Elite Research Scholarships

Dr Gwen Nettlefold Memorial Elite Research Scholarship

Dr Gwen Nettlefold Memorial Elite Research Scholarship

Gwen Nettlefold was born in Hobart in 1961 and educated at Waimea Heights Primary School and Fahan School. She trained as a nurse, a naturopath and completed a Bachelor of Communications before embarking on her doctorate in Philosophy at the University of Tasmania. Her ability as a philosopher rapidly became apparent and she made a significant contribution to the School of Philosophy as a member of staff, a colleague and undergraduate tutor. Her doctoral thesis was virtually complete when a brain aneurysm tragically ended her life in November 2001. The University of Tasmania awarded her doctorate posthumously in December 2002.

Family, friends and colleagues have endowed this scholarship in her memory to encourage mature-aged women to undertake PhD study in any discipline in the Faculty of Arts, with a preference for philosophy.

The scholarship is to be awarded to a female PhD candidate, over the age of 30 in any discipline in the Faculty of Arts, with a preference for philosophy.

One scholarship will be offered at any time, with the scholarship being open to competition at any time it is not held by a PhD candidate.

The scholarship is tenable for three years, with a possible six-month extension and provides a stipend of $7,500pa.  The successful recipient will also be awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship at a stipend of $23,728pa (2012 rate).


Additional conditions apply to the Australian Postgraduate Awards and Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarships, applicants should read the appropriate conditions for further information.

Applicants should complete the Application for Admission and Scholarship for Higher Degree Research Candidature (see How to Apply) and indicate in Section 9.1 Scholarship Support – Domestic, that you wish to be considered for the Dr Gwen Nettlefold Elite Graduate Research Scholarship

This scholarship is not currently being offered.