What is the Trisha Dunning Research Scholarship?

The inaugural Trisha Dunning Research Scholarship will be awarded to a person with professional nursing qualification(s) and experience to support him/her to undertake a PhD focused on a diabetes-related topic at a Victorian university.

Frequency of award: Annual, for an initial period of five years – then to be reviewed by the Diabetes Victoria Board, on advice from the CEO.

Who is eligible to apply?

A person with professional nursing qualification(s) and experience to support him/her to undertake a PhD focused on a diabetes-related topic at a Victorian university.

Applicants will be either in year 1 of approved PhD studies, or eligible to enrol in approved PhD studies, at a Victorian university.

Consistent with Professor Dunning’s own research interests, preference may also be given to those planning to use qualitative research methods (in full, or in part of their PhD research).

Applicants will be eligible if they have an existing scholarship, though preference may be given to those without financial support.

How much is the scholarship worth?

$60,000
Payment structure: One third on announcement; one third on advice from the student’s principal supervisor of satisfactory progress after twelve months; and one third after advice from the university of the conferral of the PhD.

Who is it funded by?

Diabetes Victoria

How do I apply?

Applicants must provide the following details as part of their letter of application:

  • the title of their ongoing/proposed PhD program of research;
  • the name of the university at which they will conduct their ongoing/proposed PhD program of research;
  • the name of their principal or prospective supervisor for their ongoing/proposed PhD program of research;
  • a comprehensive outline of their ongoing/proposed PhD program of research, including aims, study design and procedures (max 1000 words);
  • the likely impact of their studies on people living with, or affected by, diabetes (max 250 words);
  • the likely impact of this research scholarship on their studies (max 500 words); and
  • the extent to which their studies align with Professor Dunning’s own research interests (max 500 words).
     
Selection panel: To be convened by the CEO: Diabetes Victoria, but to include a nominated representative of the Diabetes Victoria Board. The selection panel reserves the right to not make a recommendation to award the scholarship in a particular year, at its absolute discretion.
 
Approval: Diabetes Victoria Board. The Board reserves the right to not award the scholarship in a particular year, at its absolute discretion.

Applications are to be submitted to the CEO: Diabetes Victoria at cbennett@diabetesvic.org.au.



Applications have now closed.

Winner announced on 14 November (World Diabetes Day).

 
 
Trisha DunningAbout Trisha Dunning
Professor Trisha Dunning AM is a leading nurse, diabetes clinician, qualitative methods researcher and educator, with an international profile and reputation.

Professor Dunning has published widely and is acknowledged as an expert on diabetes management and care guidelines – particularly for older people and people receiving palliative or end-of-life care.

Professor Dunning has also been a significant contributor to many diabetes organisations, such as the International Diabetes Federation, Diabetes Australia, the Australian Diabetes Educators Association and, of course, Diabetes Victoria, who honours Professor Dunning’s lifetime work with this scholarship.