HDR Scholarship - Understanding drivers of extremist violence

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Understanding drivers of extremist violence'.

Research topic

Our understanding of and ability to respond to extremist violence is limited. This innovative program of research is designed to establish an empirical foundation for understanding and responding to extremist violence in Australia. It aims to examine risk and protective factors for such violence, the needs of those susceptible to committing such acts, and the effectiveness of intervention. Findings are expected to inform health, national security, social welfare, and justice agencies in their pursuit to identify those at risk of offending, address their clinical needs and manage the risk of harm they pose to society and to themselves.

Project aim

  • Determine which factors predict problem behaviours amongst those managed by law enforcement due to their perceived threat of extremist violence.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of interventions provided by law enforcement to people considered to pose a significant threat of extremist violence

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 31 May 2023


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $33,500 per annum tax exempt (2023 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either 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


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Professor Stephane Shepherd

Professor Stephane Shepherd
Email Professor Stephane Shepherd
+61 3 924 46385