PhD Scholarship in Arts Based Social Enterprises and Young People’s Transitions

A PhD scholarship, working on a project contributing valuable insight into the impact of creative activity on young people’s experiences in social enterprise programs.

Value and duration

The scholarship will provide a stipend of $27,082 per annum. Successful international applicants will be provided with a tuition fee scholarship that also covers the cost of Overseas Student Health Cover.

This scholarship is for three years only: 2018 to 2020.

Number of scholarships available



To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

How to apply

To be assessed for eligibility for our research programs, submit a formal application to RMIT University's School of Art via the School of Graduate Research:

Open date

Applications are now open.

Close date

Applications close 31 October 2017.

Terms and conditions

RMIT's standard research scholarship terms and conditions (PDF 327KB 10p) will apply to this scholarship.

Further information

The project examines how art-based social enterprise organisations manage education, training and work transitions, and develop the health and well-being of marginalised young people. In particular, the project explores the specific education and employment outcomes achieved for young people situated in these alternative learning settings. Social enterprises are a rapidly expanding sector of the Australian economy with 20,000 programs currently in operation. Using a longitudinal, critical case methodology, the project will provide sector stakeholders with a strong evidence base to develop long-term strategy for innovative policy and engagement practice.

The PhD candidate will receive an RMIT scholarship based at the Centre for Art, Society and Transformation (CAST), under the primary supervision of Dr Grace McQuilten.

The candidate will be supported to develop a related project that may employ creative methods to engage young people in case study field work while also expanding and diversifying the ways in which the results of the study can be communicated.

The candidate will work with case study organisations and program participants to develop, create and publish a series of creative works specific to each enterprise, including photography, video, sound and textiles.


Dr Perri Campbell

Dr Grace McQuilten