Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD - Promoting Safer Families Scholarship

21st Aug 2019
31st Aug 2020
Study level
Graduate Research
Enrolment status
Future student; Current student; Alumnus; Other
Study Area


The Centre of Research Excellence to promote Safer Families (Safer Families Centre) leads research into family violence. The virtual centre, which is funded by the NHMRC and involves a number of collaborators within Australia and overseas, is based at the University of Melbourne. The Safer Families Centre supports the research workforce and builds capability for sustainable change. A core focus within the research and translation agenda is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities.

In our team we have investigators in Indigenous research we work closely with such as

  • Karen Glover (SA),
  • Shawana Andrews (Vic) and
  • David Gallant  (Vic).

Kelsey and the team at Safer Families are passionate about working in partnership with and reflecting the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in research and see it is as critical to our work in ensuring it benefits Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities.

The Centre is offering an eligible Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander graduate research student a PhD position with our Safer Families team.


The successful candidate will receive an RTP of approx. $30,000 tax free per year for the length of the PhD (Fulltime) plus a top up of $20,000 tax fee in their first year in the Safer Families PhD position with further top-up funding up to 3.5 years to be determined.

Disclaimer: The benefit amount for this award is approximate. It will be confirmed at the time of awarding and determined by the committee according to the terms of the award.


To be eligible or considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • be an Indigenous Australian citizen
  • have a research background in qualitative social and/or health research, quantitative social sciences or biostatistics.
  • satisfy the Faculty’s entry requirements for PhD.

We encourage you to contact us if you wish to discuss your eligibility or any other aspect of the scholarship.


Applicants will be considered based on their:

  • Project proposal (refer to details in Expression of Interest)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Referee reports
  • Interview for shortlisted applicants
  • Satisfactory academic progress
  • Faculty scholarship score

The PhD opportunity:

  • The PhD must fit within the research and translation agenda of the Safer Families Centre  i.e. Health responses to domestic and family violence.
  • Projects can focus on testing or developing health sector responses needed to improve the safety, health, resiliency and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities.

The award will be offered to the student based on their ability to complete a research higher degree through a combination of academic study, research experience, professional experience and overall knowledge of the proposed area of study.


Contact Simone Gleeson simone.gleeson@unimelb.edu.au for the link to an online Expression of Interest which will need to be submitted to the Safer Families Centre by midnight 6 Dec 2019.

We welcome discussions with us prior to completing an Expression of Interest. Expressions of interest will be reviewed as received so please apply as soon as possible.

Please note that, if your expression of interest is successful, you will then need to also submit an application for a University of Melbourne Graduate Research Degree and Scholarship which is subject to final approval.


Candidates will be advised of the outcome of their Expression of Interest (EOI) by email as soon as possible.


For Expression of Interest enquiry please contact Simone Gleeson.

For Research project enquiry please contact Kelsey Hegarty and for University support for Indigenous research students please contact Warwick Padgham

Scholarship Management


Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences


Medical School

Department / Centre