Tony Naughton Memorial PhD Scholarship in Economics, Finance and Marketing

In recognition of Professor Tony Naughton, Head of School Economics Finance and Marketing from 2003 to 2013, the School has established a PhD scholarship for an outstanding student.

  • $32,000 stipend per year (plus fee waiver) over the duration of three years
  • Support for travel to one conference per year for the duration of the candidature (at the approval of Dean or HDR Coordinator)
  • Additional support for primary data collection, editing and other research purposes up to the value of $10,000 over the course of the PhD candidature (at the approval of the Dean or HDR Coordinator).

One (1).

To be considered for scholarship you must hold, or be currently completing either:

  • a Master by Research or
  • a Master by Coursework with a significant research component graded as high distinction, or equivalent or
  • an Honours degree achieving first-class Honours and
  • meet RMIT’s entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy.

Apply for a PhD program starting in 2020 at RMIT using the following link:

Email the following to HDR Coordinator EFM: Associate Professor Peter Sivey via

  • A detailed CV
  • Copies of any published or submitted papers where applicable
  • A research proposal outlining a synthesis of relevant literature, proposed research design, and analytical techniques. This proposal should showcase your skills in written communication, application of appropriate research methodologies and conceptual development.

You are also required to attach a separate document addressing the following additional selection criteria:

  • Evidence of research output including publications, conference contributions and/or technical reports in the field of economics, finance or marketing
  • Ability to effectively liaise with industry and government to produce high-impact research
  • Ability to work autonomously whilst displaying a strong commitment to work in a team environment, including the demonstrated ability to confidently and effectively work with colleagues, project team leaders, and industry partners
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and effectively manage varying workloads and respond to changing priorities as required. 

November 1, 2019 (outcomes expected mid December).

Candidature Summary

  • Conduct a review of relevant literature on a research topic in economics or finance
  • Present a conceptual framework that underpins the synthesised research questions and/or hypotheses in this project
  • Design studies to answer research questions
  • Analyse data and write-up results in a PhD thesis-with-publication format
  • Disseminate findings by actively pursuing journal publications, attending conferences, engaging with media, and approaching government or industry organisations who have an interest in this research topic
  • Contribute to securing funding for research.

Key Accountabilities

  • Conduct a PhD research project that contributes to the overarching research undertaken at the school of economics or finance
  • Collaborate with supervisors
  • Attend School of Economics, Finance, and Marketing and College of Business workshops, seminars, HDR conference, professional development, and social events as evidenced in the meeting logs
  • Actively pursue journal publications together with the supervisory team as evidenced by drafting and submissions and/or publications
  • Successfully pass yearly milestone reviews of the work presented in the College of Business HDR conferences and complete appropriate coursework courses.

RMIT's standard HDR Scholarship Terms and Conditions will apply to this scholarship.

Associate Professor Peter Sivey via or call Peter on +61 3 9925 1321.

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