Ph D Scholarship: Moderating Anxiety In Children With Autism

at Griffith University

About Griffith University

At Griffith University we believe in, strive for and celebrate the remarkable. We are known for our high impact research, outstanding student experience, our commitment to social justice and our welcoming environment. We rank in the top 2% of universities worldwide and we're proud of our remarkable achievements, of our people and their passion for making a positive difference. Together we contribute to the development of knowledge and learning in an attractive environment which values excellence, equity, diversity, and innovation.

About the school and centre of excellence

The School of Education and Professional Studies is a national leader in educational research and innovative teaching programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The School spans three campuses - Mount Gravatt, Logan and Gold Coast - and has an international reputation in teacher education and related research, with students being drawn to our programs from many different countries. The Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE) is located within the school and provides quality teaching, research and consultancy in autism. The centre has a multi- disciplinary focus engaging with many disciplines including education, psychology, speech pathology and medicine. The research program is informed by a strengths-based respectful approach focused on building capacity and recognising and developing the many abilities of people with autism and their potential to contribute to society.

The opportunity

ARC Linkage Project: Improving academic outcomes by moderating anxiety in children with autism We are seeking an outstanding honours graduate to undertake a PhD that will focus on anxiety in young children on the autism spectrum. In partnership with AEIOU Foundation, ACE researchers have been awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant to determine the mediating role of anxiety in the successful development of academic behaviours and skills in children on the autism spectrum. The PhD candidate will join this successful team of autism researchers. Success in this role will require knowledge and experience in working with individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, and skills to work in a team and to collaborate with our research partners.

About you

The selection of applicants for the award of higher degree research scholarships at Griffith University involves consideration of your academic merit and research background. To be successful within this role, you will be able to work with individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. You will have evidence of a passion for applied research in this field, with a strong desire to undertake research in anxiety in autism.

  • This scholarship is open to domestic and international applicants
  • Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelors degree with honours equivalent to class one honours and be intending to enrol full-time in an approved doctoral program
  • New candidates may apply
  • A degree in a relevant discipline including psychology, speech pathology, or education is desirable

About the scholarship

The 2019 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $27,596 (indexed) for a period of up to three years of full-time study. Please see the GUPRS Conditions of Award for more information. An additional top up amount of $5,000 p.a is available for this scholarship making the annual stipend $32,596 for up to three years of full-time study. A successful International applicant will also be awarded a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years. Please see the GUIPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

What we offer

As a scholarship holder, you will study with a University that ranks among the top 2% worldwide and spans across five campuses in South East Queensland. At Griffith University, we've worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We also support the professional and personal development of all our HDR candidates and invest in the skills of our people. Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith's strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Further information

For project related enquiries please contact: Professor Deb Keen Phone: 0457 513 437 Email: or Doctor Dawn Adams Phone: (07) 3735 5854 Email: For administration enquiries please contact: Griffith Graduate Research School Phone: (07) 3735 3817 Email:

How to submit an expression of interest

Please do not select the "Apply" button. All expressions of interest (EoI) must be submitted as set out below: Interested applicants should submit an EoI to Professor Deb Keen containing:

  • Statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship
  • A brief CV
  • Research proposal
  • Two references

Closing date: Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 5pm on 15 August 2019. The preferred applicant will then be invited to apply on-line.

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