PhD Scholarship: Young Carers

6th Jul 2020
29th Jul 2020
Study level
Graduate Research
Enrolment status
Future student; Current student; Alumnus; Other
Study Area
Fund source
Expendable Gift


This PhD project will form part of a larger program of research focused on young carers that is being conducted at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. The PhD project will focus on the use of large publicly available datasets (which may include spatial data) to examine the determinants of becoming a young carer, the trajectories of young carers, and effect of different policy interventions on young carers outcomes. This PhD scholarship is funded by the Melbourne Disability Institute at the University of Melbourne. The Melbourne Disability Institute has been established following major reforms in the last ten years that have transformed the lives of people with disability, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020. We promote collaboration across the University of Melbourne, harnessing high-level skills, expertise and partnerships to address the complex problems facing people with disabilities, their families and carers.


The scholarship will be equivalent to RTP $31,200 per annum for full time students (2020 pro-rata rate), and is available for 3.5 years. There is some flexibility regarding the PhD commencement, but it should commence before December 2020.

In addition to the stipend, the Institute provides:

  • Additional funding of $2,000 per annum for research support
  • Support and mentoring from a wide range of leading researchers
  • Collaboration opportunities for future research projects
  • Training opportunities, access to a range of seminars, workshops and other events
  • Opportunity to be involved with knowledge translation and education activities
  • Networking opportunities with national and international researchers and visiting fellows.

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.


Scholarship applicants must meet course entry requirements, and have been accepted, or be eligible for acceptance, into the University of Melbourne PhD program in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.

Course entry requirements are available here:

Interested applicants are encouraged to check eligibility prior to applying by contacting Ms Myra Malcolm (Graduate Research Officer for the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne:


We are seeking a candidate with the following skills, qualifications and experiences:

  1. An Honours or Masters degree in epidemiology, sociology (including quantitative methods), statistics, biostatistics, econometrics, health economics, or spatial sciences.
  2. Experience in the application of quantitative research methods and statistics to address social, economic or health challenges
  3. Experience with large longitudinal datasets; both in terms of management and analysis
  4. Ability to use statistical software packages (e.g., Stata, Python, R).
  5. An ability to work effectively and positively with team members and other students within a diverse working environment
  6. Highly developed oral and written English communication skills
  7. Experience liaising with external stakeholders and partners
  8. Knowledge and application of spatial analytical techniques and methods may be an advantage
  9. Highly motivated, self-disciplined, and able to work independently, with clear goals that lead to highly quality outcomes


  1. Confirm eligibility prior to applying by contacting Ms Myra Malcolm (Graduate Research Officer for the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne:
  2. Full applications should include curriculum vitae, academic transcripts and also address the selection criteria listed below (in a word document), and should be sent to


For eligibility inquiries, please contact Myra Malcolm:

For questions related to the PhD in terms of content/subject matter, please contact Tania King.

Scholarship Management


Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences


Population and Global Health

Department / Centre