Higher Degree Research Students

Who can be a Life Course Centre higher degree by research student?

The Life Course Centre has a mandate to attract, train and retain the next generation of life course academic and industry researchers for Australia. We do this by delivering professional training, mentoring and development opportunities that bring researchers together across disciplines, universities, government and non-government organisations.

Students are invited to be part of the Life Course Centre if:


Contact Us

To study with one of our researchers, contact them directly through the Our people pages. Alternatively, you may prefer to liaise with one of our nodes using the contacts listed below.


Current Opportunities


PhD scholarships


Life events and trajectories of later-life loneliness

The University of Queensland

This PhD would be part of an ARC DECRA, which examines loneliness from a longitudinal and life course perspective. The DECRA project will investigate whether the experiences of different life events may render older Australians more susceptible to a sustained path to increased loneliness and isolation. It will also will innovate by moving the analysis beyond the individual level, incorporating characteristics across households and neighbourhoods. The student will work closely with the advisory team to discuss the details of the PhD project, which will sit within the scope of the DECRA.

An additional top-up scholarship of $5,000 is available to the successful applicant. The successful HDR candidate will also be a student member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, which qualifies them to apply for travel grants and attend professional development courses. Find out more here

The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 3, 2022. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.



Honours scholarships

Life Course Centre Pathways Scholarship – The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne offers the Life Course Centre Pathways Scholarship to enrolled students pursuing research relevant to the aims of the Centre.

To be eligible for this scholarship, students must:

  • be enrolled in an honours thesis or minor thesis (up to 10,000 words) in any faculty at the University of Melbourne;
  • be pursuing research relevant to the aims of the Life Course Centre, investigating the critical factors underlying disadvantage (https://www.lifecoursecentre.org.au/);
  • write their thesis (co-)advised by a University of Melbourne Life Course Centre Chief Investigator, Associate Investigator, or Research Fellow (https://www.lifecoursecentre.org.au/people/).

Applications open in March 2021. For more information, visit the University of Melbourne Scholarships page.


Current student research experience

Summer and Winter Scholars – The University of Queensland

The UQ Summer and Winter Research Program provides UQ students with an opportunity to gain research experience working alongside some of the university’s leading academics and researchers.

Participation is open to undergraduate (including honours) and masters by coursework students who are currently enrolled at UQ.

Life Course Centre Researches take students across several schools and institutes at UQ: ISSR, Social Science, Psychology