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National Drug Research Institute

Preventing Harmful Drug Use In Australia

Postgraduate Scholarships

The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) offers postgraduate students the opportunity to undertake doctoral research at one of Australia's leading alcohol and other drug research centres.

By undertaking a PhD at NDRI, students can complete groundbreaking and innovative research that contributes to real solutions to alcohol and other drug problems in Australian society.

NDRI employs about 30 research staff, encompassing some of the best alcohol and other drug research expertise in Australia. Researchers are drawn from a range of disciplines including psychology, epidemiology, public health, sociology and anthropology. Research methods reflect the diversity of staff expertise and include: intervention design and evaluation; ethnography; in-depth interviews and focus groups; measuring alcohol and drug related harm; national surveys and monitoring; randomised controlled trials; secondary analysis of datasets; and social impact surveys.

NDRI has offices in Perth and Melbourne, housing many researchers and PhD students, however study can usually be undertaken from anywhere in Australia.

NDRI regularly funds scholarships and also provides exernally funded scholarships. No NDRI scholarships are available currently, but for a list of externally funded scholarships supervised by NDRI, visit Curtin University scholarships.

Entry criteria

  • An appropriate Masters degree
  • Bachelor degree with Honours and superior performance, or
  • Bachelor degree and completed postgraduate diploma or equivalent with a course-weighted average of 70 per cent or more (or equivalent qualifications from other institutions).

Students who have enrolled in a Curtin Masters degree by research and thesis may be eligible to transfer to a PhD program.

Applicants from Australia and New Zealand should contact NDRI's Postgraduate Coordinator for further information, including when the next round of applications is open.

All doctoral degrees undertaken at NDRI are governed by the University's regulations for higher degrees by research.

More information about graduate studies at Curtin