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

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. Currently, only domestic applicants or exceptional* international applicants can be considered.

*To be considered exceptional, an applicant needs to have:

  • Honours Class I and/or equivalent postgraduate qualification with outstanding  performance in thesis and research related courses (i.e. performance equivalent to 80% or higher)
  • Outstanding academic achievement generally, as evidenced by high GPA (6.5 or above), academic prizes and awards
  • Be considered by referees to be "outstanding – within the top 5% of students"
  • High quality first author research output(s), e.g., in Q1 journals.
  • A high calibre project that is a good strategic fit with high potential impact and/or building on existing research
  • Meet the English Language requirements.

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:

Available PhD Projects

The following are examples of projects that that we consider priority topics.

  1. Expert knowledge elicitation studies on policy impacts
  2. What are the best options for regulating the content and design of tobacco products in Australia and for disclosing their contents and emissions?
  3. What are the economic impacts of phasing out tobacco retail sales? What measures could assist retailers to stop selling tobacco?
  4. Communication strategies to explain new tobacco control policies to a broad range of stakeholders.
  5. Qualitative interviews with stakeholders, including topic experts, regulatory professionals and community members from different populations about new tobacco control policies (e.g. smokefree generation law, very low nicotine content standard for cigarettes, phasing out tobacco retailing) and their potential impacts (positive and negative)

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 track record, 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.

Coursework 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. Please contact us to find out what is currently available.