Applications are now open for Turning Point PhD scholarships commencing Semester 1, 2023 – a unique opportunity for someone who is passionate about transforming the way society provides treatment, specialist care and support for those affected by addiction to build an academic career.

Turning Point is offering a number of scholarships to domestic students who wish to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in one the areas of:-

One in five Australian adults experience an alcohol use disorder (AUD) during their lifetime and it continues to be the most common treatment presentation in addiction services, yet fewer than 10% achieve continuous abstinence 12-months after treatment. This PhD program presents an exciting opportunity to advance the treatment of alcohol use disorders by studying the effectiveness of novel neurocognitive training interventions in different settings and using novel delivery methods (e.g., smartphone). The program could also entail randomised control trials of neurocognitive interventions in combination with pharmacological or psychological approaches, leading to translational pathways.

As many as one in five Australians will experience a substance use or gambling disorder during their lifetime. Research suggests there are multiple pathways to recover which may include specialised treatment, mutual aid support and other activities, however we have yet to understand what works best, for whom and under what circumstances. This PhD program will centre around Australia’s largest ever cohort study of people’s recovery journeys. It will explore mechanisms that influence recovery trajectories such as recovery identify, recovery capital, social networks and engagement in vocational/meaningful activities. Factors identified as critical to the successful management of addictive behaviours will inform future programs and initiatives, to optimise outcomes and well-being among people experiencing addiction.

Scholarships are offered via Monash Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (MNHS) graduate research program.

Scholarship award amounts

The scholarship amount awarded to full-time PhD students is $30,000 per annum. PhD Scholarship duration is three years maximum.

Entry requirements

You need to satisfy the following Monash University entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.


All applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity to carry out independent research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study.
See Section 2.1 of the Graduate Research Handbook for detailed information.

English requirements

Sound English language skills are required for academic programs at Monash University.
See Section 2.2 of the Graduate Research Handbook for detailed information.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Successful candidates are required to enrol in the PhD program through the Eastern Health Clinical School (EHCS) in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

How to apply

Send a completed expression of interest form with all requested attachments to [email protected]. Include the nominated program area from those listed above in the email title.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to work with Turning Point academics to develop a competitive full application that aligns with the applicant's experience.

Please note: It is expected applicants will have contacted the primary supervisor of their nominated program area before submitting an expression of interest form.

Expressions of interest are encouraged.

Full applications can be submitted as there is no firm closing date.

Program start: Semester 1, 2023

Enquiries to: [email protected]