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Indigenous PhD or MPhil Scholarship: Reducing young women’s offending through improved service delivery in human services and the youth justice system

The research is funded under the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects scheme. It asks how young women experience systems that were designed for males, with the aim of improving service delivery to young women and thereby reducing their contact with these systems.

The project will provide an excellent opportunity for an emerging Indigenous scholar to build research skills and networks and to contribute to reducing the over-representation of Indigenous young women in the justice system.

The project is a partnership between QUT, the University of South AustraliaAnglicare Southern QueenslandAnglicare NSW South, NSW West & ACTAnglicare South AustraliaAnglicare Western Australia and Anglicare Northern Territory, all of which have a strong commitment to justice for Indigenous peoples. It will involve working with young women to design and conduct the research. It builds on a pilot project, Youth Voices, which was co-designed with a group of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people. For more information about the project, please visit www.research.qut.edu.au/young-womens-voices.

The successful candidate can reside anywhere in Australia, as the project has a national focus. She will have a tertiary qualification in a social science or related discipline (eg criminology, sociology, social work, psychology etc). Experience working in policy, research or practice in a justice-related or community services role (eg youth justice, domestic violence) would be beneficial; please contact us to discuss potential options.

You will be supervised by an experienced team of academics led by Associate Professor Kelly Richards (QUT). Kelly has extensive experience working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, organisations and communities. For example, she recently worked with Indigenous Elders on a project documenting the Elders’ work reintegrating ex-prisoners. The student will have access to culturally-safe support services from QUT’s Carumba Institute. The School of Justice is committed to providing the applicant with opportunities to enhance the skills required to develop a strong academic career. We will offer the applicant a range of sessional appointments and/or casual research assistant roles each year she is enrolled and in receipt of the scholarship. The details of the appointments will be negotiated subject to qualifications, experience and availability.

What you’ll receive

The School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology is seeking a full time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) student who identifies as both female and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander to support an innovative three-year study of young women’s contact with the youth justice and community services systems.

You’ll receive a living allowance of $28,597 per annum for up to 1.5 years (MPhil) or three years (PhD) (tax exempt).

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


Meet QUT academic and English language entry requirements for the IF49 Doctor of Philosophy or IF80 Master of Philosophy.

The provision of a scholarship is conditional on successful application and admission to the IF49 Doctor of Philosophy or IF80 Master of Philosophy course. Eligibility for admission to a research degree is determined by the Graduate Research Centre.

Applicants will be assessed against the Faculty of Business and Law admission Doctor of Philosophy eligibility criteria.

How to apply

You will be invited to submit your application via QUT’s Application Portal:

  1. Follow the steps to apply for a research degree.
  2. You must submit your expression of interest in a timely manner.
  3. Indicate your interest in this scholarship by nominating Associate Professor Kelly Richards as principal supervisor and include the name of this scholarship in the financial details section.
  4. If your EOI is accepted you will be invited to submit a full application including a research proposal to finalise your application.

Applications will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Contact Associate Professor Kelly Richards for more details.


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).

Contact Associate Professor Kelly Richards for more details.

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