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Rhythm and Movement for Self-Regulation in Early Childhood

Future student scholarship
A scholarship for future PhD or Doctor of Education students interested in researching in education.

Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area


Eligibility criteria

Academic performance


Australian or New Zealand and International

Application dates

Applications close
30 September 2019

What you'll receive

A scholarship of $30,000 per annum, tax exempt and indexed annually for a period of 3.5 years.


You must be applying to study a PhD or Doctor of Education professional doctorate at QUT.

To be eligible for a PhD, you must have either:

  • received first-class honours (H1)
  • a master’s degree in education or in a field relevant to the degree, with a minimum GPA of 5.00 on QUT’s 7 point scale

To be eligible for a professional doctorate, you must have either:

  • received honours IIA
  • two years’ practice in a position of professional responsibility in education or a closely related field (for professional doctorate students).

To be eligible for this scholarship, you'll also need:

  • either:
    • a blue card (Queensland Working with Children check)
    • the ability to gain a blue card
    • exemption through being a registered teacher or other exempt professional
  • strong oral and written English language communication skills
  • experience or skills in working directly with one or more of the following groups:
    • young children
    • parents
    • teachers
    • schools.

When you apply for the scholarship, we will determine if your experience is suited to a PhD or professional doctorate.

How to apply

Your application must include:

  • a cover letter
  • an up-to-date resume
  • your full academic transcript
  • a summary (up to 2 pages) of your career outlining your relevant experience (if applicable)
  • details of 3 referees (email, address, and contact number)

For more information about the scholarship or application process, contact the Office of Education Research or Associate Professor Kate Williams.

What happens next?

Applications for this scholarship will remain open until 30 September 2019. The successful applicant will start their studies in early 2020.


Your scholarship will end when you submit your thesis, or at the end of the award's tenure, whichever comes first.

Read the terms and conditions for this scholarship:

To keep your scholarship, you must:

  • make satisfactory progress in your studies
  • remain studying at QUT
  • be enrolled as an internal student
  • remain studying full-time.

You can't:

  • hold another scholarship that is worth more than 75% of the QUT Postgraduate Research Award.

About the scholarship

You will work as part of the Rhythm and Movement for Self-Regulation (RAMSR) team led by Dr Kate Williams and funded by the Australian Research Council. The RAMSR program is delivered by early childhood teachers in the preschool year with the specific aim of enhancing children’s attentional and emotional regulation, and executive functions.

In this project, you will either:

  • follow child RAMSR participants and the control group to their Prep year (2021) and measure relevant outcomes at this follow-up time point
  • develop a project of interest that aligns with the broader RAMSR program of work, which may include a focus on child feedback, teacher professional development approaches, adaptation and evaluation of the program for younger or older children, special populations, or with parents.

Supporting children with early childhood self-regulation skills is of utmost importance if we wish children to have every chance of a positive school transition, and positive well being and learning trajectories. Approximately 30% of Australian children are likely to need additional support with self-regulation. One approach with high potential and of particular relevance to early childhood settings is rhythm and movement engagement.

Researchers have identified that various domains of learning and development are enhanced by rhythmic participation, and understanding about the neurological processes responsible for such effects is increasing. The Rhythm and Movement for Self-Regulation program was developed using evidence and theory related to beat synchronisation, cognitive benefits of music participation and coordinated movement, and music therapy principles. It is designed to be delivered by early childhood teachers with no prior music experience required, and with very few resources needed for implementation. Pilot data suggests the program has potential to be effective in relation to children’s self-regulatory growth, with the current project investigating this in more depth using a randomised control trial.

This scholarship is an opportunity to join an innovative and creative team working on a world-first randomised control trial of international interest, including substantial connections already made with Hong Kong researchers. There are opportunities to take this research program in a number of directions of interest to the successful candidate, in consultation with the project lead, Dr Kate Williams.

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