Supporting rural Australians to live healthy, active lives

Degree type


Closing date

22 November 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore


$28,597pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

Communities for Walkability is a citizen science project funded by the Medical Research Future Fund investigating walkability and physical activity in rural settings. Phase 1 of this project involves spatial mapping to assess the walkability of 92 small towns (200 – 10,000 residents) across Tasmania, comparison of walkability scores with urban areas, and linkage with Tasmanian population surveillance and monitoring data to explore the feasibility of developing walkability benchmarks for rural areas. Phase 2 involves the design of a practical online walkability tool and working with local residents, councils, practitioners, and policy makers in 10 priority towns to collect detailed information using this tool. The tool will be designed to identify factors influencing walkability and help identify how the local built environment can further support walkability, physical activity, and community health. Community workshops will establish local priorities and develop recommendations for priority actions.

The successful candidate may be involved in all aspects of the project or may choose to focus on a particular phase or research methodology (quantitative, qualitative) depending on their background and interests.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Verity Cleland


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 and the Destination Australia 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 and the following additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be commencing a new course of study with the University of Tasmania in the 2021 academic year

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Public health, health promotion, health sciences, psychology, epidemiology, community development, social sciences, human movement, sports sciences, urban/regional planning, geography

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.

Additional requirements

  • Applicants must maintain full time enrolment for the full duration of their candidature.
  • This project position is offered at the Hobart campus. The successful applicant must remain enrolled at and study at that campus for the course duration.
  • The successful applicant must commence their candidature by 15th December, 2021.

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, Dr Verity Cleland, 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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