PhD scholarship in neuroscience and neural engineering

A PhD scholarship is available to study the neural mechanisms through which the brain encodes sensory information and supports decision making and behaviour.

The PhD student will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team at multiple institutions using state-of-the-art techniques to study neural activity across multiple brain areas.

RMIT PhD Scholarship rate for three years with a possible extension of six months (full time).

Applications are now open.


One (1) scholarship available

Candidates with a background in any field of engineering or a related discipline such as physics are encouraged to apply. To be eligible for this scholarship you must have a first-class honours degree or equivalent in engineering or a related discipline, and meet RMIT University's entry requirements for the Higher Degree by Research programs.

Interested candidates should contact Dr Shaun Cloherty ( and provide:

  • a statement to outline your interest,
  • an electronic copy of your academic transcripts,
  • a CV that includes any publications.

For international applicants, evidence of English proficiency may be required.

In neuroscience, the activity of neural populations (that is, groups of cells in the brain) constitutes a ‘neural code’ for representing information. The activity of brain cells "encodes" external information from our environment (i.e., sensory information received from our eyes, ears etc.) as well as internal information about choices and actions (decisions, movement etc.).

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