Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area

Education and Health and community

Application dates

Applications close
10 December 2021

What you'll receive

You will receive an annual living allowance of AU$28,597 for three years, indexed annually. 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 by QUT.

Successful international students will be considered for a HDR tuition fee sponsorship.


You must:

  • meet QUT academic and English language entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (IF49)
  • have a first-class honours (H1) or Masters (by research / MPhil) or equivalent degree in psychology, behavioural science, public health, or a related discipline

  • have strong quantitative analysis skills (note: qualitative methods are not applicable to this project)

A background knowledge in developmental and/or educational psychology, or child health and development studies, is highly desirable.

The provision of a scholarship is conditional on successful application and admission to the IF49 Doctor of Philosophy course. Eligibility for admission to a research degree is determined by the Graduate Research Centre.

How to apply

For more information about the scholarship research project or application process please contact Associate Professor Kristin Laurens. You will need to supply a CV (highlighting relevant research experience) and full academic transcripts, and complete an interview.

Following discussion of the project with A/Prof. Laurens, you will draft a short (2-page) research proposal summarizing the project scope for inclusion with the submission to the QUT PhD Application Portal:

How to apply for a research degree

Indicate your interest in this scholarship by nominating Associate Professor Kristin Laurens as principal supervisor, and include the name of this scholarship in the financial details section.

Applications will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.


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

About the scholarship

Project title

The Role of Social-Emotional Learning in Educational Attainment and Exclusion


This project aims to characterize variability in developmental pathways to literacy and numeracy, and the factors that contribute to this variation, including children’s social-emotional competencies. The project also examines the role of school-based social-emotional learning programs in supporting children’s achievement of literacy and numeracy, and in reducing exclusion from school.  The project uses data from the NSW Child Development Study (, a longitudinal study following the development of a cohort of 91,635 children and their parents.

The student will apply sophisticated longitudinal analytical methods to the analysis of population data, and join a multi-institutional team of investigators who have established relationships with multiple government partner organizations to deliver policy-relevant information to improve children’s health and educational outcomes.

Primary supervisor

Associate Professor Kristin Laurens (QUT); an associate supervisor from the Centre for Inclusive Education and/or the Centre for Children’s Health and Wellbeing at QUT; and an external supervisor from the School of Psychiatry at UNSW Sydney (Prof. Melissa Green).

More information about the Supervisor, QUT Research Centre and publications can be found at:

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Kristin Laurens.

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