HDR Scholarship - Healthy Store Accreditations

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Healthy Store Accreditations'.

Project Supervisor

Additional Supervision


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

Food retailers are in business to make a profit, but many of them also want to make a health difference. Deakin’s Nourish Network has been working with retailers across the spectrum of food supply with the aim of building an accreditation process for cafés, restaurants, and other food retailers to help them meet nutritional guidelines. One of the key questions that is asked is how it will help them run a better business.

While the idea of an accreditation for healthy food outlets is not new, existing and prior programs have had variable success. The Nourish Network is looking to build on the connections it has with retailers to create an accreditation program that drives both healthier food availability and business profits.

Project aim

This project will start with a systematic and meta-analytic review of the existing literature in this space and then build a set of guidelines around what an accreditation needs to achieve. From this will be developed a pilot project for accreditation to experimentally test the impact of the accreditation to both retailers and their customers and through this to create a measure of its value, both socially and financially.

This project will harness both the marketing and the nutrition elements to understand, create, test, and refine an accreditation program that could drive a food supply revolution.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Saturday 15 October 2022


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.

How to apply

Please apply using the expression of interest form


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Professor Chris Dubelaar

Professor Chris Dubelaar
Email Professor Chris Dubelaar
+61 3 9244 3786