Margaret Cohan Research Scholarships

This scholarship supports Honours or graduate criminology or psychology students undertaking research into child abuse.

Applications open

14 Aug 2023

Applications closed

23 Oct 2023

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 $1,790

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 must:

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

    Selection criteria

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

  • Application process

    Eligible applicants must complete an online application form including:

    • a description of travel if undertaking travel as part of the scholarship proposal;
    • a 300-500 word statement describing how you would use the scholarship funds in a research project relating to child abuse as a key element of the project, and how the scholarship would be integral to to a successful research outcome.;
    • a brief budget, if undertaking travel as part of the scholarship;
    • at least one academic reference;
    • a statement of results from the University of Melbourne; and,
    • any other information to support your application that may assist the committee in making its decision.
  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email.

  • 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 $1,790. The scholarship is to fund research-related expenses, including conference or seminar attendance, or travel for such purposes.

Recipients are required to:

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


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