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The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) offers exceptional opportunities for outstanding applicants with expertise in actuarial studies, demography, economics, epidemiology, psychology or sociology to join a multi-disciplinary research team committed to building knowledge for an ageing world and establishing Australia as a world leader in the field.
CEPAR will provide unrivalled opportunities for young researchers interested in population ageing research. Committed to building a critical mass of emerging researchers in this important field, CEPAR will support and nurture a new generation of young researchers by providing:

  • Supervision and mentoring by internationally recognised experts in their field
  • Training which will provide both breadth and depth, ensuring their information base covers a range of disciplines important for a comprehensive understanding of demographic transition
  • Connections with some of the world's leading centres in the field
  • Funding for travel to build international networks 


Red-Cepar-Dot Scientia PhD Scholarship

CEPAR is also pleased to be a part of the UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme.

Two Scholarships are available for supervision by CEPAR Staff.

Demographic Change and Optimal Policy Responses - Supervised by Dr George Kudrna and Professor Alan Woodland

This research project will make contributions to the measurement of future demographic changes arising from population ageing and to the development of optimal policy responses to these demographic changes.  It will construct optimal policy profiles for the first time for Australia by using an overlapping generations (OLG) model, which best captures the demographic change and policy impacts on wellbeing of both current and future generations. It will break new ground globally by (i) integrating optimal policy solutions with population dynamics, productivity and technology, and (ii) analysing interactions between stochastic demographic projections and the representation of ageing in economic models.

Behavioural Insights for Retirement Financial Planning in China - Supervised by Dr Katja Hanewald, Professor Hazel Bateman and Professor Hanming Fang

This project will develop new retirement financial products and assess optimal retirement financial strategies for the Chinese market, taking into account cultural and behavioural factors such as intergenerational relations, saving habits and differences in risk aversion. We will (1) analyse relevant cultural and behavioural aspects of retirement planning using existing survey data, (2) conduct a survey in China on desirable features of retirement financial products, (3) develop and price new retirement financial products, (4) specify optimal retirement financial strategies based on the new products using a life-cycle model, and (5) present the research results to policymakers and financial services providers.

For more information on this new UNSW initiative and how to apply please click here.

Red-Cepar-Dot Summer Research Scholarships

CEPAR and the UNSW Business School offers highly competitive summer research scholarships to currently enrolled undergraduate students who are considering Honours and/or postgraduate research in the future.  Students will participate in research projects supervised by our world-class academic researchers and gain valuable research experience.

For the 2016/17 summer each scholarship is valued at $550 per week (tax exempt) for the duration of the project (6-8 weeks).

Applications for the summer 2017/1 program will open in the second half of 2017.

Red-Cepar-Dot CEPAR PhD Enrolment                                         

Opportunities exist for suitably qualified local and international students with expertise in the discipline areas listed above to undertake a PhD enrolment in an academic unit at UNSW, the Australian National University (ANU), the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne or other Australian university at which a CEPAR Investigator is based.
Please contact cepar@unsw.edu.au to express interest in PhD enrolment.

Red-Cepar-Dot CEPAR PhD Scholarship                                         

CEPAR Supplementary Scholarships provide additional support to eligible international and domestic higher degree research students who are in receipt of an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS), National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) or university equivalent scholarship to assist them with pursuing a program of study related to CEPAR.

Guidelines and applications forms for the 2018 round will be available on this site in August 2017.

Red-Cepar-Dot Honours enrolment                                            

Opportunities exist for suitably qualified local and international students to undertake a 4th year honours program in a population ageing related topic in selected disciplines.

Please contact cepar@unsw.edu.au to express interest in Honours enrolment.

Red-Cepar-Dot CEPAR Honours Scholarships 

Honours scholarships valued at $5000 are available to students wishing to enrol in a fourth year of undergraduate study to expand their knowledge in a particular area of study and to develop their research skills.

UNSW applicants should apply via the UNSW Scholarships website