PhD Scholarship at La Trobe Uni to work on rural and remote (vs urban) drinking patterns

The Centre for Alcohol Policy Research is looking for outstanding applicants who are interested in alcohol-related research, as part of a NHMRC-funded project. The study aims to develop, pilot and field test a novel approach to collect self-report data on current drinking behaviour (consumption and other patterns of use, dependence and harms) at a population level in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. The study is led by the University of Sydney, in collaboration with La Trobe University, Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council SA, Curtin University, Inala Indigenous Health Service Qld and the University of NSW.


  • a La Trobe research scholarship for three years, with a value of $30,000 per annum, to support your living costs
  • a fee-relief scholarship (LTUFFRS) for four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University (international applicants only)
  • opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding alcohol policy researchers, as well as world-leading Indigenous health experts from the University of Sydney, and have access to our suite of professional development programs.

Selection Criteria

Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including a first class honours degree or equivalent. The degree could be in a range of relevant fields, for example epidemiology, sociology, public health, psychology, medicine.

As an applicant you should have an interest in alcohol’s role in society and in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The tablet computer-based survey instrument has already been developed to measure alcohol use behaviours among Indigenous Australians (aged ≥ 16). Your part of the project would be to work on a quantitative analysis of data to assess its validity compared with a detailed clinical interview, and to assess its test-retest reliability.

How to apply

Follow these steps to apply:

  1. review the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research website (
  2. review details on how to apply for candidature
  3. submit an enquiry to Michael Livingston at to identify a potential supervisor. Please include “PhD Scholarship at La Trobe Uni to work on rural and remote (vs urban) drinking patterns” in your subject header. Ensure you outline your academic background and research interests.
  4. once  you have received in-principle agreement for supervision, complete and submit your application to be admitted into La Trobe’s PhD program at by 30 April, 2017, indicating you wish to be considered for the Alcohol Policy Research Scholarship.

The University will carefully review your application and for scholarship and you will be advised of the outcome in April 2017.

Closing date

Application close 30th of April 2017.

Contact us

If you require futher in formation, please contact Michael Livingston, Research Fellow at