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PhD Research Scholarship - Drinking Cultures Among Nurses and Lawyers

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 PhD scholarship is related to a new ethnographic Project funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth). We are seeking an outstanding applicant with a strong track record of academic excellence in anthropology, sociology, gender studies or other relevant discipline (i.e. youth studies).

The Project will collect ethnographic and qualitative interview data to comprehensively investigate drinking cultures among nurses and lawyers and aims to generate important new knowledge on the cultural and social practices that shape drinking among nurses and lawyers, and illuminate relations between drinking cultures and alcohol-related problems. The successful applicant will collaborate with the chief investigators to identify an ethnographic thesis project, which is able to contribute directly to the aims of the larger project while also reflecting the interests and aspirations of the individual.

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.


Dr Robyn Dwyer

Are you eligible to apply?

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

  • An Australian 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;


  • An Australian 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.

Special conditions

This Scholarship is available to Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian Permanent Residents only.

The successful applicant will be required to undertake field research (participant observation, interviews, observation) involving work in the evening and on weekends.

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 Robyn Dwyer at r.dwyer@latrobe.edu.au, using the subject line: PhD Research Scholarship - Drinking Cultures Among Nurses and Lawyers application via EthicalJobs.

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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