PhD Scholarship in Education

Adelaide, Australia
26 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
23 Aug 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Based in the School of Education, Magill Campus
  • Fully-funded PhD scholarship opportunity
  • Value $36,682 per year for 3 years, administered as fortnightly stipend payments

About the Role 

The University of South Australia is seeking quality applications for a fully-funded PhD scholarship for a candidate to undertake research as part of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Study "How schools foster refugee student resilience". The successful candidate will undertake research as part of a broader study which aims to investigate how schools transcend refugee students' past life experiences by creating social and educational conditions that will enhance their resilience. By investigating the work of schools that successfully resettle and include refugee students, the research will provide positive case studies that overcome problem-focused responses to the needs of refugee students. 

The study will provide education sectors, schools, and refugee service providers with crucial new knowledge about how school-based policies and practices can foster refugee student resilience. Outcomes of this project will include the development of research- based guides to good policy and practice in refugee education, and improved educational and social outcomes for refugee students. 

As the successful PhD scholarship recipient, you will undertake investigations related to Stage 2 (Local school refugee education policy development and enactment) of the research. You will conduct two case studies to investigate the ways in which schools develop and enact policies that foster the resilience, wellbeing and success of students from refugee backgrounds. 

You will be jointly supervised by Associate Professor Anna Sullivan, Professor Roger Slee and Dr Mel Baak. You will work as part of a team with an opportunity to engage with international leading scholars in the field. 

Skills and Experience 

To be successful for this scholarship you will have as a minimum, an Honours degree in Education, Social Sciences or Arts and preferably a Masters degree by research, and be interested in pursuing research in the areas of refugee education, resilience in education, critical policy studies in education and inclusive education.

Lodging your Application 

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Applicants are required to upload a cover letter and resume only. Your CV should include details of any research experience you have such as: conference presentations, journal publications, ethics and/or grant preparation and applications and include the names and contact details of two academic referees. Your cover letter must outline (in no more than one A4 page) why you want to pursue research in this field, what skills you would bring to this research team and must reference the selection criteria below. 


  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and Powerpoint 
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Able to commence the PhD in 2018 and study full-time in Australia from 2018 to 2021 
  • To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you need to meet the conditions of entry into a PhD program at The University of South Australia: There will be a second process for the preferred applicant to apply online for HDR admission. 


  • Work experience in educational settings 
  • Teamwork experience in a collaborative and an investigative environment 

The scholarship is open to domestic students: Australian and New Zealand citizens and Permanent Residents of Australia. 

For more information please contact Associate Professor Anna Sullivan at or 08 83024252 or 0402965844. 

The scholarship will remain open until filled.

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In addition to your salary, the University will make employer superannuation contributions. The amount of superannuation you are entitled to will depend on the nature of your employment. You will also be entitled to annual leave loading, and other beneficial employment conditions. See more benefits of working for UniSA

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