RMIT (GUSS) PhD Scholarship – Our Watch: Preventing Violence Against Women

A PhD scholarship, jointly supervised by RMIT and Our Watch, investigating primary prevention of violence against women, with a focus on young people’s engagements via social media.

Value and duration

  • $30,000 per annum pro rata (full-time study) for 3 years, with the possibility of a 6 month extension. This stipend amount increases yearly in accordance with indexation.
  • Up to $2,500 funding for data collection, conference attendance and other research activities from the School HDR Funding Scheme for the PhD candidate.
  • Paid sick, maternity and parental leave, within the limits of the Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions (PDF 327kb, 10p).

Number of scholarships available

One

Eligibility

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • have completed a 4-year Bachelor Degree (majoring in Criminology, Sociology, Public Health or cognate discipline) with First Class Honours and a minor thesis, or a Masters by Coursework with a minor thesis or have demonstrated an equivalent level of academic attainment as determined by RMIT;
  • be currently enrolled in, or have applied for, a full-time postgraduate research program at RMIT. Part-time scholarships may be approved for students with exceptional circumstances e.g. for medical reasons or due to significant care commitments; part-time scholarships are not tax exempt; and
  • meet the entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy as a domestic applicant. The scholarship is not available to international students.

You will be considered ineligible for this scholarship if:

  • you are undertaking a Masters by Research and you already hold a Research Doctorate, Research Masters or an equivalent research qualification;
  • you are undertaking a Research Doctorate and you already hold a Research Doctorate or an equivalent research qualification;
  • you have previously held a Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the scholarship’s payments, or;
  • you are currently receiving another equivalent award, scholarship or research related salary providing a benefit greater than 75% of the 2017 APA base rate ($30,000).

How to apply

There is a two-step process for applications.

Step one. Send your expression of interest by email to Dr Anastasia Powell at anastasia.powell@rmit.edu.au and include your full CV, copies of tertiary qualification transcripts and a copy of your minor thesis by 4 June. You will need to be available for phone/skype/personal interview in the week after that date. Applicants will be advised to make a formal application to RMIT after interviews have been completed.

Step two. Complete the admission application process. Please note applications for this School-based scholarship will only be accepted within the dates advised on this advertisement. The scholarship is not part of the RMIT PhD and Research Masters Scholarship scheme.

Open date

Applications now open.

Close date

Applications close 4 June 2017.

Terms and conditions

The duration of an RMIT Postgraduate Award will be reduced by any periods of study undertaken towards a research degree prior to the commencement of the Award. The duration of a research master’s scholarship award is two years full-time. The duration of a research doctorate scholarship award is three years full-time.

A doctoral candidate may apply for an extension of up to six months subject to satisfactory progress and school approval.

View the Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions (PDF 327kb, 10p).

Further information

RMIT invites applications to a PhD scholarship that will support doctoral level research focusing on the primary prevention of violence against women, commencing in July 2017. The project will be jointly supervised by RMIT and Our Watch, the national independent organisation for the prevention of violence against women.

In 2015 Our Watch, together with VicHealth and ANROWS, launched “Change the Story”, a national framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children. The framework identifies that to prevent violence against women, we must address its underlying drivers – including cultures, structures and practices of gender inequality.

As part of this work, Our Watch delivers prevention content for young people aged 12 to 20 years via social media and digital resources. This PhD project will focus foremost on an investigation of young people’s engagements with prevention via social media and digital resources. As such we seek applications from prospective students who are interested to develop a PhD research project that engages with one or more of the following:

  • reviewing best practice in primary prevention with young people via social media and digital resources
  • analysing young people’s discussions about gender, equality, and violence, via social media
  • conducting a survey and/or interviews with young people about their engagements with prevention content via social media and digital resources
  • consulting with key stakeholder groups such as parents, carers, teachers, educators, coaches, and service providers about young people’s engagements with prevention content via social media and digital resources

The successful applicant will be located in Justice and Legal Studies, within the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, and be jointly supervised by Dr Anastasia Powell (RMIT University) and Our Watch. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr Powell to discuss their proposal in advance of applying.

The anticipated commencement date for the program will be Monday 17 July with scholarship payments commencing 20 July. The successful applicant should be enrolled by this date or before.

Contact

Dr Anastasia Powell