Margaret Cohan Research Scholarships

This scholarship offers up to $3,000 to support honours or graduate criminology or psychology students undertaking research into child abuse.

Applications open

4 Jul 2022

Last day for applications

15 Aug 2022
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Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $3,000

Applicable study areas

Historical, philosophical, political and social studies; Law, legal studies and criminology; Medicine, dentistry, health and welfare

Number of scholarships awarded


  • "The Margaret Cohan Research Scholarship helped my PhD research progress by enabling me to broaden my skills and exposing me to networking opportunities. The scholarship has enabled me to build research skills that are essential for my progress and development as a researcher."
    - Priscilla Savopoulos
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be a fourth-year, graduate coursework or graduate research student enrolled in criminology or psychology, who is undertaking research into child abuse.

    The scholarships are to fund research-related expenses, including:

    • conference/seminar registration;
    • travel costs relating to a conference/seminar presentation or fieldwork;
    • other fieldwork costs eg, transcriptions, interview/focus group inducements; and,
    • materials purchase eg, essential texts, tests (copyrighted).

    Selection criteria

    The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who makes the most compelling case for the use of the scholarship funds in a research project relating to child abuse, and who best demonstrates that the funds would be integral to a successful research outcome.

    PhD students from the Centre for Youth Mental health who are enrolled in the discipline of Psychology could be considered for and awarded the scholarship on the basis that they are 'graduate students' and enrolled at the University.

    Child abuse should be a key element of the research being undertaken.

  • Application process

    Eligible applicants must complete an  online application form including:

    • a 300-500 word proposal of research;
    • budget details;
    • a letter of support from your supervisor; and,
    • any other information which may assist the committee in making its decision.

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  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 8 to 10 weeks after the closing date.

  • About the donor

    Margaret Cohan

    In 2011, Margaret Anne Cohan left a gift in her will to the University of Melbourne's Criminology and Psychology programs to support a research scholarship.  This resulted in the Margaret Cohan Research Scholarship which annually supports a fourth year or graduate student enrolled in the discipline of Criminology or Psychology, who is undertaking research into child abuse.

What are the benefits?

Offers up to $3,000.

Recipients are required to:

  • accept the award online within 21 days; and,
  • submit a final report.



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