HDR Scholarship - Women in STEAM

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on a research topic in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment.


Melbourne Burwood Campus
Geelong Waterfront Campus
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Warrnambool Campus

Research topic

Deakin University recognises that women remain under-represented in Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture and Maths (STEAM) – including our Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) and academic cohorts. Deakin is committed to Gender equity, diversity and inclusion, and is an active participant in the SAGE Athena SWAN program.

To help promote long term change, we are offering multiple Women in STEAM PhD scholarships to support females who are seeking the opportunity to study a PhD and work on a research project supervised by at least one female academic.

Project aim

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE) operates across 4 campuses (Burwood - Melbourne, Geelong Waterfront, Geelong Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool) and two research stations (Queenscliff, VIC and Griffith, NSW). The Faculty consists of four schools, each with a multi-discipline mix of teaching and research offerings and a strong emphasis on research excellence that informs our teaching programs:

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 31 March 2021


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $28,600 per annum tax exempt (2021 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 currently residing in Australia
  • 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
  • self-identify as a women or gender diverse or non-binary
  • the proposed supervisory team must comprise at least one female supervisor

This is a competitive scheme, and applicants will be assessed based on academic merit and research potential, on strategic merit and alignment with the Faculty research directions of the proposed project and on the supervisory team.

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

How to apply

Please apply using the expression of interest form and return the completed form to sebe-phd@deakin.edu.au Ensure you have contacted and received a response from a potential Deakin Supervisor befor submitting your EOI.


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr Lisa Dias or Ms Vicky Koo

Dr. Lisa Dias
Manager Research and Innovation (Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env (SEBE))
Email Lisa Dias

+61 3 924 45972

Ms. Vicky Koo
Coordinator, HDR Support (Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env (SEBE))
Email Vicky Koo
+61 3 924 68464