HDR Scholarship - Evaluation of Deakin University’s Student Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Evaluation of Deakin University’s Student Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy'.

Project Supervisor

Associate Supervisor


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

Deakin University has implemented a Student Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy 2019—2022, and has formed a set of Action Groups to progress and evaluate the Strategy.  The Strategy aims to:

  1. Identify, address and minimise risk factors that may affect students’ mental health
  2. Promote protective and preventative factors that influence positive mental health and wellbeing
  3. Ensure any student who experiences mental health problems is properly supported to continue to learn or re-engage in study.

Prof Tony LaMontagne and Prof Samantha Thomas are Deakin researchers with content and methods expertise in these areas, and serve on the Strategy’s Evaluation Action Group. The evaluation - overall - will include a variety of general (e.g., improvements in mental health literacy over time across the entire student body) and more focused studies (e.g. improvements in mental health supports for international students), using a variety of methods (e.g. quantitative surveys, qualitative interviews) and data sources (e.g., existing administrative data collected by Deakin, new data collections), both longitudinal and cross-sectional.  There is considerable latitude for the student in the shaping the specific form of the thesis.

We wish to offer a PhD scholarship in this area as a contribution to the overall evaluation. The student’s thesis work will be required to contribute to the implementation and/or effectiveness evaluation of the Strategy, including some focus on international students, and will be expected to publish findings in the peer-reviewed literature.

This is an exceptional opportunity in an active area of policy & practice development for a suitably qualified and motivated student.  Interested persons are referred to the 2020 Productivity Commission Inquiry Final Report on Mental Health (in particular, section 6.2 on Supporting People in Tertiary Education) and the Australian University Mental Health Framework (Orygen 2020).

Important dates

Applications will remain open until a candidate has been appointed


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $28,600 per annum tax exempt (2021 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 currently residing in Australia
  • 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 by emailing expression of interest form to Prof Tony LaMontagne.  This should include your interest and background in the topic and H1 eligibility statement. The selected applicant will be invited to submit a full application as below


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Prof Tony LaMontagne

Prof Tony LaMontagne
Professor, Work Health and Wellbeing
Email Tony LaMontagne
+61 3 924 46802