HDR Scholarship - Health impact of working from home

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Health impact of working from home'.

Project Supervisor

Prof David Dunstan (Baker Institute)

Additional Supervision


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

The new “working from home” model has created much needed flexibility for workers in the face of COVID restrictions. However, it has also cut opportunities for active commuting, incidental physical activity, and social interaction associated with face-to-face meetings. It is unknown what the toll of this will be on metabolic and cognitive health.

Project aim

There is an opportunity for a PhD student to join the Baker-Deakin Department of Lifestyle and Diabetes to undertake work to investigate whether the working from home model poses a health risk to portions of the population due to changes in the pattern of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and social interaction throughout the day. This research question will be addressed through real world studies using wearables to investigate how these behaviours influence physiological function and by taking an epidemiological approach to investigate relationships between these behaviours and health outcomes.

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
  • International students only:  Tuition fees offset for the duration of 4 years. Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international 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 apply using the Find a Research Supervisor tool


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Prof David Dunstan or Dr Michael Wheeler

Prof David Dunstan
Email Prof David Dunstan (Baker Institute)
+61 3 8532 1873

Dr Michael Wheeler
Email Dr Michael Wheeler
+61 3 924 45189