CRADLE PhD Scholarships Open

Applications for Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarships for 2024 are now open.

This is your opportunity to undertake a PhD with CRADLE – Submit your Expression of Interest by 5pm Monday 4 March 2024. Scholarships are available annually for projects that align with CRADLE’s research themes and our current programs of research. Alternative project topics that support CRADLE’s research agenda will be considered.

If you’re a domestic or international student specifically interested in the areas of assessment and/or digital learning, you can apply for a scholarship to undertake your research with CRADLE. The successful applicant will work on a project that considers assessment and/or digital learning in higher education, and will contribute evidence to inform assessment research, policy, and practice. We welcome EOIs that align to CRADLE’s research themes, and encourage applicants to consult our list of prospective topics.

Who can apply for the scholarship?

Scholarship applications are open to domestic and international students (international candidates must already be in Australia or be able to gain a visa and travel to Melbourne before the end of 2024), and, if successful, will be awarded on a full-time basis, based at CRADLE’s Melbourne CBD location, Deakin Downtown. To be competitive for a scholarship you should already have an H1, first class, or 80%+ grade in your previous studies, especially in the research thesis component, or equivalent demonstrated high quality research experience.

How does the application process work?

There is a two step application process, requiring an expression of interest (EOI) to be submitted for review prior to the full application. Expressions of Interest close at 5pm Monday 4 March 2024. For those who are invited to submit a full application, these then close on Friday 29 March 2024.

Our Team and Research Themes

Our team of leading higher education researchers includes Alfred Deakin Professor David BoudProfessor Phillip DawsonProfessor Margaret BearmanProfessor Rola Ajjawi, and Dr Joanna Tai. We collaborate with all of Deakin’s faculties and divisions along with a range of industry partners and international collaborators.

CRADLE’s research program seeks to establish what works to improve learning in higher and professional education. Our current programs of research include:

The digital world and its impact on learning and teachingFeedback and feedback practices
Learning in and for the workplaceEvaluative judgement
Assessment security and academic integrityInclusion and belonging in a digital world
Representation in and beyond assessment

Throughout this research we use cross-cutting approaches, including innovative methodological and theoretical approaches and knowledge transition.

Potential Research Topics

As part of the application process, prospective students must develop an original research proposal (see the EOI form for detailed requirements). Below is an overview of current CRADLE areas of focus, potential supervisors, and recent CRADLE publication(s) on those topics to illustrate the potential scope of work. We would expect a prospective candidate to develop their proposal taking one of these topics as a starting point, then share it with prospective supervisors prior to the EOI submission.


  • Stipend of $34,400 per annum tax exempt (2024 DUPR rate).
  • Top-up stipend of $5,000 per annum tax exempt for a CRADLE candidate.
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate or overseas.
  • International students only: Tuition fees offset for the duration of 4 years. Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be either a domestic or international candidate (Domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship).
  • Meet Deakin’s research degree entry pathways scholarship requirements, including holding an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master’s degree with a substantial research component.
  • Be enrolling to study full time.

How to Apply

If you are interested in studying with CRADLE, you must apply via the Faculty of Arts and Education scholarship EOI process. This requires the development of an original research proposal, which should be aligned with CRADLE’s research themes. You should contact the relevant supervisor directly with a draft of your proposal prior to submitting the EOI, and to discuss your eligibility and competitiveness for a scholarship.

On the EOI form, at 1d) please select “School of Education” then list two supervisors as advised by the supervisor you have had contact with. At 1e), please nominate CRADLE.

If you are ranked highly, then you will then be invited to submit a formal application for candidature with scholarship.

Don’t forget – submit your Expression of Interest by 5pm Monday 4 March 2024


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