CHCYAP scholarships

Federation University Australia in conjunction with the Central Highlands Children and Youth Area Partnership (CHCYAP) research collaboration is pleased to offer four fully-funded PhD scholarships* in the Central Highlands area for commencement in February 2017.

This Partnership is a way for a range of government departments; community organisations and health services; police; education and training providers; businesses; service users and the broader community to work together to reduce child and youth vulnerability. The Partnership is committed to improving outcomes for vulnerable children and young people from birth to eighteen years in the local government areas of Ararat, Ballarat, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Moorabool and Pyrenees.

The CHCYAP collaborative research program has been established to advance and apply research knowledge, build communities of practice, and support organisations to design, implement and evaluate evidence-informed interventions.

The following have provided funding support for the doctoral research initiative: Child and Family Services Inc. (CAFS), Berry Street, Department of Education and Training, Vulnerable Children's Reform Unit, Central Highlands Family Services Alliance, Central Highlands Family Violence Committee, Department of Health and Human Services – West Division Central Highlands, and Federation University Australia.

The CHCYAP doctoral research initiative will provide the opportunity for practitioners to develop advanced research skills and contribute to collective knowledge about improving outcomes in the priority areas (family violence, supporting parenting and increased engagement and attendance in kindergarten and schools). The cohort of doctoral students will form a community of learners embedded within and contributing to the agenda of the CHCYAP.

There are four scholarships* available with application forms and topic information below:

  1. Using co-design to develop “joined-up” service responses to children and families in the context of family violence (pdf, kb)
  2. The provision of targeted and specialist services for families living in the Pyrenees Shire: Co-designing a more responsive service system (pdf, kb)
  3. Barriers and enabling factors in planned and unplanned school transitions for children and young people in Out-of Home Care in the Victorian Central Highlands (pdf, kb)
  4. Exploring outcomes and experiences of different referral pathways into a regional Men's Behaviour Change program (pdf, kb)

Scholarship* applications will be open from 17 October – 11 November 2016.

All applicants must also submit an application for enrolment available on the Higher Degree by Research Apply webpage and identify two referees to support their application and email them the Confidential Referee Report Form (docx, 855kb).

For questions related to the scholarship* topics, please contact Dr Christina Sadowski, Research Coordinator, CHCYAP Research Collaboration (03 5327-6057;

Scholarship* details

Scholarships* are valued at the APA rate (2016 rate at $26 288), indexed each year. Scholarships* are for a period of three years. Students awarded a scholarship will also be allocated a research-training place (which means there are no fees, either up-front or deferred).

Applicants must have qualifications in a relevant discipline (such as social work, human services, psychology, education, social sciences), well-developed qualitative research skills, and practice experience relevant to the particular scholarship* topic(s) they are applying for.

Please note that applicants will be required to attend an interview.


Scholarships* are available for domestic students only. Scholarships* are full-time, with no possibility of being undertaken part-time during candidature. Students will be expected to commit a minimum of thirty two hours per week to their study, with a minimum of three days (during business hours) "on site" (either at their host agency, the University, or conducting fieldwork). Scholarships* are for a period of three years. Extensions to scholarships* will not be granted.

General conditions of HDR scholarships* at FedUni can be found at:Evaluation of applications. Where these conditions differ to those on this form, the conditions outlined for this specific scholarship* take precedence.

Eligibility to undertake a PhD

Applicants must meet eligibility requirements outlined on the Research website. If you are applying for 'Honours equivalence' please ensure that you provide detailed information to support your case.

Applicants must meet minimum entry requirements of having a relevant bachelor's degree and relevant practice experience. Applicants who do not meet clear entry requirements with regards to honours equivalency are encouraged to apply. Scholarship* recipients who have limited research experience will be required to undertake additional research training as a condition of their offer to Federation University Australia.

Please contact Research Services via email at with any enquiries regarding applying for candidature or the process of applying for a scholarship*.

*All scholarship offers are subject to funding and individual student agreements.