Australian Catholic University: PhD Scholarship University




Institute for Positive Psychology and Education


PhD Scholarship Opportunity

 Professor Richard Ryan and Associate Professor Chris Lonsdale are seeking to recruit a promising student to complete a PhD under their supervision at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE), AustralianCatholic University.

The candidate will complete a doctoral thesis on a topic related to a randomised controlled trial of a web-based teacher professional development intervention. The intervention is grounded in self-determination theory principles and is designed to promote autonomous motivation towards physical activity in primary school-aged students. Thesis topics could include, but are not limited to, the effects of the intervention on students’ health, well-being, and engagement with academic lessons.

We welcome applications from individuals with a background in psychology, education, sport science, or another discipline related to the project.

Successful Candidate will Receive:

  • a tax free stipend of $30,000AUD per annum for three years;
  • funding for project costs;
  • a Commonwealth-funded place for domestic students;
  • a tuition fee waiver; and
  • Overseas Health Care Policy for international students.

A start date in 2015 is preferred.

For more information about IPPE, please visit:

How to Apply:

Please complete the Postgraduate Scholarship Form  and send to [email protected].

Applicants should also include a cover letter of not more than two pages providing evidence of:

  • Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards or grants;
  • Skills in quantitative research methods and statistics;
  • Previous research experience;
  • Alignment of research experience and interests with the Physical Activity, Sport & Health Psychology research theme within IPPE;
  • Ability to contribute to a team; and
  • English language skills.

Applications Close: March 31, 2015 or until a suitable applicant is found.

For specific information about this position:
Please email Chris Lonsdale ([email protected]).