Applications are open for a PhD Scholarship for students keen to research how modifications to child restraints for children with disability affect their safety in cars.

The scholarship is being offered by Neuroscience Research Australia and the University of New South Wales.

While children with disability often require modifications to standard safety equipment, little is known about how these modifications can affect the safety performance of seat belts and other child restraints in car crashes.

The aim of the PhD Scholarship is to support a research student to determine the effects of common modifications required for children with disability to travel in motor vehicles based on the crash performance. 

It will further develop an evidence base for allied health practitioners performing such modifications to maximise the safety of children with disability during travel.

Who is eligible?

• Students with undergraduate qualifications in occupational therapy, engineering, physiotherapy or other relevant discipline. Previous research experience or experience working with children with disability will be highly regarded.

• Students must meet the requirements for enrolment as a postgraduate research student at UNSW Sydney.

• International students may apply, but priority will be given to local students or international students already in Australia, due to Covid-related travel restrictions. This scholarship does not cover international student tuition, and any international student would need to secure a tuition fee scholarship or have other means of covering international student tuition fees.

The scholarship provides an Australian tax-free living stipend at the Australian government Research Training Program rate, currently $28,597 per annum, for three years with a possible extension of six months. Students based at Neuroscience Research Australia are also eligible for a $5,000 per annum ‘top-up’ scholarship.

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Another scholarship opportunity is being offered by Curtin University intended to support the safe transport of children with disabilities travelling on government funded school buses in Australia.

Providing accessible and safe transport to and from school for children with disabilities is a complex challenge.

This project, conducted in collaboration with Mobility and Accessibility for Children in Australia (MACA), will lead to evidence that will be used to influence and inform changes to government policy and legislation, as well as practice at the grassroots level.

Applications close on August 30, 2021 and interstate applicants can be supervised remotely. For detail go to: