PhD Scholarship Project

Brisbane, Australia
09 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About Griffith University

At Griffith University we believe in, strive for and celebrate the remarkable.

We are known for our high impact research, outstanding student experience, our commitment to social justice and our welcoming environment. We rank in the top 2% of universities worldwide and we're proud of our remarkable achievements, of our people and their passion for making a positive difference. Together we contribute to the development of knowledge and learning in an attractive environment which values excellence, equity, diversity, and innovation.

With one of the country's largest concentrations of education researchers, the Griffith Institute for Educational Research (GIER) promotes cross-disciplinary and cross-sector research, involving industry and other institutions, beyond the traditional definition of research in education. Funding from the Australian Research Council, State and Federal governments has allowed GIER researchers to undertake research into diverse areas encompassing research in autism and developmental disabilities, educational justice and equity, leadership and learning, professional and practice-based learning, and teacher education, much of which impacts low socioeconomic, Indigenous schools and communities, diversity and disadvantage.

The opportunity

The PhD project will be part of the ARC Linkage Project -Creating Pathways to Child Wellbeing, Prosocial Behaviour, and School Achievement in Disadvantaged Communities (

A key aspect of this PhD project is an investigation into the impact of school -family -community engagement on children's wellbeing, attendance and overall achievement.

The successful applicant will be based as Mt Gravatt campus and will work on an ARC Linkage and Griffith Institute for Educational Research (GIER) sponsored project that focuses on supporting families, educators, school leaders, and community agents in building mutually responsive partnerships for collective impact on children's wellbeing and achievement.

About you

The selection of applicants for the award of higher degree research scholarships at Griffith University involves consideration of your academic merit and research background.

  • Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelors degree with honours equivalent to first class in educational leadership, and social sciences and be intending to enrol full-time in an approved doctoral program
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity to carry out independent research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study
  • The successful applicant will have high-level quantitative and qualitative research skills and be intent on publishing during candidature.
  • This scholarship is open to domestic and international applicants
  • New candidates may apply
  • Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on campus
  • Applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered

About the Scholarship

The 2019 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $27,596 (indexed) for a period of 3 years of full-time study. Please see the GUPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

A successful International applicant will also be awarded a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years. Please see the GUIPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

How to apply

Please do not select the "APPLY" button. All applications must be submitted as set out below:

Interested applicants should submit an expression of interest (EOI) by the closing date to Professor Greer Johnson at containing:

  • Statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship
  • A cover letter with relevant information: name, contact details, citizenship
  • A brief CV detailing educational qualifications, professional experience, research experience, publications and other relevant competencies
  • Research proposal describing the research you would like to undertake and how it fits with the ambitions of the wider project (max 2 pages A4)
  • Two references

What we offer

Working for one of the most influential universities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, you will join a University that spans six campuses in South East Queensland and all disciplines, while our network of more than 200,000 graduates extends around the world.

At Griffith, we've worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We also support the professional and personal development of all our employees and invest in the skills of our people.

Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith's strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Further information

For further project related enquiries, please contact Professor Greer Johnson on +61 (0) 7 3735 5683 or via email

For administration enquiries, please contact Griffith Graduate Research School on +61 (0) 7 3735 3817 or via email

Closing date: Friday, 30 November 2018 by 11:59 pm AEST.