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Fraser Mustard Centre PhD top-up scholarship

The Fraser Mustard PhD scholarship provides funding to a PhD candidate who has received an Australian post-graduate award. The scholarship aims to support 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

The PhD top-up scholarship is a payment of $8000 per year, with $4000 of research support per year, for three years.

Recipients are co-supervised by the Telethon kids institute and the Fraser Mustard Centre. They must spend some of their time at both locations working on their PhD.

We’ll consider candidates studying any topic, but we’re particularly interested in:

  • the impact of home language environment on development
  • measurement of student wellbeing and engagement in South Australian schools (positive education/psychology)
  • longitudinal analyses of developmental and educational trajectories using linked administrative data sets.

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 a South Australian university
  • be willing to enrol full-time for a research higher degree (PhD or equivalent) in a South Australian university
  • apply for an Australian postgraduate award (APA) or equivalent scholarship, or demonstrate evidence of outstanding research ability.

How to apply

Your application must include:

  • a cover letter explaining your interest in early child development research
  • a copy of your university scholarship application (please note that you must apply separately for scholarship support) or supporting evidence of outstanding research ability – students should email verification that a scholarship has been awarded as soon as possible
  • your tertiary studies academic record – students should email honours/masters results as soon as possible
  • your curriculum vitae
  • contact details of two independent referees (not including PhD supervisors).


Please submit your application to info.FraserMustardcentre [at] sa.gov.au

Applications close Friday 6 January 2017.

Past recipients

In 2014 the scholarship was awarded to Catherine Johnson, who is completing 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.

The first Fraser Mustard top-up scholarship was awarded to Shiau Chong in 2013. Ms Chong was completing 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 2039
Email: info.frasermustardcentre [at] sa.gov.au