Deakin-Coventry Cotutelle - Motor skill for child health

This is a doctoral Cotutelle project in ‘Motor skill for child health’ between Deakin University (Australia) and Coventry University (UK).

Deakin Project Supervisor

Additional Supervision

Deakin Faculty


Melbourne Burwood Campus (Australia) and Coventry University (UK)

Research topic

This is a doctoral Cotutelle project between Deakin University (Australia) and Coventry University (UK). The successful PhD Student will be awarded a scholarship from Deakin University with the supervision team being drawn from Deakin University and Coventry University. The PhD Student will graduate with two testamurs, one from Deakin University and one from Coventry University, each of which recognises that the program was carried out as part of a jointly supervised doctoral program. The program is for a duration of 4 years and scheduled to commence in January 2023. The PhD Student is anticipated to spend up to 12 months of the total period of the program at Coventry University, with the remainder of the program based at Deakin University.

The role of movement for creative thinking may be particularly important from a developmental perspective, as a wealth of evidence suggests that the acquisition of motor skills early in children’s development is positively associated with cognitive development, including memory, language, and problem-solving ability as well academic achievement where these cognitive benefits track into later childhood. Similar literature indicates the benefit of motor skills as an enabler for children’s engagement in physical activity, sport and exercise for health and well-being across the lifecourse.

Project aim

The current PhD will examine how the development of motor skills, through participation in grassroots sport, exercise, physical education during childhood influences aspects of development related to lifelong health and wellbeing. This PhD will potentially involve co-design across sectors including sport and education to better understand how motor skill development can be harnessed for the benefit of health and wellbeing during childhood and through the lifecourse.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Sunday 15 January  2023


This scholarship is supported by Deakin University, is available over 3 years and includes:

  • Stipend of $28,900 per annum tax exempt (2022 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate
  • International students only:  Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa.
  • Tuition fees offset for the duration of 4 years.
  • Funding to support travel of PhD Student between Deakin University and Coventry University.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate currently residing in Australia. Domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship.
  • meet the PhD entry requirements of both Deakin University and Coventry university, including English language proficiency requirements
  • be able to physically locate to both Coventry University (UK) and Deakin University (Australia)

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page and Coventry’s research entry criteria page for further information.

How to apply

Applicants should contact Prof Lisa Barnett to discuss the project before being invited to lodge a formal HDR application to Deakin. The successful candidate will also be required to lodge a separate PhD application to Coventry University via the Coventry 'Making an Application' page.  Please be aware the scholarship may be awarded prior to the closing date.


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Prof Lisa Barnett

Prof Lisa Barnett
Email Prof Lisa Barnett
+61 3 924 46177