Wellbeing of young entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship is a career option for young people - even to the extent that many young people might be expected create their jobs. The recently announced Government Youth Employment Packagewill include measures worth $88.6 million over four years to encourage Australians to start a business and create their own job.

This expectation may set young people into a vulnerable position as starting a business is risky and start-up firms have a high failure rate and successful entrepreneurship is frequently opportunity, not necessity, driven.

This project will investigate the health and wellbeing outcomes of entrepreneurial behaviour among young people and study what factors in venture creation and growth are associated with changes in reported health and wellbeing. Further the project will seek to find out whether there is there a link between the health and wellbeing of the entrepreneurs and the survival and growth of new created firms. Understanding these links and creating awareness of this is important for taking care of individuals starting at young age and also for the prosperity of the new businesses.

Proposed postgraduate research program

  • School: School of Management
  • Program name: PhD (Management)/Master of Business (Management)

Value and duration

A stipend of $32,000 per year over the duration of three years.

Number of scholarships available



To be considered for scholarship you must hold, or be currently completing either:

• Master by research
• Master by coursework with a significant research component graded as high distinction, or equivalent
• Honours degree achieving first class honours
• 4 year bachelor degree achieving a GPA of 4 or equivalent (80% or above).

If you do not hold one of the above qualifications you will only be considered for scholarship if you have previous peer reviewed publications or significant research experience.

Please make sure that you check the individual eligibility requirements of these scholarships prior to submitting your application.

It is also important to note that the scholarship rounds are highly competitive and satisfying the eligibility requirements does not guarantee a successful outcome. When a scholarship round closes all applications are received are ranked in order of merit. This process takes five to six weeks to complete. Applicants are typically advised of the outcome of a scholarship round five to six weeks after the round closes for applications.

How to apply

How to apply: International applicants need to apply for admission via iApply and ensure that there is an offer in place before submitting a scholarship application via the Graduate Research Scholarship application form. Domestic applicants can continue to apply for both admission and scholarship via this Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Admission and Scholarship Application Form (PDF). Domestic applicants who already hold an offer of admission from RMIT for a PhD or Masters by Research program but have not enrolled may apply for a scholarship using the Graduate Research Scholarship application form.

Open date

Applications are open until 4 May 2018. International applicants must have an offer of place prior to applying for a scholarship and are encouraged to submit an admission application by 27 April 2018.

Terms and conditions

See the research scholarship terms and conditions (PDF 327KB) for more information.


Professor Pia Arenius
+61 3 9925 5142

Dr Afreen Huq
+61 3 9925 5198

Dr Lena Wang
+61 3 9925 1345