HDR Scholarship - Equity in implementation and scale-up

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Equity in implementation and scale-up'.

Project Supervisor

Additional Supervision


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

Successful scale-up of public health interventions is fundamental to equitable and sustainable population health improvement. Issues surrounding the health equity of physical activity and nutrition promotion approaches are well-documented, however, to date, there has been a lack of focus on equity in implementation and scale-up. This is particularly problematic as rates of inactivity and poor dietary intakes in Australia are greater amongst those experiencing social disadvantage, contributing to inequities in obesity and other adverse health outcomes. More recently, there have been calls for implementation research to adopt an explicit focus on equity when studying research-practice translation.

This PhD will use data from two physical activity and nutrition interventions targeting infants and children, currently being scaled up in Australia by academics, in partnership with governments. This PhD will also provide the opportunity to collect new data and collaborate internationally.

Project aim

To identify factors and strategies that impact the implementation and scaling up of population physical activity and nutrition interventions targeting infants and children, and how these contribute to impacting equity in health.

Important dates

Applications  will remain open until a candidate has been appointed


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • 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:  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 either 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.

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • hold a Bachelor’s degree with Honours or a Master’s degree with a substantial research component, or equivalent, in education, health promotion, implementation science, public health or exercise science
  • experience in quantitative and qualitative methodology
  • fluency in English, highly motivated and able to work in a multidisciplinary team
  • previous research or practice-based experience in the education system, intervention implementation/evaluation, systems approaches and/or health policy is desirable but not essential.

How to apply

Please apply using the Find a Research Supervisor tool


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr Harriet Koorts

Dr Harriet Koorts
Email Dr Harriet Koorts
+61 3 9244 6685