HDR Scholarship - Teacher professional learning in rural Australia

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Teacher professional learning in rural Australia'.

Project Supervisor

Associate Supervisor

School OR Institute


Warrnambool Campus

Research topic

Rural and regional schools in Australia face serious perennial challenges arising from the nexus of geographic distance, socioeconomic disadvantage, and significantly lower student participation and achievement rates than found in metropolitan Australia. This situation is mirrored in other commensurate parts of the world where regional, rural and remote locations translate into structural disadvantage and poorer educational and life outcomes.

Teachers and schools in regional Australia face intractable problems when trying to access appropriate professional learning, where most professional learning offerings are based in metropolitan centres, attracting additional costs for teachers and schools and considerable additional time away from home and work. City-based offerings often also fail to understand the specific challenges and needs of regional and rural schools and students.

This research project will focus on one aspect of this complex problem—professional learning for practising teachers.

Project aim

This project will investigate the professional learning needs of South West Victorian schools and teachers, and will explore appropriate delivery modalities. It will create new knowledge about the specific professional needs of rural and regional school teachers, where the South West is treated as a case study. Findings will be relevant to other Australian regions and will be of direct interest to state and national authorities with interests in school education.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Thursday 15 October 2020.


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $28,092 per annum tax exempt (2020 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be a domestic candidate (domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship).
  • 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.

How to apply

Please apply using the expression of interest form.

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Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact A/Prof Julianne Lynch

A/Prof Julianne Lynch
Associate Professor of Education (Pedagogy and Curriculum)
Email A/Prof Julianne Lynch
+61 3 556 33246