Phd. In Human Sciences:School Choice For Students With A Disability And/Or Challenging Behaviour,Macquarie University,Australia

A Macquarie University Research Excellence (MQRES) scholarship is available for a PhD study investigating “School Choice for Children with a Disability and/or Challenging Behaviour” in association with an Australian Research Council-funded research project. The successful candidate will join the project Chief Investigator in a critical analysis of the increase in diagnosis of special educational needs in New South Wales government schools.

Please quote the allocation reference number 2010085 on your application form.

This scholarship will support a clear area of research focusing on the experience and perceptions of 24 parents of children with a diagnosed disability enrolled across the continuum of provision in New South Wales government schools. The PhD will recruit one parent from 8 different special schools, 8 different support classes and 8 different regular classes in a variety of NSW DET educational regions. The MQRES will focus on how parents made the decision to enrol their child in the setting that they did, what options they felt they had at the time, what events led to their child being diagnosed with a disability eligible for support funding and how they feel with that conceptualisation of their child.

Prospective applicants should, in the first instance, submit a cover letter detailing relevant experience, a CV and an academic transcript to the principal supervisor: Dr Linda Graham, email:, telephone: 0414 291 408

The 2010 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $22,500 pa tax exempt for 3.5 years.

Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to: for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer. Please quote allocation number 2010085 on your application.

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