PhD scholarship in Social Housing: Pathways out of social housing

A PhD scholarship to undertake a quantitative analysis of why people leave social housing and what happens to them subsequently.

We are seeking highly motivated and qualified applicants for a PhD scholarship to commence in February, 2019. The successful applicant will have, at minimum, an Honours level qualification in social science or related discipline (e.g. sociology, psychology, anthropology, criminology, law, gender, politics, health) and will have experience in quantitative research methods. Utilising their skills with administrative and survey data, the successful candidate will examine why people leave social housing and what happens to them subsequently. The candidate will investigate three questions:

  1. What are the reasons households leave social housing?
  2. What sort of housing do people subsequently move into and, relatedly, what proportion end up experiencing homelessness after they exit.
  3. What are the patterns of service use following exits from social housing.

Value and duration

A stipend of $30,900 per annum pro rata (full time study)

Number of scholarships available



To be eligible for this scholarship you must meet:

How to apply

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

Open date

Applications are now open.

Close date

Applications must be submitted by Monday December 24th 2018.

Terms and conditions

RMIT's standard research scholarship terms and conditions (PDF 327KB 10p) will apply to this scholarship. However, note the allowances for this scholarship are specifically $30,900 per year for up to three years and the relocation allowances stated in the terms and conditions are not applicable.


Professor Guy Johnson
+61 3 9925 9893