CRADLE PhD Scholarships

Applications for CRADLE’s PhD Scholarship Scheme for 2023 are now closed.

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.

What is the scholarship?

Scholarships are open to domestic and international students, are awarded on a full-time basis, and are based at CRADLE’s Melbourne CBD location, Deakin Downtown. Successful applicants 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 submissions that align to CRADLE’s research themes.

Our Team and Research Themes

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

Our underpinning premise is improving learning in higher and professional education.

We have three broad and intersecting research themes.

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Assessing for Learning

Learning in a digital world

Learning through, and for, work

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.


  • Stipend of $30,000 per annum tax exempt (2023 rate).
  • Top-up stipend of $5,000 per annum tax exempt.
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate.
  • 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 PhD entry requirements.
  • Be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master’s degree with a substantial research component.

How to Apply

Applications are now closed for 2023. If you are interested in our scholarship scheme, please subscribe to our blog to hear from us when the scheme for 2024 opens.

Further Information

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