PhD Research Scholarship, Alcohol’s Harm to Others

Melbourne, Australia
02 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
31 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Amount: $28,392 per annum, for three and a half years.


Two scholarships, established by La Trobe University associated with an Australian Research Council Linkage grant, will be awarded to outstanding applicants who are interested in exploring aspects of harms from others’ drinking. We are seeking applicants with a strong track record of academic excellence in public health, epidemiology, health economics, social psychology or public policy. Applicants with quantitative and/or qualitative research experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

About the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR)

The two doctoral students will be located at La Trobe’s CAPR – an innovative, multi-disciplinary world-class research facility at the forefront of alcohol research. Our discoveries are used to promote and inform the development of evidence-based, effective alcohol policy in Australia and internationally. A strong focus on staff development and collaboration makes CAPR a collegial place to work, demonstrated by strong staff retention, effective collaboration, and high productivity. CAPR is connected to research groups from around the world and our team of established and emerging experts offers doctoral students opportunity to develop and maximise their skills, networks and careers.

The two scholarship projects

  1. The Harm to Others Scholarship (I) will focus on estimating the extent and cost of harm experienced from others’ drinking nationally. Doctoral students will use and develop their epidemiological and health economics skills.
  2. The Harm to Others Scholarship (II) is a survey and mixed-methods doctoral research project studying inequalities in harm from others’ drinking, and the harm experienced from others’ drinking in families and relationships.

The successful applicant will collaborate with the chief investigators to identify a thesis project, which is able to contribute directly to the aims of the larger project while also reflecting the interests and aspirations of the student.

Benefits of the Scholarships 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 access to our suite of professional development programs.

Are you eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for these scholarships, applicants must have:

  • a 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 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

  • Submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) to Anne-Marie Laslett (the principal supervisor of the project) you are most interested in, or for both projects if you are interested in both projects. Email: Contact: +61 408 338 093.
  • The EoI should include a current CV, academic transcripts, and a statement of interest comprising a brief description (2 pages maximum including references) of relevant research interests and experience, including any theory or methods interests
  • 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/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
  • 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) by the DUE DATE.

DUE DATE: International students: Midnight September 30th, 2020/All other students: Midnight 31st October, 2020

Please do not use the apply now button on the La Trobe University website before submitting an EoI.

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