We are currently looking for a PhD candidate with experience in working in primary schools serving high poverty communities. The primary focus of this role is to complete a research dissertation on a topic aligned to the ARC funded research project: Quality Teaching Work and Reducing Educational Inequalities. This project aims to investigate school-based teaching policies and practices using innovative design-based research, to collaboratively develop quality teaching that meets complex, contextual student needs in high poverty communities. The educational attainment gap in Australia is widening despite significant research and policy interventions, and teachers' work in primary schools in high poverty areas is increasingly driven by standards and testing demands. High levels of teacher anxiety and fatigue are apparent in such schools. This project intends to develop a collaboratory knowledge model that will enhance teacher professionalism and student learning attainment, with highly valuable benefits for the Australian community and economy.

The research project team for the ARC funded project includes: Professor Professor Parlo Singh, Griffith University, Professor Beryl Exley, Griffith University, Dr Stephen Heimans, University of Sunshine Coast, Professor Gabrielle Ivinson, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

The successful applicant will be based at the Mt Gravatt campus of Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. https://www.griffith.edu.au/institute-educational-research/our-research/educational-justice-equity-excellence

The selection of applicants for the award of higher degree research scholarships at Griffith University involves consideration of your academic merit and research background. To be successful within this role, you will be able to research independently. You will have evidence of a passion for social justice, with a strong desire to undertake research with practitioners working in primary schools in Queensland.

  • This scholarship is open to domestic and international applicants
  • Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelors degree with honours, equivalent to first class honours and be intending to enrol full-time in an approved doctoral program
  • New candidates may apply

The 2019 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $27,596 (indexed) for a period of up to three years of full-time study. Please see the GUPRS Conditions of Award for more information. The successful applicant will also be awarded a $5,000 top up scholarship funded by the Griffith Institute for Educational Research bringing the total annual stipend to $32,596.

A successful International applicant will also be awarded a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years. Please see the GUIPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

As a scholarship holder, you will study with a University that ranks among the top 3% worldwide and spans across five campuses in South East Queensland. At Griffith University, we’ve worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We also support the professional and personal development of all our HDR candidates and invest in the skills of our people. Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith's strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

For project related enquiries please contact:

Professor Parlo Singh
Phone: (07) 3735 1833
Email: parlo.singh@griffith.edu.au

For administration enquiries please contact:

Griffith Graduate Research School
Phone: (07) 3735 3817
Email: hdr-scholarship@griffith.edu.au

This scholarship will be offered as part of the annual scholarship round. The closing date for International applicants is 17 September 2019. The closing date for Domestic applicants and Griffith University international graduates is 1 October 2019. Please see the Key Dates page for further information.

Applicants should visit the Griffith University website and follow the process for applying for entry to the Griffith Higher Degree Research program, which includes a section for scholarship applications. When applying for entry, interested applicants should specify the ‘Quality Teaching Work and Reducing Educational Inequalities’ under ‘Other’ as the scholarship they wish to be considered for as part of their application.

Ready to start your research journey?