HDR Scholarship - Lina Ricciardelli Memorial Scholarship

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This scholarship was established in honour of the late Professor Lina Ricciardelli and will be awarded annually to the top ranked applicant for the DUPR & RTP Scholarships in Deakin University's School of Psychology, Faculty of Health.

About the scholarship

Professor Lina Ricciardelli BA (Hons) PhD was held in high esteem by all who knew her. She was an internationally renowned researcher, dedicated teacher, most generous in service, and a deeply-valued and much-loved colleague and friend.

Professor Ricciardelli excelled in all aspects of her academic career in psychology. She was a recipient of Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery and Linkage grants, as well as funding from Rotary Health and the Telstra Foundation. She also authored 185 publications in peer-reviewed journals, was co-editor of a handbook for health psychologists, invited keynote speaker and conference workshop facilitator on body image and eating disorders, and authored a book on adolescent body image. In 2010, Professor Ricciardelli led the lobbying for, and achieved recognition of health psychology as an area of practice endorsement under the registration standards of the Psychology Board of Australia. In 2012, she was awarded the Australian Psychological Society, College of Health Psychologist’s Award of Distinction for her leadership and achievements in health psychology. Professor Ricciardelli was Course Chair of the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies, Course Director of the Doctor of Psychology (Health), Fellow of the APS, a National Chair of the APS College of Health Psychologists, Chair of a Women in Research group, and served on the editorial board of a number of scholarly journals. Professor Ricciardelli supervised 32 doctoral students to completion as principal supervisor and 28 as associate supervisor. She was also Coordinator of the Higher Degree by Research Program for Psychology in the Faculty of Health from 2009 and she remained active in this role and in HDR supervision until her death in February 2018.

Value and duration


  • A stipend of $30,000 per annum tax exempt
  • A relocation allowance from $500 to $1,500 awarded to students who are moving from interstate or overseas in order to study at Deakin
  • For international students only: Tuition fee and overseas health coverage for the duration of four years

STIPEND Duration

  • 3 Years

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Eligibility criteria

This scholarship is open to domestic and international candidates.

Applicants must meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements, be enrolling full time in the School of Psychology and hold an Honours degree (First Class) or an equivalent standard Masters degree with a substantial research component. Please refer to the entry pathways to higher degrees by research for further information.

How to apply

Please refer to the How to apply for a research degree page for application information.

Any applicant who applies for a DUPR & RTP Scholarship to study in the School of Psychology will automatically be considered for the Lina Ricciardelli Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to the top ranked applicant.

Further information

For more information please contact the Deakin University Graduate Research Academy via email.