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Research Fellow, Digital Childhoods – Deakin University

Applications close 25 July 2021

The Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University is seeking to appoint two Research Fellows to join a team working at Deakin University in the Strategic Research Centre in Education, Research for Educational Impact (REDI), located in the School of Education. We are looking for two qualified and experienced researchers to join the Centre where you will be encouraged to develop new strands of research from the project and to initiate and conduct research that builds on the priorities and aims of the program through national and international projects.



Research Fellow, Healthy Child – Curtin University

Applications close 29 July 2021

This exciting new role contributes primarily to the Healthy Child program of research which focusses on balancing the health risks of digital technologies against access to knowledge and social interactions that provide opportunity for positive physical, social and emotional wellbeing. Two positions are available.



Curtin Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships

2022 RTP – Ethical and legal issues in researching the digitisation of childhood (Curtin University)

Applications close 30 August 2021

The successful applicant for this PhD scholarship will be conducting research that informs the practices and ethical decision-making occurring in projects running within the Centre. Applicants are encouraged to apply from a range of humanities fields including education, sociology or philosophy. A background in legal studies is beneficial but not essential.



2022 RTP – Exploring the Digitisation of Childhood through Video Ethnography (Curtin University)

Applications close 30 August 2021

Video ethnography involves naturalistic observations, which in this project includes filming of children, families and education practitioners. A fundamental objective of this PhD project is to ensure naturalistic data from mobile cameras is ethically captured, managed and surfaced for research purposes.


Curtin Strategic Scholarship

2022 Strategic – A socio-cultural inquiry into the child influencer industry

Applications close 13 August 2021

There are many dimensions to understanding the popularity and position of child influencers. One of the most important, and least studied, is understanding the economic dynamics of the labour undertaken by the children. For child influencers, rules and norms about how children should work in this industry are yet to emerge, and thus the industry needs to be better mapped so commerce and visibility can be balanced with the rights of the child. This project will seek to map the dynamics of the child influencer industry at both economic and social levels.



Digital Child Higher Degree Research scholarship

Please note: applications for this round have now closed. Please check this page regularly for upcoming scholarship opportunities.

About the scholarship

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for students (PhD or Master of Philosophy/Master of Research) to undertake research at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child.

The Centre’s research innovates and intersects across fields of health, education and technology to offer a holistic view of young children and their digital experiences. Read more about our research programs.

We are seeking interest from students who wish to undertake a higher research degree that reflects the Centre’s transdisciplinary focus and aligns with one or more of our program themes: Healthy, Educated and Connected.

The scholarship is a unique opportunity for a student to be involved in research that will contribute to an innovative body of knowledge on children’s digital experiences, working with supervisors who are leaders in their field to develop their research practice.

The Centre is a collective of six Australian universities, led by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), with partners Curtin University, Deakin University, Edith Cowan University (ECU), The University of Queensland (UQ) and University of Wollongong (UOW). The candidate will be enrolled at one of these universities based on their primary supervisor’s university affiliation.

Scholarship details
  • Up to 16 scholarships are available across four partner universities – QUT, Curtin University, ECU and UQ. Scholarships at UOW and Deakin University will be advertised at a later date.
  • Location will be dependent on the primary supervisor’s university affiliation. The Centre’s universities are located in Brisbane (QUT and UQ), Perth (Curtin University and ECU), Melbourne (Deakin University) and Wollongong (UOW).
  • The scholarship can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis.
  • Due to funding arrangements for the scholarship, applicants must be a domestic or international student currently located in Australia with study rights and available to commence studies in 2021.
  • A scholarship, tax exempt and indexed annually, from $28,597 per annum for a period of 3 years will be provided to the successful applicant.
  • Paid leave of four weeks per year is included in this amount.
How to apply
  1. Select your proposed primary supervisor. You can search for a Chief Investigator relevant to your research interest/s under our program themes: Healthy, Educated and/or Connected. Please note that Chief Investigators at UOW and Deakin University are not participating in this scholarship round.
  2. Email your proposed supervisor to indicate your intention to apply for the scholarship and seek their availability and interest.
  3. Complete and submit the Expression of Interest form by Friday 28 May, 2021.
What happens next?

This is a competitive process – all expressions of interest will be reviewed and assessed. If successful, you will then be invited to submit a full application at the university of your proposed supervisor.

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child acknowledges the First Nations owners of the lands on where we gather and pay our respects to the Elders, lores, customs and creation spirits of this country.

The Centre recognises that the examples we set in diversity and inclusion will support young children to respect and celebrate differences in all people. We embed diversity, inclusivity and equality into all aspects of the Centre’s activities and welcome all people regardless of race, ethnicity, social background, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation and national origin.