HDR Scholarship - Assessing Food Literacy Among School Children

Applications now open

A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'HDR Scholarship - Assessing Food Literacy Among School Children'.

Project Supervisor


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

This is a NHMRC CRE in Population Health Research PhD scholarship. The successful candidate will work with the research supervision team to develop a program of research within the topic area of ‘Assessing food literacy among schoolchildren’.

Many Australian schoolchildren have poor diets, increasing their risk of diet-related disease.  Developing children’s food literacy provides the scaffolding of knowledge, skills and behaviours required to adopt a healthy diet.  Overall relatively few studies have reported on the composite measure of food literacy and its relation to dietary intakes or more distal health related outcomes such as obesity. This may in part be due to a lack of available validated tools to measure food literacy among different population groups. This impedes progress and understanding in the area of food literacy research. Gaps in the delivery of food education in the primary school sector exist and our group has previously identified enablers and barriers related to this. The PhD research project seeks to extend this program of work by developing and testing an innovative food literacy education resource for use in the primary school sector.

Project aim

The PhD candidate will use both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Project aims include: develop a valid questionnaire to assess food literacy among Australian schoolchildren, investigate current levels of food literacy among schoolchildren and develop and evaluate an educational resource package to improve schoolchildren’s food literacy.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Friday 17 May 2019.


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $27,596 per annum tax exempt (2019 rate)
  • International students only: Tuition fee and overseas health coverage for the duration of 4 years

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • Have a background in nutrition
  • Possess strong communication skills and include a writing sample with their application
  • Student must sign a student deed of assignment of IP prior to commencement

How to apply

Interested applicants should email Dr Carly Grimes a CV and 300 word summary about why they are interested in the project and how their previous experience is beneficial to the role.

Learn more about submitting a successful application on the How to apply page.


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr Carley Grimes

Dr Carley Grimes
Senior Lecturer Population Nutrition
Email Carley Grimes
+61 3 924 46223