Paralympic Athlete Talent Transfers - Personal and Environmental Factors PhD Scholarship - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Paralympic Athlete Talent Transfers - Personal and Environmental Factors PhD Scholarship

Applications will be accepted until 31 October 2020

Are you interested in making a significant contribution to the future success of Australian sport? If so, an exciting opportunity exists to complete a PhD with The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) and Paralympics Australia (PA) in the area of para-athlete talent transfer.

Talent transfer is the targeted transference of athlete skills from one sport to another. It offers much potential for increasing Australia’s international sporting success. Talent transfer can help ‘fast-track’ athletes to the podium by supporting the maturation of emerging athletes and accelerating the development of established athletes in another sport. In doing so, talent transfer aims to capitalise on investments already made in mature athletes and optimise the talent of emerging athletes. While there is much potential in the talent transfer pathway, research is limited, with existing work focused on able-bodied athletes. As such, there is a clear opportunity to better understand the talent transfer pathway in the context of para-sport, where the barriers and challenges facing para-athletes in achieving sporting success are inherently unique.

In this project you will explore factors that influence talent transfer pathways for para-athletes. You will have an amazing opportunity to work with former, current and emerging, elite Australian and international para-athletes. You will also gain exposure to and work with a network of elite para-sport stakeholders such as coaches, performance managers and sports administrators. The findings from the project will generate ‘real world’ value aimed at informing the development and evaluation of a framework to guide future para-sport talent transfer processes. This collaborative project will further the development of high-performance para-sport and increase opportunities for para-athletes across Australia.

The supervisory team on this project is multi-disciplinary and you will have the opportunity to work between USC, QAS and PA during your PhD candidature. The supervisor team consists of: Dr Bridie Kean (USC), Dr David Fleischman (USC), Professor Brendan Burkett (USC), Dr Luke MacDonald (QAS), Lawrence Fabian (QAS), and Tim Matthews (PA).

For more information contact Dr David Fleischman or Dr Luke MacDonald for more information on the research project.

  • 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 Masters degree in a sports or health-related research field.
  • 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
Number available
  • The successful applicant will receive a Research Training Program (RTP)–level equivalent living stipend rate for the full duration of their candidature.
  • If the successful applicant already holds an RTP scholarship (or is awarded one) , they will receive a QAS top-up scholarship of AUD$8,000 per annum
To apply:
  1. Before submitting an application, please email a CV and a 1-page cover letter outlining your research and/or industry experience relevant to the project to Dr David Fleischman and Dr Luke MacDonald.
  2. Complete an application for admission to the PhD program following the directions on the HDR Applicants page.
  3. Apply for the scholarship: