PhD Scholarship

Applications are invited from suitably qualified applicants for a PhD scholarship to undertake a higher degree by research through Professor Sara Charlesworth and Dr Fiona Macdonald at the Centre for People, Organisation and Work at RMIT University.

The Work of Social Care research program, which Prof Charlesworth and Dr Macdonald lead, is located in the Centre for People, Organisation and Work in the College of Business. The successful applicant would join the PhD program within the School of Management. The scholar will also be one of a team of PhD scholars supported by the Future Social Service Institute.

The Work of Social Care research program focuses on the organisation and regulation of care work. It is centrally concerned with addressing gender (in)equality and the quality of paid care work. Paid care work is a major area of employment growth and a key site of change affecting the future of work globally. How care work is funded, organised and rewarded is critical to the well-being of millions of workers, overwhelmingly women, worldwide.

As part of the Work of Social Care program, Prof Charlesworth and Dr Macdonald are international partners on a large UK Economic & Social Research Council Partnership Grant Sustainable Care: connecting people and systems (2018-2021) led by Professor Sue Yeandle at the Centre for International Research on Care, Labour & Equalities, University of Sheffield.

It is anticipated that the successful applicant’s PhD proposal would fall within the broad remit of the Sustainable Care project, which includes:

  • Gender, regulation & care work
  • Migrant care workers
  • Business models in care systems
  • Forms of employment/the organisation of work in different care systems
  • Care work and the social relations of work

The scholarship offers a valuable opportunity to link in with the international networks and research developed through the ESRC grant as well as with those established in the Work of Social Care research program.

Value and duration

A stipend of $32,000 per year over the duration of three years.  An additional $2,000 per year over three years is offered as a Future Social Service Institute scholarship top-up.

Number of scholarships available



To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • Hold a Masters by Research or a Masters by Coursework with a significant research component graded as high distinction or equivalent, or an honours degree achieving first class honours
  • Meet RMIT’s entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy

How to apply

Email your application including the following to either Professor Charlesworth or Dr Macdonald:

  • a detailed CV
  • certified copies of relevant academic transcripts from your undergraduate studies and postgraduate studies
  • copies of any published or submitted papers
  • a research proposal outlining synthesis of relevant literature, proposed research design, and analysis techniques
  • demonstrated high-level written and verbal communication skills as evidenced in the mandatory research proposal
  • demonstrated skills in appropriate research methods and analyses as evidenced in transcripts and the mandatory research proposal
  • demonstrated conceptual skills as evidenced in the mandatory research proposal

Open date

Applications are now open and close on Friday 8 June 2018.

Terms and conditions

RMIT’s standard research scholarship terms and conditions (PDF 327KB 10p) will apply to this scholarship. However, note the allowances for this scholarship are specifically $32,000 per year for up to three years and the relocation allowances stated in the terms and conditions are not applicable. The FSSI allowance of $2,000 a year for up to three years is in addition to this.

Key accountabilities of HDR candidate

  • Collaborate with supervisors;
  • Attend the School of Management and College of Business workshops, seminars, HDR conference, professional development, and social events as evidenced in meeting logs;
  • Actively pursue journal publications together with the supervisory team as evidenced by drafting and submissions and/or publications.
  • Successfully pass yearly milestone reviews of the work presented in the College of Business HDR conferences.