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PhD Full Scholarship - Aging Well with HIV (voluntary)

Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society
  • PhD Scholarship: Developing and refining a digital platform to support people to age well with HIV

An exciting PhD scholarship opportunity to undertake applied research with leading HIV research groups that is embedded within the work of key HIV community organisations in Victoria.

Benefits of the scholarship include:

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three and a half years, with a value of $27,596.00 per annum (non-taxable) to support your living costs [2019 rate]
  • a fee-relief scholarship (LTUFFRS) for four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University (international applicants only), Tuition fees for Australian residents are sponsored by Commonwealth Govt
  • opportunities to work with outstanding researchers at La Trobe and the Burnet Institute
  • an opportunity to integrate high quality research with community-based program development
  • access to La Trobe’s suite of professional development programs.

The Project: Developing and refining a digital platform to support people to age well with HIV.

Highly effective HIV therapies have resulted in an aging population of people living with HIV and created a need to develop and maintain effective programs to support people to age well with HIV. Through this PhD, you will have the opportunity to work with leading HIV researchers at La Trobe University and the Burnet Institute, HIV clinicians at the Alfred Hospital, and program implementers at Living Positive Victoria and Thorne Harbour Health. This PhD is embedded within a three-year project to develop, implement and refine an online platform to support the psychosocial and health needs of older people living with HIV. The project adopts an iterative refinement/ implementation science approach to program development and evaluation.

The first phase of the project will involve quantitative and qualitative formative research to inform the implementation of the online platform. The second phase will involve the technical build, development and trialling of the online platform. The platform build will emphasise a shared experience model to create ‘digital communities’ and a peer-support environment. The third phase will involve a trial period where the platform goes live and is iteratively evaluated and refined. The trial will aim to integrate the platform into existing services for people living with HIV in Victoria.

This project will work closely with community organisations and the affected community. As an applicant you should have an interest in community-based program implementation. This PhD would suit applicants with some experience working with or in community-based organisations.

For more details see the attached flyer or click here.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply, you need to meet academic requirements such as:

  • Have a Masters by research degree in a relevant discipline completed within the last ten years assessed ata La Trobe Masters by research standard of 75 or above; or
  • Equivalency based on an Honours or other minor thesis as determined by the Academic Entry Requirements in LaTrobe University’s Graduate Research Admissions Policy


  • Community-based program experience
  • HIV or related sector experience
  • Development of internet-based interventions or resources
  • Able to commence in early 2020.

Expected starting date for Scholarship: early in 2020.

If you require further information or wish to discuss the opportunity, please contact:

Dr Graham Brown at Graham.Brown@latrobe.edu.au
Head of BBV and STI Research
Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society

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