Scholarship details

Study levels

Postgraduate and Research

Student type

Future students

Study area


Eligibility criteria

Academic performance


Australian and Australian or New Zealand

Application dates

Applications close
24 June 2022

What you'll receive

We are offering scholarships for three students to join this project. You'll receive:

  • a living allowance of AU$28,597 for three years, indexed annually
  • some financial support for the conduct and dissemination of research.

The scholarship is for full-time study and can be used to support living costs.

A six-month extension to the scholarship is also possible, subject to approval.


You must:

  • meet the academic and English language entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (IF49)
  • have a first-class honours (H1) qualification or equivalent
  • have research interests that align with the topics listed in the 'About the Scholarship' section of this page.
  • propose a research topic that reflects an interest in social justice.

Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

To be considered for this scholarship, you must first apply for and be accepted into a PhD at QUT.

  1. Follow the how to apply steps.
  2. You must submit your expression of interest (EOI) by 08 September 2021.
  3. Apply for the scholarship in your EOI by:
    • nominating Professor Martin Mills as your principal supervisor
    • in the financial details section, enter the details of this scholarship in question 2.
  4. If your EOI is accepted you will be invited to submit a full application including a research proposal to finalise your application.

What happens next?

Professor Martin Mills will consider the submitted expressions of interest and select the suitable candidates. Applications will be assessed based on:

  • academic record
  • research experience
  • suitability of your research interests
  • availability of a suitable second supervisor.

A shortlist of applicants will be invited to attend an interview with a small panel chaired by Professor Mills. This interview may be conducted remotely.

A start date can be negotiated, but you must start your research no later than September 2022.

For more information about the scholarship or application process, contact Professor Martin Mills.


The conditions for retaining the scholarship are set out in the rules of the QUT Postgraduate Research Award (Domestic).

About the scholarship

The scholarships are being funded internally by QUT.

Three scholarships will be available for candidates wishing to pursue a PhD in one of the projects listed below.

Ensuring that all young people have access to a high-quality curriculum.

The candidate will have an opportunity to be part of an ARC funded project with the Queensland Department of Education, and to also work with researchers from Griffith University and University of Southern Queensland.

Addressing absenteeism through school-community partnerships.

The candidate will have an opportunity to be part of an ARC funded project and to also work with researchers from The University of Queensland.

Social Justice and Teaching (other areas considered)

This project will involve research that considers issues of social justice in relation to teachers’ work, alternative schooling, gender, and leadership. Other areas will be considered.

Successful applicants will have significant discretion in determining the scope of their research within these areas. However, it is expected that the candidates will have a strong commitment to social justice.

In addition to working on their PhD, you'll have the opportunity to work with a small team consisting of Professor Mills, two postdoctoral fellows and another PhD candidate on other projects addressing social justice and education.

The successful applicant with join the Teachers and Teaching Research Group, led by Professor Mills. You'll be able to access all the benefits associated with membership of this research group.

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