PhD Scholarship in Identifying Neighbourhoods that Support Children with Disability

This PhD scholarship will investigate the relationship between the neighbourhood and child disability and wellbeing in Australian cities to directly inform policy and practice.

This PhD scholarship is funded as part of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. It seeks to understand the types of neighbourhoods that support wellbeing for Australian children with disability.

The successful candidate will receive a full-time stipend of $33,826 per annum. The duration of this scholarship is for 3 years full-time with the possibility of up to two six-month extensions. Additionally, there will be no tuition fees for the duration of the PhD program.

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Applicants must:

  • Meet RMIT’s entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy, including minimum English language requirements for international applicants, as outlined under Admissions here
  • Have first-class honours or equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g. social sciences, public health, urban design, epidemiology, environmental science, planning, geographic information systems)
  • Have a strong background in quantitative research and methods, including handling large datasets
  • Have a sound understanding of statistics and experience using multi-level statistical software will be essential


  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently and as part of a team
  • Those with disability or lived experience of disability are strongly encouraged to apply

The scholarship is open to both domestic and international applicants, but the applicant must be living in Australia upon commencement of the PhD. Overseas student health cover is not included in the scholarship.

This project aims to identify which neighbourhood features support wellbeing for children with disability. The project expects to advance innovation by combining Australian disability policy, children's lived experience of disability, and high-quality child development and built environment data. Expected outcomes of the project include new, co-created insights for how urban neighbourhoods can enable children with disability to thrive and a suite of end-user indicator tools to monitor their progress. Expected benefits include improved policy options and tools for government and advocates to plan and deliver more equitable neighbourhoods, and ultimately better participation, inclusion, and wellbeing for children with disability.

Please email the following to Professor Hannah Badland (

  • CV outlining qualifications, relevant industry/research experience, publications and referees
  • Copy of academic transcript/s
  • Evidence of meeting all English language requirements (international applicants only)
  • Copies of up to three (3) relevant research papers/reports/theses

Professor Hannah Badland (

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