HDR Scholarship - Critical Perspectives on Youth

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Critical Perspectives on Youth'.

Project Supervisor


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

Two PhD scholarships are offered part of an Australian Research Council funded research program in youth studies. The students will be based in the School of Education at Deakin University, within the REDI Centre. Deakin ranks in the world’s top 5 schools for education research and offers a supportive and engaging research environment for student’s intellectual and career development.

Led by ARC Future Fellow Dr David Farrugia, students are invited to be part of a program of research exploring youth from a critical and socially embedded perspective. Dr Farrugia’s research focuses on issues such as inequality, identity, social and political participation, skills and employment and educational participation, all through the perspectives of young people. This research program is focused especially on issues connected with employment, politics and citizenship and particularly welcomes students with aligned interests, but is also open to students who wish to pursue research focusing on young people more broadly. The scholarships would suit students with an interest in youth alongside education, sociology, employment, gender and sexuality, critical studies of race, and social class.

Project aim

Students should have undergraduate or post-graduate training in critical studies in education, sociology, anthropology and aligned disciplines. Students with an interest in pursuing critical, theoretically informed research are particularly welcome. Students would work as part of the team on a project of their own devising and will have the opportunity to collaborate with the project leader. They would be supported and encouraged to publish their research and to develop their careers within the rich intellectual community of REDI and Deakin’s School of Education.

Important dates

Applications will remain open until a candidate has been appointed


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.

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • Applicants should have a background in critical social scientific research from disciplines including education, sociology, anthropology, political science or industrial relations.

How to apply

In the first instance applicants should email Dr David Farrugia to develop their project idea, and can then apply through Deakin’s usual channels. Please apply using the expression of interest form


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr David Farrugia

Dr David Farrugia
Email Dr David Farrugia
+61 3 924 46586