PhD Scholarship - School autonomy reform and social justice in Australian public education

PhD Scholarship for a research project in Education

Interested in public schooling and social justice? This opportunity might be for you.

  • PROJECT: School autonomy reform and social justice in Australian public education
  • DURATION: 3-year scholarship
  • STIPEND: $27,596 per year, tax exempt (2019 rate)
  • LOCATION: Monash University, Clayton campus

Applications close 5pm, Sunday 31 March 2019.

About the project

Topic: School autonomy reform and social justice in Australian public education

Aim: This research is partially funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council. The project is situated within the broad political consensus in Australia and internationally that greater school autonomy within the context of increased school accountability will drive up academic standards and improve public education. The study will examine the barriers and enablers to enacting social justice within this policy climate. Through broad and in-depth methods of research across four Australian states (Vic, Qld, WA, NSW), the study will generate an evidence base and new knowledge to support social justice through school autonomy reform.

Project supervisor: Associate Professor Jane Wilkinson (Monash University)

Associate supervisor: Professor Amanda Keddie (Deakin University)


The PhD candidate will undertake a specific project that will enrich and extend the primary research. The candidate will work closely with the research team and build on/augment the findings of the broader research. The PhD project may involve a focus on one of the four states or a comparative focus across the four states. It will involve examining the relationships between and impacts arising from school autonomy reform, accountability and social justice in relation to key aspects such as student learning outcomes, teacher professional identity and practice, school leadership and community/school relations.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be a domestic candidate
  • have the necessary qualifications, such as a research masters or Honours, to meet the selection requirements into the doctoral program (see Monash University PhD entry requirements)
  • be enrolling full time

It is desirable that applicants come from the broad field of education with a research background or interest in sociology.

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