HDR Scholarship - School autonomy reform and social justice in Australian public education

Applications now open

PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'School autonomy reform and social justice in Australian public education'.

Project Supervisor

Associate Supervisor / Groups


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

This research is partially funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council. The project is situated within the broad political consensus in Australia and internationally that greater school autonomy within the context of increased school accountability will drive up academic standards and improve public education. The study will examine the barriers and enablers to enacting social justice within this policy climate. Through broad and in-depth methods of research across four Australian states (Vic, Qld, WA, NSW), the study will generate an evidence base and new knowledge to support social justice through school autonomy reform.

Project aim

The PhD candidate will undertake a specific project that will enrich and extend the primary research. The candidate will work closely with the research team and build on/augment the findings of the broader research. The PhD project may involve a focus on one of the four states or a comparative focus across the four states. It will involve examining the relationships between and impacts arising from school autonomy reform, accountability and social justice in relation to key aspects such as student learning outcomes, teacher professional identity and practice, school leadership and community/school relations.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Friday 24th January 2020.


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

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • Desirable applicants will come from the broad field of education with a research background or interest sociology. They would need to have the necessary qualifications such as a research masters or Honours to meet the selection requirements at Deakin University into the doctoral program.

How to apply

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


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Prof Amanda Keddie

Prof Amanda Keddie
Chair in Education
Email Amanda Keddie
+61 431628171