La Trobe University PhD Research Scholarship, Centre for Alcohol Policy

Banyule, Australia
Wednesday, 12 February 2020
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term

This PhD scholarship is related to a new ethnographic Project funded by the Australian Research Council and the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth). We are seeking an outstanding applicant with a strong track record of academic excellence in anthropology, sociology, gender studies or a relevant discipline (i.e. youth studies). 

The successful applicant will be required to undertake field research (participant observation, interviews, observation) involving work in the evening and on weekends.

This Scholarship is available to Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian Permanent Residents only.

The Project will collect ethnographic and qualitative interview data to comprehensively investigate drinking cultures among nurses and lawyers. The Project aims to generate important new knowledge on the cultural and social practices that shape drinking among nurses and lawyers, and illuminate relations between drinking cultures and alcohol-related problems.

This Scholarship will support the overall aims of the Project. The successful applicant will collaborate with the chief investigators to identify an ethnographic thesis project, conducted with one of the two occupational groups, which is able to contribute directly to the aims of the larger project while also reflecting the interests and aspirations of the student. Applicants with qualitative research experience in a relevant field are strongly encouraged to apply.

Benefits of the scholarship include:

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three and a half years, with a value of $28,092.00 per annum, to support your living costs (2020 rate)
  • a fee-relief scholarship for up to four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University
  • opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers, and have access to our suite of professional development programs.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must have:

  • an Australian Masters by research degree in a relevant discipline completed within the last ten years assessed at a La Trobe Masters by research standard of 75 or above; or
  • an Australian Bachelors (Honours) degree, Masters by coursework or ungraded Masters by research degree completed within the last ten years where you achieved a weighted average mark of 70 or above across any coursework subjects; AND any of the following assessed at a La Trobe Masters by research standard of 75 or above:
    • a research thesis of approximately 15,000-20,000 words; or
    • the degree includes a written research component comprising at least 3/8 of one year; or
    • you are the lead author of a peer-reviewed publication or other research published within the last ten years

How to apply

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  • Submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) to Dr Robyn Dwyer at
  • The EoI should include a current CV, academic transcripts, and a statement of interest comprising a brief description of relevant research interests and experience, including any theory or methods interests (statement of interest – 2 pages maximum including references)
  • CV should include:
    • Personal details (name, address, email and phone contact)
    • Citizenship
    • Tertiary (university) qualifications
    • Current study (if applicable)
    • Evidence of research ability and qualifications to undertake a PhD
    • Summary of original research, such as a thesis, dissertation or research project (not coursework essays or assignments); and research methods subjects/units completed
    • Any research employment experience
    • Any research publications, such as in refereed journals, conferences papers, books with original research or research reports in industry
    • Scholarships or awards received, including where and when you received the award
    • Names, position and telephone contacts for two referees who can comment on your research ability.
  • Academic transcripts: Please supply a scanned copy of your full academic record comprising transcripts of all tertiary education studies. These should indicate the name of the qualification, the institution of enrolment, the years of study, the subjects/units undertaken, the grades achieved and explanatory notes concerning the grades.
  • The successful applicant will be required to also submit a formal application for entry into the PhD program at La Trobe University (see details on how to apply for candidature)

DUE DATE: Midnight Tuesday 31st March 2020

Contact name and email

If you require further information, please contact: Dr Robyn Dwyer at

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