Thrive: Indigenous Scholarship

Scholarship code: PS2024_013_Thrive: Indigenous Scholarship

About the project:

This represents a unique opportunity for a suitable candidate to undertake a PhD (or equivalent degree by research) as part of the Thrive: Finishing School Well project. Thrive is a partnership between Western Sydney University (WSU), University of Technology (UTS) and industry partners to understand the factors that lead to educational disadvantage and to improve the support and pathways that allow young people to succeed at school. The successful candidate will be supported by an exceptional team of child and youth researchers based at the Transforming early Education and Child Health Research Centre (TeEACH) and supervised by Thrive chief investigators as well as joining a large team of PhD candidates whose projects contribute to the broad Thrive project aims. This offers a unique opportunity to develop mixed methods capability, including access to participatory and co-design approaches and data-driven methods as well as to forge an emerging academic peer network. Applicants with backgrounds in education, social sciences, psychology, and health sciences are particularly encouraged to apply.

Additionally, this program offers students the option of a 6-month industry placement to gain real-world experiences and be job-ready

What does the scholarship provide?

  • Students will receive a tax-free stipend of $50,000 per annum to support living costs. Tuition fees will be supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset.
  • Support for conference attendance, fieldwork and additional costs as approved by the relevant School/Institute.

Eligibility criteria:

The successful applicant should:

  • identify as being an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person (being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person is a genuine occupational qualification as authorised under Section 14 (D) of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act, 1977 NSW.
  • 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.
  • demonstrate strong academic performance in the applicant's area of interest.
  • be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level.

How to apply:

Follow the step-by-step instructions on the how to apply for a project scholarship page.

* Note: You do not need to complete 'Step 5: Submit an online application for admission' when applying for this scholarship. You must complete 'Step 6: Submit an online application for a project scholarship'.

For questions and advice about the research project, please contact Professor Rebekah Grace at, the project requirements and your intention to apply.

For questions and advice about the scholarship application process, please submit your scholarship enquiry:

  • Currently enrolled WSU HDR candidate, please submit your enquiry here
  • Not currently enrolled WSU HDR candidate, please submit your enquiry here

You may also find answers to your questions by visiting our Higher Degree Research (HDR) Knowledge Directory.

Applications close 31 March 2024

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

Scholarship code: PS2024_013_Thrive: Indigenous Scholarship