HDR Scholarship - Anti-Doping Among Women

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Anti-Doping Among Women'.

Project Supervisor


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

There is a growing consensus that the use of performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs) such as anabolic-androgenic steroids among women is increasing, and that support personnel such as coaches have an oversized influence on women’s decisions to use or avoid PIEDs. Utilising a qualitative approach, and informed by a co-design process with national anti-doping and sporting organisations, this project aims to investigate the role of support personnel (e.g., coaches, trainers, partners) in facilitating or preventing PIED use, and 2) to understand the broader psycho-socio-cultural factors that contribute to facilitating or preventing PIED use among female athletes.

This is a multisite project, being conducted in Australia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The project team is lead by Associate Professor Matthew Dunn from Deakin University, and includes researchers from Deakin University (A/Prof Severine Lamon, Dr Jonathan Robertson) and Griffith University (Dr Timothy Piatkowski) in Australia, Heriot-Watt University (Dr April Henning) in Scotland, and Linnaeus University (Prof Jesper Andreasson) in Sweden. The project is funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Project aim

This PhD will address the above aims, and could be broadened to include other projects.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Friday 28 June 2024


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $34,400 per annum tax exempt (2024 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate
  • International students only:  Tuition fees offset for the duration of 4 years. Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be a domestic or international 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 email a CV and cover letter to A/Prof Matthew Dunn. The CV should highlight your skills, education, publications and relevant work experience. If you are successful you will then be invited to submit a formal application.

Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact A/Prof Matthew Dunn

A/Prof Matthew Dunn
Email A/Prof Matthew Dunn
+61 3 5227 8372