Regulating Australian Clinical Trials

Degree type


Closing date

18 July 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

Clinical trials are vital for improving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. However, they raise ethical, legal, and policy issues that require dedicated attention.

Proposals are sought for PhD projects that will investigate the regulation of clinical trials in Australia, including its implications for participant safety, access to emerging therapeutics, and support for the innovation pipeline. The research may consider Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs), Data and Safety Monitoring Boards (DSMBs), the Therapeutic Goods Administration, or other relevant clinical trials oversight mechanisms. Without limiting the scope of potential proposals, topics may include:

  • Improving transparency and accountability for decision making by clinical trial oversight bodies
  • Sharing responsibilities between clinical trial oversight bodies to promote efficiency and expertise
  • Developing regulatory strategies for emerging clinical trial designs, such as adaptive and platform clinical trials

Potential applicants are encouraged to get in touch with the supervisory team to discuss possible topics.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Lisa Eckstein


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Law, Social Sciences, Philosophy, Medicine or a related field

Selection Criteria

The project 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, Dr Lisa Eckstein to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. 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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