Air pollution & cardio-respiratory co-morbidity

Exposure to air pollution and cardio-respiratory co-morbidity

Degree type


Closing date

22 November 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore


$28,597pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

Respiratory and cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of disability and death globally and are over-represented in regional and remote communities. We have a clear understanding of the risk factors that predispose individuals to develop chronic respiratory and cardiovascular disease but our knowledge of the interaction between these conditions is limited. This is surprising given that we know that individuals with chronic respiratory conditions are more likely to have cardiovascular co-morbidities and vice versa. Air pollution is an almost ubiquitous environmental risk factor that has been independently associated with the development and exacerbation of both cardiovascular and respiratory disease. However, there are almost no studies examining how exposure to air pollution might influence the co-development of respiratory and cardiovascular disease.

This project will address this gap in knowledge using data collected from an early childhood cohort in a regional community. By combining data from this cohort with linked datasets and modelled air pollution exposure (from traffic and bushfires), this project will allow us to gain insight into the potential contribution of exposure to air pollution to cardio-respiratory co-morbidity in regional Australian communities.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Graeme Zosky


The scholarship supporting this project provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years;
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000;
  • a tuition fee scholarship for up to 4 years (successful domestic applicants will be awarded an RTP Fees Offset and successful international applicants will be awarded a University of Tasmania Fees Offset)

The scholarship supporting this project is funded by the University of Tasmania and the Australian Government through the Research Training Program.


The project is open to domestic (Australia and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from International applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the PhD minimum entry requirements.

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, medical sciences or similar health-related disciplines

Selection Criteria

The project/scholarship is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Prof Graeme Zosky, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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