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Education, Training & Mentoring

CEPAR is committed to creating a new generation of researchers devoted to ageing research, trained in cross-disciplinary skills, with the ability to engage with and respond to the needs of end users.

There are opportunities to become directly involved in the CEPAR research program by enrolling as an undergraduate honours or higher degree research student under the supervision of a CEPAR Investigator or through employment as a postdoctoral or research fellow. We offer students and fellows:

  • Supervision and mentoring by internationally recognised experts in their field
  • Cross-disciplinary training which provides both breadth and depth 
  • Training in stakeholder engagement and the communication of social science research
  • Connections with some of the world's leading centre's in the field
  • A range of scholarships 

Students and early career researchers not involved directly with the CEPAR research program are invited to participate in a range of events which bring emerging researchers together from a variety of disciplines.

Higher Degree Research Student Enrolment

We offer opportunities for outstanding domestic and international applicants with expertise in actuarial studies, demography, economics, epidemiology, psychology or sociology to join our multidisciplinary research team as higher degree research (HDR).

Future students should contact a CEPAR Chief or Associate Investigator to enquire about enrolment opportunities or email to express interest in HDR enrolment.

Current students supervised by a CEPAR Chief or Associate Investigator should ask their supervisor about the possibility of being nominated as a CEPAR affiliated student.

Honours Enrolment

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

Please email to express interest in Honours enrolment.

Training Opportunities

Workshops and other training opportunities are advertised on the events page.

Mentoring for CEPAR Early and Mid Career Researchers

The CEPAR Mentoring Scheme is a formal scheme designed to pair CEPAR Fellows with senior researchers within the Centre who will act as Mentors in addition to their formal supervisors. Further information is contained in the Guidelines. For an application form please email Amy Brushwood at a.brushwood@unsw.edu.au.


The CEPAR Grant Application Support Scheme provides support for CEPAR Level B and C Research Fellows and Associates developing applications for external competitive funding schemes by matching the grant applicant with a senior member or members of CEPAR to offer guidance throughout the application process. Further information is contained in the Guidelines. Applications are currently open and must be made on the application form. 


The CEPAR Multidisciplinary Collaboration Funding Scheme aims to support members of paid CEPAR academic staff (Levels B to D) develop and lead multidisciplinary projects closely aligned with the CEPAR research program by providing seed funding for projects and activities which enhance multidisciplinary collaboration across and within CEPAR’s four research streams. Further information is contained in the Guidelines. Applications are currently closed. 


The CEPAR Stakeholder Engagement Program aims to support CEPAR researchers develop the skills necessary to effectively engage with stakeholders and communicate social science research, providing opportunities to hone these skills under the mentorship of experienced CEPAR researchers. Further information is contained in the Guidelines. Applications for the 2021 program will open in early 2021.


The CEPAR Future Leaders in Ageing Program aims to accelerate high potential mid-careers researchers’ capability to lead research. It features personal development projects, peer learning projects, individual coaching and mentoring, engagement in a change simulation, 360 degree leadership assessments as well as other self-assessments. Application forms will be available on this page when the next application round opens.