The University of Queensland PhD Scholarship Contract in St Lucia QLD

The University of Queensland

Branch St Lucia QLD AU

PhD Scholarship
St Lucia QLD

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) is a national leader in advanced social science and evidence based policy research….

THE INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH (ISSR) The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) is a national leader in advanced social science and evidence based policy research. Our researchers address some of today’s most important social scientific and policy questions. In addition to research we also provide postgraduate research training and offer commercial services and training for public and private sector organisations. In 2013 ISSR secured funding to lead a new Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence aimed at breaking the cycle of social disadvantage across generations and within families.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (the Life Course Centre) will advance research targeted at reducing deep and enduring social and economic disadvantage in Australia and internationally. The Centre will examine the intergenerational transmission of inequality and disadvantage and the development, prevention and remediation of disadvantage over the life course. In particular, the Life Course Centre aims to identify the drivers of disadvantage in Australia and develop innovative solutions to mitigate or reverse its impact.

Our research is organised into three interrelated research programs:

  • Disadvantage Systems (how disadvantage occurs)
  • Human Capabilities (who experiences disadvantage and why)
  • Social Transformation (how we can intervene to reduce disadvantage)

RHD students involved in the research of the life course centre will have opportunities to participate in advanced statistical and methodological training courses, strong mentoring opportunities through collaboration with a large international network of scholars including research exchanges, opportunities to present papers at national and international conferences and to publish their work in a wide range of outlets, opportunities to liaise closely with government and non-government organisations working with disadvantaged groups and part time research assistant and teaching work to supplement their income and build a strong set of professional skills during their candidature.

We seek RHD students to work in an area relating to one of the following projects:

  • Investigating the links between parenting and social disadvantage
  • Family Structure and Children’s Wellbeing over the Life Course
  • Family Dynamics and Gender Inequality
  • Indigenous Life Courses in Australia
  • Indigenous disadvantage in comparative context
  • Quantitative Analyses of Economic or Social Mobility in Australia and in International Comparative Context
  • Statistical approaches to longitudinal analysis of social administrative data
  • A Cross-national and Longitudinal Study of Police Legitimacy
  • Drug and Alcohol Use and the Impact on Crime Problems Over the Life Course

More information on the above projects can be found at:


The person Applicants will need to meet the Graduate School admissions requirements, demonstrate the relevance of their degree, meet English language proficiency requirements of The University of Queensland and have the appetite to develop and undertake a significant body of research culminating in a thesis of no more than 80,000 words, with the research representing a significant new contribution to the discipline. For further information please refer to The University of Queensland Graduate School.

Remuneration Prospective students will be provided with assistance to apply for a scholarship, the base stipend for which would be at the rate of AUD$25,849 (2015) per annum tax-free (for Australian citizens and permanent residents), indexed annually. Top-up scholarships of $5,000 per annum may be available for successful applicants.

Duration: 3-4 years (full time) or part-time equivalent.

Enquiries To discuss this role please contact the ISSR Postgraduate Administrator, Ms Cara Herington ( [email protected] ).

This recruitment process will proceed in two stages:

Stage one – Expression of Interest Process:

Provide the following by email to [email protected] :

  • a formal expression of interest form specifying the preferred project
  • a 1500 word Research Proposal detailing the research question, methods and significance of the project you would like to undertake for your PhD
  • academic transcripts from both your undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs (showing results received, particularly for the research component of your program).

Please submit the above by 5 December 2014 , 11:55PM E. Standard Time.

DO NOT submit an application using the Apply button below.

Stage two – Application process:

Suitable applicants will receive an invitation to submit a full Application for Admission & Scholarship by 19 December. Full applications will be due by 14 January 2015. Outcomes of the application process will be advised on 10 April for scholars commencing on 1 July 2015.

or proceed with Standard Application Form.

Employment Type: Freelance
Location: St Lucia, QLD, AU
Posted on: 2014-11-18
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