We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for a new PhD scholarship in Assessment and/or Digital Learning in Higher Education with CRADLE. If you are a domestic student or international student residing in Australia interested in assessment and digital learning, come and study with us at CRADLE!

What is the Scholarship?

This scholarship is open to domestic and international students (international candidates must already be in Australia or be able to gain a visa and travel to Melbourne before the end of 2022), will be awarded on a full-time basis, and will be based at CRADLE’s Melbourne CBD location, Deakin Downtown. The successful applicant will work on a project that considers assessment and/or digital learning in higher education, and will contribute evidence to inform assessment research, policy, and practice. We welcome submissions that align to CRADLE’s research themes, and also encourage applicants to consult our list of proposed doctoral topics. Applications close on Monday 11 April 2022.

Our Research Team and Themes

Our team of leading higher education researchers includes Alfred Deakin Professor David BoudProfessor Phillip DawsonProfessor Margaret BearmanAssociate Professor Rola AjjawiDr. Joanna Tai and Dr. Mollie Dollinger. We collaborate with all of Deakin’s faculties and divisions along with a range of industry partners and international collaborators.

CRADLE’s research program seeks to establish what works to improve learning in higher and professional education. Our current programs of research include:

  • The digital world and its impact on learning and teaching;
  • Feedback and feedback practices;
  • Learning in and for the workplace;
  • Evaluative judgement;
  • Assessment security and academic integrity;
  • Inclusion and belonging in a digital world; and
  • Representation in and beyond assessment.

Throughout this research, we use cross-cutting approaches, including innovative methodological and theoretical approaches and knowledge transition.

For more information on what CRADLE does please visit the CRADLE website.

How to Apply

Scholarship applicants must meet Deakin’s PhD entry requirements, enrol on a full-time basis, and hold an Honours (First Class) degree or an equivalent standard Masters degree with a substantial research component. Please refer to Deakin’s research degree entry pathways for further information. The successful applicant will be enrolled through the Faculty of Arts and Education and will receive a top-up of $5,000 per annum over three years.

All Expressions of Interest (EOI) must be submitted to through the Faculty of Arts and Education; however, potential applicants should contact a CRADLE supervisor aligned with their preferred project topic prior to submitting an EOI. Further information about the Faculty of Arts and Education’s EOI process, along with the EOI form, may be found on Deakin’s How To Apply page.

Applications close Monday 11 April 2022.

For further scholarship information please visit the Deakin Scholarships website.

For all other enquiries, please contact CRADLE’s Research Manager, Dr Helen Walker, via h.walker@deakin.edu.au or on (03) 9244 5448