The University of Newcastle, Australia

Investigating the Impact, Mediators and Sustainability of Teacher Professional Development and Transference to Student Outcomes

Closing Date: 22 November 2018

PhD Scholarship

The research will embed within an Australian Research Council-funded project incorporating the first Australian randomised controlled trial of this internationally important phenomenon.


The broader project will investigate the efficacy, complexity and sustainability of teacher change towards enhanced student achievement; several PhD (Education) projects will support this work. This particular PhD (Statistics) scholarship will support the higher level modelling and analysis of the randomised controlled trials, and explore multiple mixed methods techniques for the education context. The successful candidate will be well-supported by an interfaculty team across the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Education and Arts, including the Teachers and Teaching Research Centre led by Laureate Prof Jenny Gore. TTRC offers candidates substantial research training opportunities in a dynamic and collegial research environment. Principal supervisor will be A/Prof Peter Howley.

PhD Scholarship details


$27,082 per annum (2018 rate) indexed annually. The living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years. Scholarships also include up to $1,500 relocation allowance and Overseas Student Health Cover at single rate, for an international candidate.

HDR candidates also receive a laptop computer and research support of $1,750 per annum.

Supervisor: Associate Professor Peter Howley

Available to: Domestic and International students


Eligibility Criteria

In addition to meeting the minimum eligibility criteria for admission, applicants must also have the following:

  • Masters Degree (Statistics/Science/Biostatistics/related field), or Honours (Statistics) with min GPA 6 (equivalent to a Distinction average)
  • Statistical modelling & computing skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills


  • Hierarchical/longitudinal/mixed models expertise

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest along with their CV, an overview of how they address the criteria, a completed EOI form, and a sample of recent academic writing.

Please send the email expressing interest to by 5pm on 22 November 2018.

Applications Close 22 November 2018

Contact Associate Professor Peter Howley
Phone +61 2 4952 9228

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