Margaret Cohan Research Scholarships

This scholarship, worth approximately $3,179, supports honours or graduate criminology or psychology students undertaking research into child abuse.

Applications open

22 Feb 2021

Applications closed

12 Apr 2021

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 $3,179

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 or graduate 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, b) fieldwork (Australian only in 2021)
    • Other fieldwork costs eg, transcriptions, interview/focus group inducements
    • Materials purchase eg, essential texts, tests (copyrighted).

    Recipients are required to:

    • Accept the award online within 21 days
    • Submit a final report

    Selection criteria

    • Graduates include students enrolled in coursework and research higher degrees.
    • The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who makes the most compelling case for the use of 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 the online application form which requires a 300-500 word proposal of research, budget details and the documents as outlined below:

    1. Letter of support from your supervisor
    2. Any other information which may assist the Committee in making its decision
  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 6-8 weeks after the closing date.

  • About the donor

    Margaret Cohan

    The late Margaret Anne Cohan left a bequest to the University of Melbourne Criminology and Psychology departments for scholarships to research child abuse, to be named the Margaret Cohan Research Scholarships. The donor died on 2 July 2011.

What are the benefits?

Approximately $3,179



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