Early Childhood Education and Care Research PhD Scholarship

A scholarship is available for an appropriately qualified student to commence a full-time PhD in 2019. This PhD opportunity is part of a larger ECEC research program funded by the Leaper Foundation. The scholarship provides a living allowance of $30,000 per year (2018 full-time pro-rata rate) for a maximum of 3 years when undertaking a Doctoral research degree.

Applications open

6 Dec 2018

Applications close

31 Jan 2019

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $90,000

Applicable study areas

Education, teaching and training

Number of scholarships awarded

1

  • Eligibility & selection criteria

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    You should have successfully obtained an Honours or Masters Degree (or equivalent) and you will need to be an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident. Applicants are required to meet the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s requirements for Research Higher Degree candidature. Please refer to:

    https://study.unimelb.edu.au/find/courses/graduate/doctor-of-philosophy-education/entry-requirements/

    Selection criteria

    The Early Childhood Education and Care Research Hub strives to make a sustained impact upon the lives of young Australians. The Hub will achieve this through advancing the quality of early learning experiences for all children.  Our research, teaching, and community engagement works to improve the learning and development outcomes of very young children and families in partnership with the early childhood sector, local communities, and especially for those growing up in disadvantaged circumstances. A priority of the Research Hub will be to translate research findings into real-life educational solutions for all young Australians to realize their potential.

    The key priorities of the Research Hub’s work include:

    1. Enabling teachers to provide high quality early childhood education programs and practices (the most direct route to improve learning experiences and development for children)
    2. Partnering with education and community services to provide high quality, place-based early childhood education programs to the most vulnerable young children and families
    3. Building capacity in early childhood education leadership through developing and testing professional learning models, coaching, and strategies that educational leaders employ to improve the quality of colleagues’ pedagogical practices within services.
  • Application process

    Please send an Expression of Interest which describes your research interest in completing a PhD in ECEC, along with your CV, academic transcripts from all prior study, and 2 academic references as a single PDF document to Karen Stephenson: karen.stephenson@unimelb.edu.au before 31st January 2019.

    For further enquiries please contact Associate Professor Patricia Eadie at peadie@unimelb.edu.au or on +61 3 90354503.

    Submit a course application

  • About the donor

    Jennifer Duggan Leaper

    At Primary School, Jenny decided she wanted to be a teacher so she 'could write on the chalk board'.  As a recipient of a Commonwealth Scholarship in 1967 she embarked on a Bachelor of Arts and completed a Diploma of Education in 1970. Her teaching  career includes: Victorian state and private schools, both city and country; secondary schools in  Perth; a Junior High School in North Carolina, USA; a Boarding School in Bournemouth, UK.
    Throughout her career Jenny was inspired by her students and fellow teachers and developed a particular energy for teaching young adolescents. She wants to share her passion with those who will have a major positive influence on the lives of others - through education of the whole person and the encouragement of life-long learning.

What are the benefits?

The Early Childhood Education and Care Research Hub, at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, has one scholarship for an appropriately qualified student to commence a full-time PhD in 2019. This PhD opportunity is part of a larger ECEC research program funded by the Leaper Foundation. The scholarship is equivalent to an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (stipend) and provides a living allowance of $30,000 per year (2018 full-time pro-rata rate) for a maximum of 3 years when undertaking a Doctoral research degree.

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