Ph D: Human Services And Counselling In The Pacific Regions

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.

The opportunity

The development of effective human services capable of tackling serious social problems requires a strong foundation. This scholarship will provide the opportunity to work on the development of culturally appropriate knowledge, skills, programs, and services to address one or more social problems in the Pacific regions - such as gender-based violence, mental health, disaster and trauma response, alcohol, drugs, and gambling. We are seeking an energetic PhD candidate to work on a project designed to enhance capacity-building in the area of human services and counselling in the Pacific regions. The project builds on work already commenced in this area via the development and delivery of a Graduate Certificate in Counselling for Papua New Guineans. The scholarship is for commencement in the relevant research period in which it is offered and cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of research without prior approval. The successful applicant must be supervised by Dr Jane Fowler. The PhD applicant will be located at Logan campus.

About MHIQ

The Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ) undertakes research across the lifecycle to identify key factors that influence health. From this we develop and test strategies to improve health and wellbeing for individuals, families and communities. With a key focus on innovation, data science, research translation and meaningful clinical and community partnerships, Griffith MHIQ researchers have achieved remarkable outcomes.

About you

The PhD candidate should have a strong interest in the development, implementation, and evaluation of human services related programs and services, and a passion for working with international communities. The successful candidate will have scope to develop their own part of the project. Applicants must have completed a Bachelor degree with Honours equivalent to first class honours within a psychology/counselling/human services/social work related field and be intending to enrol full-time in an approved doctoral program.

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. 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.

How to apply

PLEASE DO NOT USE THE APPLY NOW BUTTON Interested applicants should submit an expression of interest (EOI) to Dr Jane Fowler at containing:

  • Statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship
  • A brief CV
  • A paper you have recently written
  • Two references

Applicants will be required to attend an interview. The preferred applicant will be invited to submit a full application on-line.

What we offer

Working for one of the most influential universities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, you will join a University that spans six campuses in South East Queensland and all disciplines, while our network of more than 200,000 graduates extends around the world. At Griffith, 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 employees 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: Dr Jane Fowler at For administration enquiries please contact: Griffith Graduate Research School at Phone: (07) 3735 3817

Closing date: Sunday, 28 July 2019 at 5pm AEST. All applications must be submitted to Dr Jane Fowler.

Logan Central Queensland Australia

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