CQUniversity Gambling and Family Violence Scholarship

The CQUniversity Gambling and Family Violence Scholarship will provide a stipend for up to three years to a new PhD scholar to participate in CQUniversity-funded research that involves investigating the relationship between gambling and family violence, under the supervision of Professor Nerilee Hing (Research Professor - Gambling Studies) and Associate Professor Annabel Taylor (Qld Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research)

Scholarship Value: $27,082 (per year, indexed)

Length of Scholarship: Up to three years

Number Available: 1

Opening Date: 11 September 2017

Closing Date: 30 March 2018

Study LevelPostgraduate (Research)
Year of StudyFuture/First Year
CitizenshipAustralian Citizen; Permanent Resident; Permanent Humanitarian Visa; International; New Zealand Citizen
EthnicityAboriginal; South Sea Islander; Torres Strait Islander
Study RegionAdelaide; Bundaberg; Mackay; Melbourne; Sydney
Study ModeOn-campus
Study LoadFull time

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must  be eligible to be accepted into a PhD course at CQUniversity.

Applicants must not be receiving income from another source to support general living costs while undertaking the Doctor of Philosophy if that income is greater than 75 per cent of the CQUniversity  Gambling and Family Violence Scholarship stipend rate.

Selection Criteria

The scholarship will be awarded by the University through a competitive selection process.  Individual applications will be ranked on the basis of merit and responses to the selection criteria.

Applicants should have a degree in a field such as psychology, sociology, or public health, or other relevant field.

Applications are invited from candidates who are able to provide evidence of -

  • a capacity to work effectively both independently and as part of a team;
  • excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • research experience relevant to gambling and/or family violence research;
  • demonstrated competence in research methods relevant to their proposed PhD project.

The successful applicant will be required to publish scientific and peer-reviewed papers related to their thesis during the period of candidature.

Additional Information

The Candidate will be part of the Experimental Gambling Research Laboratory in the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, and will also work with the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research.

The Experimental Gambling Research Laboratory(EGRL) uses experiment, simulation and observation to generate new knowledge to help protect, preserve, and promote player well-being. It conducts theoretical and applied research on the psychological and social mechanisms underlying gambling behaviour. It also conducts research into the impacts of gambling, gambling problems and gambling-related harm, particularly amongst vulnerable people and populations. The EGRL has 12 gambling researchers with disciplinary backgrounds spanning psychology, public health, management and consumer behaviour, and who together have expertise in quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research. They are the leading group of gambling researchers in Australia in terms of grants and publications, and conduct numerous professional activities to inform gambling policy and practice.

The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research contributes to the prevention of domestic and family violence by informing, promoting and supporting the actions of individuals, communities, services and governments through state-wide leadership in research, professional development, education and community engagement. The Centre's research function is to initiate, undertake and collaborate on innovative and interdisciplinary research and publications to reduce deficits in domestic and family violence knowledge and literature. CDFVR is also committed to undertaking applied research that supports the development of policy and practice in the field of domestic and family violence prevention with a particular, though not exclusive, focus on issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and rural and regional communities.

Professor Nerilee Hing is leading a team of researchers from the EGRL and the CDFVR on a qualitative project investigating the nature of the relationship between gambling and domestic violence (DV), including DV linked to the perpetrator’s gambling and DV linked to the victim’s gambling; the role of gambling in economic abuse; and the use of gambling venues as “safe spaces” for women experiencing violence. Research partners include the Australian Institute of Family Studies, Relationships Australia (Qld, NSW, SA), Financial Counselling Australia, Women’s Health in the North, Crossroads Family Violence Service, and Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service The project is funded by the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS). The project includes a PhD scholarship to support a PhD scholar to work on a related research project.

The PhD project would be additional to, and not a direct component of, the ANROWS-funded project. This provides the opportunity for a PhD candidate to pursue an independent research study related to gambling and family violence. This study might be focused on one or more aspects of this broader topic; be qualitative, quantitative or mixed-methods; and be informed by one or more relevant disciplines of study.

The PhD candidate will be assisted to develop their research skills, will have the opportunity to contribute to other grant applications, projects and publications, and will benefit from working within a dynamic team of researchers. Several EGRL members, including Professor Hing, are based at the Bundaberg campus, and other members are based in Melbourne, Adelaide, Mackay and Sydney. The PhD candidate could work from any of CQUniversity’s locations, although co-location with other EGRL members would be beneficial to their research training.

Supporting Documentation

How to apply

To complete your Scholarship Application:

Candidates who are interested in applying for this scholarship should prepare the following:

  1. A letter of motivation describing your skills, research expertise, and initial areas for one or more PhD topics that you are interested in pursuing that are related to gambling and family violence;
  2. A current resume, including academic transcripts, and a list of any research publications you have co-authored, or research project experience you have gaines;
  3. A list of three academic referees, together with their contact information.

Your application package, together with a cover letter, should be forwarded to research-scholarships@cqu.edu.au, and must be received by the University before 30 March 2018. Late applications will not be considered.

Please note that separate to the Scholarship application, you will also need to complete an Application for Admission to CQUniversity if you have not already been approved for admission.

To complete your Application for Admission:

Applications for admission to CQUniversity must be submitted online here.

How will I know the outcome of my application?

Applicants will be advised on the outcome of applications by email after the closing date.

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