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Behaviour change Graduate research industry partnership

PhD scholarships in behaviour change. Round 2 NOW OPEN

In September 2017, Monash University began inviting applications for 18 behaviour change PhD scholarships being offered for the first time through the Graduate Research Industry Partnership (GRIP) mode of the Monash Doctoral Program. 

The GRIP, which is being run in partnership with some of Australia’s leading government agencies, responds to strong demand for interdisciplinary researchers who are capable of straddling the worlds of academia and government. 

In November 2017, the first round of interviews was held, with several applicants selected to work on a series of live projects (see below) in collaboration with the partners.

A second round of offers is now open to candidates seeking to advance their careers and be involved in developing new behaviour change approaches to help solve public policy issues in areas such as safety, health and education. 

Successful candidates will work with some of Australia’s leading behaviour change researchers and practitioners and learn together during their GRIP experience. 

This is an exciting opportunity, with graduates from a range of different backgrounds and disciplines invited to apply. Applications close on 2 Jan 2018. However, places may fill sooner, so submit your Expression of Interest NOW.

Associate Professor Liam Smith talks about the GRIP

What is the opportunity for the students?

What is the opportunity for the students?

This is a fantastic, unique opportunity in Australia. Successful candidates will be exposed to a range of research and industry challenges, have the opportunity to work with some of Monash University's leading academics from BehaviourWorks Australia and the Faculties of Arts, Law, Business and Economics, as well as the Monash University Accident Research Centre and Monash Sustainable Development Institute. Candidates will also gain a better understanding of how ‘big picture’ problems such as those articulated in the Sustainable Development Goals can be addressed through behaviour change.


Candidates will undertake a full-time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by research. In their PhD, candidates will draw on theories and methodologies from a range of disciplines, including psychology, economics, marketing, management, sociology and law.

Professional Development

A well-articulated and considered professional development program has been designed for successful candidates, including core PhD skills and behaviour change training, personal and professional development, peer-to-peer learning and industry placement (see below).

Industry placement

Understanding partner organisations is important to designing research projects that are sensitive to their needs. Therefore candidates are expected to spend time with their host organisation throughout their candidature, including an intense initial period early in 2018. In collaboration with partners, they will be able to refine projects to meet both the requirements of a PhD and partner needs.


The first round of interviews was held in November 2017 and led to the selection of 13 candidates. The second round of offers is for five scholarships - with a total of 18 scholarships offered in total through the Behaviour Change GRIP. The scholarships are co-funded by Monash University and the partner organisation. The GRIP provides:

  • An annual living allowance based on the Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend of $26,682 per annum (2017 rate - indexed annually); 
  • A top-up living allowance of $2,000 p/year (in addition to the RTP stipend);
  • A desk, laptop and office supplies;
  • A specific funding allocation for data collection and conferences; and
  • Other travel and allowances, as offered to Monash Graduate Research Students

The scholarship is for three years, commencing on 26 March, 2018.

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Projects for students

Projects for students

How to apply

Prospective candidates from different backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply.

Step 1 – Expression of Interest: Prospective candidates will be required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be considered.

As part of the EOI, applicants are required to nominate their preferred projects (in order of preference) and submit the following:

  • a cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant's suitability
  • a Curriculum Vitae, including a list of any published works
  • a full statement of academic record.

For further information, refer to the requirements for the Faculty of Arts.

Step 2 - Interview: Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Skype if necessary, in November/December 2017. 

Step 3 - Application: The successful applicant will be sent an offer to apply in December 2017 and will be asked to complete the Monash PhD and Scholarship application process. At this point, more rigorous background checks will occur to ensure eligibility and suitability for both candidature and scholarship. If successful, the applicant will be notified in December.

It’s not too late to apply! Limited places left, closing soon. Submit your EOI based on the project (still open) that most interests you! 

Step 4 - Enrolment and Commencement:  Successful applicants will be required to enrol into the Monash  Doctorate in Philosophy in late January/Early February for a 26 March 2018 start.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet Monash Scholarship eligibility for entry into the BC-GRIP. Scholarships are awarded based on an applicant’s academic record, research output and prior research experience. Details of the relevant requirements are available at https://www.monash.edu/graduate-research/future-students/apply

Applicants must also show excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and willingness to travel and work from multiple locations including Clayton (Victoria) and the Melbourne CBD.

Priority will be given to applicants who hold an Australian or New Zealand bachelors degree with First Class Honours (H1) or qualifications and/or research experience deemed equivalent by the University

If your qualifications don’t meet the H1 level, your experience as a researcher could be considered equivalent. Check our eligibility equivalencies for more details.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity to carry out independent research, have adequate training and the ability to pursue the proposed course of study.



A list of Frequently Asked Questions is available for download as a PDF here.

Key contacts

Contact us:

Enquiries can be sent to: bc.grip@monash.edu or phone +61 3 9905 9656

Partnering faculties:

  • Monash Sustainable Development Institute
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Business and Economics
  • Monash Graduate Education
  • Monash University Accident Research Centre

Submit an EOI