Paralympic Athlete Talent Transfers - Personal and Environmental Factors PhD Scholarship

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Paralympic Athlete Talent Transfers - Personal and Environmental Factors PhD Scholarship

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Applications will be accepted until 4pm on 31 July 2019

Para-sport is inherently unique with para-athletes facing additional barriers and challenges towards achieving sporting success. Further research exploring the experience of talent transfer for para-athletes, and the factors that influence a successful talent transfer is therefore warranted within a Paralympic context. The aim of this project is to explore the factors that influence para-athlete talent transfer in order to support and improve future transfers.

Talent transfer is the targeted transference of athlete skills from one sport to another and provides an efficient solution towards increasing international medal success in both able-bodied and para-sport. Talent transfer can ‘fast-track’ athletes to the podium, avoid adolescent maturational issues, reduce athlete development time frames, and increase return by capitalising on investments already made in mature athletes. However, research regarding the talent transfer pathway is significantly limited, and restricted to the able-bodied context. Para-sport is inherently unique with para-athletes facing additional barriers and challenges towards achieving sporting success. Further research exploring the experience of talent transfer for para-athletes, and the factors that influence a successful talent transfer is therefore warranted within a Paralympic context.

The aim of this project is to explore the factors that influence para-athlete talent transfer in order to support and improve future transfers.

Under the supervision of Dr Bridie Kean (USC), Professor Brendan Burkett (USC), Dr Luke MacDonald (QAS), Lawrence Fabian (QAS), and Tim Matthews (PA), you will commence research exploring the personal and environmental factors that influence para-athlete talent transfer in different contexts, including experiences of international transfer para-athletes, Australian transfer para-athletes who received no formal support and those are currently in a structured program such as the Prospecting for Gold Talent Transfer program at the QAS. You will also explore and document the Australian para-sport stakeholder such as coaches and sports administrators. These findings will be used to inform the development and evaluation of a framework to guide future para-sport talent transfer processes.

The project will primarily be carried out between the USC Sippy Downs Campus and the QAS Nathan campus, Qld. You will also have the opportunity to travel to the PA offices in Adelaide and Melbourne.

For more information contact Dr Bridie Kean, bkean@usc.edu.au

Eligibility
  • Domestic Applicant
  • Approved for admission to the USC PhD Program (the application for admission to the PhD program and the application for the scholarship can be submitted simultaneously)
  • Bachelor’s Degree with First Class Honours or equivalent previous study, in Occupational Therapy or Sport and Exercise Science
  • Not hold a PhD
  • Not have previously held a Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the current scholarship’s payments commencing
  • Not be the recipient of an equivalent award, scholarship, or salary, providing a benefit greater than 75 percent of the Research Training Program rate to undertake a HDR. Income unrelated to the course of study is not to be taken into account
  • Satisfactory progress must be maintained throughout the PhD program
Selection criteria
  • Undergraduate degree
  • Research Training degree - Honours or Research Masters degree 
  • Record of research publications, especially in peer-reviewed international journals
  • Professional research experience 
  • Desirable: Qualitative research experience
Eligible programs
PhD
Number available
1
Value
Annual stipend:$27,500
Application
To apply:
  1. Complete an application for admission to the PhD program following the directions on the HDR Applicants page.
  2. Apply for the scholarship:
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