PhD Scholarship in Social Science

Brisbane, Australia
11 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
10 Oct 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Institute for Social Science Research

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) is a national leader in advanced interdisciplinary social science and evidence based policy research. ISSR researchers address some of the most important issues and challenges facing Australia today in areas such as education, employment, housing, social wellbeing, homelessness, sustainability, and Indigenous studies. Using qualitative and quantitative methods, our scholars work closely with policy makers and frontline development workers to ensure our research directly impacts upon policy and practice and contributes to systemic institutional change. Further information can be found at

The role

A PhD opportunity is available for a student with an Honours/Masters degree in a social science discipline (eg sociology, economics, psychology, demography, public health) or equivalent research experience to join the Institute for Social Science Research. The successful candidate will be enrolled in a higher degree (PhD) by research at the University of Queensland and contribute to a research project focusing on sexual orientation and life chances in contemporary Australia.

The project

The Australian Government is committed to equality of opportunity by sexual orientation through anti-discrimination legislation, but there is an alarming scarcity of information about the extent of socio-economic disparities between heterosexual and non-heterosexual people in Australia. This DECRA aims to deliver critical policy-relevant quantitative evidence to monitor outcome gaps by sexual orientation.

Using a minority stress framework and leveraging innovative survey and administrative data, its goal is to provide first-time systematic Australian evidence of social stratification by sexual orientation across a diversity of life domains, and identify mechanisms driving the associations between sexual-minority status and life outcomes.

The candidate will undertake a PhD on a topic that relates to one or more of the following project areas: (i) the impact of sexual identity on socio-economic outcomes in contemporary Australia, (ii) intergenerational mobility and sexual identity, (iii) family relations and sexual identity, (iv) methodology for the collection and analysis of survey data on sexual orientation, and/or (v) outcomes of children raised in same-sex and opposite-sex couples.

The position is full-time and located at The University of Queensland's Long Pocket precinct (Meiers Rd, Indooroopilly).

The person

Applicants must be eligible for enrolment as a domestic student (Australian citizen or permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen). The minimum academic requirement is Honours Class 1 or equivalent (e.g. research Masters), consistent with requirements at The University of Queensland: UQ admission requirements can be found here:

We would particularly like to recruit an applicant with statistical skills in survey or administrative data analysis, and research interests in the areas social disadvantage and/or sexual identity.


This research is funded through a UQ PhD scholarship to support Category 1 project grants. If successful, scholarship holders receive a tax-free stipend of AUD$26,682 (2017) p.a. indexed annually. This is available for three years, with the possibility of two 6 month extensions, taking the project to four years. Scholarship terms and conditions are outlined in policy 4.80.01 UQ and RTP Research Scholarships .

Successful applicants will also receive:

  • 6 days of specialised methodological and statistical training:
  • Support to undertake a short industry placement
  • Travel award opportunities
  • RA employment opportunities in team-based, multi-disciplinary, solution orientated social research
  • Opportunities for interaction, engagement and networking with researchers, partners and stakeholders
  • Research support funds of up to a total of $3,500 (available after confirmation)
  • Training in transferable skills such as: grant and tender preparation, budgeting, project management, time management, and the meeting of deliverables and milestones


Provide the following by email by 15 October 2017, to

  • A short (2 page) research proposal detailing the proposed research question, methods and significance of the project you would like to undertake for your PhD
  • A short (1 page) summary of the applicant’s research skills, with particular focus on quantitative research methods
  • An academic CV
  • Names and contact details for two referees

The research proposal may change after discussions with the project team, but it acts as a starting point to identify your research interest and ability to plan a research project.

To discuss this role please contact the ISSR Postgraduate Administrator, Lisa Pope (