PhD Scholarship Opportunity – Multicultural Education Aides Supporting
Students from Refugee Backgrounds
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This Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship is
provided by the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, in partnership with
Foundation House, and will be located within the Centre for Health Equity in
the School of Population and Global Health under the primary supervision of Dr
Karen Block and co-supervision of Dr Julie Choi.
Students from refugee backgrounds have different educational starting points
compared with other students. The effects of disrupted schooling, past
traumatic events and current settlement challenges mean students often require
additional support. Multicultural Education Aides (MEAs) and other
bicultural workers in Victorian schools play a critical role supporting
students and families from refugee backgrounds. However, their complex roles
are often undervalued and their impact unmeasured. MEAs often undertake extra
responsibilities for supporting students and families – sometimes exceeding
their roles, responsibilities and working hours. This investigation will
generate new knowledge about the impact of MEAs supporting students and
families from refugee backgrounds in Victorian schools.
The successful applicant will be interested in the dynamics of bicultural work
in schools and the schooling experiences of students from refugee backgrounds.
Candidates with lived experience of forced migration are encouraged to apply
for this position.
The research is likely to include the development of evidence of the impact of
MEAs through data collection with multiple stakeholders including: MEAs
working in Victorian Schools; school principals and teaching staff; and
families and students from refugee backgrounds. The research will be conducted
in collaboration with the Foundation House School Support Program.
Participation in the Melbourne Social Equity Institute's Interdisciplinary PhD
Program in Migration, Statelessness and Refugee Studies is also expected.
The scholarship benefits include:
Full exemption from payment of student fees at the University of
A stipend of $32,400 per annum (2022 full-time rate, tax-free) for three
years, with a possible extension to 3.5 years;
Allowances as per the Graduate Research Scholarship Terms & Conditions.
The Melbourne Social Equity Institute will also provide an additional $2000
per annum (a maximum of $6000 during candidature) in research support funds.
The successful candidate will also receive automatic entry into the
Institute's interdisciplinary PhD Program in Migration, Statelessness and
The scholarship is only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens or
Australian permanent residents. The scholarship is conditional upon acceptance
into a PhD program at the University of Melbourne. Applicants must be eligible
for acceptance by the University of Melbourne into a PhD program (see
By the commencement of the program applicants must have completed a
Postgraduate degree and/or an accredited fourth-year program at Honours 1 or
Honours 1 equivalence level, or at an Honours 2 level with an outstanding
record of professional or research achievements since graduation.
Applicants should possess excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural
communication skills, the ability to work independently as well as part of a
team and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Please complete the Expression of Interest Form and include the following:
Curriculum Vitae (up to 2 pages)
A brief research proposal (up to 4 pages). Outline preliminary ideas,
key research questions, methodologies, relevant conceptual and theoretical
approaches; address how the project fits into the specific research
If applicable, include Masters/honours thesis examiners' reports
Following an initial short-listing, you may be invited to submit a full,
formal application to the relevant Faculty. Any decisions based on this
Expression of Interest and subsequent interviews will be conditional on you
submitting a formal application and meeting all of the University's
Download the EOI Form
All Expressions of Interest must be received by 12.00pm AEDT (midday)
Monday 3 October 2022. Please send your completed form tosocial-
If you have any questions about the application process or the PhD program,
please contact Dr Karen Block, firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Melbourne Social Equity Institute
Melbourne Social Equity Institute is one of four Interdisciplinary Research
Institutes at the University of Melbourne. Each operates with a small
directorate and supports and encourages research across disciplinary
The Melbourne Social Equity Institute supports collaborative research between
academics, members of community organisations, policy makers and people with
lived experiences to help build fairer societies.
About Foundation House
Foundation House delivers specialist trauma focussed services that work with
the strengths and resilience of refugees, their families and communities, to
rebuild lives shattered by refugee experiences. Foundation House are supported
by the Victorian Department of Education and Training to build the capacity of
schools to promote the wellbeing, engagement and achievement of students from
Advertised: 04 Aug 2022 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 03 Oct 2022 12:00 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time