HDR Scholarship - Responding to global education in rural and regional Australian schools

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Responding to global education in rural and regional Australian schools'.

Project Supervisor

Dr Nick Palmer

Additional Supervision


Warrnambool Campus

Research topic

Rural and regional localities in Australia (and around the world) are transforming due to transnational flow and the steering power of migratory globalisation. The changing face of what it means to be rural/ regional is influencing schools in varied globalised and transculturally intensified ways.

This situation is mirrored in other commensurate parts of the world where regional, rural and remote locations translate into internationalised/ globalised change and the changing parameters of value in education. Southwest Victoria (Australia) is a case in point.

This research will focus on three aspects of this complex problem—the development in schools of global citizenship education (or like cosmopolitan practices), the enactment of sustainability practices and the developmental link between situated indigenous knowing and global education. Teachers and schools in regional Australia face challenges when articulating and implementing these concepts into teaching and learning.

Project aim

This project will investigate the changing face of educational needs of Southwest Victorian schools, teachers and communities, and will explore and pilot appropriate globally oriented delivery modalities. This project will aim to create new knowledge about the specific professional needs of rural and regional schoolteachers, where the Southwest is treated as a case study. Findings will be relevant to other Australian regions and will be of direct interest to state and national authorities with interests in school education.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Tuesday 12 December 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
  • 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 apply using the expression of interest form


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr Nick Palmer

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