the office of The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (Melbourne CBD).

Project aim

Broadly, this project may explore the expectations, experiences, barriers and facilitators of research participation among Australian adults with type 2 diabetes. In pursuit of this aim, systematic literature review and mixed methods research will likely be undertaken. The exact aims and methods will be determined through consultation between the candidate and the supervision panel.

Important dates

Applications  will remain open until a candidate has been appointed


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $33,500 per annum tax exempt (2023 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate

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'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 the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

How to apply

Please email a CV and cover letter to Dr Elizabeth Holmes-Truscott. The CV should highlight your skills, education, publications and relevant work experience. If you are successful you will then be invited to submit a formal application.


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr Elizabeth Holmes-Truscott or Dr Christel Hendrieckx

Dr Elizabeth Holmes-Truscott
Email Dr Elizabeth Holmes-Truscott
+61 3 924 46357

Dr Christel Hendrieckx
Email Dr Christel Hendrieckx
+61 3 924 46590