PhD Scholarship: Youth drinking cultures

Young people today are drinking less alcohol than the generations before them. What is driving this change in youth behaviour?

Over the past 15 years, rates of drinking among teenagers have steadily declined in Australia. Similar trends have been identified internationally but there has been little progress in identifying the factors underlying these developments. This project will use quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate whether these reductions are being driven by policy, changes in youth leisure time, shifts in social and cultural norms and/or family influences.

Two prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) scholarships, one quantitative and one qualitative, will be awarded to outstanding applicants who are interested in exploring the factors driving reductions in teenage drinking. This project is located with the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research in the School of Psychology and Public Health.


Benefits of the scholarship include:

  • A La Trobe Research Scholarship for three years, with a value of $26,288 per annum, to support your living costs [2016 rate]
  • A fee-relief scholarship (LTUFFRS) for four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University (international applicants only)
  • The opportunity to work with an experienced and international project team, primarily located with the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research
  • Access to La Trobe University services, including a suite of professional development programs

Selection Criteria

Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including a first class honours degree or equivalent.

As an applicant, you should have an interest in sociology, youth studies, epidemiology, public health, cultural studies or a similar social sciences field. One qualitative and one quantitative PhD will be offered exploring the social, cultural, environmental, economic and political influences on youth drinking practices.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for this ARC funded scholarship on youth drinking cultures, follow these steps:

  • review the Centre for Alcohol Policy website:
  • review details on how to apply for candidature at:
  • contact Dr Amy Pennay by the 13th April 2017 at indicating that you wish to be considered for the youth drinking cultures scholarship; the application should include a cover letter explaining why the project is of interest to you and how your skills and experience align with the project, an academic transcript, your CV and contact information for two referees
  • the successful applicant will then submit an application to the La Trobe Graduate Research School (

The University will carefully review your application and consider you for this Scholarship.

You will be advised of an outcome shortly after the decision is made.

Closing date

Application close 13th April 2017.

Contact us

Contact us – If you require further information, please contact Dr Amy Pennay: