PhD and MRes Scholarships – Now Closed

The ACA offers PhD/MRes scholarship funding for students currently enrolled (or are in the process of enrolling) in a PhD or MRes program at an Australian University. This funding is linked to the Research Training Program (RTP).

A review of the ACA PhD scholarship application process has occurred since the previous round. This review has been informed by the ACA Research Summary and Strategic Research Opportunities 2016 (RSSRO). This document is available through ACA or the Heads of School at each University.

For the funding cycle, the ACA welcomes submissions within research domains encompassing:

  • diagnosis (including reduction in unnecessary, ineffective or harmful diagnostic procedures);
  • efficacy (including reduction in inappropriate or ineffective therapies);
  • affordability;
  • safety; and
  • knowledge translation and implementation within mainstream clinical care.

Priority may be given to research addressing musculoskeletal conditions which lead to high societal and economic burden as identified by the Global Burden of Disease1-3 and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 4

Projects must be within the chiropractic scope of practice and based upon sound scientific principles. Projects and supervision that are based outside of chiropractic institutions will also be considered.

Application forms can be downloaded below:


  1. Hoy DG, Smith E, Cross M, et al. Reflecting on the global burden of musculoskeletal conditions: lessons learnt from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study and the next steps forward. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 2015;74(1):4-7. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-205393
  2. Hoy D, March L, Brooks P, et al. The global burden of low back pain: estimates from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study. Ann Rheum Dis 2014;73(6):968-74. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-204428 [published Online First: 2014/03/26]
  3. Vos T, Barber R, Bell B, et al. Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 310 diseases and injuries, 1990-2015: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. Lancet 2016;388(10053):1545-602. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(16)31678-6 [published Online First: 2016/10/14]
  4. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions publications [cited 2016 October 27]