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PhD Research Scholarship - Alcohol Use in Working Mothers

La Trobe University


$28,597 Per annum, for three and a half years. Fee relief additional.

Who is it for?

Future PhD candidates

Where is it available?


How is it paid?

Fortnightly stipend


This scholarship, established by La Trobe University associated with an Australian Research Council Discovery grant, will be awarded to an outstanding applicant who is interested in exploring the strains that Australian working mothers face in their daily lives and the impact these strains have on their alcohol consumption.

We are seeking outstanding applicants with a strong track record of academic excellence and achievement, with an interest in public health and a first-class honours degree or equivalent. Applicants with quantitative and/or qualitative research experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

Description of the PhD Project

This project aims to generate detailed insights into the strains that Australian working mothers face in their daily lives and the impact these strains have on their alcohol consumption. It will use innovative methods to understand the stresses resulting from two major life domains, family and work, and reveal the amount, variability and co-occurrence of daily job- and family-related strains working mothers in Australia.

It aims to investigate the impact of environmental and social risk and protective factors on the (co-) occurrence of job-and family-related strains and how both aspects (factors and strains) interact to determine daily affect and in consequence maternal alcohol use.

The results of this study can provide significant benefits not only to the quality of life of working mothers in Australia but society wide with alcohol use being a leading avoidable cause social, community and economic harms and costs.

The successful applicant will collaborate with the chief investigator to discuss the details of the project, which will contribute directly to the aims of the larger project while also reflecting the interests and aspirations of the student.

The Scholarship is located at La Trobe’s Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) – an innovative, multi-disciplinary world-class research facility at the forefront of alcohol research. Our research is used to promote and inform the development of evidence-based, effective alcohol policy in Australia and internationally. Our team of established and emerging experts, both in alcohol and related fields and research methods, offers doctoral candidates opportunities to develop and maximise their skills, networks and careers. An interest in international health is desirable.


Dr Sandra Kuntsche

Are you eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must have:

  • A Masters by research degree in a relevant discipline completed within the last ten years assessed at a La Trobe Masters by research standard of 75 or above;


  • A Bachelors (Honours) degree, Masters by coursework or ungraded Masters by research degree completed within the last ten years where you achieved a weighted average mark of 70 or above across any coursework subjects;

AND any of the following assessed at a La Trobe Masters by research standard of 75 or above:

  • A research thesis of approximately 15,000-20,000 words; or
  • The degree includes a written research component comprising at least 3/8 of one year; or
  • You are the lead author of a peer-reviewed publication or other research published within the last ten years.

The closing date for applications is 30 March 2021 for overseas applicants and 30 April 2021 to Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian Permanent Residents.

Successful applicants must be available to commence their degree between 1 July and 30 November 2021, at La Trobe University’s Bundoora campus.

These scholarships are competitively awarded and selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the selected project.

How to Apply

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If you wish to apply, please contact the supervisor, Dr Sandra Kuntsche at s.kuntsche@latrobe.edu.au, using the subject line: PhD Research Scholarship - Alcohol Use in Working Mothers application via EthicalJobs, or on +61 (3) 9479 8770

More information

More information on La Trobe University Scholarships is available at: La Trobe University Graduate Research Scholarship (LTGRS)/Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship, Scholarships, La Trobe University

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