Buninyong & District Community Bank Scholarship

Buninyong & District Community Bank (BDCB) community development - community case study exploration

Scholarship value: $30,000 per year stipend to support living costs and a Research Training Program (RTP) fee scholarship valued at $29,900 per annum.
Project support: $2000 per year

Scholarship application form and project details: Buninyong & District Community Bank Scholarship Application

FedUni in conjunction with Buninyong & District Community Bank is pleased to offer a joint scholarship for a PhD candidate in the Federation Business School.

As a branch of Bendigo Bank, Buninyong & District Community Bank is committed to community engagement which will ‘contribute to growth and prosperity of its communities’. Bendigo Bank’s Community Banking Model was established in 1998 to build, nurture and empower communities around Australia through a new approach to banking. This Model is recognised globally for its successful shared value initiative that brings together profit, community development and reputation.

This PhD project aims to examine the Model in terms of how the Buninyong & District Community Bank supports and invests in economic and social sustainability. Then to identify impacts on the community, associated benefits to the bank, and may suggest an approach to defining ‘community impact’, helping to replicate the process in other communities. This is a collaborative project with the bank which takes a case study approach, using qualitative and quantitative financial, economic and social data to address the research aim, with a view to developing recommendations about future improvements, and for learnings that could be applied to the Australia-wide Bendigo Community Bank network.

The successful candidate will be required to participate in an industry placement with Buninyong & District Community Bank during their candidature.

Principal supervisor: Dr. Jerry Courvisanos, Associate Professor, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Federation Business School
Qualifications: BComm (NSW); MComm (NSW); GradDipEd (NSW); PhD (Newcastle). Experience: Jerry has extensive experience in research projects based on document analysis, survey instruments, interviews and focus groups. His basic research centres on understanding the processes of innovation and their impact on investment spending, business cycles, sustainable development and the long-term development of businesses, the economy and community. This work informs applied research into innovation and entrepreneurial activity for regional development, particularly in Australia. Three funded grant projects completed have been “Time Analysis Research Project – The Study of Small Towns in Victoria (1988)” – Victorian Government sustainability grant, “Building Innovation Capacity: The Role of Human Capital Formation in Large Enterprises” – NCVER project and “Towards a Sustainability Model of the Murray-Darling Basin Economy” – University of Ballarat, Business School funded. Jerry has also participated in three ARC projects on regional development.

Associate supervisor: Dr Jacqueline Tuck, Research Fellow, Federation Business School
Qualifications: BA Economics & Agricultural Economics, Joint Honours (Nottingham), PGCE (Nottingham), PhD (Ballarat).
Experience: As Research Fellow for over eight years, Jackie has both qualitative and quantitative research experience. As a researcher, she has completed two recent NCVER projects, including “Building Innovation Capacity: The Role of Human Capital Formation’ with Jerry Courvisanos, and an ARC project involving qualitative interviews. In particular, Jackie has experience conducting focus groups and undertaking qualitative interviews. Her PhD in the area of social responsibility and reputation utilised a mixed method approach including both focus groups and in-depth interviews.

Industry supervisor: Steven Falconer, Director, Community Investment, Buninyong & District Financial Services Ltd.

How to apply:

Prospective candidates should indicate on the Application for Admission Form that they are applying for the Buninyong & District Community Bank Scholarship.

The Application for Admission Form is available on the FedUni HDR Apply page.  All applicants should check their eligibility prior to applying.

Applications should include all relevant supporting documentation and FedUni must receive completed referee report forms by the scholarship closing date, Friday 29 June. As part of their application, prospective Higher Degree by Research applicants are also required to provide:

For further information contact Associate Professor Jerry Courvisanos on j.courvisanos@federation.edu.au or by telephone on 5327 9417