PhD Scholarship Opportunity – In Partnership with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

A new scholarship is being offered to examine the impact of values-based conversations in positively changing attitudes towards people seeking asylum.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 15 June

The Melbourne Social Equity Institute at the University of Melbourne and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) invites applications for an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship. The scholarship will be located within the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. This opportunity is open to domestic students only.

The ASRC is a not-for-profit organisation that supports people seeking asylum through the provision of aid, justice and empowerment programs. In 2015, the ASRC commissioned the Words that Work research project, which has informed the organisation’s current approach to advocacy, campaigning and community engagement. The partners are interested in examining the effectiveness of the ASRC’s approach to community organising and whether participating in a values-based conversation leads to sustained attitude change.

This Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship is provided by the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and will be located within the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences under the primary supervision of Professor Nick Haslam. Co-supervision with a scholar from another unit within the University may be possible.  The scholarship provides a full fee waiver and a stipend valued at AUD $27,082 per annum (2018 value; tax free) for full time students and is available for three years.  The Melbourne Social Equity Institute provides an additional $2,000 per annum (a maximum of $6,000 during candidature) in research support funds. The successful candidate will also receive automatic entry into the Institute’s PhD Program in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies.


The scholarship is only available to Australian and NZ citizens or Australian permanent residents. The scholarship is conditional upon acceptance into a PhD program at the University of Melbourne.

Applicants must be eligible for acceptance by the University of Melbourne into a PhD program. By the commencement of the program applicants must have completed an accredited fourth year program in psychology at Honours 1 or Honours 1 equivalence level, or at an Honours 2 level with an outstanding record of professional or research achievements since graduation.

Applicants should possess excellent interpersonal skills. Applicants will ideally be available to commence before the end of 2018. People with lived experience of seeking asylum are strongly encouraged to apply.


Applicants will be asked to provide the following information. We strongly recommend that you prepare your answers offline (in Microsoft Word or similar) and save a copy for your own records.

  • Name and contact information
  • Intended mode of study (full time/part time)
  • Relevant academic qualifications
  • Any previous academic awards, scholarships or prizes
  • Information about any substantial pieces of research completed as part of previous degrees (up to 250 words)
  • Any research publications you have authored or co-authored
  • Any study or work experience that is relevant to your PhD proposal or that has required you to develop relevant research and writing skills (up to 100 words)
  • Contact details of two references
  • Your CV (upload attachment, up to 2 pages)
  • A brief research proposal – outline preliminary ideas, key research questions, methodologies, relevant conceptual and theoretical approaches; address how the project fits into the specific research program (upload attachment, 1 – 2 pages)
  • Your academic transcripts (upload attachment)
  • If applicable, Masters/Honours thesis examiners' reports (upload attachment)

More Information

Professor Nick Haslam

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