Community Engagement PhD Scholarship

About this scholarship

Community engagement (or service-learning) programs offered through university-community partnerships through have the potential to provide students with rich, transformational learning experiences. While there has been much research into effective pedagogy related to such experiential and community-based learning, several questions remain regarding the impact of such programs on the community and best practice for university-community partnerships.

Description

We are seeking a suitable PhD candidate to conduct research on an issue related to university- community engagement in Australia, principally partnerships that serve communities experiencing marginalisation and disadvantage. We are particularly interested in communities and groups that are currently under-served by existing programs and/or under-represented in the literature (e.g., people with dementia, autism spectrum disorders, mental health issues) and novel programs (such as cross- generational activities, faith-based programs, cross-cultural programs).

Conceivably, this research may include exploring the needs of the community and approaches to program development; the experiences of university students engaging in the community engagement programs (including students who may have additional barriers to participation); the perspectives of university and community members on community engagement programs, including benefits and barriers for community and university. The approach to the study (e.g. sociological, psychological, etc.) is left to the discretion of the PhD candidate and their supervisory team. This scholarship would contribute to advancing understanding of best practice in university- community engagement programs.

We welcome applications from individuals with an academic background and/or professional experience in:

  • Community engagement
  • Social work
  • Public health
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Or a related discipline

In addition to the application documentation, we invite PhD applicants to submit a cover letter no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Professor Sandra Jones or Dr Chloe Gordon in ACU Engagement to discuss ideas before preparing an application proposal.

At ACU, our commitment to community is part of the university mission. We value community engagement as a key means of advancing our mission in serving the common good and enhancing the dignity and wellbeing of people and communities. It is integral to our teaching, learning and research. Integral to our vision of community engagement are the five principles of building connections, acting with humility, developing understanding, affirming dignity, and pursuing justice. Please see our website for more information about ACU’s approach to community engagement.

Application dates

Open Date: Wednesday 22 May 2019

Close Date: Monday 03 June 2019

Value

  • a tax-free stipend of $27,596 per annum (indexed annually) for 3 years;
  • funding for project costs;
  • a Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (that is, a tuition fee waiver) for domestic candidates; and
  • an ACU tuition fee waiver and Overseas Student Health Care Policy for international candidates.

Student type

Current Students Or Future Students

Application process

This scholarship is open to domestic applicants willing to commence in Research Term C 2019 (from July) and to domestic and international applicants willing to commence in Research Term A 2020 (from January).

Applicants should stipulate that they are applying for the “Community Engagement PhD Scholarship” on their application form.

  • If you are not currently enrolled in a research degree at ACU, visit the ACU Research webpage for instructions on how to submit your application
  • If you are currently enrolled in a research degree at ACU, please download the application form for currently enrolled candidates from Orion and submit all required documentation to the Candidature Services team on cand@acu.edu.au

Applicants should also include:

  • A cover letter of no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area, alignment of research experience and interests and other evidence of how they meet the scholarship-specific criteria listed above. The cover letter would include specific area of research, aims, methodology, feasibility, timeline, and a preliminary survey of sources.
  • A copy of their CV that includes evidence of academic excellence; skills in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods; previous research experience; and ability to contribute to a team.

Selection criteria

We welcome applications from individuals with an academic background and/or professional experience in:

  • Community engagement
  • Social work
  • Public health
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Or a related discipline

In addition to the application documentation, we invite PhD applicants to submit a cover letter no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Professor Sandra Jones or Dr Chloe Gordon in ACU Engagement to discuss ideas before preparing an application proposal.

Other

For more information contact:

Prof Sandra Jones (Sandra.Jones@acu.edu.au) Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement

Dr Chloe Gordon (Chloe.Gordon@acu.edu.au) Research Associate, ACU Engagement

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line ‘Community Engagement PhD Scholarship.’

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