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NCCRED Clinical Scholarships and Fellowships

NCCRED Clinical Research Scholarships

NCCRED has developed a Clinical Research Scholarship Program to build the scope and capacity of clinical research on emerging drugs across the drug and alcohol sector. This is a national program open to clinicians at all levels, anywhere in Australia.

In our inaugural year (2019), three research scholars (fellows) were selected from a competitive application process, informed by each scholar’s experience, interests and career aspirations.

A further two competitive rounds, offering financial and research support to allow recipients to conduct a new research project, ran in late 2020. The rounds had an express focus on the following areas:


Preferred candidates for this Scholarship round were practising alcohol and other drugs nurses and allied health professionals, although applications were open to all clinicians working within the AOD sector.

Scholarships were open to practising Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander health professionals (clinicians nurses, allied health workers) in the alcohol and other drugs sector.

Applications for 2020 are now closed. For more information on the program and upcoming opportunities see below.

Scholarship applicants are required to propose a clinical research project with their application.

Research Project

The NCCRED Clinical Research Scholarship Program seeks proposals for projects that:

  • Enable clinical research to be embedded within ongoing clinical practice across multiple settings
  • Develop evidence-based treatments and treatment models in response to prevalent, persistent and harmful emerging substances
  • Monitor and evaluate innovative new treatment interventions

Successful candidates will carry out this research project, partnering with a senior clinical-researcher.


NCCRED will contribute to the Scholar’s salary in a 0.5 FTE “buy-back”, whereby they replace the candidate’s salary from their primary employment for the 1-year fellowship term (to a maximum of $100,000.00). The candidate and host organisation will negotiate how this is structured.

Non-renewable grants of $5,000 – $100,000 will be awarded to the successful applicant in addition to their scholarship funding (i.e. salary support) to fund their clinical research project.

Application Process

All scholarship applications will be selected from a competitive application process in Scholarship applications will be overseen by the NCCRED Methamphetamine and Emerging Drugs Clinical Research Network Working Group (WG) and the NCCRED Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Working Group (WG).

Further information is available within the application forms.


Nursing and Allied Health Professionals Scholarship Program Information and Application pack

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship Program Information and Application pack

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NCCRED Clinical Research Scholarship Program Webinar 

Friday 16th October 2:00pm AEST

Annalee Stearne – NDRI

Advisory Board Member
Why did you want to be involved with NCCRED? "As a new Centre NCCRED has the unique opportunity to develop collaborations and capacity within First Nations services and communities, from the start."   Annalee
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Dr Krista Siefried

Clinical Research Lead
Krista is an experienced Clinician Researcher with broad experience in academic investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored research including multi-centre randomised clinical trials, cohort studies,
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Topics include:

  • Previous fellowship and seed funding rounds
  • The aims of the current scholarship program
  • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships Program
  • How to develop your research question and respond to application sections

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