Toward a school-community partnership to address student absenteeism

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

The PhD project will be part of an ARC Discovery Grant, which addresses student absenteeism from schooling, a serious and worsening problem in Australia and internationally. First the project aims to understand and address the causes of student absenteeism from schooling using a social justice approach. Second, the project seeks to develop an innovative integrated school–community approach that can be utilised by education systems and schools – particularly those in marginalised communities – to improve school attendance in socially-just ways.

The student will work closely with the advisory team to discuss the details of their PhD project, which will sit within the scope of the ARC Discovery grant.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Professor Annemaree Carroll

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of social justice in education and ecological systems theory would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of education, social work, sociology, and/or psychology and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of mixed methods including qualitative analysis of interview data and/or quantitative analysis of survey data using SPSS, Stata, R, or equivalent software is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2023. You should apply before the closing date of 30 September 2022.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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