UWA launches two PhD scholarships to help high-performing athletes

29/10/2021 | 1 min
UWA Sport, in partnership with the School of Human Sciences at The University of Western Australia, are pleased to launch two Doctor of Philosophy scholarships to help solve some of the pressing issues faced by high-performing athletes in training and competition.

Available to both domestic and international students, these research scholarships have been created to bolster UWA's research in applied sport science and to continue to contribute to the pursuit of excellence in the areas of participation, performance and inclusion in sport at UWA. 

UWA Sport Senior Manager – Student Athletes and Performance Sport, Nicole Serafini said, 

"The first scholarship on offer is an industry-based candidature that will apply current knowledge of environmental physiology to explore innovative methods of heat adaptation and heat mitigation strategies in high performance sport. This project includes the opportunity to work alongside UWA's high performing student athletes, including those involved in programs such as the AON Uni 7s and University Basketball League.

The second scholarship involves investigating the physiological mechanisms driving the link between sport performance and health benefits, including the predisposition of some individuals to elevated risks associated with participation in sport. This work is at the cutting edge of sport science research, and informs the athlete screening policies of several world peak sporting bodies."

Associate Professor Olivier Girard of the School of Human Science's Sport Science, Exercise and Health department said, 

“In implementing these PhD projects, research-students will be exposed to high performance sport and have the opportunity to gain ‘hands on’ experience in real-world sport settings across key UWA Sport programs. These opportunities will also enhance the experience of student athletes at UWA by delivering sport science support to give them a competitive edge.”

Applications for both of these exciting research studies are now open, closing on Friday 5 November 2021. 

Applications can be made via the UWA Graduate Research School's iAthena system

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