Come to Sydney to do some education research

An excellent opportunity has opened up to do PhD research at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney. This is where I am currently completing my own PhD.

Unusually, there is a generous, tax-exempt stipend of $40,000 (Australian dollars) available as well as a $10,000 support package and international students will have the usual fees covered by UNSW. There is currently no fee for Australian students who pursue a PhD.

The area of study looks fascinating – it involves investigating explicit instruction alongside academic motivation.

The full advert is below:


Scientia PhD Scholarship in Educational Psychology
(‘Exploring the Link between Explicit Instruction and Student Motivation and Engagement’)
School of Education
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Expression of Interest and CV due November 11, 2016
To commence an application, visit (Fundamental and Enabling Sciences: Educational Psychology link)
A prestigious full-time Scientia PhD scholarship is available for a suitably qualified candidate to undertake research studies under Professor Andrew Martin leading to a PhD in education (educational psychology). It is an extremely generous Aus$40,000 per year (tax exempt) stipend, with up to $10,000 support package, and may be held for up to four years, subject to satisfactory progress. For international students, the international student fee will be covered by UNSW. PhD students in the School of Education can also apply for conference funding from the School.
The proposed PhD is a quantitative study of school students and investigates the links between two seminal areas of contemporary educational psychology: (a) academic motivation and engagement and (b) explicit instruction. This PhD will explore an integration of these two areas, with particular focus on key aspects of motivation and engagement (e.g., self-efficacy, self-regulation, anxiety etc.) and key dimensions of explicit instruction (e.g., structure, scaffolding, worked examples, deliberate practice etc.).
Applicants must have (1) a qualification in education, counselling, and/or psychology with a major formal research component or (2) a qualification in education, counselling, and/or psychology with research experience (either as a student or as an employee) in the areas of educational/developmental/counselling psychology. The successful candidate will also be required to demonstrate competence in quantitative research methods and statistics. 
Enquiries may be directed to Andrew Martin, Professor of Educational Psychology, School of Education, on 9385 1952 (international: +61 2 9385 1952), or email: Applicants MUST follow the procedures at : thus, (a) an Expression of Interest Form available at the above link and (b) a CV to Professor Martin. The EOI and CV are due to Professor Martin by November 11, 2016. The successful applicant is expected to commence in Semester 1 or 2, 2017.

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