Doctoral Scholarship 


Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship linked to the Health Research Council funded project: Enabling participation for disabled children and young people. The successful applicant will join an established team of researchers from Massey University, University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology (AUT). The team’s recent and current research can be viewed at The student will be based at the SHORE and Whariki Research Centre, Massey University, located in the Auckland CBD. This three year scholarship is valued at NZ $25,000 p.a. (tax free) plus tuition fees.

Study overview

The research is concerned with understanding how neighbourhoods and communities can support the inclusion, mobility, physical activity and participation of children and young people with mobility and sensory impairments. The successful candidate will work with the children, young people and their parents to understand the disabling attributes of community environments and enablers of community participation. The successful applicant will share responsibility for the collection and analysis of data collected.

Applying for the Scholarship 

It is expected the candidate will hold an honours or master’s degree in a health or social science discipline.  Applicants must meet the University’s selection criteria for entry into the PhD programme. If you would like to discuss this opportunity with a research team member please call Professor Karen Witten or Dr Penelope Carroll ph 093666136.

To apply please forward a covering letter and curriculum vitae to the address below.


Closing date: 13th May 2016

Applications to be sent to Caroline Lowe either by email ( or to the address below:


                                                                Business Manager

                                                                SHORE & Whariki Research Centre

                                                                School of Public Health

                                                                Massey University

                                                                P O Box 6137

                                                                Wellesley Street



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