Current opportunities

Interested in joining the Centre of Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame?

The Centre of Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame is committed to contributing to research training and development of the next generation of public health research leaders.

Current opportunities

EMCR Fellowship Opportunities

We are currently accepting expressions of interest from EMCRs to join the NHMCR Centre of Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame.

Three fellowships are available at Academic Level A or B. The fellowship may be taken as full-time or part-time, and can commence in either 2023 or 2024.

There are seven specified projects available to select from that span different disciplinary areas including public health, law, and health economics, and both qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches.

To submit an expression of interest: 

PhD scholarship opportunities

The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame at the School of Public Health, The University of Queensland, is currently accepting applications for prospective PhD students. 

The University of Queensland is one of Australia’s prestigious sandstone universities, which ranks high in world rankings and is considered a research-intensive university. Read more about UQ’s standing here:

Advisors available:

Earmarked PhD scholarships

The Tobacco Endgame Centre of Research Excellence has a number of earmarked PhD scholarships available:

  • Funding type: Living stipend + Tuition fees
  • Scholarship value: Living stipend of $32,192 AUD per annum tax free (indexed annually) + additional $5,000 top up stipend for exceptional candidates, your tuition fees covered, and Single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Scholarship duration: 3.5 years with the possibility of 1 extension

Available PhD Projects

The following are projects that are available for PhD applicants to select from. Depending on the size of the individual project, prospective PhD students would be expected to select multiple related projects (e.g. projects 1-4 could form a thesis on illicit tobacco purchasing behaviours and potential mitigation measures).

  1. Development of a scale to measure susceptibility to purchasing illicit tobacco (SPIT scale)
  2. Survey of measures to deter illicit tobacco purchasing
  3. Street intercept surveys of knowledge and experience of purchasing illicit tobacco products
  4. Online survey about illicit tobacco purchasing with behavioural economics task to test what deters purchasing
  5. Comparative analysis of regulatory frameworks that could be applied to tobacco in Australia to regulate and monitor supply or to understand the illicit tobacco market where bans are imposed. Case studies of countries or local governments with bans on tobacco sales or effective bans, tobacco bans in prisons in Australia and internationally, Nicotine Vaping Product regulation, pseudoephedrine diversion monitoring, prescription heroin, cannabis supply
  6. Qualitative interviews with topic experts and regulatory professionals using Witzel and Reiter’s Problem Centred Interviews to explore key issues, and strengths and limitations of different regulatory options to minimise tobacco use while containing the illicit tobacco market.
  7. Qualitative interviews with stakeholders (people from different populations and community groups, researchers, policymakers) about tobacco endgame policies (e.g. smokefree generation law, very low nicotine content standard for cigarettes, phasing out tobacco retailing)
  8. Discrete choice experiment study of policy preferences
  9. Expert knowledge elicitation exercise to estimate size of the illicit tobacco market under different policy scenarios
  10. What is the potential to litigate the tobacco industry in Australia, such as: i) seeking substantial damages to compensate for tobacco-diseases treatment costs, the value of life years lost from smoking, the environmental impacts and tobacco product waste disposal costs; ii) pursuing criminal charges against tobacco companies, or their executives and employees for attempted murder, manslaughter or negligent behaviour?
  11. What are the best options for regulating the content and design of tobacco products in Australia and for disclosing their contents and emissions?
  12. What are the economic impacts of phasing out tobacco retail sales? What measures could assist retailers to stop selling?

Additional topics relevant to tobacco control policy or smoking cessation practice not listed above may also be considered where the project is a good fit for our research centre. Please contact the research team to discuss project topics.

Interested potential applicants should:

  1. Check eligibility requirements here:
  2. If eligible to enrol, email with your university transcripts (for all your tertiary level studies), an academic CV (see for advice on what to include), English language proficiency evidence if from a non-English speaking background ( and a brief explanation for why you want to do a PhD on this topic and how it would fit with your career plans and trajectory.

Please note that we preference support for high-achieving applicants (GPA equivalent >6 on Australian scale of 1-7) with demonstrated aptitude for research (e.g., first-authored publications in Q1 journals), strong written and spoken English communication skills, and demonstrated relevant background knowledge and experience of tobacco control policy research or practice.

    Student projects

    We have a range of other research topics and short-term projects suitable for coursework masters (Minimum GPA of 5.5 required), Honours students, Doctor of Medicine, and Bachelor of Health Sciences students.