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Fraser Mustard Centre PhD top-up scholarship

The Fraser Mustard Centre, named in honour of Dr Fraser Mustard’s contribution to child development in South Australia, is a research collaboration between the South Australian Department for Education and the Telethon Kids Institute. The Fraser Mustard PhD scholarship provides funding to a PhD candidate who has received an Australian post-graduate award.

The scholarship supports outstanding students passionate about improving developmental, health and educational outcomes for children and young people. Recipients of the scholarship are based at the Fraser Mustard Centre in Adelaide.

About the scholarship

We are offering a 3-year PhD top-up scholarship to an outstanding student who is passionate about improving developmental, health and education outcomes for children and young people.

The top-up scholarship is valued at $36,000 ($12,000 paid per annum comprising $8000 per annum stipend and $4000 per annum research support). 

Recipients are co-supervised by the Telethon Kids Institute and/or the department. 

The following areas are of interest, but all topics will be considered:

  • Social and emotional wellbeing, mental health, school engagement and academic achievement of South Australian primary and high school students.
  • School breakfast programs designed to reduce breakfast skipping among students, as well as effects of skipping breakfast on child and adolescent wellbeing and academic outcomes. 
  • The home environment including language exposure and screen use, during the early years and its influence on children’s health and development. 
  • Genetic testing, childhood disease or disorder, and wellbeing and education outcomes.
  • Early education and care pathways and children’s later development outcomes.

The successful candidate will have access to existing administrative datasets on student’s wellbeing, engagement, academic achievement (NAPLAN), and child development at school entry (AEDC) to use in their PhD research. 

Who can apply

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • have completed an undergraduate degree with first class honours or demonstrate equivalent research experience
  • meet the admission requirements for a PhD at an Australian university
  • be willing to enrol full-time for a research higher degree (PhD or equivalent) at a Australian university
  • apply for a research training program (RTP) or equivalent scholarship, or demonstrate evidence of outstanding research ability.

Application requirements

Your application must include:

  • a cover letter explaining your research interests and how they align with the work of the Fraser Mustard Centre
  • a copy of your university scholarship application (you must apply separately for scholarship support) or supporting evidence of outstanding research ability – students should email evidence that a scholarship has been awarded as soon as possible
  • your tertiary studies academic record – students should email honours or masters results as soon as possible
  • your curriculum vitae (CV)
  • contact details of 2 referees.

How to apply

Submit your application and supporting documents to info.FraserMustardCentre [at] sa.gov.au.

Past recipients

2018 – Ivana Osenk

Ivana was awarded the fourth Fraser Mustard Centre scholarship in 2018. Ivana is a provisional psychologist completing a Clinical PhD in the School of Psychology at Flinders University under the supervision of Professor Tracey Wade and Professor Sally Brinkman. 

Ivana’s project aimed to investigate the effect of unhelpful perfectionism on academic achievement in young adolescents. Additionally, she developed and assessed the effects on a school-based intervention program for perfectionism on depression, stress, self-criticism and general wellbeing, and investigate the extent to which self-compassion mediates this relationship. 

2017 – Kate Riggall

Kate was awarded the third Fraser Mustard Centre scholarship in 2017. Kate is completing a PhD in the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of South Australia under the supervision of Professor Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, Dr Mark Kohler, and Associate Professor Sally Brinkman.

Kate’s project aims to investigate the alpha frequency of the human electroencephalogram (EEG) as a physiological correlate of cognitive development. She will determine how it is influenced by aspects of the child’s environment) and how it leads to behavioural and learning outcomes.

2014 – Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson was awarded the scholarship in 2014, she completed a PhD in the School of Psychology at Flinders University.

Her project, mindfulness in schools: a trans-diagnostic prevention program, assesses a 9-module mindfulness program tailored for adolescence on a range of outcome measures including anxiety, depression, wellbeing and eating disorder risk factors.

2013 – Shiau Chong

Shiau Chong was awarded the first Fraser Mustard top-up scholarship in 2013. Ms Chong completed a PhD in the School of Population Health at the University of Adelaide.

Her project, the influence of early childhood temperament and parenting on cognitive, social and health outcomes, examines the extent that temperament and parenting combine to influence cognitive, psycho-social and health outcomes throughout childhood and into adolescence.

Fraser Mustard Centre

Phone: 8207 2079
Email: info.frasermustardcentre [at] sa.gov.au