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USC Road Safety Research Collaboration PhD Scholarship

Applications will be accepted until the scholarship is awarded.

An opportunity exists for an outstanding, full-time PhD candidate to undertake an agreed program of research in social science, psychology, criminology, sociology, injury prevention or related disciplines. The research project will be directly related to improving road safety outcomes for Queensland road users. The successful PhD candidate will be based within the newly established USC Road Safety Research Collaboration, located on the Sunshine Coast.

In collaboration with the supervisors, the successful candidate will undertake an agreed program of research focusing on one of the following areas: reducing impaired driving , enhancing rule compliance, increasing deterrence, developing better methods to predict risk, etc. Candidates must bring a passion for understanding and exploring complex road safety issues that can deliver real safety benefits for all Queensland road users. Applicants are encouraged to apply from a broad range of social science and behavioural disciplines.

The candidate will be supervised by world leading experts in improving road safety outcomes for Queensland road users. There may also be an opportunity to contribute to additional research projects with the USC Road Safety Research Collaboration team.

For more information contact A/Prof James Freeman -

  • Domestic Applicant 
  • Bachelors Degree with First Class Honours or equivalent previous study, relevant work experience, research publications, or other research experience
  • Maintain satisfactory progress
  • Not hold an equivalent qualification to the one currently being applied for
  • Not have previously held a Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the current scholarship’s payments commencing
  • Not be the recipient of an equivalent award, scholarship, or salary, providing a benefit greater than 75 percent of the RTP rate to undertake a HDR. Income unrelated to the course of study is not to be taken into account.
Selection criteria
  • Academic qualifications
  • Alignment of the proposed research to one of USC’s areas of research concentration
  • Record of research publications
  • Professional research experience 
  • Expressions of interest are invited from outstanding Australian graduates with a First-Class Honours, or equivalent qualifications through a relevant Masters degree. Candidates will have a strong background in quantitative analysis. Additionally, having some experience in qualitative analysis and/or policy analysis will be advantageous.

Eligible programs
Doctor of Philosophy
Number available
  • Annual Stipend $28,854 (2022 rate), indexed annually

To apply:

  1. If not a current USC PhD student, complete an application for admission to the PhD program following the directions on the HDR Applicants page.
  2. Apply for the scholarship: