ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child (ECU node) PhD Scholarships

Updated: 27 days ago
Location: Mount Lawley, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 01 May 2024

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child is the world’s first research centre dedicated to creating positive digital childhoods for all Australian children with a research focus on children age birth to 8 years of age. The ARC Centre for the Digital Child comprises researchers from six Australian universities, including Edith Cowan University, and is led by and headquartered at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane. The Centre’s research innovates and intersects across a range of inter-connected cross-disciplinary projects, providing evidence focused on three key program areas – the Healthy Child, the Educated Child and the Connected Child. We are currently seeking expressions of interest to undertake doctoral research at the ARC Centre for the Digital Child, based at the Centre’s Edith Cowan University node.


Important dates
Opens: 22-03-2024Closes: 1-05-2024
Applies to
DomesticInternationalPostgraduateResearch
At a glance

We are currently seeking expressions of interest to undertake doctoral research at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child, based at the Centre’s Edith Cowan University node, in each of the below key program areas:

  • Educated Child: Educator and children’s digital knowledge and skills; digital technology design to inform learning; active and safe learning and play in the digital world.
  • Connected Child: Data analytics and the digital child; or children's lives online; or commercialisation and the digital child,
  • Healthy Child: Digital health literacy/agency; digital technology and planetary health; or digital communication/s and caregivers/ intergenerational digital practices.

Research projects must focus on children age birth to 8 years of age and digital technology.

Applications are welcome for full-time study on-campus. Online study may be considered in some circumstances.  Applicants must address the criteria for selection.

This position does not provide a relocation allowance.


Selection criteria
  • Completion of a:
  • Bachelor degree with First Class or 2A Honours, or
  • Master by Research degree in an area associated with the relevant program area (ie. Education and/or Care/Community Services; Media, Internet Studies or Communications), or
  • Master by Research or Honours (1st or 2nd class) for the PhD scholarship for Education
  • Evidence of research level English language proficiency (international, where applicable),
  • A two-page research project that successfully targets one program area (Educated Child OR Connected Child OR Healthy Child). https://www.digitalchild.org.au/ , and
  • A Curriculum Vitae that indicates an engagement in some aspect of one of the program areas and/or research and working with children/young people.
  • Eligible applicants must have AU work rights.

  • How to apply

    Please send the documents below to Belinda Johnston

    • Qualifications and academic transcripts
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Doctoral research proposal (maximum 2 pages) including the following: All proposals should detail:
      • Provisional title
      • Aims of the project
      • Overview of the topic
      • Proposed methods
      • Selected Digital Child program (Educated Child: learning in diverse settings; or digital technology design to inform learning; or active learning and play in the digital world; Connected Child: data analytics and the digital child; or children's lives online; or commercialisation and the digital child; Healthy Child: digital health literacy/agency; digital technology and planetary health; or digital communication/s and caregivers/ intergenerational digital practices.)
    • A brief ½ page statement of your interest in conducting research with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child . (Please refer to the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child webpage when preparing your statement.)

    Applicants who have applied for this position previously need not re-apply unless their qualifications and/or experiences have changed.


    Selection process

    Applicants will be assessed by a panel of Centre for the Digital Child ECU node members, including Centre chief investigators, according to the applicant’s experience, qualifications and their proposed project’s alignment with Centre research programs and projects. Successful applicants will be required to apply for a Working with Children card.


    For more information

    Questions regarding the scholarship should be directed to:
    Educated Child program: Prof Lennie Barblett ; or Belinda Johnston
    Connected Child program: Prof Lelia Green ; or Belinda Johnston
    Healthy Child program: Prof Lisa Whitehead ; or Belinda Johnston



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