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MAIC/UniSC Road Safety Research Scholarship - Women’s experiences with impaired driving events

Applications open until Monday January 8

The MAIC/UniSC Road Safety Research Collaboration (RSRC) was established in 2018 as a strategic partnership between the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) and the University of the Sunshine Coast (UniSC) to undertake high level, applied research that positively impacts the lives and safety of Queensland's road users and community. Comprising of a team of over 20 research academics, HDR scholars and casual research officers, we are fast becoming the leading road safety research centre in Queensland producing world-class research outputs, with a focus on impaired driving. Our research program occurs across five closely interlinked themes that map back to the priorities and objectives outlined in the Queensland Road Safety Strategy 2022-31 and ensures we are advancing positive road safety outcomes with a focus on addressing the problem of impaired driving from multiple perspectives.
Falling within the Substance Use, Psychological Functioning, and Risky Driving Behaviour theme, this project will examine women’s experiences with impaired driving events. As part of this project, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to learn and develop research skills and knowledge pertaining to systematic literature reviews, qualitative and quantitative research design/methodology, project management, and writing manuscripts for publication in high impact journals.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Kerry Armstrong ( for further information.

The MAIC/UniSC Road Safety Research Collaboration is seeking a PhD candidate for a fully funded project investigating women’s experiences with impaired driving events. The successful applicant will be based at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Sippy Down campus and will receive an annual living stipend of $33 446.56 (indexed annually 01 January).


The Ideal candidate will posses  

• An outstanding graduate with a minimum class IIA Honours in psychology or a related discipline, or the equivalent demonstrated via research experience/publications in related discipline (e.g., public health)
• Enthusiastic and strong work ethic
• Interest in impaired driving and road safety
• Ability to work effectively with others and independently
• Organised and strong attention to detail
• Excellent communication skills



• Be accepted into a Higher Degrees by Research program at the University of the Sunshine Coast
• Domestic applicant
• Bachelor’s Degree with minimum IIA Honours or equivalent previous study, relevant work experience, research publications, or other research experience.
• Not have previously held a Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the current scholarship’s payments commencing.
• Satisfactory progress must be maintained throughout the PhD program.

Selection criteria

• Criterion 1: Academic Achievement
• Criterion 2: Research Capability

Eligible programs
PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Number available

1 - Stipend value of $33 446.56 p/a paid in fortnightly instalments. Payment is is for 3 years to align with thesis submission (possible extension in line with relevant policies and procedures)    


2 - Tuition offset scholarship for 3 years to cover cost of tuition fees, also aligned with thesis submission (possible extension in line with relevant policies and procedures) - approximate value of $87 000  


3 -  $2000 Allowance for relocation per scholarship conditions



this will be a two-stage application process:

Stage 1 - Expression of Interest: Reference code UniSC_RS_2328_Armstrong

Contact Person - Contact Person - Professor Kerry Armstrong (
07 5456 5403

  • Download and complete the USC Research Scholarship (USCRS) application form.
  • Email your Expression of Interest (EOI) to the contact person and attach:
    • USCRS application form
    • Cover letter
    • Current CV
  • The scholarship panel will review the EOI. If shortlisted, you will be invited for interview.
  • The preferred applicant will be invited to formally apply for HDR program and Scholarship.

Stage 2 - Formal application (only if you have been invited to apply)

  • Read the important information on How to Apply for a HDR Program at UniSC.
  • Submit your UniSCRS application form as a supporting document when submitting your HDR Program application.

*scholarship offer is subject to applicant meeting the eligibility requirements for entry into a higher degree by research program at UniSC.