ACL - July 10, 2019
An exciting opportunity: Doctoral Research Scholarship

On offer is a Doctoral research scholarship to undertake research aimed at improving outcomes following knee injury and reconstruction.

This prestigious scholarship, established by La Trobe University, will be awarded to an outstanding applicant who is interested in exploring the effect of exercise-therapy on optimising knee symptoms and quality of life and preventing osteoarthritis after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and reconstruction.

Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including a first class honours degree or equivalent.

As an applicant, you should have an interest in knee injuries, rehabilitation and osteoarthritis. Your project will address symptomatic, functional and structural changes after ACL reconstruction to identify risk factors and optimal management for early osteoarthritis outcomes as part of a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded project.

Benefits of the scholarship

Benefits of the scholarship include:

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three and a half (3.5 years) years, with a value of $27,596.00 per annum, to support your living costs [2019 rate]
  • a fee-relief scholarship (LTUFFRS) for four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University (international applicants only)
  • opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers, and have access to our suite of professional development programs
  • supervised by Prof Kay Crossley and Dr Adam Culvenor within the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, you need to:

  • have an Australian degree in Physiotherapy (or other health sciences) with honours year at an H1 standard or research training at Masters level or approved international equivalent.


$27,596.00 per annum (for 3.5 years)

Start date

Negotiable (have started by early 2020)

How to apply

If you wish to apply for this La Trobe University PhD Scholarship, follow these steps:

  • review details on how to apply for candidature at:
  • submit an enquiry to Dr Adam Culvenor: including a letter of motivation together with a detailed CV
  • when you have received in-principle agreement for your application to be considered, complete and submit your application to the La Trobe Graduate Research School ( if you are a domestic applicant or for international applicants for admission into La Trobe’s PhD program, indicating you wish to be considered for a DVCR Internal Scholarship.

The research team will carefully review your application and consider you for a PhD Scholarship.


Initial enquires to Dr Adam Culvenor close 13 September 2019

Contact us

If you require further information, please contact:

Dr Adam Culvenor

La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, School of Allied Health