PhD Scholarship - Unison Housing Research LaB

Melbourne, Australia
08 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
31 Oct 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • 2 x PhD Scholarships - Unison Housing Research and RMIT collaboration
  • Commencing March 2018
  • Stipend of $30,000 per annum

The Union Housing Research LaB (UHRL) is a unique education and research collaboration between RMIT University and Unison Housing, Victoria's largest social housing provider. The LaB is situated in the Centre for Applied Social Research in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS). The LaB was established in 2017 and is funded for five years to undertake an innovative research program informed by the experiences of service users and providers.

We are seeking highly motivated and qualified applicants for two PhD scholarships to commence in March, 2018.

The scholarships will be for two studies:

  1. an ethnographic study of two mixed tenure sites that examines the aspects that contribute to successful (or otherwise) communities;
  2. a qualitative study examining the challenges formerly homeless households face settling into social housing and the strategies they use to address them.

Both studies will be attached to the LaB's flagship longitudinal study of community, public, affordable and transitional housing. This study will track approximately 300-400 new tenancies over a three year period.

The successful candidates will work alongside the Director and Deputy Director of the LaB, as well as the LaB's Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, and other PhD candidates.

Value and Duration of the PhD Scholarship

The value of the Scholarship increases annually in accordance with indexation. In 2017, the PhD scholarship provides the following:

  • A stipend of $30,000 per annum pro rata (full time study) (RMIT Research Scholarship Stipend, RRSS)
  • A government-funded Research Training Scheme (RTS) place or equivalent. An RTS place is supported with a HECS exemption for the normal duration of the course. Applicants successful in receiving an RTS place are not required to pay tuition fees for the maximum duration of their candidature.
  • The standard duration of a research doctorate scholarship is three years full time. Candidates may apply for an extension of up to six months subject to satisfactory progress and school approval.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship you must have: (see attached document for further information)

  • Ordinarily completed a bachelors degree with first class honours. If you do not hold a bachelors degree with first class honours, then RMIT may determine that you have demonstrated an equivalent level of academic attainment[1].
  • Have applied for a full-time postgraduate research program a RMIT.[2]
  • Meet the entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (go to

How to Apply

To view a position description visit and search using job reference number 558390

Please send expressions of interest and enquiries to Professor Guy Johnson at

Expressions of interest should contain the following information:

  • A one-page summary justifying the applicant's suitability for the role
  • An academic CV
  • Transcript of qualifying degree
  • A copy of any publications, thesis or other scholarly writing
  • Identify which project you are interested in. If you are interested in both, please identify this in your application

Applications must be submitted by 11pm 31 October 2017.