Australian Catholic University – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Female Students
About this Scholarship
Significant progress is being made in raising the educational achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in secondary school and undergraduate studies, particularly females. A relatively small number, however, study at doctoral level, and consequently there are few Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics teaching in Australian Universities. Through this scholarship, support for living expenses will be provided to the recipient to complete a three year PhD program.
The Ursuline were founded in Brescia, Italy, in 1535 by Angela Merici. The Ursuline community has been committed to the education of girls in Australia since the late 1800s, founding primary schools and colleges in New South Wales, Queensland, and Australian Capital Territory. In 2017, Australian Catholic University and the Ursuline community established a partnership to create opportunity to build capacity for women.
About the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education
The Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE) is led by its Director Professor Rhonda Craven. The Institute conducts research in three interrelated program areas: The Australian Centre for Indigenous Thriving (ACIT); Positive Psychology; and Human Motivation and Behaviour. This scholarship will be based in ACIT which conducts qualitative and quantitative research that investigates how to enable Indigenous children and youth educational, physical, psychological, and family and community thriving.
ACIT employs: a positive psychology strengths-based approach founded upon identifying, building upon, and augmenting Indigenous success; excellence in research to integrate and leverage in new ways, Indigenous research methods with advances in international research that are based on Western scientific approaches; and prioritising the voices and agency of Indigenous children, youth, and communities. Current research themes include but are not limited to: Indigenous children and youth wellbeing; literacy, oral language, and numeracy interventions; positive parenting; Indigenous youth-devised technological innovations; and capitalising on the voices and agency of Indigenous youth.
- A stipend for living expenses of $30,000 per annum (tax exempt) for three years.
- An Australian Government Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (that is, a tuition fee waiver).
- The scholarship recipient will be a female of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin and eligible to commence a full-time PhD in the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at Australian Catholic University.
- An appropriate undergraduate degree with Honours at a minimum level of Second Class Division A (Hons 2A) or equivalent; or a Master’s degree with appropriate research training in a relevant field; or an equivalent qualification.
- The recipient will be an Australian citizen who is able to study full-time on the North Sydney campus of Australian Catholic University (part-time applicants will not be considered).
Scholarship-specific Selection Criteria
Applications are assessed based on the strength of the following:
- Meeting eligibility requirements
- Commitment to the research approach employed by the Australian Centre for Indigenous Thriving
- Quality of the research proposal and alignment of research interests with the research program of Australian Centre for Indigenous Thriving
- Ability to contribute to a team
- Excellent time management and organisational skills
- High level verbal and written English proficiency
- Commitment to the Mission and Values of ACU
Ongoing or Other Requirements
The successful applicant will be required to submit letters of appreciation to the donor explaining how the scholarship has assisted them. A letter should be submitted at the time of Confirmation of Candidature and at Graduation.
Acknowledgement of the Australian Government’s contribution
The successful applicant will be offered an Australian Government Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship for the duration of their candidature. The Award holder must acknowledge the support provided by the Australian Government when, at any time during or after the completion of the degree she or her supervisors or any other party, publishes or produces material such as books, articles, newsletters, reports or other literary or artistic works which relate to the research project carried out by the Award holder.
How to Apply
This scholarship is open to domestic applicants only. Please visit the Graduate Research website and follow the instructions to submit your application.
Please ensure you clearly state that you wish to apply for the Ursuline Scholarship in the scholarship section on the application form.
Applicants must also include:
- Proof of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander identity
- A cover letter of no more than three pages outlining your interest in the scholarship, and providing evidence of how you meet the scholarship-specific criteria listed above.
- A written statement of 300 words outlining:
- how the Scholarship will assist you to contribute to your local/professional community in accordance with the spirit of the Ursulines; and
- commitment to the Mission and Values of ACU.
Closing Date for Applications
Monday 1 October 2018
Janet Mooney, Professor and Program Lead, Australian Centre for Indigenous Thriving, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education
firstname.lastname@example.org or 0412 959 690
Robert Brockman, Indigenous Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Deputy Program Lead, Australian Centre for Indigenous Thriving, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education
email@example.com or 0407 225 381
For information regarding application and enrolment, email Candidature Services (firstname.lastname@example.org), with the subject line ‘Ursuline Scholarship’.
Applications should be forwarded to:
Australian Catholic University
Locked Bag 4115