HDR Scholarship - Nurse and midwife managers’ transformational leadership

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Nurse and midwife managers’ transformational leadership'.

Project Supervisor


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

Effective nursing and midwifery leadership is critical to patient safety and quality of care. Nursing and midwifery managers also play a key role in workforce capability and are a key driver of recruitment, retention and career progression of staff.

Eastern Health’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, and Executive Director, Eastern Health Institute in conjunction with the Faculty of Health at Deakin University are inviting applications from eligible individuals to undertake a PhD related to nurse and midwife managers’ transformational leadership. The scholarship will consist of a stipend of $45,000 per annum tax exempt for three years.

The successful applicant will be physically based at the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research – Eastern Health, Box Hill, Victoria. The research will be undertaken across Eastern Health so will require travel to all Eastern Health sites.
Please note there are no funds to support relocation from interstate.

Project aim

The aim of this PhD scholarship is to support research related to nurse and midwife manager leadership. The specific research objectives to be addressed in thei PhD study are to:

  • explore and describe nurse and midwife managers perceptions of transformational leadership,
  • identify the barriers and facilitators of transformational leadership among nurse and midwife managers, and
  • evaluate an intervention designed to facilitate transformational leadership among nurse and midwife managers.

Important dates

Applications will remain open until a candidate has been appointed


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $45,000 per annum tax exempt

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be 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.
  • Applicants must have current registration as a nurse or midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • Excellent organisational, time management, written and verbal communication skills
  • The ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to write reports or peer-reviewed manuscripts

How to apply

Please email a CV and cover letter to Professor Julie Considine AO. The CV should highlight your skills, education, publications and relevant work experience. If you are successful you will then be invited to submit a formal application.


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact:

Professor Julie Considine AO
Email Professor Julie Considine AO
+61 3 9244 6127