Ageing and Social Decision-making

School of Psychology

Lead Researcher: Associate Professor Phoebe Bailey

About the project

This PhD project is aligned with an Australian Research Council Discovery Project: Taking Advice: Limits and Potentials of Social Decision Making in Older Age.

The project aims to develop and test a model of the influence of advice on decision making in healthy ageing. While well-intentioned advice has the potential to improve decision-making among older adults, ill-intentioned advice can to lead to exploitation. This project will use innovative methodologies to gain an understanding of the factors governing how much weight older adults give to advice depending on the type of advisor, the type of advice, and feedback about advice quality. The findings are expected to provide an evidence base for best practice guidelines, interventions and decision aids that will reduce exploitation and increase the independence and wellbeing of Australia’s rapidly ageing population.

Within this larger project we are offering a research scholarship to a highly motivated PhD candidate. The candidate will be based in the School of Psychology at Western Sydney University under the supervision of A/Profs Phoebe Bailey, Ahmed Moustafa, and Gabrielle Weidemann, as well as US-based collaborator, A/Prof Natalie Ebner.

What does the scholarship provide?

  • Domestic candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of $30,000(AUD) per annum for up to 3 years to support living costs, supported by the Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset.
  • International candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of $30,000(AUD) per annum for up to 3 years to support living costs. Those with a strong track record will be eligible for a tuition fee waiver.
  • Support for conference attendance, laboratory work and additional costs as approved by the School.

International candidates are required to hold an Overseas Student Health Care (OSHC)(opens in a new window) insurance policy for the duration their study in Australia. This cost is not covered by the scholarship.

Eligibility criteria

We welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds, who are keen to apply their skills to key issues in the psychology of ageing. In particular, the project is suitable for candidates with strong interests in ageing and social decision-making.

The successful applicant should:

  • hold qualifications and experience equal to one of the following (i) an Australian First Class Bachelor (Honours) degree, (ii) coursework Masters with at least 25% research component, (iii) Research Masters degree, or (iv) equivalent overseas qualifications.
  • have demonstrated research experience in Psychology, Science and Technology, and/or Data Analysis.
  • have a background in experimental research methods.
  • be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level.

International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency.(opens in a new window)

How to apply

Follow the step-by-step instructions on the how to apply for a project scholarship(opens in a new window) page.

Incomplete applications or applications that do not conform to the above requirements will not be considered.

For questions and advice about the research project, please contact the Lead Researcher;
Associate Professor Phoebe Bailey:

For questions and advice about the application process, please contact the Graduate Research School:

Applications close 31 December 2021

*Applications close at 11.59pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).

Scholarship code: PS2021_019_SoP