PhD Elevate Scholarship - CQUniversity and The Rockhampton Grammar School (External)

The Rockhampton Grammar School is an independent, co-education boarding and day school. The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boarding students at The Rockhampton Grammar School has increased 38% since 2017. This increase in attendance has been facilitated by scholarships from the Cape York Leaders Program, with students primarily relocating from remote communities in North Queensland. These scholarships provide opportunity for high-quality secondary education. However, the transition to boarding school is a frequently cited challenge for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. This PhD will utilise mixed-methods methodologies across a series of studies to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities and boarding students. Findings from initial mixed-methods approaches are proposed to inform intervention/s aimed at improving the physical, social and emotional wellbeing, and academic outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boarding students in Rockhampton. The proposed outcome/s of this PhD include the development of a model to facilitate the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island boarding students relocating from remote areas of Australia.

Scholarship Value: $30,000 stipend per annum ($90,000 total)

Length of Scholarship: 3 years

Number Available: 1

Opening Date: 06 July 2022

Closing Date: 30 September 2022

Study LevelPostgraduate (Research)
Year of StudyFuture; First year
CitizenshipPermanent Resident
Study RegionRockhampton Queensland
Study ModeOn-campus
Study LoadFull time

To be eligible for this PhD scholarship, the successful applicant must:
  • hold an undergraduate degree with first-class Honours conferred by an approved institution, or have been awarded a Masters degree either by research or with a substantial element of research from an approved institution. The applicant’s conferred degree/s should be in Health, Psychology, Social Work, Education or a related field;
  • hold a current Queensland Blue Card, or eligibility to obtain a Queensland Blue Card;
  • be approved for admission and enroll as in internal, full-time student in the Doctor of Philosophy program in the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences at CQUniversity; the candidate must be based at the Rockhampton North campus and will spend a significant proportion of their working week at The Rockhampton Grammar School.

Applications are invited from candidates who have:

  • a demonstrated ability to review and critique literature extensively and systematically;
  • a demonstrated ability to undertake and complete highly-quality research. Applicants with prior experience in qualitative and mixed methods approaches will be viewed favorably;
  • strong planning and organisational skills, with the ability to work systematically, prioritise tasks and meet deadlines;
  • excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to engage with a variety of stakeholders;
  • a strong understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples health and well-being; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will be embedded at The Rockhampton Grammar School. The Rockhampton Grammar School will provide the approved candidate a workstation and office space for the duration of their candidature (3 y). The candidate will spend time at both The Rockhampton Grammar School and Central Queensland University’s Rockhampton North campus.

Please attach copies of all relevant qualifications (inc. Honours/Masters testamur) to your application. Please also attach copies of any scientific writing to evidence your research ability (e.g., published articles, thesis, etc.).

This doctoral course will be supervised by Dr Thomas Doering, Dr Tessa Benveniste and Prof Janya McCalman of Central Queensland University, and the Deputy to the Headmaster and the Indigenous Student Coordinator of The Rockhampton Grammar School.

Written applications should be submitted by email to Thomas Doering ( no later than close of business (5:00 pm AEST) on the 30th September 2022. The successful candidate must commence their studies in 2022. Please contact Thomas Doering for any questions regarding this scholarship. Please include in the application:

  • a 1-page letter describing your relevant experience (as it pertains to the selection criteria) and motivation for the position;
  • a brief curriculum vitae highlighting your contact details, education, research activity/publications, industry experience/skills, and complete contact details of two referees;
  • evidence that you meet all required eligibility criteria (and are eligible to enroll as in internal, full-time student in the Doctor of Philosophy program at CQUniversity);
  • all supporting documentation as outlined.
Applicants will be notified via email to their nominated email address as soon as the application outcome is available. Selected candidates will be invited to complete an interview process with academic supervisors and supervisors from the Rockhampton Grammar School.
CQUniversity and The Rockhampton Grammar School