IGCYAP Scholarships

Inner Gippsland Children and Youth Area Partnerships  Scholarships

Federation University Australia in conjunction with the Inner Gippsland Children and Youth Area Partnership is pleased to offer four fully funded Higher Degree by Research scholarships* in the Inner Gippsland area for commencement in January 2017.

Children and Youth Area Partnerships 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 Inner Gippsland Children and Youth Area Partnership (IGCYAP) is committed to improving outcomes for vulnerable children and young people from birth to eighteen years in the local government areas of Baw Baw Shire, LaTrobe City, South Gippsland Shire, and Bass Coast Shire.

The IGCYAP 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 Higher Degree by Research Initiative: Anglicare, Berry Street, Department of Health and Human Services: Victorian Children's Reform Unit and Federation University Australia.

The IGCYAP Higher Degree by 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 (Improving outcomes for children and young people in care, Keeping children and young people safe, secure and supported within their families, and reducing the over representation of Aboriginal children in care). The cohort of higher degree by research students will form a community of learners embedded within and contributing to the agenda of the IGCYAP.

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

  1. Engaging Young People living in out-of-home care as decision-makers and leaders to bring about attitudinal, organisational and systemic change in out-of-home care.
  2. Improving, embedding and sustaining the trauma-informed practice of practitioners.
  3. Exploring if identifying, engaging and supporting young people early reduces offending.
  4. Exploring why vulnerable families fall out of the system and/or disengage from family services.

Scholarship* applications will be open from 11th October– 11th 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) (pdf, 35kb).

For questions related to the scholarship* topics, please contact Dr Susan Emmett

Email: s.emmett@federation.edu.au Ph: 3 5327 9011

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 for a Doctorate (PhD) and 1.5 years for a Masters by Research. 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 interviews with the selection panel will take place in the week of 28th November 2016. Applicants are asked to ensure their availability during this time.

Successful applicants will be advised in mid-December, and will be expected to commence in mid-January 2017.


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: http://federation.edu.au/research/research-degrees/scholarships/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 HDR

To be eligible to undertake HDR, 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 research.degrees@federation.edu.au 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