PhD Scholarship - Work and mental health

School of Health & Social Development

A unique opportunity is available for an outstanding full-time PhD scholar in the area of work and mental health. The 3 year PhD scholarship will be based in Deakin University's Work, Health & Wellbeing Unit led by Prof Tony LaMontagne within the Population Health SRC. The successful candidate will be based at the Melbourne Burwood Campus.

The Work, Health and Wellbeing team aspires to a vision of healthy and sustainable work for all. We seek to advance the scientific and public understanding of work as a social determinant of health and to help shape policy and practice to better protect people from the harmful effects of work, while fostering its health-promoting qualities. We believe that everyone deserves - at a minimum - to have their dignity, health and wellbeing protected at work, and ideally that work would also promote these qualities.

Our main research areas are:

  • Social epidemiology
  • Intervention development, implementation, and evaluation
  • Mental health
  • Health equity
  • Occupational health & safety
  • Health promotion
  • Psychosocial working conditions, or job stressors

The specific PhD project must fit within the Unit's main research areas, with some latitude for crafting the topic to also suit the student's specific interests and strengths. The PhD scholarship is funded through the Population Health SRC at Deakin University. Support will be available for the PhD candidate to attend national and international conferences to present their study findings. The student will be expected to publish their research findings as s/he progresses through the PhD and to submit a doctoral thesis including published work.

Application period/Closing date

5pm, 15 July 2015.

Value and benefits

  • A stipend of $25,849 per annum tax exempt for 3 years.
  • Tuition fee waiver for 4 years.
  • Student Overseas Health Cover for the duration of the student visa.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements, be enrolling full-time and must hold an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class upper) or a Master's degree in a related field with a substantial research component (or equivalent). Please refer to the entry pathways to higher degrees by research for further information.
  • A background in criminology, sociology, psychology, occupational health, public health, epidemiology, medical or health science is essential.
  • Applications are open to Australian citizens or permanent residents, New Zealand citizens or international applicants.

Terms and conditions

Please refer to the terms and conditions (PDF, 333.5 KB) of award.

How to apply

Applicants should submit the following documents via email to

  • A 1‐2 page summary of their previous relevant experience or background and a brief 1 page description of the area of primary prevention that is of particular interest;
  • CV; and
  • Academic transcripts.

Further information

Please contact Julia Malone (email. for further information.

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