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    PhD Scholarship - Disability Athletics
    Closing Date: Monday 16th January 2006
    Please submit your application either electronically to Sean
    Tweedy at or send to The School of Human Movement
    Studies, Mrs Deb Noon, Administrative Officer (Research), The University
    of Queensland QLD 4072.
    Field of Study:
    The successful applicant will contribute to the development and
    validation of a new system of classification for disability athletics.
    The project is endorsed by the Athletics Section of the International
    Paralympic Committee.
    Background to the Scholarship:
    Classification is vital to all levels of disability athletics
    (i.e., track and field), from grass-roots participation to the
    Paralympic Games. The athletics classification systems are used to
    determine whether a person is eligible to compete and, if the person is
    eligible, against whom they should compete. For a person who is
    eligible, the class they are assigned to compete in will profoundly
    influence the degree of success they are likely to achieve and will
    therefore have a potential impact upon their self-perception and
    self-esteem, their peer and community recognition, as well as their
    access to sponsorship and other financial rewards. It is therefore very
    important that classification systems have a sound theoretical framework
    and, as far as possible, are based upon scientific evidence.
    The Disability Athletics Classification Project commenced in
    2003. It is funded by the Australian Sports Commission and endorsed by
    the Athletics Executive of the International Paralympic Committee. The
    aim of the project is to develop and validate a new system of
    classification for the sport of disability athletics. This is an
    exciting opportunity for a motivated person with a strong interest in
    sports biomechanics to acquire and develop new skills and make an
    important, lasting contribution to sport for people with disabilities.
    Applicant role and attributes:
    Throughout the scholarship, the successful applicant will be
    required to work as part of a small team to assist with the research
    involved in developing the new classification system. Through
    involvement in this process, the successful applicant will be assisted
    to independently develop and answer research questions that will
    contribute to the evidence-base for the new classification system.
    * Essential attributes for the successful applicant include:
    * Completion of at least four years of full-time equivalent
    tertiary education;
    * Strong background in biomechanics and functional anatomy;
    * Excellent written communication and presentation skills;
    * Ability to work in a small group;
    * Some training and experience in research, preferably in
    * Desirable attributes for applicants include:
    * knowledge of neuromusculoskeletal impairment;
    * knowledge of disability sport.
    * Commencement:
    * Scholarships will commence once the student has enrolled in a
    PhD program through the School of Human Movement Studies, University of
    Queensland (For further information on the Basis of Admission to a UQ
    research higher degree, please see;
    * It would be desirable for the successful applicant to complete
    the enrolment process by 17th March 2006.
    * A tax-exempt stipend of $18,837 p.a. is available for a period
    of three years of full-time study if enrolled in a PhD (contingent on
    satisfactory study progress), with the option of an extension if
    * Candidates will be expected to apply for an APA if eligible
    * A one-off relocation allowance to a maximum of $3000 is
    available should the successful applicant need to move from another city
    within Australia or elsewhere
    The Student will be based in the School of Human Movement
    Studies, located at the St. Lucia Campus of the University of
    Submission Guidelines:
    Your application needs to include the following information:
    1. Your contact details
    2. Your proposed commencement date of PhD studies
    3. An academic record of all tertiary studies undertaken
    4. Other scholarships applied for
    5. A CV of all relevant prior work experience
    6. A brief (< 1 page) statement about why you would like this
    For further information, please contact:
    1. For administrative questions and confirmation of receipt of
    Mrs Deb Noon
    Administrative Officer (Research)
    School of Human Movement Studies
    University of Queensland Qld 4072
    '+61 7 336 56989
    2. For questions about being a PhD student at UQ or the
    enrolment process through the School of Human Movement Studies
    Dr David Jenkins
    Postgraduate Coordinator
    School of Human Movement Studies
    ' 07 3365 6768
    3. For questions about the field of research or the requirements
    of the scholarship
    Sean Tweedy
    MAIC Research Fellow - Physical activity and Disability
    School of Human Movement Studies
    University of Queensland
    E-mail only (currently overseas):
    Sean Tweedy
    MAIC Research Fellow - Physical Activity and Disability
    School of Human Movement Studies
    University of Queensland
    Brisbane Q 4072 Australia
    Ph: 61 7 3365 6638
    Fax: 61 7 3365 6877