UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Available

Evaluating adult Indigenous literacy on VET participation and children’s education.

Please apply by July 12, 2019.

Visit the relevant section of the UNSW website to find out more details on how to submit an Expression of Interest online.

This is a great opportunity to use your skills to further the work of Literacy for Life Foundation.  See below for more information about the Scholarship and UNSW’s partnership with Literacy for Life Foundation.

Source: UNSW website


This study uses a mixed-methods approach to evaluate the impact of a community-controlled literacy program for Australian Aboriginal adults. Data linkage will be used to investigate how improved adult literacy affects access, participation and completion of vocational education and training (VET) courses, as well as educational achievements in their children – both key targets in the Closing the Gap initiative. The quantitative findings will be triangulated with qualitative data to explore how adult literacy, especially women’s literacy, may operate to improve Indigenous social wellbeing. This study partners with the Literacy for Life Foundation, the Aboriginal organisation delivering the adult literacy program.


This project will require some fieldwork in both urban and rural/remote Aboriginal communities, requiring the successful candidate to have demonstrated cross-cultural competence and an ability to work as a member of an inter-cultural team. The project would be particularly suited to an Indigenous researcher with an interest in developing their skills in both quantitative and qualitative research and analysis. Ideally, the candidate would have some experience and knowledge in the vocational education and training (VET) system, in particular the AVETMISS database and/or the Australian primary and secondary schooling system including NAPLAN. Experience in the fields of education, adult literacy or public health would also be an advantage. A non-Indigenous researcher would need to have had some experience working with Aboriginal communities. Some experience in conducting quantitative research would be advantageous but not essential. The candidate will undergo further training and development of quantitative and qualitative research skills.

Supervisory team

Rose Amazan
Arts & Social Sciences

Sophia Lin
Public Health & Community Medicine

Chris Davison
Arts & Social Sciences

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