Scholarship details

Funding Body:

Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution


Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution Scholarship in Aged and End of Life Care

Research Areas:

Health Sciences


Postgraduate Research


Funding for this scholarship has been generously donated by the Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution to provide support for two commencing Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students undertaking research in the area of aged and end of life care at Sydney Nursing School.

Each of the doctoral research projects will investigate existing and potential new models of end of life care for people living with dementia and caregivers in the community. These research projects are situated within a larger program of research that aims to develop new knowledge and understanding in relation to the care and support needs of older people.

Doctoral Research Project 1 focuses on the current community and home support programs that are underpinned by consumer directed care and their appropriateness and adequacy for quality end of life care for people with dementia.

Doctoral Research Project 2 focuses on examining a model of primary and community care that marries the notions of shared decision-making and advance care planning for people with dementia living at home.

There is some flexibility around the research questions and methods but it is highly likely that both projects will adopt a mixed methods research design.

If you are interested in applying for this scholarship please contact Professor Yun-Hee Jeon ( or Associate Professor Heather McKenzie ( before developing a research proposal to discuss the details of these projects and the requirements for a research proposal.




Applications will be accepted from individuals who:

  • satisfy the general eligibility criteria for the PhD at the University of Sydney;
  • are citizens or permanent residents of Australia;
  • hold degrees in nursing or health related disciplines;
  • have applied for full-time enrolment as a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery (Sydney Nursing School), commencing Research Period 1 (2 January 2016) or Research Period 2 (1 March 2016);
  • are not currently enrolled as a PhD candidate.


Amount awarded:

Each scholarship will provide support to the value of $30,000 (tax exempt) per annum for a maximum of three years (subject to satisfactory progress) and may be used to complement an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA). 

Application guide:

Please download the application form below. 


Applications should be sent to the following address:


Attention: Meghan Gestos,

Research Support Unit, Sydney Nursing School, the University of Sydney

88 Mallett Street, Camperdown NSW 2050

Or via email to:




Closing date:

17 January 2016