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RMIT offers PhD scholarship for AFL recruitment project

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RMIT University is offering a PhD candidate the chance to take part in a pioneering objective evaluation of AFL recruitment, through an industry research scholarship funded by leading sports statistics agency Champion Data.

The project aims to construct a detailed statistical model to evaluate AFL players against their draft number as well as a range of other factors such as experience, player size, type and position.

The model will be used to provide benchmarks for the performance of players, as well as club recruiting, coaching and medical staff.

RMIT researchers Dr Mark Stewart, Associate Professor Con Stavros and Professor Heather Mitchell have been at the forefront of some of the leading advancements in the area of sports statistics.

The PhD scholarship is part of the researchers’ long-term collaboration with Champion Data and offers an exciting new opportunity to take research in sports statistics to a new level.

Dr Stewart, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, said statistics were an integral part of modern sporting success.

“This scholarship is a great example of RMIT’s strong industry connections and commitment to cutting-edge research,” he said.

“The sophistication of sport analysis is now at the point where doctorates in this field are emerging and the College of Business at RMIT is at the forefront of that.”

Candidates are expected to have a strong background in Economics, Econometrics, Statistics, Mathematics or Programming.

Those with a strong interest in the statistical analysis of AFL football will have an advantage.

The three-year scholarship is valued at $28,000 per annum and is based at RMIT’s City campus.

Applications for the scholarship close on Wednesday, 26 March.

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