HDR Scholarship - Deakin & Aarhus University Cotutelle

Applications now open

Two PhD scholarships are available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Deakin & Aarhus University Cotutelle'.

Project 1 Supervisors

Alfred Deakin Professor Jillian Blackmore (Deakin University) and Professor Susan Wright (Aarhus University)

Project 2 Supervisor


Research for Educational Impact (REDI at Deakin University) and Centre for Higher Education Futures (Aarhus University).


School of Education (Deakin University)


Faculty of Arts and Education


Melbourne Burwood

Research topic

Deakin University’s School of Education and Research for Education Impact (REDI) together with the Aarhus University’s Centre for Higher Education Futures (CHEF) and Danish School of Education are seeking two outstanding candidates for a joint doctoral research scholarship program (Deakin-Aarhus Cotutelle program).  The two successful applicants will be supported with a full-time, three-year scholarship and will be jointly supervised by academic experts from both institutions.

The Deakin University-Aarhus University joint PhD program offers research students an unparalleled international experience, working alongside world-class researchers across two continents. Joint degree students spend time working with their supervisors at both universities. As a result, they gain unique exposure to different cultural and scientific environments and substantially increase their employability after graduation. Upon completion of the joint degree program, students receive a dually badged internationally recognised doctoral degree from both institutions. A key feature of the Cotutelle program is by successfully completing one thesis project the candidate is eligible to be considered for two separate doctoral awards – a PhD from Aarhus University, Denmark and a PhD Deakin University, Australia.

Successful applicants will enrol at Deakin University as their home institution, but will also enrol at Aarhus as their host institution where they will be required to spend one third of the candidature at Aarhus (Copenhagen), taking into consideration individual circumstances. Both projects are expected to be comparative and have the potential to be interdisciplinary as well as offer significant potential for the candidate to develop further international research collaborations. The joint supervision offers excellent training in education policy, education sociology, gender studies and/or other discipline areas in education such as well-being, inclusion/exclusion, mathematics and early childhood education. The collaboration between research centres provides supportive research environments in higher education.

Project aim

Project 1: The broad areas of research that prospective applicants can address through their research proposal and scholarship application according to the interests of each candidate are below. Internationally recognised research leaders Alfred Deakin Professor Jill Blackmore and Professor Susan Wright, Director of CHEF are seeking a candidate who broadly will pursue a project that focuses on:

  • The changing nature of academic work and precarity of employment and its manifestations and consequences, with particular regard to workplace relations and academic wellbeing


  • The gender relations of university leadership and management in the context of the global restructuring of higher education and its equity consequences.

Project 2 : The School of Education through REDI, the strategic research centre in Education, is seeking research proposals from prospective scholarship applicants interested in key issues such as student wellbeing, questions of inclusion/exclusion in education and schooling and early childhood education, with a particular focus that aligns to one of the four program areas of REDI:

  • Children, Young People and their Communities
  • Curriculum, Assessment, Pedagogy and Digital Learning
  • Education Governance and Policy (EGP)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEME)

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Thursday 18th April 2019.


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $27,596 per annum tax exempt (2019 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate or overseas
  • 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 note honours graduates must hold relevant work, research experience or publications in addition to their degree to demonstrate a level equivalent to a two year Danish Master, in order to meet entry requirements of the Aarhus University
  • be able to physically locate to both Aarhus University (Denmark) and Deakin University (Australia)

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

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • excellent written, verbal communication and academic writing skills
  • organisational ability
  • ability to work independently and as part of a team as well as being self-motivated

How to apply

Please apply using the expression of interest form


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Alfred Deakin Professor Jill Blackmore or Associate Professor Amanda Mooney:

Alfred Deakin Professor Jill Blackmore
Alfred Deakin Professor and Professor of Education
Email Jill Blackmore 
+61 3 924 46396

Associate Professor Amanda Mooney
Associate Professor of Education (Health and Physical Education)
Email Amanda Mooney
+61 3 522 73285