PhD Scholarship, Child and Adolescent Clinical / Forensic Psychology

Melbourne, Australia
Stipend of $28,854 (2022 rate) p.a. for 3 years
29 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
21 Oct 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Focus on child and adolescent clinical/forensic psychology
  • Full time, fixed term (3-year) position at our Alphington campus
  • Stipend of $28,854 (2022 rate) p.a. for 3 years

About the Scholarship

A PhD scholarship is available for a highly motivated and competitive candidate enrolled in a PhD program or Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic Psychology) program to undertake research that supports the agenda of an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project. The ARC project aims to improve the understanding of the impact of child abuse, neglect, and exposure to domestic violence on young people’s future experiences of re-victimisation and offending. It expects to generate new evidence about the maltreatment experiences that increase risk of youth re-victimisation and offending, potential causal mechanisms, and factors that might aggravate or buffer children from these harmful effects. This study will link a large, near universal sample of Victorian primary school entrants and their parents, to administrative justice, education, human services and health.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • Bachelor degree honours and/or a research master’s degree in psychology, criminology, or related fields, with a First Class Honours (average grade 80-100) or equivalent 
  • The capacity to work both independently and as part of a team in a collaborative manner
  • Problem solving and organizational capacities with the ability to manage task deadlines
  • Strong skills in quantitative data analysis, and experience or high level of interest in working with large-scale, complex government datasets and utilizing sophisticated data analysis techniques.

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.

About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

  • Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience
  • Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
  • Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution
  • Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

How to apply and further information

Applications should be submitted by 5 pm, Friday 21 October 2022. Please include all the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae indicating qualifications and experience
  • Response to key selection criteria
  • Academic transcripts 
  • Copy of Honours/Master’s research thesis

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview and will be required to submit referee reports. For candidates interested in this scholarship opportunity and who are submitting an application for the 2023 intake in either the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) or Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic Psychology) programs, please contact Dr. Nina Papalia ( while putting together your application.

For further information about this position, contact Dr. Nina Papalia – 

Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Swinburne Talent Acquisition Team on  

Applications Close: Friday 21 October 2022, 5 pm 

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Equity and Diversity

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through key initiatives.  For further information on all our initiatives visit our Equity & Diversity website.

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact Maree Norden, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  

For any support please contact our Aboriginal Employment Coordinator at or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan

(Agency enquiries will not be accepted for this position)